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Product Details

  • Series: Twin Peaks Books
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Reissue edition (December 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781451662078
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451662078
  • ASIN: 1451662076
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jennifer Lynch discovered the diary of Laura Palmer in 1989. While on the surface Laura led a perfect life as homecoming queen, successful high school student, and daddy’s girl, her diary, reveals a sordid double life of cocaine, prostitution, and abuse. FBI investigators hope that this diary will be a useful clue to discovering her killer.

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This is great for Twin Peaks fans.
Katie Textbooks
I doubt anyone else would even consider reading this book or even know of its existence.
Veronica France
Read this book, watch the movie, then watch the first pilot, and then the first season.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Veronica France on November 3, 2005
Format: Paperback
I am the first to admit that this is a book for die-hard Twin Peaks fans only, but doesn't that kind of go without saying? I doubt anyone else would even consider reading this book or even know of its existence. So this review is from the perspective of a Peaks fanatic.

This book grabs you from the start. I received it in the mail when I got home from work last night around 5:30, and I had it finished by 11:00--it's about 180 pages. Its conversational tone makes it a fast read, for sure, but it's Laura's completely unusual, fascinating experiences that really get the pages turning. The great thing about it is that it gives you further insight into the world of Twin Peaks, specifically Laura Palmer, obviously. TP is a very layered, complex "world" that requires multiple viewings to truly appreciate. Fire Walk With Me provided much appreciated insight into Laura's final week, but this diary goes so much further than that and highlights Laura's life from the age of 12 and off and on until 17, when she died. It is genuinely fascinating to see Laura change from a generally happy, if somewhat "different" 12-year-old into a tormented soul who welcomes death. The influence of Bob increases over time, though he had always been there. The pain seems so real, you can't really blame her for some of her outrageous and even hurtful behavior. I'm not going to give away anything specific, but suffice it to say that there is ample support for Dr. Jacoby's statements in the first season: To Agent Cooper that Laura should not be faulted for her cocaine addiction, and to Bobby that she didn't mean to hurt him, she just had no control over her own life.

Speaking of Bobby Briggs, this book goes into quite a bit of detail about their relationship.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By K. Coburn on June 19, 2006
Format: Paperback
I was a big Twin Peaks fan and watched the show faithfully, right up to the end. I even saw Fire Walk With Me in the theaters opening weekend.

I have to say reading this book gave me the chills. It was very heartbreaking,sad and terrifying as you read how Laura Palmer's life unfolded from ages 12 to 17.

I know there are a lot of theories from fans regarding whether BOB was real or someone Laura's sub-consciously made up to block any truth that her father was abusing her. But as Agent Cooper said in the show: Would it be any easier if I told you a man would rape and murder his own daughter?

In reading this you can almost hear Sheryl Lee's voice: from joy to sadness, terrified to angry, hopeful to hopeless: all the emotions are conveyed here.

In a way this would be a companion piece to the young adult novel "Go Ask Alice" , which was based on a true diary. Both books delve into the world of the All Amercan Girl and see their dreams go horribly astray.

Kudos to Jennifer Lynch for writing a very powerful work that may in fact help people who have beeen victims of abuse break free so that they don't become Laura Palmer herself.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By GarbageGuy on December 6, 1999
Format: Paperback
"The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer" is a book that will make your jaw drop to the floor. The story centers around a woman by the name of Laura Palmer. Through her very eyes, the book shows how her reality is plagued by sex, drugs, and even an evil man trying to take over her life (known as BOB). A lot like Stephen King's novels, this book is shocking and disturbing, but unlike King, "The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer" is easy to read and the words flow smoothly. On a scale of one to ten (one being the lowest score and ten being the highest), I rate this book an eight. The story kept me compelled to read more and find out what else happened in Laura's intense life!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 14, 2002
Format: Paperback
For those who are familiar with the 1990's TV series "Twin Peaks", this book is a must-have. It begins on Laura Palmer's 12th birthday and documents most of the important events in her short life, up to a few days before her murder and the disappearance of this diary. Although "The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer" is very provocative (after all, how many young girls have 40 lovers before they turn 15, are constantly abused by an unknown entity named BOB, and also struggle with a cocaine addiction?), I wasn't entirely shocked. I had watched the series first, as well as the movie ("Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me"), before reading this book (which I highly recommend other readers do as well; otherwise, you might be a little lost), so I pretty much knew what to expect from Laura. However, I never did feel any closer to her after reading her diary, probably because there were giant time lapses between entries, and the book didn't even read like a diary at times. Still, I highly recommend this book to "Twin Peaks" fans who are interested in Laura Palmer's past. And even if you've never watched the series, you might want to give this one a try and "discover the nightmare version of daddy's little girl". After reading this, you'll definitely want to watch the series and movie again. You might even catch some clues you didn't see before.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Cathy on January 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
10 years later the magic and mystery of Lynch's Twin Peaks remains close to my heart. 29 episodes of dream like sequences and wonderful black humor are enhanced and explained in the short, but truly brilliant Secret Diary of Laura Palmer. Jennifer Lynch has achieved what seems to be the unachievable by capturing the desires, fear, hopes and dreams of a fictional character and collecting them with in the pages of a fictional but yet strangely real diary. The diary tells of the years running up to the horrific murder of Laura Palmer in the small town of Twin Peaks. Here we learn of the abuse she suffered at the hands of bob from her 12th birthday onwards. Her introduction to her own and others sexuality and interest verging on obsession into the darker sides of sex. The details of her life are described in her own words, and pages are missing from the book just as in the series, torn out so as not to reveal the identity of Bob. This is a must for any Twin Peaks Fan, but also for anyone who wants to get a harrowing and disturbing picture of a young girls suffering under the influence of mind altering drugs, and the vicous hands of men
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