Portrait of a Monster by Lisa Pulitzer

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On January 11, 2012, Joran van der Sloot pled guilty to the 2010 murder of Stephany Flores in Peru. Flores was reported missing five years to the day after Natalee Holloway, an Alabama teen, disappeared while on a high school trip to Aruba. Van der Sloot was the main suspect in Holloway's disappearance and presumed murder. This chilling book covers both cases and presents plenty of details about the events surrounding the two crimes, including the titular monster's deliberate and cagy actions following the brutal murder of Flores, a young woman he had met playing poker.

In spite of the depth of the coverage and the vivid descriptions of the night clubbing world in Peru and Aruba, the reader never really gets inside of van der Sloot's head, and the portrait suggested in the title is frustratingly incomplete. That may have to do with the ever-changing scenarios that the young man himself presents as the truth about what really happened to the two women. The chapters alternate over place and time, from Aruba in 2005 to Peru in 2010, and the narrative is gripping. Even fans of true crime literature who feel they've heard enough about these events due to the intense media coverage of both should find this title interesting. I know I did. Check catalog availability.

Submitted by Anna W @ MPL Central


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