- File Size: 1601 KB
- Print Length: 24 pages
- Publisher: The Open Bible Trust; 1 edition (January 24, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 24, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00I1KF862
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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When I saw this book I couldn't wait to read it. I'd been following the case from the beginning. When I first saw Joanne Lees on the news, I immediately felt sorry for her. The stunned look on her face made me immediately believe she was innocent, no matter what the press said. I'd seen a similar look once before - on Lindy Chamberlain. She was also accused of a crime she didn't commit, and I always believed that she was innocent too.
As soon as I got this book home, I began reading. I couldn't put it down, not only did it take you into the mind of this very brave young woman, but I found it extremely well written. I loved her total honesty and her fighting spirit. She even mentions the names of uncaring, and cruel cops - that takes courage. Some of them treated her terribly, but not all ' there were quite a few endearing ones too. But in the beginning, Joanne was given absolutely no care and treated like she was guilty - and she was in a strange country with no one close by to help her, the poor girl.
Although my heart went out to her, once I'd read this wonderful book - which is terrifying in parts - I realised Joanne Lees doesn't need sympathy. She's one of the most courageous and beautiful souls I've ever read about - a genuine heroine. (She's also extremely funny and quick witted.
Some reviewers have said they didn't know why she even wrote the book ' well maybe she wanted to help other victims as well as set things straight. What if another young woman - or man, came across the same situation? The way she escaped was marvellous and brave. Instead of being accused of killing her boyfriend, she should have been praised. I was ashamed to be human after the way she was treated by some people, by some police, and by some of the media.
When I was fourteen, I caught the wrong train and ended up stranded at a deserted railway station. There were no working pay-phones nearby, and a strange man grabbed me and shoved me into his car through the driver's door. He told me it was too dangerous to be sitting at that station late at night. (I'd been there for a couple of hours, hoping for another train.) He said there weren't any more trains that night, and then he pushed me across the gear stick into the passenger seat. I was terrified. All the doors except for the driver's one were tied together with wire cable from inside the car. I panicked and tried to open the door, but it held tight. I was a prisoner and there was no way out.
The man said he'd had an accident and was getting the doors fixed. I didn't believe him. He asked for my address and said he'd drive me home. I told him the street, but I was shaking with fear. I pretended to be calm and chatted to him as if I trusted him. I was surprised when he pulled into the street next to mine, but he kept driving until he reached a deserted area with no houses. He threatened if I didn't do what he told me, he'd drag me into the scrub close by. As he reached over to kiss me, I panicked ' and without consciously thinking what I was doing, I leaped on top of him and bashed him over the head as hard as I could with my handbag.
Holding his arms over his head, he yelled at me to stop. I think his face was bleeding from the buckle of my bag. As if someone else had taken over my mind, I screamed as loud as I could, climbed over him, opened the door and jumped out. Then I ran for my life.
When I read Joanne Lee's story, the memory of that night came flooding back. I knew what I did probably wasn't the smartest thing to do, after all, he could have overpowered me, but he must have been too stunned to react or it was his first time. He certainly wasn't expecting that and neither was I. Sorry to get off track.
For Joanne Lees to be treated so badly and keep her dignity is a credit to her. After reading her story, she will remain one of my heroes, always. I loved that she can still laugh and joke even in times of stress and despair. What a wonderful spirit she is and a great role model for other young women.
I wish her well and hope she sells millions of her books ' she deserves to. I thank Joanne for sharing her story, and I highly recommend it. It makes you cry, but gives a few laughs too, and you get an idea of how an evil and cunning a murderer thinks when he's planning things. I found the ending satisfying, and although I felt dreadfully sad for Peter Falconio and his poor family, I was happy that Joanne Lee's survived the horrendous things that happened to her. She's one tough lady.
Looking forward to reading Joanne Lee's first hand account. But I was disappointed. The book which is not ghost written, is almost devoid of insight and detail.
The style is very narcissistic and superficial. Padded out with irrelevant details. The author skirts over important events, while giving us details of meals and other flotsam. Usually only the first names of people are given, and times and locations of the couple's extensive trips across Australia and Asia are regularly omitted. (Also she doesn't explain how these trips funded) We also learn surprisingly little about Peter Falconio. what he said, any conversations they had. He's always referred to in the third person. "Pete went out" " Peter smoked a joint." Yet she is at pains to emphasise he was the love of her life with their futures mapped out, when the opposite was true. The relationship had burned out. Witnesses testify to frequent heated and at least one violent argument when she attacked Peter. She had bought air tickets for a trip on her own. She had been unfaithful, and even when police were searching for his body,. met up with her lover in Sydney and Europe. The book was obviously written to gain sympathy as she constantly refers to herself as a victim, but her characteristic vagueness about virtually everything, explains why the police treated her as the main suspect in her boyfriend's disappearance for a long period of time.
A man has been convicted of the crime which may never have happened. If as many suspect, Peter Falconio was never in the van with Joanne at the time of the disappearance. This book does nothing to dispel those suspicions.