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Portrait of a Monster: Joran van der Sloot, a Murder in Peru, and the Natalee Holloway Mystery

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

I seriously recommend this book

I took this book on a vacation to Aruba? Strange, I know. I've been to Aruba several times and have been fascinated by the Natalee Holloway case for years. I really thought I knew everything there was to know about the case, but it turns out I was in the dark on quit...
I took this book on a vacation to Aruba? Strange, I know. I've been to Aruba several times and have been fascinated by the Natalee Holloway case for years. I really thought I knew everything there was to know about the case, but it turns out I was in the dark on quite a few things. Why for instance is the mainstream media still insisting that the neck of Stephany Flores was broken. The authors of Portrait of a Monster write that the autopsy clearly states that her neck was not broken and that she may have even been tortured. ...but I digress. This book is well written and in terms of the descriptions of Aruba, completely accurate. The descriptions of Peru made me feel like I was there, though I've never been there. In short this is a fast paced wonderful read. If you think you know all there is to know about the case, you're really in the dark till you've read this book. One of the authors, Lisa Pulitzer, also has a Casey Anthony book coming out soon. After reading the Joran book I plan on putting that one on my list as well. My wife is half way though the Joran book and can't put it down either.

posted by SteveandDiane on September 19, 2011

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Waste of time/money

If you followed this story from the beginning then there is no need to read this book. Half of it is regarding Natalie (may she rest in peace)which we have all heard a million times. The other half of the story regarding Stephany Flores is exactly what we all heard on ...
If you followed this story from the beginning then there is no need to read this book. Half of it is regarding Natalie (may she rest in peace)which we have all heard a million times. The other half of the story regarding Stephany Flores is exactly what we all heard on the news as well. Don't buy the book - huge waste of money and does not offer any new insight on what we don't already know about both of these beautiful women....besides that, he is so not worthing reading about as he is just pure scum of the earth and he is a complete waste of human life.

posted by Sammy1960 on March 28, 2012

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  • Posted September 28, 2011

    Chilling and exciting

    This book kept me up all night. I just watched the confession video on the internet and it was so cool knowing what happened behind the scenes. The police sources completely made this book work reading. Just thought I'd throw in my two cents.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 19, 2011

    Made me feel for the Flores Family

    For the last six years I have been transfixed by the plight of the family of Natalee Holloway. I, however, knew next to nothing about the family of Peruvian murder victim Stephany Flores. This book brought Stephany and her family to life in a way that I felt that I actually knew them. During the scene at the funeral I actually cried. I feel so sorry for the Holloway family and hope they will one day find closure as well.
    I plan on following Joran's trial when it starts in Peru. With the help of this book I feel I now have an understanding of who the various witnesses are and what they will say. This book is a fine piece of journalism and should be of interest to anyone following the case.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 14, 2011

    Definite Psycho

    Nicely written and flips between both murders. Sad for the families. Time he came clean and let Natalee's family have some closure. He's done and not getting out.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2013

    He should get jail forever

    I have followed the Holloway case since the beginning and this book didn't present any new facts. I did find learn more about the Peru murder and I am surprised no one has hired a mercenary sniper to eliminate him. I liked the descriptive text and have been to Aruba several times. The author writes in an easy to read manner and has a conversational tone. Joran should never be released from prison and the world will be safer with his incarcination. I would read books by this author again!

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    Posted April 25, 2013

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