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Witness: For the Prosecution of Scott Peterson Hardcover – Bargain Price, January 4, 2005

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Any memoir based on the scandal of the moment must begin with a bang, and Frey's account of her relationship with Scott Peterson certainly does. The first seven pages race breathlessly through that first evening in November 2002 when she met Peterson on a blind date: flirting with him over dinner, splurging on gin & tonics, singing some tipsy karaoke duets and returning to Peterson's hotel for what she acknowledged the next day "felt like a one-night stand." Frey then proceeds to tell the story that is doubtless familiar to throngs of gossip hounds. She describes how Peterson seduced her with his charm, charisma and apparently paternal feelings towards her young daughter. Frey also details her growing suspicions about her mysterious new boyfriend, fears that were realized when a friend finally connected the dots for her and Frey learned that Peterson was in fact married, that his pregnant wife was missing and that he was the prime suspect in the case. From there, it was just a short step to becoming a police informant and, ultimately, the key witness against Peterson at his double murder trial. Frey includes all the sordid highlights: secret tape recordings, TV makeovers, nude photographs, personal betrayals, and, always, the merciless hounding of the press. Frey portrays herself as an honest, decent young woman (the book is liberally sprinkled with Bible quotations) caught up in the whirlwind of a real-life melodrama. As forgettable as it was inevitable, mercifully short on biographical background, Frey's memoir delivers all the behind-the-scenes details that readers will want as the players in the Peterson saga quit the public stage.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Company (January 4, 2005)
  • ISBN-10: 0060799250
  • ASIN: B000BPG274
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (256 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,878,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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113 of 128 people found the following review helpful By TawnTawn on March 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover
God's plan was that Scott Peterson kill his wife Laci and their unborn son. God's plan was that Amber Frey, a fine Christian young lady (who just can't stop herself from having unprotected sex with uncommitted partners) have a relationship with Scott, thereby guaranteeing herself a bundle. It was all God's plan.

I read this book twice, trying to view it from different angles. As true crime, it's no good, as all Amber is interested in is Amber. We are reminded many times, that she has God on her side. Apparently God wasn't on Laci and Connor's side.

The first two chapters are Amber's wonderful storybook romance with Scott. On their first date, he brags that he travels all over the world, has family in Kennebunkport, ME, a truck, a big house, a Landrover and a condo. Amber proceeds to get drunk (literally) on the thought of these riches, seeing Scott as a "good catch". She jumps into bed with him and spends the night, heedless of her best friend's (who is babysitting Amber's small daughter) need to go to work in the morning. Amber leaves Scott only when her friend calls to remind her again, that she must get to work.

On their second and third dates, Scott shows up at Amber's one bedroom apartment. Her daughter, Ayiana (what's with all the vowels?) falls asleep in her "favorite spot" in the living room while Amber and Scott proceed to the bedroom.

Amber and Scott have much in common. Amber likes "good wine" and Scott tells her "I have a really nice collection of good wine" as opposed to a really nice collection of sucky wine.

Amber also has X ray vision to Scott's internal organs. She tells the police that Scott's "stomach kept churning" as he told her he had lied to her about being married, and he "lost" his wife.
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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Wolf on January 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I thought I would get some insight into why Scott did this or even why Amber was so naive to trust this man after meeting him twice with her young daughter. She simply tries to confuse her audience about the kind of person/mother she is by citing the bible and referring to her faith in God. She talks the talk but doesn't walk the walk. I saw nothing new in this book and what's there is obviously hastily thrown together (I understand she wrote it, had it published, printed and shipped in 30 days). AND IT SHOWS. No go Amber!
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334 of 394 people found the following review helpful By Sloopydrew on January 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Amber Frey, and any and all of her ghostwriters, has put together one of the most opportunistic, tasteless books ever released. You need not look past the cover to know that Amber doesn't care who or what she exploits, as long as it makes her money. When I first saw the cover on Dateline NBC, I was appalled. Laci Peterson is gone and can have no say over her face being plastered on the cover. She didn't take that picture to be placed on the book of a woman who may have been, at least indirectly, behind her murder. I'm sure she wouldn't have wanted to be on the cover of a book with the woman her husband cheated on her with. It turns out that I wasn't the only one offended over the shameful cover. Laci's mother has made a public announcement stating that she did not want her daughter and her ex son-in-law on the cover, divided by a picture of Amber Frey. She asked that the picture be removed. Amber hasn't complied and refuses to answer journalists when asked why she won't reply. She refers the question to her lawyer.

After reading this book, it's hard to believe that Amber herself would even approve her picture for the front. The book is a short, poorly-written mess, cleverly crafted by lawyers and publicists, not written from the heart of Amber Frey. There is NOTHING in here that you haven't already heard, if you've bothered to turn on the television in the past year. The "shocking" revelations are not about the Laci Peterson murder, but rather about Amber having an abortion, etc. It felt like filler material, to me (especially the stuff about her not marrying the fathers of her two children). And the book feels like a way for Amber to make a quick buck out of a tragedy. She does nothing but beg for self-pity in this book ("poor Amber").
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Ashley on January 13, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book was a waste of time and money! Very poorly written, no new information other than Amber's personal problems and long phone conversations between she and Scott, she is sleazy, and then claims to be religious. Amber is obviously trying to benefit from this case. I am disgusted and look down on her for taking advantage of the public this way. She's also very naive and needs to learn a thing or two about the real world.
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59 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Maureen on Long Island on January 9, 2005
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I was an avid watcher of the trial and the events leading up to it. I knew before reading this book that there might not be alot of new information. I am a real Amber fan for coming forward. However, she seems to have filled the book with incredibly boring details just to fill pages ("We got into Scott's truck" and then "We got out of Scott's truck"). We learn that she is a serial non-user of birth control. I'm not making a moral statement-just saying that there are things in this book that aren't relavent to the account of her relationship with Scott and subsequent events. In addition, the book is an extremely DULL read. Finally, I find it very offensive that she uses the pictures of Laci, Sharon and Ron on the jacket of this book. Sharon Rocha asked Amber to remove Laci's picture and she refused! I am ashamed that I contributed to lining Amber's pockets.
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