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The full true story of the Lululemon murder and what really happened to Jayna Murray and Brittany Norwood--photos included. It was a crime that shocked the country. On March 12, 2011, two young saleswomen were found brutally attacked inside a Lululemon Athletica retail store in Bethesda, Maryland, one of the nation’s wealthiest suburbs. Thirty-year-old Jayna Murray was dead— The full true story of the Lululemon murder and what really happened to Jayna Murray and Brittany Norwood--photos included. It was a crime that shocked the country. On March 12, 2011, two young saleswomen were found brutally attacked inside a Lululemon Athletica retail store in Bethesda, Maryland, one of the nation’s wealthiest suburbs. Thirty-year-old Jayna Murray was dead—slashed, stabbed, and struck more than three hundred times. Investigators found blood spattered on walls, and size fourteen men’s shoe prints leading away from her body. Twenty-eight-year-old Brittany Norwood was found alive, tied up on the bathroom floor. She had lacerations, a bloody face, and ripped clothing. She told investigators that two masked men had slipped into the Bethesda Lululemon store just after closing, presumably planning to rob it. She spoke of the night of terror she and her coworker had experienced. Investigators were sympathetic…but as the case went on, Brittany’s story began to unravel. Why rob a business that dealt mostly in credit cards? Why was Jayna murdered but Brittany left alive? Could the petite, polite Brittany have been involved? Most chilling of all: could she have been the killer?


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The full true story of the Lululemon murder and what really happened to Jayna Murray and Brittany Norwood--photos included. It was a crime that shocked the country. On March 12, 2011, two young saleswomen were found brutally attacked inside a Lululemon Athletica retail store in Bethesda, Maryland, one of the nation’s wealthiest suburbs. Thirty-year-old Jayna Murray was dead— The full true story of the Lululemon murder and what really happened to Jayna Murray and Brittany Norwood--photos included. It was a crime that shocked the country. On March 12, 2011, two young saleswomen were found brutally attacked inside a Lululemon Athletica retail store in Bethesda, Maryland, one of the nation’s wealthiest suburbs. Thirty-year-old Jayna Murray was dead—slashed, stabbed, and struck more than three hundred times. Investigators found blood spattered on walls, and size fourteen men’s shoe prints leading away from her body. Twenty-eight-year-old Brittany Norwood was found alive, tied up on the bathroom floor. She had lacerations, a bloody face, and ripped clothing. She told investigators that two masked men had slipped into the Bethesda Lululemon store just after closing, presumably planning to rob it. She spoke of the night of terror she and her coworker had experienced. Investigators were sympathetic…but as the case went on, Brittany’s story began to unravel. Why rob a business that dealt mostly in credit cards? Why was Jayna murdered but Brittany left alive? Could the petite, polite Brittany have been involved? Most chilling of all: could she have been the killer?

30 review for The Yoga Store Murder: The Shocking True Account of the Lululemon Athletica Killing

  1. 5 out of 5

    Florry

    Wow! A true shocking murder exposed in this amazing, easy reading & full of suspense book. I like the sensitive way that the author reveals true facts about this horrific crime, but I don’t like that this murder really happened. The book gives us details of what evidence the investigators found in the Lululemon Athletica yoga store and what happened next days after the deceased Jayna Murray was found with more than three hundred wounds on her body. There is also information about the second perso Wow! A true shocking murder exposed in this amazing, easy reading & full of suspense book. I like the sensitive way that the author reveals true facts about this horrific crime, but I don’t like that this murder really happened. The book gives us details of what evidence the investigators found in the Lululemon Athletica yoga store and what happened next days after the deceased Jayna Murray was found with more than three hundred wounds on her body. There is also information about the second person found alive in the store, the interviews that took place and what happened at the courtroom trials. I appreciate that the author let us know a bit story of the victim’s life and the killer’s life before the tragedy and also gave us information about their families. There are many quotes I’ve like in this book. Here are some of them: “Evidence doesn’t lie. People do.” “Life is too short to miss opportunities.” “If you’re afraid to do something, go do it.” “With guidance, she’ll set the world on fire; without guidance, she’ll destroy herself.” “Always moving forward. And the only way to do that was through self-awareness and self improvement.” “Friends are more important than money.” “Jealousy works the opposite way you want it to.” “Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear.”

  2. 5 out of 5

    ♥ Marlene♥

    Fascinating! Just finished it and I am sad that it is over. I do not know how the author did it but he managed to pull me in and I think I have not yet managed to escape. What a story! (view spoiler)[It makes me think of the outrage that evolved when Susan Smith white accused black men from killing her boys. Everybody and their dog knew about that but when it is the other way around you do not hear the outrage and yes I understand that it is sensible but I have noticed a pattern among journalist Fascinating! Just finished it and I am sad that it is over. I do not know how the author did it but he managed to pull me in and I think I have not yet managed to escape. What a story! (view spoiler)[It makes me think of the outrage that evolved when Susan Smith white accused black men from killing her boys. Everybody and their dog knew about that but when it is the other way around you do not hear the outrage and yes I understand that it is sensible but I have noticed a pattern among journalists over the last few years. They will just neglect certain stories and hardly mention them. For instance when 2 white girls are raped and beaten by 8 coloured men those kind of stories. By coincidence just yesterday we learned about a cover up where in Cologne so called refugees had attacked, groped and harassed a lot of women and the press had hardly mentioned this. The press and the TV new should be neutral but they are not at all. Dutch TV is very liberal left and let's be honest for instance the BC which is a public service broadcaster! but is as left as can be (left aka liberal) I also do not want a right aka conservative news channel. I want the news how it ysed to be just telling the facts and not hiding stuff because of politics! Anyway I had never heard about the Tawana Brawley case or this one while I read a lot about true crime. (hide spoiler)] Wow. Very good. I needed this. Have read too many bad or mediocre true crime books this last year. Perhaps it was so good because I did not know this case but I also have to credit the author for telling the story as it evolved and not telling me everything that would happen on page 5 already as some authors like to do. So because of this way the author told the story,it slowly began to evolve and made it even more compelling. I also liked the way he described the tactics the police used. I do not want to spoil it so I will just tell you buy this book! (and I do not tell you that often if at all)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jeanette

    This story is a non-fiction progression to a case that occurred in Maryland, just outside of D.C. in 2011. This surpasses fiction. It's almost beyond belief. But it happened. Here are the personalities, here is the aspirations for work, here is the outcome. If you are intrigued by the premise of the old book/movie Bad Seed or want to parse details for a fiction like Defending Jacob as improbable? This is real, no need to parse. And tells about all the people along the way; their perceptions befo This story is a non-fiction progression to a case that occurred in Maryland, just outside of D.C. in 2011. This surpasses fiction. It's almost beyond belief. But it happened. Here are the personalities, here is the aspirations for work, here is the outcome. If you are intrigued by the premise of the old book/movie Bad Seed or want to parse details for a fiction like Defending Jacob as improbable? This is real, no need to parse. And tells about all the people along the way; their perceptions before, during, after. The families, the cops, the employers, the employees and the neighborhood connotation for the full colored surround of this high end retail shop. And if you have ever worked retail, and closed up at 9 or 10 or 11pm? Who of us has not? Nary a one that I have know. Well done, Dan Morse. I almost gave it 5 stars because of the long characters' nuance of inquiry to deciphering the true occurrence from the observation of the results. Every step in getting to the most detail that could be captured in a truly tragic set of compiled and timely consequence. What is charm? What is lighthearted laughter and when is it fully recognized? Where does ultimate trust begin and end within the closest of family? This is a better read that the fiction books who try to dwell in this territory of human reaction. Less shocking than the reality of the crime, but who the heck pays that kind of money for skimpy tops and running shorts!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Kernene

    I found this book to be very interesting and hard to put down after I started reading it. The writing is excellent and his research into this case was excellent. Once you start reading it, it will be hard to put down. The characters, especially Jayna, will become important to the reader and you care about them. Also, the author was clear and easy to follow. Sometimes true crime books are hard to follow, but that is not the case here. I highly recommend this book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    David

    You know who did it from the outset, and because it was in my local area and fairly recent (almost 3 years ago) I remembered a lot of the details and the background info on the perpetrator. Even so, it was a gripping read. Great job of piecing together how the investigation worked, what made them suspicious of the killer's story, interrogating her with her brother and sister present, and so on. Subdued writing style, which was a good fit -- no need for histrionics given the underlying story. Incr You know who did it from the outset, and because it was in my local area and fairly recent (almost 3 years ago) I remembered a lot of the details and the background info on the perpetrator. Even so, it was a gripping read. Great job of piecing together how the investigation worked, what made them suspicious of the killer's story, interrogating her with her brother and sister present, and so on. Subdued writing style, which was a good fit -- no need for histrionics given the underlying story. Incredibly sad to remember how close it came to going differently -- store more or less knew the killer was stealing from them and was about to fire her with the one extra bit of proof victim obtained that night; they were short-staffed and would normally have had a third person there for closing up, who might have served as deterrent; the famous Apple store employees who heard screaming and did nothing might have intervened........... awful story, excellent book

  6. 5 out of 5

    Addie Dehart

    The first 30% of this book was tedious. I had to force myself to read it and even then my attention wandered from the book the entire time. The last 2/3 of the book was far more interesting but I was still underwhelmed. In defense of this book, it was probably not the right read for the time. Given the craziness going on with the world and the COVID 19 pandemic, I probably should have been reading something that was incredibly comforting or light hearted or thrilling. This book was none of those The first 30% of this book was tedious. I had to force myself to read it and even then my attention wandered from the book the entire time. The last 2/3 of the book was far more interesting but I was still underwhelmed. In defense of this book, it was probably not the right read for the time. Given the craziness going on with the world and the COVID 19 pandemic, I probably should have been reading something that was incredibly comforting or light hearted or thrilling. This book was none of those things so I was constantly being pulled from the book to investigate things going on in the world. My diminished attention span probably prevented me from truly immersing myself in the book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Azizi

    First Reads Giveaway Review: I had never heard of the Lululemon Athletica murder until I read this book. From the very first page I was captivated by the detectives' quest to find Jayna Murray's killers. This intrigue is directly related to Dan Morse's skill at telling this gruesome story. He gives readers a crystal clear picture of all angles of the crime- the crime scene investigation, the autopsy report, the witnesses who heard Jayna's screams, etc. His arsenal of information is so compelling First Reads Giveaway Review: I had never heard of the Lululemon Athletica murder until I read this book. From the very first page I was captivated by the detectives' quest to find Jayna Murray's killers. This intrigue is directly related to Dan Morse's skill at telling this gruesome story. He gives readers a crystal clear picture of all angles of the crime- the crime scene investigation, the autopsy report, the witnesses who heard Jayna's screams, etc. His arsenal of information is so compelling that I finished this book in two days. My only criticism of the book is that Morse did not spend enough time on Jayna's life story. He did mention her career aspirations and what she was like as a child, but that was basically it. Most of the book was about Brittany Norwood. It would have been nice to have some balance in the information shared about the lives of these women. Overall, this was a fascinating read that I recommend to readers who are drawn to the macabre world of death, murder, and evil, but also want to see a bit of light, justice, and hope mixed in with all of the darkness.

  8. 5 out of 5

    D'Anne

    I'm a big fan of true crime books, especially the "Includes Photos!" variety. Sadly, so many are very poorly written. That is not the case with The Yoga Store Murder, despite the terrible title and the cover's graphic design. Morse's writing is clear and concise and the book is well paced. I only wish that there had been a clearer motive for the murder, but that's not Morse's fault, it's the fact that the killer never gave one. If I find this annoying in a paperback true crime book, I can only i I'm a big fan of true crime books, especially the "Includes Photos!" variety. Sadly, so many are very poorly written. That is not the case with The Yoga Store Murder, despite the terrible title and the cover's graphic design. Morse's writing is clear and concise and the book is well paced. I only wish that there had been a clearer motive for the murder, but that's not Morse's fault, it's the fact that the killer never gave one. If I find this annoying in a paperback true crime book, I can only imagine the frustration and grief the murdered woman's family feels. One other thing I wish I knew: what happened to the store's inventory? The store was revamped and reopened eventually, but I can't help but wonder about the more quotidian aspects of a bloody murder in a store that sells so many expensive garments. I've often thought this about a gas station near me where a woman was shot and killed. How much of the inventory got blood on it? And who makes the decision about, say, what boxes of cigarettes to throw away or keep out for sale? Somebody write a book about this, please. I promise to read it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Anastasia Aisaysana

    I received my copy of this book in a free giveaway through Goodreads. The Yoga Store Murder- The Shocking True Account of the Lulumon Athletica Killing read like a well–developed rap-sheet. I had a difficult time investing myself in this book; while it was well-written in the sense that in the elements of grammar, vocabulary, and syntax were accounted for, but I found the lack of character development disengaging. Possibly another reader with an greater interest in true-crime novels might give it I received my copy of this book in a free giveaway through Goodreads. The Yoga Store Murder- The Shocking True Account of the Lulumon Athletica Killing read like a well–developed rap-sheet. I had a difficult time investing myself in this book; while it was well-written in the sense that in the elements of grammar, vocabulary, and syntax were accounted for, but I found the lack of character development disengaging. Possibly another reader with an greater interest in true-crime novels might give it a higher rating, but it was just too factual and dry for my tastes. A physical copy of this book was provided by the publisher or author for purposes of review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    Like many in the DC area, I was fascinated by this crime as the case unraveled in 2011. The real fascination of this case is that human nature produces some psychopaths, some of whom are very good at hiding their true selves until they feel threatened enough to turn violent. I read everything with the perspective of a parent now (does that ever go away?) and finished the book considering the terrible grief and sorrow inflicted upon Jayna Murray's parents, and to a lesser extent Brittany's own. Like many in the DC area, I was fascinated by this crime as the case unraveled in 2011. The real fascination of this case is that human nature produces some psychopaths, some of whom are very good at hiding their true selves until they feel threatened enough to turn violent. I read everything with the perspective of a parent now (does that ever go away?) and finished the book considering the terrible grief and sorrow inflicted upon Jayna Murray's parents, and to a lesser extent Brittany's own.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mego

    I grabbed this off a shelf as I was leaving the library one day because of the title. It is really well researched and well written. It reads like a novel even though it is a true crime book. I didn’t know the case. Chilling. Wild. And really interesting.

  12. 5 out of 5

    E.A.

    I try and read a lot of books a year, ideally between 60-100 and, sadly, not many of them stay with me. Part of it is because I have a crappy memory, part of it is because a lot of them aren't that good. I say all that because I don't think I'll ever forget this one. It was so skillfully written, and told the story so compassionately but objectively, that I grew more and more impressed as I read it. I can't imagine what it took to write, or how deep the author must have gone. But his work is the I try and read a lot of books a year, ideally between 60-100 and, sadly, not many of them stay with me. Part of it is because I have a crappy memory, part of it is because a lot of them aren't that good. I say all that because I don't think I'll ever forget this one. It was so skillfully written, and told the story so compassionately but objectively, that I grew more and more impressed as I read it. I can't imagine what it took to write, or how deep the author must have gone. But his work is the highest tribute there can be to the men, women and families involved with this case, and to all those similarly affected by homicides.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    A well-written account of a real event that occurred in a Maryland suburb of Washington, DC. There was additional interest for me because I happen to know almost everyone named in the book (including the homeless guy, Keith Lockett), except for the Apple store employees and customers, Jayna Murray, Brittany Woods and their families. The book does not answer the question "Why?" because Brittany Woods herself never explained why; it is not a reflection on the author's literary abilities. A well-written account of a real event that occurred in a Maryland suburb of Washington, DC. There was additional interest for me because I happen to know almost everyone named in the book (including the homeless guy, Keith Lockett), except for the Apple store employees and customers, Jayna Murray, Brittany Woods and their families. The book does not answer the question "Why?" because Brittany Woods herself never explained why; it is not a reflection on the author's literary abilities.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Luber

    This is an unbelievable true story and Dan Morse did an incredible job telling it! Once you start reading his account of what really happened at the Lululemon store it is very difficult to put this book down. Trust me!! My Book Club really enjoyed it as well. I felt so many emotions while reading it. The author's research provided many answers and gave me more insight as to what the families must have been experiencing. I highly recommend this book. I am looking forward to reading more books by This is an unbelievable true story and Dan Morse did an incredible job telling it! Once you start reading his account of what really happened at the Lululemon store it is very difficult to put this book down. Trust me!! My Book Club really enjoyed it as well. I felt so many emotions while reading it. The author's research provided many answers and gave me more insight as to what the families must have been experiencing. I highly recommend this book. I am looking forward to reading more books by Dan Morse.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Randi

    I live in the DC-metro area and was familiar with the case through the media coverage at the time of the murder investigation and trial. Downloaded the book and was captivated at at page 1. It reads like a novel - but unfortunately this horrific murder really happened. Kudos to Dan Morse for an amazing read while showing sensitivity to both families. Can't wait for his next book... I live in the DC-metro area and was familiar with the case through the media coverage at the time of the murder investigation and trial. Downloaded the book and was captivated at at page 1. It reads like a novel - but unfortunately this horrific murder really happened. Kudos to Dan Morse for an amazing read while showing sensitivity to both families. Can't wait for his next book...

  16. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    How did I not hear of this 2011 murder in Bethesda? I have even been in the very Apple store next door. If you like true crime books, this is for you. It is suspenseful, even though it is clear early on who did it. While the author provides plenty of forensic analysis, his prose is easy to read, highlighting even more the absolute horror of the crime.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Dave

    What a reporting tour de force. Dan Morse gets inside each of the main players. The detail is awesome, the pacing intense.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Alicen

    This is a very well written account by the report who originally covered this story of a horrible murder that took place in Bethesda, MD. Gripping and compelling.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    This book was as disturbing as it was interesting. I hope that someday, someone, can elicit a true motive behind the killer's actions. Although, one can speculate and there is certainly enough evidence to form an intelligent opinion. Two families, two great families from all that was written-- destroyed by a senseless action of extreme violence. A great and fast read. If you like true crime. This book was as disturbing as it was interesting. I hope that someday, someone, can elicit a true motive behind the killer's actions. Although, one can speculate and there is certainly enough evidence to form an intelligent opinion. Two families, two great families from all that was written-- destroyed by a senseless action of extreme violence. A great and fast read. If you like true crime.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    This was a short true story narrative of the murder of a yoga store associate in the actual store. It's a bit of true crime and mystery mixed together. As this isn't something that I would read with being steered toward it, I got this recommendation from the "Currently Reading" podcast. It was short in length, horrifying in graphic details, entertaining in style and narration. This was a short true story narrative of the murder of a yoga store associate in the actual store. It's a bit of true crime and mystery mixed together. As this isn't something that I would read with being steered toward it, I got this recommendation from the "Currently Reading" podcast. It was short in length, horrifying in graphic details, entertaining in style and narration.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    A gruesomely detailed account of a truly shocking crime. Definitely skip this book if you're squeamish about descriptions of violence. However if you're interested in true crime and have a strong stomach, this is a fascinating read. A gruesomely detailed account of a truly shocking crime. Definitely skip this book if you're squeamish about descriptions of violence. However if you're interested in true crime and have a strong stomach, this is a fascinating read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Allison Schroeder

    Sooooo detailed it’s scary

  23. 4 out of 5

    Julie Herringa Cirone

    This book covered an interesting topic but the writing style is very dated. It seemed like something written in 1980 not something as contemporary as 2013. It did get better in the last 3rd of the book. Overall I wouldn’t recommend it.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lisa P

    Very well researched and well written. I enjoyed that all players involved were all given the same objective background.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Molli B.

    I am local to where this took place and was familiar with details of the case from a course I took at the county police department (they're the ones who handled this case), but (or maybe and?) this book kept me engaged from page 1. The book is four parts: discovering the crime, the girls, figuring it out, wrapping it up. I was worried when I got to section 2 that the book would lose momentum and I'd be bored reading about the girls, but I wasn't--everything Dan Morse revealed about them was inte I am local to where this took place and was familiar with details of the case from a course I took at the county police department (they're the ones who handled this case), but (or maybe and?) this book kept me engaged from page 1. The book is four parts: discovering the crime, the girls, figuring it out, wrapping it up. I was worried when I got to section 2 that the book would lose momentum and I'd be bored reading about the girls, but I wasn't--everything Dan Morse revealed about them was interesting and relevant (or relevant enough), and he kept the chapters fairly short to keep everything moving along. I wasn't really sure what to expect as far as the writing went, and I was happily surprised to find it very well written (and edited)--Morse has a relaxed, easy-to-read style that worked well with the way he sometimes delved into the "characters" heads. I thought he did a great job laying out the story, the bits and pieces, millions of details, all of the people involved in a really engaging way without sensationalizing what was a really horrible crime. I also think Morse stayed relatively objective--just presenting facts and thoughts without really taking sides too much. My feeling is that he's law-enforcement sympathetic, although I admit that I'm law-enforcement sympathetic and rather partial to our county police department, so maybe I was just projecting. :) But at no point did I feel like that really colored how he was portraying the events. He even handled Brittany with sympathy; despite the nature of the crime, I never had the impression he was unfairly judging her--or even judging her at all. I'd say that's a good mark of a true crime book. At the end of the book, Morse outlines what information/people he had access to in order to write the book, and it's very comprehensive, leading me to believe that everything in the book is as factual as possible. There was actually only one time in the entire book when I thought, "Ugh, there's no way she really said that"--the dialogue was just really weird. But it was something someone would have told him Jayna said, and if that's the only line in the whole book that made me question someone's recall, that's pretty good. Even though I was initially interested in this case mainly because of where it took place, I think someone from elsewhere, with no personal ties to anything, would also enjoy it. It's well-written and gripping, regardless of whether or not you know the area. While I'd really rather there aren't more cases like this around here, I do hope Morse gets the chance to write another book; I'd definitely read it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Asho

    True crime is one of my mother's favorite book genres. She doesn't push it on me often, but she will occasionally recommend something she found particularly fascinating, or that she thinks would interest me. She recommended this book because she and I talked about this crime a lot when it first happened. I was thinking about it a lot at the time because it was "close to home" in several different ways. At the time my husband and I had recently moved out of an apartment in North Bethesda, not too True crime is one of my mother's favorite book genres. She doesn't push it on me often, but she will occasionally recommend something she found particularly fascinating, or that she thinks would interest me. She recommended this book because she and I talked about this crime a lot when it first happened. I was thinking about it a lot at the time because it was "close to home" in several different ways. At the time my husband and I had recently moved out of an apartment in North Bethesda, not too far from the site of the murder. Jayna and Brittany were about my age. I'd never been in that particular lululemon store but I had been in other lululemon stores in the region and had been to eat or window shop at Bethesda Row several times. Now, as a parent I find it very hard to read any type of true crime book without projecting myself into the role of the parents, and this murder was so brutal and gruesome that this was particularly hard to read. It's all the more upsetting knowing that this actually happened and isn't just someone's sick imagination run wild. But, of course, it was also fascinating. I was tearing through the pages every spare minute I had during the couple of days it took me to read this book, and found it very interesting to see how all the clues came together. At the time the crime was committed I remember watching the news reports and thinking how shocking it was that such a thing could happen on Bethesda Row, then being even more shocked and appalled as the entire story gradually came to light. I think in the end the most distressing thing about this book is that it seems that Brittany was truly just a "bad seed". Her siblings seem fine, her parents seem like good people who raised their children well. I want to think there are things Morse didn't uncover about the Norwoods, something that would explain why their daughter is a complete psychopath. But I suspect that some people truly are just wired wrong, which is even more sinister and scary than thinking that her family somehow made her that way. At any rate, I don't read enough in this genre to know if this book is a true standout or exceptional in any way. But in my opinion it seemed well-researched and it was certainly a well-written and suspenseful read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany B

    http://alotofreadingandalittlewriting... As a fan of true crime books, I was super excited for this one. The Yoga Store Murder: The Shocking True Account of the Lululemon Athletica Killing is exactly that. Perhaps because I live on the other side of the country, or because I have a hard time watching the news anymore, I hadn't heard of this particular crime. So I read it not knowing how it ended. I think that is the best way to read this. One night, two yoga store employees are attacked. One is ki http://alotofreadingandalittlewriting... As a fan of true crime books, I was super excited for this one. The Yoga Store Murder: The Shocking True Account of the Lululemon Athletica Killing is exactly that. Perhaps because I live on the other side of the country, or because I have a hard time watching the news anymore, I hadn't heard of this particular crime. So I read it not knowing how it ended. I think that is the best way to read this. One night, two yoga store employees are attacked. One is killed and one is left for dead. This book takes you through the crime like you are an investigator. You get the information like they do. You start off, much like the cops, believing one thing. Then you start to question everything. But frankly, you don't want to believe that you're right. It took all the self control I could muster not to Google how this one ended. I loved this book. It was gripping and well-written. Although it's a non-fiction book, it was written like a fiction book, keeping you hooked to the story. You really felt like you were there, involved in the investigation. You get a great sense of the whole ordeal, since Morse gives you great background on most people involved. I will say one thing: It was hard to get through the description of the murder. Since this really happened and isn't just a story, the description of the actual murder disturbed me. You get to know the young woman and her family. And the murder itself is horrific and brutal. Actually, I don't think horrific and brutal are strong enough to describe what happened. It is so sad to think about this poor girl and what she went through. Unfortunately, this really did happen and the book wouldn't have done it justice without the details. I would recommend this book to anyone who like non-fiction and/or crime books. It was awesome!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    A page-turner true crime book about the lululemon yoga store murder in Bethesda in 2011. Very, very interesting look at the murder, the victim and perpetrator, and the naturally very interesting turn of events about how she staged the whole thing to look like a robbery/assault by a couple of men, but she really killed the other employee herself. I live near there and remember the news story vividly when it happened, but hadn't followed the aftermath and trial closely enough to have remembered how A page-turner true crime book about the lululemon yoga store murder in Bethesda in 2011. Very, very interesting look at the murder, the victim and perpetrator, and the naturally very interesting turn of events about how she staged the whole thing to look like a robbery/assault by a couple of men, but she really killed the other employee herself. I live near there and remember the news story vividly when it happened, but hadn't followed the aftermath and trial closely enough to have remembered how it all turned out, lending the book an extra sense of urgency to find out how it ended. The book ended as a dramatic (real-life) courtroom drama and it was very edge-of-your-seat. Also very thought-provoking in terms of imagining how and why this woman did this, and the whole issue of the mindset of psychopaths. Very well-written, taking you into the lives of both victim and perpetrator and their families, friends and co-workers.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Trin

    Man, that sure is a bad cover, isn't it? It's unfortunate, because while the cover screams "cheap and sensationalist!!!" the book itself is actually the exact opposite. It's a well-written, expertly paced, and nicely restrained and reasoned account of a truly horrific and bizarre murder that took place at a lululemon athletica store in an upscale Maryland neighborhood in 2011. This was recommended by the True Crime Diary blog, and I agree with writer Michelle McNamara's assessment: it's one of th Man, that sure is a bad cover, isn't it? It's unfortunate, because while the cover screams "cheap and sensationalist!!!" the book itself is actually the exact opposite. It's a well-written, expertly paced, and nicely restrained and reasoned account of a truly horrific and bizarre murder that took place at a lululemon athletica store in an upscale Maryland neighborhood in 2011. This was recommended by the True Crime Diary blog, and I agree with writer Michelle McNamara's assessment: it's one of the best true crime books I've read, which I'd at least partially credit to Morse's journalistic background. He resists the urge to dun dun DUN!! in his depiction of events, and lets the suspense build naturally. He also treats all his subjects with humanity and respect. If you like this sort of thing -- which periodically I do -- I definitely recommend this book. Unlike with the majority of true crime books, you won't feel totally icky after reading it. Yay!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Monica Willyard Moen

    In a fictional mystery novel, this would have a tidy, neat ending with the bad guy going to jail. We would understand the reasons why the crime was committed and would feel assured that it wouldn’t happen again. In real life, we don’t understand all of the reasons for this terrible crime. The villain never revealed anything in court. Two families were shattered with grief and pain, two sets of parents that were good people who thought they had raised their children well. They had every reason to In a fictional mystery novel, this would have a tidy, neat ending with the bad guy going to jail. We would understand the reasons why the crime was committed and would feel assured that it wouldn’t happen again. In real life, we don’t understand all of the reasons for this terrible crime. The villain never revealed anything in court. Two families were shattered with grief and pain, two sets of parents that were good people who thought they had raised their children well. They had every reason to expect their children would have Rich, rewarding lives and Wood long outlive them. The author wrote this story with compassionate skill, with warm regards and care for both families. We may never know all of the truth, but I do think justice was served. I enjoyed the writing in this book and how the author attempted to treat everyone fairly in a balanced way. He also wrote a compulsively readable page turner.

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