Jodi Arias was kind of swinging through life by the seat of her pants. She had a job, but no career. She had a boyfriend, but no lifetime commitment. The relationship with her parents was very strained.
There was a great void in Jodi’s life so when Travis Alexander came ambling along, it seemed he was an answer to her prayers.
At least those she seemingly prayed in the weeks that followed.
Jodi and Travis met after she signed on as a Prepaid Legal Services Independent Consultant and attended a seminar where Travis was a motivational speaker. He spotted her across the room following his presentation and, as they say, the rest is history.
Their story is one of intense lust, religious convictions, jealousy, deceit, and murder; the perfect recipe for an emotion-provoking, opinion soliciting, worldwide headlining case. And author Shanna Hogan tells all in her latest true crime Picture Perfect: The Jodi Arias Story: A Beautiful Photographer, Her Mormon Lover, and a Brutal Murder.
From the moment this story began taking over the headlines, airwaves, and the main topic of crime fanatic circles, I knew it was going to be a huge case about which a book was sure to be written so I stayed away from it all; which, mind you, was no easy task! (I actually impressed myself with my restraint.)
It was so worth it! From the moment I downloaded Picture Perfect, I struggled to put it down. With its detailed research, front row narrative, and no-fluff presentation, Shanna Hogan turned a book into an addiction.
But don’t think for a minute the book is only awesome because I had avoided all things Jodi Arias because I’ve heard from plenty of folks who followed the case from beginning to end praise it as well. So, rest assured, either way, Picture Perfect is a fantastic, must read book on the case which thrust religion into the spotlight of a murder trial.
Picture Perfect is one of the best true crime books of 2013. Don’t be the only one who hasn’t read it!