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House of Horrors

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  208 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
In April 2008, in the quiet Austrian town of Amstetten, a truly horrifying vision of hell was discovered by police in the cellar of a seemingly normal suburban home. Undoubtedly the worst case in Austrian criminal history, this appalling story of incarceration and sexual abuse quickly became international news. On August 28, 1984, Josef Fritzl lured Elisabeth, the youngest ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 4th 2008 by John Blake (first published January 1st 2008)
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Mel
Nov 30, 2010 Mel rated it it was ok
This book was written so soon after the horrific discovery that it reads more like a reporting of the issue and provides no insight on how such a brutal and horrible act could happen.
Berseri
Sep 20, 2013 Berseri rated it it was ok
The case described in this book is horrible, but unfortunately the author wrote it in a dry and plain manner.
Giulia Dell'Uomo
Buona ricostruzione dei fatti, ma non mi sono ritrovata molto nello stile di scrittura. Risulta un po' dispersivo.
Caroline2
Feb 25, 2014 Caroline2 rated it it was amazing
Suddenly I stopped and had a look to the title of the book. Shock and terror is on my face. How could a father whose suppose to protect and lead us from the villain in this world yet he was the one we must fight on!!!!!

Gosh, that day after my bff and me end up to the book store before we begin our noon class for national exam prep. we chat all the way for the romance corner but we made our way to the true story side. I decided to buy this book, i want to know why why why why Elizabeth must got
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crashqueen73
Oct 11, 2015 crashqueen73 rated it liked it
I think this was an informative read. It did the job of telling the story of the "House of Horrors"... a girl that was kept by her father in a dungeon under his house from the time she was 18. For 24 years. And then fathered seven children with her. And made her birth them all on her own. In the dungeon. And the dungeon was so low ceiling- ed that she and one of her male children developed stoops. Some people are so so sick and depraved and cruel. And then to make excuses for their behaviour ...more
Bianca Ward
Mar 23, 2013 Bianca Ward rated it it was ok
I brought this book because I was interested in the content, and sympathize with the case. However the book was poorly written the author is over doing it and repetitive, he gives everything away in the first two or three chapters then he rinses and repeats through out the entire book. The only chapter that got me emotionally bound was the one where Fritzle explains his lack of remorse. The remainder of the book was just frustratingly written there are only so many words you can use for the term ...more
Yayu Sri
Feb 16, 2013 Yayu Sri rated it liked it
Shelves: pinjem-temen
Oh ya ampun ! Ternyata orang gila ini ayah si korban! Oh tidak, bukan orang gila, tp monster. Iya, dia layak disebut monster karena telah menyekap putrinya sendiri selama 24 thn dan memperkosa putrinya tsb selama dlm penyekapan shg membuahkan 7 orang anak. 6 orang anak yg hidup dgn membawa kelainan genetika krn lahir dr hasil hubungan inses ayah dan anak. Anak2 yg hidup dlm penyekapan jg, meski akhirnya krn alasan tertentu 3 diantaranya di rawat oleh istrinya yg notabene nenek mereka. 1 anak ...more
Masniaty
Feb 03, 2013 Masniaty rated it really liked it
Shelves: koleksi-pribadi
setelah 24 tahun dikurung di bawah tanah oleh ayahnya yang gila itu menurut aku, akhirnya elisabeth dan anaknya bisa menghirup udara bebas dan lega. selama 24 th dikurung di bawah tanah di rumahnya sendiri elisabeth telah menjadi budak sex ayahnya sendiri tanpa bisa melawan, melahirkan tujuh anak juga sendirian, sungguh aku tidak bisa membayangkannya bagaimana bisa elisabeth melahirkan anak2nya sendirian, dan menurut aku elisabeth sungguh wanita hebat. kisah penyekapan dirinya selama 24 tahun ...more
Andrea
Mar 02, 2016 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting read for almost half of the book. It is repetitive though remained interesting. About half way through, the book was basically repeated from the start and it was obvious the author was trying to 'drag' it out. This book would have been much better if it were condensed and edited professionally.

The book appears to have been written without any research outside of court notes, newspaper or other media articles or a few interviews with neighbours and tenants. I got the impression so
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Troy Cook
Oct 11, 2014 Troy Cook rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The truest definition of living a nightmare.The depths of depravity,Narcissism and utter lack of conscience make this so called man the very personification of evil.Yet through it all there is a story of strength and courage and will to survive that will bring tears to even the hardest of readers eyes.A story of terror and inspiration that will amaze.
Kristina Naumov
Jan 06, 2016 Kristina Naumov rated it liked it
After finished this book, I was completely shocked. How could this even happened in our world?! People are going crazy and it makes me sad. Living in our society, make me look at the people with different perspective. This book is hard reading and people with soft personality will not be able to function normally after finishing this book.
Kayla
Sep 16, 2016 Kayla rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
This story was written in a very "matter-of-fact" manner and to me, read more like a list of facts than giving any real insight to the horrible crime. Would probably be a good reference for future articles.
Dora Santos Marques
Aug 04, 2015 Dora Santos Marques rated it it was ok
Como não consigo resistir a feiras de livros com promoções, às vezes compro coisas sem ler bem do que tratam...
Pensei que este livro era o relato da sobrevivente mas não, é uma investigação feita pelo autor. Fala de praticamente tudo mas o que eu queria era a história na primeira pessoa...
Krista
Dec 16, 2015 Krista rated it it was amazing
Only giving 5 stars for the writing and research Nigel did. If I start talking about this true story i will get very upset as this girl didnt deserve this atall
Jo Taylor
Jul 04, 2016 Jo Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chilling to the core

This will stay with me for a very long time. My heart goes out to Elizabeth + her family, God bless you all
Augustine
Oct 28, 2015 Augustine rated it really liked it
I was too scared with what happened in true story of Elisabeth and her basement children, his writing is good, so detailed and so much describing how bad it was.
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Nigel Cawthorne is an Anglo-American writer of fiction and non-fiction, and an editor. He has written more than 80 books on a wide range of subjects and has contributed to The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph Daily Mail and The New York Times. He has appeared on television and BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

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