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Exposed: The Secret Life of Jodi Arias [Kindle Edition]

Jane Velez-Mitchell
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Book Description

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 twenty-nine 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 the 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’s deceit, as people from across the country struggled to understand the bizarre world of Jodi Arias.

Now, award-winning broadcast journalist and bestselling 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 relationship’s 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. 

Editorial Reviews


Jane Velez-Mitchell has been deep inside the Jodi Arias trial, covering it from every angle. Now readers can follow Jane through the sordid, twisted tale as it unfolded and get at the truth of the Arias saga. (Dr. Drew Pinsky, host of HLN's Dr. Drew on Call, Loveline, and Celebrity Rehab)

Take [Jane’s] zeal for information and add in her experience reporting on trials and dramas, and what you get is a riveting guide through one of the most salacious and gripping cases in recent history. (Robin Meade, host of HLN's Morning Express with Robin Meade)

Jane Velez-Mitchell has a deeper understanding of this case than anyone. She revealsJodi’s sexual secrets and takes us inside her twisted mind to get to the root cause ofwhy she butchered Travis Alexander. A true-crime must-read! (Lisa Bloom, attorney and New York Times bestselling author of Think and Swagger)

Jane Velez-Mitchell cracks the Jodi Arias code-peeling away the lies to revealthe disturbing truth behind this horrific crime of betrayal, deceit, and revenge. (Jim Moret, chief correspondent, Inside Edition)

About the Author

Jane Velez-Mitchell is an award-winning television journalist, a bestselling author, and the host of her own show on HLN. She is frequently in the media as an expert commentator on high-profile court cases, appearing on CNN, HLN, omg! Insider, TRU TV, E!, and other national television programs.

Product Details

  • File Size: 5252 KB
  • Print Length: 405 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062339001
  • Publisher: William Morrow; Reprint edition (August 20, 2013)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,932 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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103 of 122 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Save your money, no "bombshells" here! August 25, 2013
By MistyF.
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I was moved to purchase this book based on all the hype on Jane Velez - Mitchells' show on HLN. Leading up to the release she talked frequently about all the "bombshells" that hadn't been talked about before - all the new information that had never been heard before. I'm guessing she must have forgotten to include them here because the book is simply a rehashing of Jodi's life and the trial. Everything in this book was already discussed on every news show out there. There was absolutely nothing in this book that wasn't already public information.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what it was advertized to be October 25, 2013
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Jane Velez-Mitchell claimed on her show that this book was full of new information. Unfortunately, there was nothing in this book that I did not already know from watching the trial and her show. I would not recommend this to anyone. It was a waste of money and my time
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not very original September 3, 2013
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I'm not impressed. I guess I should have known better, it is written by one of the talking heads from HLN and the forward was written by Nancy Grace. It is basically a written version of the same type of stuff from tv. Yes, I agree, Jodi is a horrible human being. Yes, I agree that Travis shouldn't have been murdered. But, Jodi isn't evil incarnate and Travis was not a saintly martyr. But, that's the tone of this book. I wish the author had toned down the black and white and tried to find the nuance and shades of grey. That would have made this book a lot more interesting and not just a rehash of the Jane Velez Mitchell Show. For instance, in my reading last night, Velez Mitchell was describing the murder and actually wrote that "Travis stood valiantly at the sink while Jodi stabbed him in the back." Valiantly? The only thing missing from her description was that Travis had a heavenly glow as he looked to the sky like the martyr Stephen and saw Jesus sitting at the right hand of the Father.

Another issue in this book, yes, we know Jodi is a liar. She lies, that's her thing. But, does the author have to constantly remind the reader of this? She tempers every quote from Jodi with a comment of the sort that she is a liar or has trouble with the truth.

Could the author not have tried to find some original insight into this case? I'm just very disappointed in the book.

It will probably interest those who didn't follow the case, but won't be much use for those who are trying to understand Jodi.
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73 of 91 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new but insightful nonetheless August 20, 2013
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I, like so many others, was intrigued and obsessed with the Jodi arias trial. I was hesitant to buy a book that would just re-hash everything I has already heard and seen during the trial and via media. I really enjoyed the first half of the book which gave greater insight into j.a.'s life and personality disorder. The second half, based solely on the trial, was a tedious re-hashing. I did like how Jane put the whole relationship, murder, and trial into chronological order and wrapped it up into a neat re-telling that flowed. Nicely done. I also appreciated the research done on the Mormon faith and doctrine, most of which was accurate, though I'd like to point out that the quote they attributed to define the Law of Chastity is not found in the book of Mormon at all but rather in a pamphlet entitled "for the strength of youth" published by the church and accepted as core doctrine.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Biased, shallow reporting of events October 31, 2013
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There is absolutely nothing in this book you could not find in basic articles on the internet for free. It is extremely shallow, biased reporting and poorly written. The author cannot hold herself back from judging the actions of Jodi Arias. I did not want to know her personal opinion of the subject, I wanted good journalism - insightful relaying of FACTS not opinions.

If you want to read about the events of this murder trial by way of bile fueled invective from a simplistic narrator then perhaps you'll enjoy this book.

Personally I thought it was terrible and you should save your money.
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47 of 60 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed August 22, 2013
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If you watched the trial or read about the case, then this book is not for you.....if, however, you were unaware of this trial then, by all means, go ahead and pick it up! It was a very easy read and I thought that it portrayed everything I saw on tv accurately. I was disappointed that there wasn't 'new' information or some new insight on why she did such a heinous crime, of course, since the trial isn't over, I suppose that could be asking a bit much. I downloaded this book to my ipad and the pictures did not come out, so that was kind of disappointing too!
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38 of 50 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new at all August 24, 2013
By jenny
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I just purchased this book Im at 60% of it and its like Im reading the trial and story that I just watched. Dont waste your money.. You are just reading the entire Jodi & Travis story all over again if you were a avid follower on the trial. It repeats the whole interview we all seen on TV the whole book is all we seen on TV, Im upset I wasted the money. On the other hand if you didnt follow trial read it.. If you did dont waste your time or money.. Nothing new at all. A total dissapointment for the trial followers that watched daily.. You will learn nothing new. Sorry Jane love your show but the book was a joke for the people that watched the trial. Great read for th epeople who didnt follow the case like most of the world did
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Writing so bad that author should be charged with a crime
Good Lord!!! I don't write reviews and after a long day at work there are only two extremes on the spectrum that could compel me to write a review; genius or insultingly bad. Read more
Published 7 hours ago by Richard Dobbins
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
it was ok
Published 2 days ago by BOB
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Detailed book about Arias' love life and trial. I found it very interesting, even though the girl is nuts.
Published 8 days ago by Marsh
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 11 days ago by BETTY
5.0 out of 5 stars Fills in some of the gaps of the convicted murderer's early life.
Very well written. Even though I was familiar with the case, I learned more about Jodi Arias's early life. Highly recommend!
Published 15 days ago by Loves to Read
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good reading,
Published 21 days ago by sharon
2.0 out of 5 stars I watched the trial coverage and there was very little ...
I watched the trial coverage and there was very little info that hadn't already been splashed all over the media.
Published 25 days ago by twidgett mom
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I thought I would like the book much more than I did. I found it to be somewhat...boring.
Published 26 days ago by Jourdan Calderon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read. Very detailed. Would recommend to others.
Published 1 month ago by Daniel Emigh
3.0 out of 5 stars More than one monster
It was a brutal crime, and Arias was rightly convicted. However, this book confirmed what I already suspected: the boy scout that some have portrayed Travis Alexander as is a sham. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Fallon
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More About the Author

Jane Velez-Mitchell is a television journalist and author. She currently has her own show on HLN, Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell.

She is often seen commenting on high-profile cases for CNN, TruTV, E! and other national cable TV shows. Velez-Mitchell frequently guest hosts for Nancy Grace on her Headline News show. Velez-Mitchell reported for the nationally syndicated Warner Brothers/Telepictures show Celebrity Justice.

Velez-Mitchell authored the non-fiction book, Secrets Can Be Murder: The Killer Next Door, which delves into the secrets unearthed in more than twenty of the most widely covered murder cases of recent times. The book's premise is that, by studying the secrecy and deceit embedded in these tragic scenarios, we can learn to opt for honesty in our own lives and avoid similar outcomes.

September 2009, Velez-Mitchell released her memoir on addiction recovery titled iWant: My Journey from Addiction and Overconsumption to a Simpler, Honest Life. "iWant" became a New York Times Best Seller.

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Yeah, I heard V-Mitchell read excerpts from the book and immediately knew it was nonsensical garbage. It sounded like a LOT of supposition, and loosely-based stories and anecdotes that would be absolutely impossible to verify.

I think V-Mitchell is simply highly OPPORTUNISTIC, although let's... Read More
Aug 29, 2013 by Chilly Down |  See all 3 posts
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