Secrets of a Marine's Wife (Hardcover)

A True Story of Marriage, Obsession, and Murder

By Shanna Hogan

St. Martin's Press, 9781250127303, 320pp.

Publication Date: February 26, 2019

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (2/25/2019)
Mass Market (11/26/2019)

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In Secrets of a Marine's Wife, award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author Shanna Hogan tells the true story of a young Marine wife whose illicit affair ended in tragedy.

In June 2014, 19-year-old Erin Corwin was living a quiet life in Twentynine Palms, California, expecting her first child with her husband, U.S. Marine Corporal Jon Corwin—until the day she drove off into the desert and never returned. As temperatures climbed into the hundreds, friends and family teamed up with local law enforcement in a grueling search of Joshua Tree National Park. Nearly two months after her disappearance, Corwin's body was found at the bottom of an abandoned mine shaft, a homemade garrote wrapped around her throat.

Suspicions mounted within the tight-knit Marine community as residents questioned if the killer was one of their own. Fellow Marine Christopher Lee and his wife lived next door to the Corwins, and the two young couples had leaned on each other for support. But detectives soon discovered that Chris and Erin's relationship had developed into a whirlwind romance that consumed them both and called the paternity of Corwin's baby into question. Lee told investigators he'd been out hunting the day of Corwin's disappearance, but his claims of innocence soon began to crumble. And while Erin was researching baby names, Lee was reportedly searching the internet for ways to dispose of a human body.

Through interviews, court records, and extensive research, bestselling true-crime author Shanna Hogan constructs a chilling story of betrayal, deception, and tragedy.

About the Author

Shanna Hogan is a journalist and the New York Times bestselling author of Picture Perfect: The Jodi Arias Story, The Stranger She Loved, and Secrets of a Soldier's Wife. She has written for numerous publications and has received more than twenty awards for her feature writing and investigative reporting.

Shanna was named Journalist of the Year by the Arizona Press Club in 2010 and again in 2011 by the Arizona Newspaper Association. She has appeared on The View, Dateline, 20/20, CNN, HLN, Fox News, Oprah Winfrey’s Oxygen, and Investigation Discovery. Shanna lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with her husband, Matt LaRussa, and their three dogs.

Praise For Secrets of a Marine's Wife: A True Story of Marriage, Obsession, and Murder

“Another page turner...this sad, essentially tragic story will move many.” —Publishers Weekly

"A true-crime tale with all the classic ingredients: adultery, murder, and lies." —Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Shanna Hogan:

Picture Perfect is almost perfect...It isn't often that a true crime book reads like a Patricia Highsmith novel, with shades of Ruth Rendell.” —Huffington Post for Picture Perfect: The Jodi Arias Story

“Hogan’s top-notch recounting of this good life gone bad is skillfully woven...A tragic tale, engrossingly told.” —Booklist for The Stranger She Loved

“A riveting read that paints a vivid picture of this unfortunate couple who illustrate so clearly what happens when an obsessive relationship goes horribly awry.” — for Picture Perfect: The Jodi Arias Story