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Honor Bound: My Journey to Hell and Back with Amanda Knox [Kindle Edition]

Raffaele Sollecito , Andrew Gumbel
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 customer reviews)

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Book Description

They were accused of one of the most infamous murders of our time. Targeted by the media, sentenced by the courts, and wrongfully imprisoned for four excruciating years for a crime neither could fathom let alone perpetrate, Raffaele Sollecito and Amanda Knox were the victims in a trial so bizarre it defied all reason. Now, for the first time since his acquittal, Raffaele reveals what really happened between him and his then girlfriend before, during, and after Amanda’s roommate Meredith Kercher’s brutal murder.

Filled with family drama, wild reversals of fortune, and a blow-by-blow account of the legal catastrophe as it unfolded, this harrowing firsthand account sheds fascinating new light on one of the world’s most controversial murder cases. With startling candor, Raffaele shares intimate details about his changing relationship with Amanda—one that veered in a matter of days from giddy romance to grueling police interrogations. Over the next four years, Raffaele was the only solid alibi Amanda had for the night of the murder. He came under unrelenting pressure—from his own family and lawyers as much as the police and prosecution—to change his testimony and stop vouching for her. But he wouldn’t do it. He refused to testify against her to save his own skin, because he knew she would be lost forever.

Raffaele sifts through the wild accusations depicting him as a druggie, a porn addict, and reckless thrill seeker, and shows how these stories were gross distortions of trivial episodes in his young life. With unflinching honesty, he takes readers behind the scenes of the trial of the century—and inside the day-to-day hell of prison life. Finally, and poignantly, Raffaele talks about his first face-to-face reunion with Amanda following their release.

Emotional, disturbing, and ultimately galvanizing, this memoir is more than a true-crime story—it is a riveting account of an egregious miscarriage of justice, of public condemnation, and personal survival. Honor Bound is also, at its heart, a tragic love story about a young man who trusted his feelings, refused to give up hope, and ultimately triumphed.

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"At times witty and often sarcastic, [Raffaele Sollecito] brilliantly rehashes four years of hell, dispelling many theories on what was really going on behind the scenes and shedding an interesting light on what it’s like to be a bit player in a major media show. He is candid and believable … Not only does Sollecito give a great insider’s look at the trial from his unique vantage point, he also clears up a number of mistruths that Knox’s ardent supporters pushed throughout the four-year affair….Sollecito’s book is sure to satisfy." (The Daily Beast )

About the Author

Raffaele Sollecito was born in Southern Italy. He was a computer science student at the University of Perugia when he and Amanda Knox were first accused of murder in 2007. On October 3, 2011, after four years of trials and appeals, he and Knox were cleared and released. He is now moving on with his life.

Andrew Gumbel is a Los Angeles-based journalist and author. He spent six years in Italy, including stints as a foreign correspondent for Reuters and The Independent. His books include the widely acclaimed Oklahoma City: What The Investigation Missed—And Why It Still Matters.

Product Details

  • File Size: 17557 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1451696396
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (September 18, 2012)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007MB5UYQ
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171 of 204 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good versus evil September 20, 2012
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Raffaele's story, as told through Andrew Gumbel's taut, forceful prose, is required reading for anyone who wants to understand the institutional and human failings that drive wrongful convictions everywhere. In their haste to solve a brutal murder, police in Perugia jumped to a rash conclusion and made a public accusation. When the truth became clear - Meredith Kercher was killed by a lone assailant because she walked in on a burglary - it was too late for the authorities to back down. With the local justice system at their back, and with the help of reporters looking for a juicy story, they perpetrated a hoax that went on for almost four years.

I supported Amanda and Raffaele throughout their ordeal, and I know the details of the case. What I didn't fully understand, until I read this book, was the pressure Raffaele faced from all quarters to distance himself from Amanda and save his own skin at her expense. I shudder to think how differently this story would have ended had he done that. But he did not. He took the high road, and he prevailed on his own terms.

I could see, when I got involved early in 2008, that Rudy Guede committed the murder and the rest of the case was bogus. But I didn't know anything about either of the innocent defendants. I didn't realize then what I do now - that I was supporting two young people of exceptional character. This book is a gripping true story of courage and integrity pitted against ruthless power. And the good guys won.
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80 of 102 people found the following review helpful
By Katody
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This captivating book is a honest unflinching first hand account of a person thrown into circumstances that put him and his family to a unimaginably hard test.

Brutal murder of the beautiful British student Meredith Kercher has seen a lot of news coverage since the investigators wrapped up the case in just a few days, arresting 3 people and electrifying the public with an incredible theory of 'a sex game gone wrong'.

The lengthy trials and legal struggle culminating in acquittal of the two defendants and release from jail after 4 years attracted the media all over the world mainly because of the persona of the young American accused - Amanda Knox, and the lurid role of a cruel, sex-obsessed she-devil she was cast. Raffaele Sollecito, her co-defendant and boyfriend of just a few days at the time of their arrest, was mostly forgotten and barely mentioned. Yet he was her only alibi.

"I don't think the prosecution or police ever seriously thought of me as a murderer. They had one overriding reason to arrest me, throw me into solitary confinement, and threaten me with life imprisonment, and that was to pressure me into rolling over and testifying against Amanda. The police made that pretty clear on the night of my arrest. Stop protecting that cow, that whore, they said, or we will make your life a living hell. On this they proved true to their word." he writes.

Raffaele tells his story with sincerity and wit. He's open about his emotions both during the few days of the budding romance and the 4 years of ordeal. he's frank and self critical about his mistakes.
Raffaele's family is clearly very important in his life and the book also follows their struggles and predicaments brought by his imprisonment and their extraordinary fight for justice.
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48 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling and brutally frank - truly great reading October 16, 2012
By MikeW
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Boy meets girl. Boy becomes enamored with girl. Boy and Girl spend four nightmare years in prison for a crime they didn't commit. Not your usual love story!

This is a fascinating and gripping story told by a young man who almost became an afterthought in a sensationalized murder trial. While much publicity was given to the horrible murder of Meredith Kercher, and the subsequent imprisonment and conviction of American student Amanda Knox, little was said or written about the student only known as "Amanda's Italian boyfriend."

It may be cliché to say I couldn't put this book down - but I couldn't put it down. Raffaele's openness and sincerity create a moving account of a hapless kid caught up in a situation beyond his control. Trusting and naïve beyond belief, both Raffaele and Amanda fail to realize what is happening to them until it is too late. In the end, an honest judge saves them from decades in prison. Before that happens, they undergo a nightmare journey through the byzantine labyrinth called the Italian justice system, making this a powerful and exciting read!

Raffaele is thrown into a world he is little prepared for, and tells his story with candor, clarity, and guts! One almost winces at his willingness to criticize not only Italian officials who can still do him damage, but his own family, and especially himself. Caught in a media maelstrom, his family battles to save him, and Raffaele is painfully honest about the mistakes they make along the way. Above all, he will not do the one thing that will free him from hell: Sell an innocent girl down the river. Instead, he is willing to remain locked in a cell, learning how to survive in a population of criminals.

Regardless of what you may think about the case and verdict, this is a brutally frank account of survival and ultimate justice. If you like good non-fiction adventure, you will love this!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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If there is anything worse about the murder of Meredith Kercher than the crime itself it is the way the investigation was conducted. Every element of the investigation has been designed to avoid focusing on the person whose DNA and fingerprints were found in the body and blood of the victim. Instead, for reasons of their own, Italian authorities have continued to lavish attention on two people who were clearly blocks away from the murderous events as they transpired.

If anyone can be said to emerge from this tangle on filth as a man, the author of this book, Raffaele Sollecito is that person. Honor Bound is not really another rehash of Meredith Kercher's horrible death. That is a subject the author knows no more about than you or I do. This is the story of a studious computer science major who was looking for a romantic diversion. How was he to imagine that the American girl he met at a concert and fell in love at first glance, would be the housemate of a murder victim, or that she and ultimately he too would be entangled in a botched investigation by police authorities completely out of their depth and a public attorney obsessed with legend and superstition?

Sollecito gives us a candid and terrifying account of what it is like to be wrongly accused of murder. Offered the opportunity to put the blame entirely on his American girlfriend of 6 days, Sollecito refused to take the deal. Against the advice of his attorneys, family and friends, he went to trial and was convicted in the first instance, sentenced to 25 years in prison for the murder of a girl he'd seen twice, had no animosity toward and little interest in.

Honor Bound draws us into Sollecito's daily grind through 4 years of wrongful imprisonment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A real gentleman.
Raf mentions that the prosecutor himself said on network televsion: "Theoretically she [Amanda Knox] was not there." This amounts to declaration of their innocence. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Paul Carr
5.0 out of 5 stars Honor Bound by Raffaele Sollecito
If you are interested in the TRIALS and tribulations that Raffaele Sollecito and Amanda Knox have been suffering , this book is a
" Must Read ". Read more
Published 13 days ago by Mr. David P. Barneby
4.0 out of 5 stars the book was in good shape and on time (unlike the Italian justice...
this was pretty good. written the year before Raf and his Seattle girlfriend got re-indicted by the nitwits in Italy. Read more
Published 20 days ago by triple g man
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read that further Proves Raffaele and Amanda are Innocent!
I first read the book "Fatal Gift of Beauty" that neutrally described the events of Meridith Kercher's murder in Italy, as well as laid out all evidence (or lack of it),... Read more
Published 27 days ago by A writer
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping read!
I could not put this book down. I have read several books around this terrible tragedy and feel great sadness as there are no winners. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Amanda BBS
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is the 4th book I've read on the Kercher murder case, it was interesting to hear Raffaele's side of things. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Victoria
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read!
The injustices of how evidence was presented, the corruption and politics of the Court & prosecution were described so clearly.
Published 1 month ago by Connie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
This book is must reading for all exploring the innocence of Amanda and Raffaele. These are his words, and it is important that we know what an honorable person he is. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bjas
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I've been keeping up on this still ongoing perplexing case involving Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito since the beginning. Read more
Published 1 month ago by PistolPaul12
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read.
This book is well written, and engaging. The story told is clear, logical, and easy to follow. While it is written from his perspective, I don't find it to be self serving. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Genevieve
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