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Perfect Victim: The True Story of the Girl in the Box Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 1989
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Top Customer Reviews
And she was right--to a point. The subject is disturbingly fascinating for a True Crime novel about a victim who isn't murdered. How could they keep this young woman so carefully hidden away for so long? It seems outlandish, but the more you uncover, the more you realize that it IS feasible, and it's absolutely horrifying to imagine what Colleen Stan went through.
But the book is written by the DA who prosecuted her captor, and it shows.
We learned virtually nothing about what makes Cameron Hooker tick. Almost nothing is revealed about Colleen's past. And Janice Hooker, the most in-depth study, is more an accomplice/side victim than anything else.
But we learned all about the DA's marital problems, the vacation to reconcile her marriage, the eventual divorce, how cute her daughter is, how much she loves children, and virtually her every reaction to minute things--when all those small details should have been put into Colleen's story.
I could have enjoyed this so much more, but honestly--why should I care about the DA's personal problems? I read this book to learn about the crime, the victim, the captor, the associates. I didn't read it to hear about the author's personal issues throughout the trial.
Snip out those details, and this book would have gotten 1.5 stars more, if I could.
The story continues back and forth between her captivity and the investigation/trial after her escape. While reading the chapters about Colleen you often wonder why she didn't try to escape when she was free of the box or when she was allowed certain freedoms. But, I guess that unless we were in her situation we would never be able to comprehend exactly what she was feeling.
This book is a great read, however, it's extremely graphic at times and is not for the weak at heart.
Colleen Stan was fortunate in that she managed to survive Cameron's tortures, including being hung by her arms for extended periods, burned, electrically shocked, and kept in a coffinlike box under the Hooker's bed in a sweltering trailer for several days with almost no water. Eventually she was able to forge a bond with Cameron's neglected and fearful wife, who helped her escape and also helped the authorities bring Cameron to justice. Colleen was not so fortunate in that the prosecutor in her case, Christine McGuire, apparently wrote this book about her experiences and did not share the profits with Colleen, which is pretty sleazy in my opinion.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a horrific story so I'm conflicted about giving it such a high rating but it was very well-written and I was hooked from the first word.Published 21 days ago by emmo35
This was a fascinating story and still baffles me. The book was great though.Published 21 days ago by Sarah G Wohlman
I learned of this book after attending the Tehama County Crime Victims' Rights ceremony last April 2015. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Vickie Linnet
This was a really good read. The book is old as I dont know what, but to people who think life doesnt matter and you can just float through the world not paying any attention to... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Good Man named Mike
This book is based on a true story. It is educational and entertaining. I would recommend it for classes on criminology or in the study of victims. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer