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The Woman Who Wasn't There: The True Story of an Incredible Deception

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9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

Charismatic charlatan, we've all met them. But the story of thi

Charismatic charlatan, we've all met them. But the story of this woman's deceits, perpetrated against survivors who were on tenuous mental ground to begin with, puts her in the leagues of some of the most famous charismatics history has ever known. Her story takes on ...
Charismatic charlatan, we've all met them. But the story of this woman's deceits, perpetrated against survivors who were on tenuous mental ground to begin with, puts her in the leagues of some of the most famous charismatics history has ever known. Her story takes on sinister undertones as she tries to blame everyone else for her troubles as her real story is slowly exposed. The eyewitnesses to this facinating story, and the authors' retelling of their first-hand experiences is truly chilling in the recountings of deceit, selfishness and an absolute willingness to say or do anything that would discredit those who dared question Ms. Head.
To answer some of the less-rated reviewers, how else would you have told this story? Telling it from the perspective of one who had experienced it first-hand gave this reader insights that would not have been possible had it been just a recitation of events. And for the other reviewer who said this book just ends, well, that's where the first-hand story ended for all those people she took in with her poisonous spider web of deceit. Maybe the authors will some day be able to tidy up all the loose ends you'd like to see tied neatly with a bow, but this is NOT fiction, this is a chilling tale of a true-life con-woman, who came from a background of entitlement and never once stopped to think about the effect her lies would have on the people who befriended her. I doubt such a cunning and ruthless woman would sit down with the authors to confess her reasons behind this elaborate and well-thought-out scam. But I would love to see a follow-up on this story someday, maybe culminating in the knowledge that Ms. Head expressed sorrow for what she did to those souls that trusted her with the memories of the worst time in their lives. I doubt anybody thinks that would happen, nobody who would perpetrate something of this heinous magnitude thinks that they're ever wrong.
I want to close by saying this is a fascinating read. I read it from cover to cover late into the wee hours of night. Sometimes I wish it had been fiction, as I tend to want to think only the best of people. This is a must-read for anybody who's ever ignored that little warning bell inside themselves, if only to remind themselves to trust their instincts. Kudos to all that gave up a little bit of their soul to tell this fascinating (and disturbing) story.

posted by Anonymous on April 7, 2012

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6 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

I'm shocked by this story, amazed by that this woman did. Howeve

I'm shocked by this story, amazed by that this woman did. However I'm very disappointed at the way this book was written. Each chapter takes goes into detail (perhaps too many detail which would explain why some readers question whether this book is fiction) about a s...
I'm shocked by this story, amazed by that this woman did. However I'm very disappointed at the way this book was written. Each chapter takes goes into detail (perhaps too many detail which would explain why some readers question whether this book is fiction) about a situation where Tania supposedly lied. Different moments in time where the reader is given an insider perspective into Tania's fabrications. The authors however forget to tell a story. There is nothing linking each chapter to the next. We don't have time to connect with the people affected by it. There are no insights into how they were affected on a personal level, their feelings. No insights either on Tania. Why she did it, where she was, etc..

posted by Anonymous on April 5, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2012

    How can you a review when you haven't read the book. Unfair rat

    How can you a review when you haven't read the book. Unfair ratings due to people like you.

    2 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2012

    Very suspenful

    This jpung author did a great job revealing the truth about 9-11

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  • Posted May 20, 2012

    Very good book

    This book was excellent and the only reason that I am giving it four stars instead of five is that I feel the authors could have examined and written about Tania's background in greater detail back in her native Spain. Instead, her past was given a light treatment that does not go far enough in explaining any psychological issues she may have that can account for her bizarre behavior. I see her as someone suffering from a case of megalomania with a touch of sociopathy and delusion all rolled into one. Other than this, the book is excellent, along with the pace and unfolding of events. It's an excellent book that I recommend highly to anyone who is interested in the events of September 11th, or just anyone looking for a good book to read. By the way, I am Hispanic and Tania is by no means representative of the Hispanics in the US, most of whom are hard-working, honest people. She is more of an aberration. Although she did reach positive goals for the September 11th victims and community, her betrayal and deception in doing so leave one speechless and shaking one's head in disbelief.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2012

    Highly recommended

    I found this book to be fascinating reading. The author unfolded the story line in such a way that it kept one reading and not wanting to put the book down. Besides being a good read, I was appalled that a person could be so devious and so hurtful to innocent victims. This woman should never be allowed back in the United States.

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  • Posted May 6, 2012

    facinating

    incredable story... i could not put the book down.

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  • Posted May 5, 2012

    A Must Read!!

    A very amazing story, a must read. To think that someone could do this is mind boggling.

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