Book Review: The Doomsday Mother


At first, the residents of Kauai Beach Resort took little notice of their new neighbors. The glamorous blonde and her tall husband fit the image of the ritzy gated community. The couple seemed to keep to themselves-until the police knocked on their door with a search warrant. Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell had fled to Hawaii in the midst of being investigated for the disappearance of Lori's children back in Idaho-Tylee and JJ-who hadn't been seen alive in five months. For years, Lori Vallow had been devoted to her children and her Mormon faith. But when her path crossed with Chad Daybell, a religious zealot who taught his followers how to prepare for the end-times, the tumultuous relationship transformed her into someone unrecognizable. As authorities searched for Lori's children, they uncovered more suspicious deaths with links to both Lori and Chad, including the death of Lori's third and fourth husbands, her brother, and Chad's wife. In June 2020, the gruesome remains of JJ and Tylee were discovered on Chad's property, and the newlyweds were arrested and charged with murder. And in a shocking development, horrifying statements revealed that the couple's fanatical beliefs had convinced them the children had become zombies-a belief that may have led to their deaths.

My Review

I like many others around the world was captivated but this story. What type of mother was Lori that she could just be vacationing in Hawaii with her new husband having no concerns for her missing children. A cold heartless mother as evident in the data presented in the case. It was such a sad feeling when Tylee and JJ's bodies were finally discovered but at the same time at least the discovery of their bodies were able to help find justice for them. 

I don't remember some of the details in this book being in the media. Reading this book is in its own way a horror story. Just because of how heinous the murders were carried out. What I did really like about this book is the way that Mr. Glatt found that right balance of providing facts but not giving so much that reading this book I got bogged down by too many details. 


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