In May 2005, Natalee Holloway disappeared from a high school trip to Aruba. A 22-year-old Dutchman, Joran van der Sloot, was arrested in connection with the murder, only to be released after questioning. He admitted to being present for Holloway's death - but later recanted his statement. In 2010, on the five-year anniversary of Holloway's disappearance, a young business student in Peru named Stephany Flores Ramirez disappeared, only to be found dead three days later in a hotel room - registered to Joran van der Sloot. He was arrested, and confessed, but later claimed it was coerced. With unprecedented access to investigative files from law enforcement in multiple countries, Portrait of a Monster offers a chilling portrait of the alleged killer within an international manhunt.
©2011 Lisa Pulitzer and Cole Thompson (P)2011 Dreamscape Media
Although i believed I was well informed about both the Natalie Holloway and Stephanie Flores caes, this book brought to light the true nature of the man responsible for the loss of te both of these young women. Well written and narrated, without additional drama or sensationalism, this was a non-stop "page turner" that once I began listening to, I had to finish. A must for all true crime enthusiasts!
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 14-year-old daughter.
As I timeshare owner in Aruba, my interest was piqued by this title. I learned a few new things about the Natalee case and many new things about the Peru case. I did determine that Joran (pronounced urine) is pretty much a pathological liar and I'm pretty dumbfounded about the news organizations (and others) who kept paying him to tell them lies. I have been to many of the places described in Aruba and may have actually passed him by. That's pretty frighteneing. This was pretty much a three-star book and quite repetitious at times. I think I've gotten my fill of Joran. The narration was good. If you are a fan of true detective stories or are familiar with the settings in this book, then you will probably "enjoy" it.
No, but it was good the first time.
depressing story. parents were too lenient especially his father.
Riveting story, sad that it is non-fiction. I don't know if the full truth will every come out. Great book, and excellent narration.
Vassar graduate, living in Mexico and retired.
This is a good book, however, the author seemed to eulogize the victims. The victims' social circles and families were was presented as too good to be true.
The narration was fine except she pronounced the name Joran as URINE. This she said repeatedly. I do not speak Dutch, but I think if that is the only way to use this name, the narrator should have used his last name or searched for a nickname. It was VERY distracting to hear urine every few sentences.
yes I already have
that it went back and forth between the two girls cases
so far this one
I like the narration, but felt that there was a lack of content in the book.
There was very little I didn't already know.
I honestly didn connect well with any character.
Not unless there were further developments in the Natalie Holloway case.
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