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On 28 August 1984, Josef Fritzl drugged his teenage daughter with ether and imprisoned her in an underground bunker behind eight locked doors. Over the following twenty-four years, he raped and abused her, never letting her or the children she bore him out of the dark, windowless cellar.Based on 150 new interviews with psychologists, neighbours, colleagues and friends whoOn 28 August 1984, Josef Fritzl drugged his teenage daughter with ether and imprisoned her in an underground bunker behind eight locked doors. Over the following twenty-four years, he raped and abused her, never letting her or the children she bore him out of the dark, windowless cellar.Based on 150 new interviews with psychologists, neighbours, colleagues and friends who knew Fritzl, as well as the insight of his own chilling confession, Allan Hall reconstructs the monstrous personality behind this hideous crime. He exposes Josef Fritzl's dark past in Nazi Austria, his previous conviction as a rapist, the appalling conditions in which Elisabeth and her children were kept and her astonishingly brave conduct while held prisoner. Including exclusive photographs and previously unseen evidence, this is a truly heart-stopping record of one of the most elaborate and disturbing cases of abuse in modern times....

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ISBN : 9780141039701
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 224 Pages
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Monster Reviews

  • Ellie
    2019-07-19 16:19

    Absolutely pointless book.I really didnt think there was any reason for this book. Its written way too soon, with very little research or actual information. Its like reading a bumper edition of a tabloid newspaper.Most of the writing is based on media suposition and unnamed "friends" from childhood saying very vague things about the family.It is undoubtedly a very tragic story with a horrific and hard to deal with subject, but there must have been a better way to write about it, perhaps later down the line.

  • Elke Vekeman
    2019-06-24 12:03

    Ik durf wel eens een minder "gezellig" boek ter hand nemen en dit is ongezellig bij uitstek!Die vader Fritzl is echt een psychopaat van het ergste soort. Welke hel hij zijn dochter Elisabeth heeft doen doorstaan en hoe hij zijn gezin van "boven" jarenlang terroriseerde, het is echt verschrikkelijk. De journalist geeft goed weer hoe Fritzl zijn vrouw en kinderen met ijzeren vuist overheerste, hoe hij zijn kerker kon bouwen en uitbreiden zonder dat iemand het doorhad en dan zijn dochter daar 14 jaar gevangen hield en haar zeven kinderen aanzette, waarvan hij er drie samen met zijn eigen vrouw opvoedde.Mooie lectuur is het niet, maar ik ben wel blij dat ik het gelezen heb.

  • Samir Dhond
    2019-07-11 16:10

    I just finished reading this spine chilling piece of research. Itis difficult to fathom the trials and tribulations of a girl and her children in an underground celler. I particularly wanted to read the book to understand what prompts people to commit such horriffic crimes. Unfortunately, the book did not give me that insight. Moreover, while this is a piece of research, at times, it comes across as fiction. It is not because of the content but because it is written with that kind of style. The book also does not give details about how the girl survived 24 years. It describes the ordeal of the girl but you would not get a feel for how she lived through a typical day in her life. Do read it if you can take such a sad story for reading. It is indeed heart breaking and chilling. At times, you feel completely nauseated reading the details.

  • Siobhan
    2019-07-05 16:15

    We all have those family members who like to lumber you with things once they find out about your interest.Well this book came from my aunt when she found out about my interest in forensic psychology. Supposedly I need to become an expert in the criminal world – mainly I need to be able to recite the heinous acts of countless individuals across history.Okay, maybe she did not put it like that but it sort of felt that way when she handed me numerous books on the topic.Still, despite the fact that such a thing can be viewed as being exceptionally weird, the books she gave me were all interesting reads. This one included. It is educational (even if it is not the kind of topic you would want to teach at school) and an interesting read.Whilst not my usual I rather enjoyed reading the details of this book.

  • Toni
    2019-06-23 17:57

    Quite a look into the real life story of a rapist father Josef Fritzl who drugged his daughter Elizabeth at 18ys and imprisoned her in a soundproof underground bunker. Raping her and fathering several children to her.The most shocking true event of 2008

  • Amelia Wood
    2019-06-23 13:55

    My goodness, what a heart wrenching story spoken by real people with real thoughts to tell about how this 'monster' changed their lives forever.It was absolutely saddening to think that a human is capable of such traits.

  • Ann
    2019-06-26 14:00

    Het is natuurlijk een fascinerend gruwelijk verhaal maar dit boek is niet erg goed geschreven. Veel herhalingen en hoogdravende taal. Met de nadruk op het sensationele.

  • Jessica
    2019-07-05 19:18

    It's like a very long newsreport.

  • Elke Vekeman
    2019-07-16 18:12

    Ik geef dit boek vijf sterren omwille van het relaas/verslag van de journalist over het leven van Elisabeth's situatie thuis, over haar leven en dat van haar kinderen in die kelder en de hele dynamiek en mogelijkheden van Josef Fritzl om dit te (kunnen) realiseren. Echt heel erg schokkend en hartverscheurend. Ik heb het gelezen gewoon omdat ik het wou weten en omdat ik me afvroeg of de moeder van Elisabeth echt niet op de hoogte was van wat haar man allemaal deed.

  • Ashleigh
    2019-07-05 18:01

    I studied law at university and have always been fascinated by the mind of criminals, I cannot fathom what makes a person commit such terrible crimes so genres such as this are very interesting to me as they give me the ability to look deeper into the psychology of criminals. I was 16 when Elisabeth Fritzl was released and I remember the news breaking but I don't remember much else. I found this book in my local book store and thought I'd give it a go. I found that it wasn't exactly what I had in mind as I guess it was written a bit too soon after Fritzls dungeon was found. it didn't go into as much psychological detail as I'd hoped. However, it kept me fascinated. It is a short book but I was so intrigued by it, that I read it in 3 days. It gives an insight into the mind of Fritzl and it is a testament to Elisabeth, she truly is a very strong woman. I enjoyed this book if that is possible to say given the content, but if you want a more in depth study of the crime This may be a disappointment.

  • Shona
    2019-06-20 16:13

    Not really any information I haven't read elsewhere, although the conclusions are quite interesting - rather than simply telling the story, Hall does attempt to go someway towards exploring Fritzel's character and childhood in an effort to find 'reasons' for his behaviour. That said, I'm not sure there can be anything in this dreadful tale which reasoning can fathom. I don't necessarily agree that there is no primary research in this book - there is plenty, especially interviews with Rosemarie Fritzel's sister and Paul Hora who knew the couple and their children very well and considered himself Fritzel's best friend (until he discovered what he had done). There are also interviews with women who believe they too were sexually attacked by Fritzel, but of course these are by very nature vague, since the culprit has never been proven.All in all, a decent enough account of this terrible crime, more suited for readers who know little other than what they have gleaned from the media. Those looking for more in depth anaylsis and/or expanded facts will be probably be disappointed.

  • Alice
    2019-07-19 16:05

    Monster is less about the trial and horror that Elizabeth endured trapped in her father's cellar, but more about the why's and how's that Josef Fritzl managed to perpetrate his evil fantasy. Mostly this novel is a collection of interviews, sightings, and police files. I would have wished that Elizabeth could have been the one narrating (as in A Stolen Life). I found that Allan Hall's method of recounting the tale contains much bias and somewhats distorts the information. I could not be sure as wether what he was saying was fact or interpretation. However i did enjoy the connection with Nazism and how it affected the culprit irrevocably. I pity the Austrian community for the wave of condescension and revulsion that this book depicts. It raises serious allocations against an entire populace and should have been with dealt with accordingly instead of brought up and discarded. This bibliography makes me fear for the future of the human race.

  • Kristerrn!
    2019-07-10 15:19

    Although I really wanted to read this book as I was horrified when this came out in the news and was interested to get an insightful look into Josef Fritzl. But I was really disappointed this book was basically just what we'd all read in the newspapers. It seemed really rushed and didn't really give any insight into this monster apart from that his upbringing caused him to behave this way. It all seemed like the author just went around Austria finding random people that said they knew the family yet had little to offer apart from Josef was a bully who liked to control people. In my opinion this book should only have been written by Elizabeth if and when she saw fit. Wasn't it enough that she had to go through that terrible ordeal without having all these so called 'friends' giving their opinion on something they couldn't possibly fathom.

  • Hybrid21889
    2019-06-19 11:01

    I am constantly suckered into these books thinking that I will get a first hand account of what happened. However, every time I am left disappointed.While the subject matter is of course entertaining as a story such as this cannot but help draw you in due to the fact we cannot understand how someone can do this to another human being, I found it lacking any real accounts that weren't from neighbors or police. Both of who were blind to what was going on.Reading further on after the release you can understand as to why there is no recount from the family or the victims themselves. Having said that, they could of not written the book and left the story to the world news as I got just about the same information as I did from reading the paper.

  • Just
    2019-06-26 13:05

    I read this book pretty quickly for me. It was written in a style that was very easy to follow. It did at some points feel like a work of fiction. However, it did get across the horrific suffering endured by Elisabeth and her children at the hands of her father. I don't think we will ever know what went on in the mind of Josef Fritzl and ultimately why he did it but I think the book did help me to understand a little more about the case. I really admired Elisabeth's ability to still be such a loving, caring mother to her children despite her surroundings, suffering and ill health and indeed the fact that they were the result of the numerous rapes she endured at the hands of her own father, who was meant to be her protector.

  • Xanthi
    2019-06-29 18:16

    I found the style of writing of this book was rather sensationalist and tabloid in style, which I thought was totally unnecessary, considering the story itself is so extraordinary, to begin with. The subject matter was engrossing, if horrific at times. I found the chapter towards the end, about Austria, its past and its society, very interesting. I suppose I was drawn to this book out of macabre curiosity but also wanted to get some sort of insight as to how a person such as Fritzl is made. There was some attempt to address this in this book, but don't expect some deep psychological analysis.

  • Sheryl Roberts
    2019-07-09 10:56

    What a fabulously written, yet horrific true story. I would definately recommend this book. Well researched and and gives you a deep understanding of the horrific story, which very sadly is true. You feel every inch of pain, distress and confusion that Elizabeth is feeling. Absolutely unbelievavle! And very inspirational - somebody can go through so much and still see the best of things, as Elizabeth did, feeling very lucky to have her wonderful children, and help her through her hardest times! I hope you enjoy reading it, and get as much out of this book as I did.

  • Zoe-Katarina (KattieKay)
    2019-07-17 16:21

    This book, for me, scratched the surface of this horrific crime. It did seem to state things that are already widely known, and for that reason it did not do a lot to inform the reader of much more than is available in newspapers. It does however describe Fritzl's childhood, as well as Elisabeth's as stated by her friends. This book is only 3 stars as it was a pretty slow read, as well as there being some 'facts' in here which have been disputed by the police and medical staff caring for the victims.

  • Alex Young
    2019-07-09 12:15

    If you have ever wanted to read about someone so warped you couldn't make it up, this is a highly recommended book. Josef Fritzl drugged, abducted, imprisoned, repeatedly raped, and had multiple children with ... his daughter. This tells not only the story of a very warped mind but also tells the story of an amazing woman who despite it all still managed to teach her children manners and to not carry hatred in their hearts.

  • Sunny Taylor
    2019-07-03 11:20

    I enjoyed this book but I think Allan Hall puts a lot more emphasis on his opinion then he should have. I feel as if there should have been a lot more research put into the facts and I wish that he would've added more about how Elisabeth and her children feel he simply states facts, well very little facts at that.

  • Pippa
    2019-07-11 12:10

    Reminder to books written by the persons involved. This book was very much of what could be found in the papers and what people who knew them thought and said. Nothing new, written too soon and without too much detail.I do not like to be defeated by a book but this one pushed me to the limit, could easily have put it down and not picked it back up again.Disappointed.

  • Christine
    2019-07-08 18:59

    It was like reading a 200 page tabloid on the subject. There really isn't much new that the author could add to the story, in fact, it was written before the sentencing, so there's more to be read on the internet. A couple new pictures, but maybe I didn't scour the internet well enough. Meh...not recommended.

  • Helen Yee
    2019-06-24 17:55

    This reads like an extended newspaper investigative article, which makes sense given Hall's journalist background. By piecing together interviews with everyone - neighbours, childhood friends and even the madam at the local brothel - there's a real attempt to unravel how this could happen, and how it happened for so long. Hall's finger pointing at Austrian culture itself is a damming one too.

  • Natty Dianne
    2019-06-30 13:12

    A fascinating insight into the mind and motivation behind this illustrious man; this book thoroughly delves into his past and the events leading up to the discovery of his daughter and her children. An upsetting read but for those interested in psychology and the workings of the human mind this is worth reading.

  • Trevor
    2019-07-15 11:10

    This book details the story of Josef Fritzl, the Austrian who kept his daughter prisoner in the cellar of his home for 24 years.From his early childhood to adulthood, Fritzl was a monster.A very detailed account of what really went on although at the time it was written his court case had not taken place.

  • Mel
    2019-07-17 18:15

    I always thought people became evil. After reading this book I believe we are born this way. I do not know how the daughter survived a fate worse than what those in jail for brutal murder receive. And her crime...being born to a man with a evil heart.

  • Jo
    2019-07-14 18:15

    Obviously a horrible story, but so fascinating about how someone can do such horrible things. Good insight on the way it all happened and how he should have been caught out so many times but it appeared officials didn't do the right investigations.

  • Tara Ford
    2019-06-28 11:20

    A harrowing true story about the 24 year imprisonment of Elizabeth Fritzl by her father, Josef Fritzl. This is a truly horrifying read but one that I feel we must all know about in order to make sure that this never happens to anyone else.

  • Nathan
    2019-07-18 11:15

    I think everyone will be aware of the horrific story of how Josef Fritzl imprisoned and raped his daughter in his cellar. The book seems to finish without much detail on the trial etc Seemed to be a bit of a poor ending really.

  • Tracey
    2019-07-01 18:20

    I usually love this type of book but i had to pull out my bookmark and stop reading it.. this awful man and what he did to his family dosn't bare thinking about.i might try to pick it up again at a later date and read it from start to finish