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Picture Perfect: The Jodi Arias Story: A Beautiful Photographer, Her Mormon Lover, and a Brutal Murder

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  261 ratings  ·  42 reviews

Travis Alexander was a handsome, hard-working, practicing Mormon who lived in Mesa, Arizona. His good looks and easygoing manner made him popular with everyone, especially the ladies. So when he was found with a bullet wound in the face and his throat slashed, the brutal murder sent shock waves throughout his community. Who could have done something so s
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published September 3rd 2013 by St. Martin's Press (first published April 30th 2013)
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Melissa Bond
I hate having to say I really liked it for a rating, but it's simply because of how it was written. I was quite surprised of Shanna Hogan's insight into the entire case and its history. Compared to the other major book written on the case, Hogan brings much more to the table for everyone to walk away with a complete picture of Arias and Alexander as possible. I came into watching the trial much later than most, completely drawn in by the manipulation Arias was able to do being behind bars. Thoug ...more
Picture Perfect by Shanna Hogan is the best book I've read so far about the Jodi Arias case. Ms. Hogan's writing flows beautifully and her attention to detail is perfect. Loved the back stories on both Jodi and Travis as well as their relationship. The author leaves her opinion until the very end so that the reader can make their own assumption on whether or not they think Jodi is guilty. Highly recommended to anyone who has followed this case or is new to it.
This is MUCH more informative than JVM's book. Even though I watched the trial and followed the case closely, there were plenty of details in here that were news to me. I also like that the author didn't constantly insert her opinion throughout the book. She stuck to the facts. She did, however, give her thoughts on the case in the afterword. If you're going to read a book about Jodi Arias, I'd definitely recommend this one over JVM's.
LA Carlson
Perhaps one of the more disturbing true crime books I've read in some time. The warning signs were clear about Arias from the beginning and yet, the intelligent and seemingly successful Alexander ignored them because he was obsessed with having sex with her. His close friends began to question her behavior and if that isn't a sure sign something is wrong I'm not sure what is. I didn't follow the case in the news other than seeing a few headlines here and there. While the media may want us to bel ...more
Make all the fun of me you want... but I was obsessed with this trial. OBSESSED! I could write a book about it. Shanna did a really good job and this will be of interest to those that haven't heard all the gory details (is that possible?) The problem for the books that have come out just as the verdict was given (She will be sentenced to Life or Death sometime this year), doesn't add to what we trial watchers know. But Shanna did had access to many things the public did not; I really appreciated ...more
T.M. Carper
One interesting part about this novel was that the first few chapters focused exlcusively on the victim, Travis Alexander, rather than his killer. The first 2/3 of the book focus on the events leading up to the fatal day in his home and the immediate aftermath. Only a small portion focused on the legal proceedings. (I suspect there will be additionial information on the legal side in future editions as the legal battle is on-going).

It's hard to tackle such a public case and Hogan does her best t
I read this because I had heard of the Jodi Arias trial and something about her murdering her Mormon lover and wanted to know more about it. This book nicely fit the bill. The author spends a lengthy amount of book space (one might argue too much book space) introducing the reader to Travis Alexander and his all too short life. Over the space of 150+ pages, the reader comes to know Travis and really feels for him when he realizes too late that Jodi Arias is a sociopath who is clearly off her roc ...more
Tanya W
First of all, very worst narrator ever.

The narration was so bad that I was trying to figure out if it was a robot (some kind of technology so you don't have to pay a narrator at all). I looked it up, and I found plenty of negative commentary about narrator on audible, where all the reviews are based on listening to the book. By the end of the book I became a little more "used to it".

About the book, 4 stars because it offered fair and objective treatment of a really awful case... but I can't say
Terri Durling
I can't seem to stay away from true crime stories and this one delivered. I have had a morbid (I admit it at least) curiosity about Jodi Arias ever since I heard about her murdering her Mormon boyfriend, Travis Alexander. It's a true to life "Fatal Attraction" kind of story about two individuals who end up destroying each other. Travis isn't perfect but basically is a very well liked person who has made the most of a difficult childhood and ends up a success story. He is a positive, upbeat kind ...more
Dysmonia Kuiper
This book really wasn't that bad, but because of the nature of the topic, I think it had to be written, edited, and published very quickly, and this shows. There is mention of the "corroded" artery in Travis Alexander's neck, which had me giggling until I banged my head on the coffee table (yes, I'm going to hell). That little tidbit is available on page 203, paragraph four or so. There were a couple other glaring errors: for instance, the written description of Alexander's tombstone says his pi ...more
Dec 06, 2014 Bagman rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the very bored
Yeah, I watched the trial. Yeah, I think that she was proven guilty beyond a shadow of a doubt. No, I don't feel sorry for her. But, I did think that it would be interesting to learn more details concerning the principles involved. No, this book did not satisfy that desire.

The book provided very few, if any, facts that weren't elaborated upon during the trial. It was not written in an unbiased manner, but rather skewed toward the victim (understandable to a certain degree). This resulted in a b
I'm surprised by all the very positive reviews of this book. To be fair, I'll bet this book is heaps better if you didn't obsessively watch the trial. As someone who watched court every single day there wasn't much new here, except for interviews and quotes from email and text exchanges between Travis and his friend Taylor. Those messages gave me more insight into Travis' feelings toward Lisa leading up to his murder. Watching the trial I didn't get that same sense of chronology the book provide ...more
An interesting book aboout the lives and beginnings of Travis Alexander and Jodi Arias and how their relationship turned deadly.

In depth account with factual details about the lives of Travis and Jodi. How they met and the relationship they had with each other as well as others in their lives and the circumstances that led to the night when Travis was savagely killed in his own home.

Includes some pictures and quotes from interviews and the trial which led to the verdict that Jodi spending the r
I didn't know about this story until I was watching CNN one day. I thought, who are these people? Why are they making a big deal out of this? Then I read this book, and I understood why.

No one of sound mind would kill the way Travis was killed. Regardless of him using Jodi for his sexual urges and needs, he didn't deserve a brutal death. Travis is not innocent in all this, of course. Perhaps he really pushed Jodi to her emotional and psychological limit. So now, Jodi will spend the rest of her l
Based on one of the most talked about cases in recent history. The murder of Travis Alexander.
I didn't watch the televised trial or pay much attention to this case while it was happening however, I find the story quite intriguing. In a morbid sort of way, I suppose.
There have been three books released recently about this case and I read them all. The other two books are:
Exposed: the secret life of Jodi Arias by Jane Velez-Mitchell
Killer Girlfriend: the Jodi Arias story by Brian Skoloff
This one,
Lynn Fergusson
I loved this book. I've followed this case since the beginning and watched the trial live so I was familiar with most of the things talked about in the book. There were a few things I didn't know that were in the book. It was good to read it in a story form with everything in chronological order and not jumping all over the place as it did when in court. I would recommend this book for all true crime readers.
If you did not watch the trial, this book will give you a pretty good scope of what went on. It does have some information not made known in the trial.(or in other books) I did get a little irritated at how it was written - like the author was there and knew what was going on in people's minds. Some assertions were presented as fact but how that conclusion was reached is never explained. Easy to read.
Lena Jo
A fan of Jodi Arias, I enjoyed this book. Why did she kill her lover? Hell hath no fury... I thought the author wrote the facts in a readable book that wasn't out to get Jodi, but just tell the story as it unfolded. I would recommend this book to any one who enjoys true crime. Writer is in the caliber with Ann Rule.
Valerie Carpenter parzyck
This book was excellent! Well written. It does a great job showing how the relationship unfolded and you can really see the downward spiral and complete obsession Jodi Arias had with Travis Alexander. There is no doubt the jury was right with their decision!
Heather Young
Amazingly Accurate Account

Amazingly Accurate Account

I have read every book written on this case and this one is truly the BEST! God bless Travis Alexander!
A detailed and riveting account of the twisted and disturbed inner world of Jodi Arias. She comes across as even more depraved than she was portrayed in her murder trial through the media. An empty shell of a woman who does nothing but steal, kill, and destroy. Well written, well researched, well done.
I had not heard much about this renowned case while it was occurring, so I was curious. This is a serviceable account of the events. However, it was sloppily edited. Mistakes such as "bare" for "bear", "conscious" for "conscience" were probably not the author's fault, but reflected badly on the book.
Allison Murray
Best true crime story I've read. Loved Hogans writting/style & immediatly went to her website to pick my next read. Surprisingly, this was her only book! Shanna Hogan MUST write another!! I can't wait to buy it!!!
O'Fallon Public Library
Recommended by Ouachita Public Library (Ouachita Parish, Louisiana).
Learned a few new things about this case that I did not know.
Karen Suglia
I didn't follow the trial, just read the headlines. The author tries to offer an objective and fair accounting but considering the subject matter, that is a difficult task. I am always surprised at the darkness that resides within seemingly innocent people. I would recommend as both true crime and for the false reality that can so easily take over lives. I have no doubt the verdict was correct and this woman is a manipulative conniving psychotic. How sad it took a brutal death for someone to see ...more
A compulsive read. I found this well-written, well-researched telling of the Jodi Arias/Travis Alexander tragedy so compelling I read it in only a day. The trial took place where I live, and I feel like the author captured the Arizona setting perfectly. Also perfect, the author's ability to make the reader understand the obsession, anger, and lust that drove both parties to a horrible end that might have been averted. If only. If you like well-written true crime, this book shouldn't be missed.
I usually LOVE true crime novels. This one was just so-so.
I thought this book was very well written and accurate to a fault. There was no fluff or extra drama added; just real. I really appreciate how the author did not write about Travis as a flawless human being like his friends portrayed him to be but instead revealed a lot about his upbringing I was not aware of. He was a victim and he did not deserve what happened to him no matter what his transgressions were.
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