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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

5 out of 5 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 19, 2011

    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 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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 19, 2011

    Couldn't put down

    Like most out there I thought I knew everything about the case. I just got around to reading Portrait of a Monster after getting caught up in the Casey Anthony trial. This book is a humdinger. So many unreported facts and such a well told story. I hope I see the authors on Nancy Grace sometime soon. They did a terrific job in telling a complex tale. I loved the way they were able to weave the stories together.
    The descriptions of Peru and Aruba were so descriptive I felt like I was there.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 26, 2011

    Well done and hard to put down

    Just finished Portrait of a Monster. For such a complicated case it was really well told. I'm not very well traveled so I really enjoyed the descriptions of the exotic locations. The facts from the police files really shocked me. I hope the trial will be on tv. Anyone interested in this case should read this book.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2012

    Anon

    This was a great book especially for someone who doesnt know much about the cases. I could not put this book down once i started reading it. The way the authors intertwined the two cases made it that much more interesting. My heart goes out to the Holloway family and the Flores family. I just hope that someday Natalie's family will find the answers they have been looking for and some closure so they may begin to heal as best they can.

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  • Posted March 13, 2012

    Loved It!

    In a nutshell... I couldnt put it down. Great read!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 27, 2011

    I just read that Van der Sloot's trial begins on January 6th

    I also just finished Portrait of a Monster. The media has so much of this case just plain wrong. I think the trial will make much more sense to anyone who reads this book. I am praying for a conviction. After six long years judgement day has arrived! My prayers go out to the Holloway and Flores families.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 13, 2011

    Exciting and informative

    My wife passed me this book when she was finished with it. I really liked the way the story was told. I wasn't too up on the case so most of it was new to me. I was worried the book would bore me but it read like an international action thriller. This kid deserves whatever punishment he gets.

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