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Publisher's Summary

In 1977, 20-year-old Colleen Stan left home to hitchhike from Oregon to California. Seven years later she emerged from hell, the victim of a bizarre and extraordinary crime. Known as the "sex slave" or "girl in the box" case, here's the whole story - too strange to be anything but true - of Colleen's horrifying imprisonment by Cameron Hooker. Told by the district attorney who tried the case, it is a tale of riveting intensity and gripping courtroom drama.

© Christine McGuire and Carla Norton; (P) Dove Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"A gripping and disturbing story of the secret life of apparently normal people. At once, horrific and engrossing." (Vincent Bugliosi, author of Helter Skelter)

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Eye Opening Recap

Would you consider the audio edition of Perfect Victim to be better than the print version?

Better for me -- I fall asleep when I read the print version of anything.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The compassion and calmness of telling the story.

Which character – as performed by Amanda Plummer – was your favorite?

Colleen Stan & her strength to survive!

Any additional comments?

I had seen the Lifetime movie based on this story, but was interested to read/listen to the book. I have seen the documentary regarding the movie & knew the story was a bit different from the movie. Well written and well narrated.

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that poor girl

i loved hearing she got away but so sad its a true story. thank God she had the courage to tell it. it was very emotional

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Disturbing

Hard to believe that a human being can be so evil and sadistic! That is very strong woman.

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Enthralled

I couldn't stop listening. I was hooked from the beginning. A sad and terrifying story, that was very well written.

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enjoyed the book

The narrator in this book is simply AWFUL!! At times she talked in a whisper and then when starting the next sentence she spoke so loud it startles you. I found the book it's self interesting. Hated the narrator. will never listen to any books she narrates.....

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Horrible narration

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

This just wasn't right with the narration. The woman has almost a child voice and she is reading such gruesome sadomasochistic material. It's just weird and made it uncomfortable. She should be reading children's books.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

No.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Amanda Plummer?

Anyone else.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes.

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  • Amie
  • Dunlap, Il, United States
  • 01-19-13

Talk about crazy people!

Did not like the narrator she was hard to understand and had a very mousy voice. The story was not written very well.

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  • remmy
  • Anderson Island, Wa
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Excellent example of a Psychopaths in plain site

I have always been curious regarding the thinking of a Psychopath. I just previously read another book on the forensics of The Psychopaths’ mentality. The facades of likability, etc., show how destructive they are to all who come near their lair of manipulation, deceit & destruction with absolutely no sense of guilt. This book showed the many faces & actions the Psychopath is capable of, especially those who are younger, insecure, etc. They know how to choose their victims, as this book relates. It is good to go into the minds of Psychopaths or Sociopaths so that you never, automatically fall for their charm & persuasive personality.

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Left with more questions then I originally had

There were so many gaps in her story and I wish there would have been more insight into her psychological state of her mind.

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Interesting true story!

Story bounces around too much. Narrator could be better. But interesting story. Should have elaborated on some details at the end.