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Book Review | Angel Face by Barbie Latza Nadeau


Title: Angel Face: The Real Story of Student Killer Amanda Knox

Author: Barbie Latza Nadeau

Publication Date: April 6, 2010

Genre: Nonfiction True Crime

Page Count: 224 pages


You can get the book here: Amazon | Abe Books

Despite all the airtime devoted to Amanda Knox, it’s still hard to reconcile the fresh-faced honor student from Seattle with the sexually rapacious killer convicted of the November 2007 murder of her British roommate. Few Americans have heard all of the powerful evidence that convinced a jury that Knox was one of three people to sexually assault Meredith Kercher, brutalize her body, and cut her throat. In Angel Face, Rome-based Daily Beast senior writer Barbie Latza Nadeau – who cultivated personal relationships with the key figures in both the prosecution and the defense – describes how the Knox family’s heavy-handed efforts to control media coverage distorted the facts, inflamed an American audience, and painted an offensive, inaccurate picture of Italy’s justice system. An eye-opener for any parent considering sending a child away to study, Angel Face reveals what really went on in this incomprehensible crime.

— Blurb provided by Goodreads

I really do not even know where to begin this one. Let’s just say, I expected more. This book is supposed to be Barbie Latza Nadeau’s attempt to provide us with the story of Amanda Knox, who along with two others sexually assaulted and killed her roommate, Meredith Kercher. However, the majority of the book covered media speculation and quarrels between media outlets than it did the details of the case. I would have liked to hear about the awful things said about Nadeau and more about Amanda Knox. You would think that a true crime book with the subtitle “The Real Story,” would be more about the person being written about than how the author (journalist) was viewed while covering the trail. Quite frankly, I don’t care that people called Nadeau “a failed travel writer.” I wanted to know more about Amanda Knox and her trial. And maybe even a little about her accomplices’ history and her life before coming to Perugia.

I just went in expecting so much more when in the foreword it said, “…she attended almost every session of Knox’s murder trial, read the entire ten-thousand-page legal dossier in Italian…”. I was so excited. I was just thinking like yes she has to know a whole lot about the trial and be able to get through much of the language barriers. Like hell. Whatever was in that ten-thousand-page legal dossier and happened at the trial must have left her mind after just a few chapters. And speaking of chapters, the chapter titles were just plain distasteful.

This book seemed very promising until we get to the part where Amanda and Raffaele were arrested. After that, I felt like I could have just read Nadeau’s coverage articles and got about the same amount of information.

My Rating:

2 star rating




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