On June 9, 2008, the butchered body of Travis Alexander was found in his Mesa, Arizona, home. The grisly nature of his death made instant headlines: With 29 knife wounds, his throat slit, and a gunshot to the head, Travis was left to die. The prime suspect in the case was Alexander's ex-girlfriend, the attractive and soft-spoken Jodi Arias.
Though Arias initially said that she was nowhere near the scene of crime, little about this case was as it seemed, and before long she had been caught lying to police. As the investigation progressed, her lies evolved multiple times before finally resting on an appalling claim: She had killed Travis in self-defense.
Along the way, startling details emerged about the Mormon couple's relationship, and soon graphic stories of their lurid sexual encounters and jealousy-driven blowouts revealed a dark side to their life together. These revelations launched a trial filled with sex and deception but also raised substantial questions about Arias' deceit, as people from across the country struggled to understand the bizarre world of Jodi Arias.
Now, award-winning broadcast journalist and best-selling author Jane Velez-Mitchell, a veteran of some of the most storied court cases in recent memory, goes behind the scenes of the trial and into the mind of a killer. Using insider accounts from friends who knew Travis and Jodi, Velez-Mitchell turns her sharply-focused lens on Arias and offers her seasoned perspective on the case's most pressing questions. Separating fact from fiction, she reports on the bizarre and explicit stories that have both shocked and fascinated the American public - from Jodi's romantic history before meeting Travis, to their torrid sex life together, to the complicated role their Mormon faith played in the relationships demise. With unbridled access to the evidence and the case's key players, Velez-Mitchell unearths Jodi's contentious life with those closest to her, examining the paranoid and erratic behavior behind each relationship and illustrating the disturbing pattern of a murderer in the making.
Complete with photos from the case and Jane Velez-Mitchell’s fresh insights on the crime, Exposed takes readers behind closed bedroom doors to uncover the truth behind the secret and sordid life of Jodi Arias.
©2013 Eastwind Enterprises, Inc. (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers
Love a great book that stays with you long after you've finished it.
Jane Velez-Mitchell may not be my pick as a TV journalist, but she writes an amazing nonfiction book. The author represents both parties fairly, new details I had not heard following the trial were very compelling. If you were intrigued by the Jodi Arias trial, you will enjoy this read. Still sends shivers down my spine...
If you didn't follow the trial, this would be a good read. If you followed the trial, this is just a summary of the murder case and court coverage.
Done some more background research on Jodi Arias. There has to be some "family secrets" out there that formed her twisted personality.
Basically this book was an HLN summary of their trial coverage.
I have and would, this is just so well executed that I have listened to it twice all ready
This story is truly unique, there are so many twisted elements throughout. I find the structure of the narrative of this story compelling. Setting up the crime, then diving into the details and the history of Jodie, finishing with the case itself.
Every chapter delivers intrigue and disgust at what happened.
The chapter which talked about the recording that Jodie had taped of her and Travis. Its very sexual and graphic, and I had to see the courtroom tapes on youtube to hear the voices first hand. I was horrified to see the family having to endure this recording and listen to the sex talk of there dead son.
The writer is spot on and in depth and the narration is effortless, very easy to listen too. I like how the author tells it how it is, Jodie is a liar and a fraud, everything she says must be called into question.
I think anyone in the LDS "church" would enjoy this one sided depiction of both Jody and Travis.
I will listen to anything that does not have a foundation created by a mad Freemason, Joseph Smith. My Uncle is at the top of this cult and the majority of my family mormons. I I will listen to any book that is not glorifying a religion that makes a mockery of Christ and women.
Scene? I was just glad the booked touched on the fact that Travis used Jody as a sex toy even though he was an elder and witness to her temple baptism. He was using her in a disgusting manner, and no one points this out.
No redeeming qualities, no.
I have to ask why there were not more questions on Arias capability to pull off a crime that called for brute strength? How can the author presume to speak for the dead? And why paint someone as a saint when they were clearly not? Had Travis practiced the abstinence he preached he would have never captured the attention of someone so mentally ill and would be alive today. Never underestimate obsession, and when writing a book don't demonize one party. This book was a one sided,character assassination with little to no factual evidence.
I have been following this case so I have been following the author's show on HLN. However, I did learn some new things in this book.
I have over 500 books in my library
This is for surely one of the worst books I have ever bought
Any good who done it book should be neutral on delivery and let the reader decide for themselves. For the intense hatred the author feels for the defendant.. It's amazing as she has doubtless made a fortune by using Jodi's name in her book?!
Also interesting how amazon asks useless questions that doesn't even apply to the book review.
I would hate to see what a 13 hour book looks like physically.WOW must be as big as an encyclopedia. Way too long should have been abridged .... That is if it was actually worth buying and reading which it certainly wasn't!
Again this so called author was way too biased for my taste.. I mean there are only two people that know the true facts of the case.For someone to profit from anothers misery and misfortune is as sick and sad as it gets
only gave it one star because you have to
Picture perfect by Shanna Hogan was much better
Even the youtube clips were better than this book
This book is amazing.. I literally could not stop listening.. Jane did an incredible job of making the listener/reader feel as though you really knew both Jodi and Travis.. The narrator is perfect for this book.. her voice inflection and tones keep you on the edge of your seat.. At times it's like the characters are actually speaking.. A++++
The entire book and characters were perfect .. I loved the Jodi and Juan Martinez
She is incredibly talented and a perfect narrator ..
I plan on listening to the entire book again..
The sordid crime and lurid sexual details described in this work would have been more suitable for a piece in Vanity Fair, where one might distractedly read it while waiting for a dental appointment. At its essence, the book describes the murder of a young man by his habitually distrustful girlfriend, an occurrence barely noticed in our modern world. Excursions into the the family history and psychological profile of Jodi Arias, as well as that of her victim - Travis Alexander - were confusing distractions that further obscured the point of this work.
The author seemed to rely on a rehash of publicly available documents and evidence produced at trial in a beleaguered effort to sensationalize a routine homicide caused by a relationship gone bad. Interestingly, and in the author's preface to the work, Ms. Velez-Mitchel displayed an unseemly personal distaste for Ms. Arias that seemed unprofessional and out-of-place.
I wanted to hear Jodi’s voice. And I did not like hearing some parts twice.
This is an audiobook. And I really wanted to hear Jodi’s voice for at least some of the quotes. She was recorded during police interviews. She was recorded in TV and reporter interviews. And most of the trial was broadcast live on TV. She was on the stand for many days. I wanted to hear her tone of voice, emotions, and sarcasm. Instead I got the nice sounding narrator. Hearing Jodi’s voice would have made this “the best” for an audiobook.
In the physical book there are pictures. There are none for the audiobook. Other audiobooks have pdf files that can be downloaded for pictures. Not here. So that is a mark against it. I went to Google Images to see pictures. One of them was Jodi giving the finger to someone in the courtroom. I kept waiting to hear about that in the book, but it wasn’t mentioned. Bummer.
The title is misleading. Other reviewers who watched the trial and news coverage say there is nothing in this book that they did not already know. So the words “secret life” is not accurate for many people.
In this book, the author jumps back and forth between the past and the time starting after the crime and during the trial. That was ok except for some repetitive parts. I did not like hearing things twice, the past story and then later the same thing in the trial. It needed editing.
As to subject matter: Jodi’s story would make any book good (unusual, different, fantastical). She’s a stalker. She tells lies that are outrageous and unbelievable. Graphic details of sex acts are described during the trial causing courtroom watchers to squirm and be uncomfortable. I felt sorry for some witnesses who had to discuss their sex life in detail on the stand. One event was hearing a sexually explicit taped phone call between Jodi and her victim. That should have been in the audiobook, not the narrator’s voice.
One thought I took from this: people who seem normal can turn into something scary. Ugh.
Genre: nonfiction crime
College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.
Shakespeare tells us that life is a "tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing..." One could replace "idiot" with "compulsive liar" and pretty much sum up anything that ever came from the mouth of Jodi Arias. This is not the best book on a killer psychopath you are ever going to read (try Graysmith's Zodiac or Graeber's The Good Nurse), but Velaz does the best she can with this "tale told by a liar" and I simply didn't have all the complaints some of the other reviewers had. Sure, there is some bias. There is bound to be in a book like this, but it is hard to write a book about someone who misrepresents next to everything and not have to make some personal interpretation of the alleged "facts." At least Valez doesn't break her arm patting herself on the back like Amirante does in his book on Gacy.
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