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Perfect Victim: The True Story of "The Girl in the Box"

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  3,283 Ratings  ·  172 Reviews
Called the "sex slave," and "the girl in the box" case, this is the story behind Colleen Stan's terrifying, seven-year-long imprisonment by Cameron Hooker as told by the district attorney who tried the case. Too bizarre to be anythin g but true, it is a tale of riveting intensity and gripping courtroom drama. 8 page photo insert. Soon to be a TV miniseries. HC: Arbor House ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 1st 1989 by Dell
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Jul 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: keeper
I know the Victim (Colleen) personally.
one of my sons and her daughter were best friends in 8th grade.
I haven't seen her in the past couple years.
Colleen gave me this book to read when we first became friends.
It is written by her attorney and Colleen makes nothing from the book.
She always felt the attorney victimized her also.

This book is a sad true crime story about hitchhiking that lead to brainwashing and being held in a box for 7 years.
But thru it all Colleen survived and thats what's amazin
This is not "The True Story of The Girl in the Box by the DA who prosecuted her captor" as it purports to be. Rather, it is more accurately "The True Story of the DA who prosecuted the captor of "the Girl in the Box." Colleen's story at times feels more like a sideline to Christine McGuire's story.

There is too much focus on the attorney and her personal life and it is not at all pertinent to Colleen's ordeal, or to the book as a whole. I didn't need to know details about her family background, o
Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh
A book I read over 15 years ago and remember in such detail. Probably why even the idea of reading ’50 Shades Of Grey’ makes me queasy, this story definitely de-romanticizes the S&M scene. What amazed me more than the victim’s attachment to her kidnapper was his wife’s collaboration in keeping her captive all those years.
Well researched, thorough without being excessively graphic, I appreciated its focus not just on the crime but also on the court-room proceedings. The stuff of nightmares…
Dec 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Just a horrific nightmare of a true crime story describing in detail (minus the smut) the kidnapping of twenty year old Colleen Stan. Such a tower of strength CS was to endure her captivity for 7 long years locked in a coffin-like box the majority of it, not to mention the pain she sustained from the on-going physical abuse, the humiliation of being unclothed, fear of dehydration, heat exhaustion, starvation and ultimately being treated like a slave. While not a pleasant read, the courtroom dram ...more
Shadow Girl
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Lifetime movie about Colleen Stan aired last night.
I'm afraid AND excited about it - hopefully I'll watch it this weekend.
Blow Pop
Content warnings: Rape, abuse, torture, manipulation, coercion, kidnapping, and imprisonment

This was an alright book. I mostly read this because I wanted to know more about the trial because I already know a bit about the case itself.

I didn't like McGuire putting in her personal shit into this. Especially shit that had NOTHING to do with the case.

It was enough that I actually took notes while reading because it angered me so much.

I did like and conversely didn't like that the parts were differen
Kerrin Proctor
Nov 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
Where do I begin? I guess I will start with the terrible spelling and grammar. Did someone actually edit this book or was it all put together in a rush? Is it really that hard to spell difficult? And at one point Christine McGuire was called a him. These things made it really hard to read this book because I had to do a double take and make sure what I was reading actually made sense.

I also did not like that most of the time the story focused on the hardships that the district attorney Christin
Dec 20, 2014 rated it liked it
I'm not sure how I came across the book I'm guessing that I thought it was the true crimes story which Jack Ketchum's The Girl Next Door was based. It isn't

Rather, this story involves a woman named Colleen Stan was a young woman who was abducted by Cameron and Janice Hooker in 1977 and they proceeded to keep her as a sex and household slave while until 1984. They kept continue of her by placing her in a "head box",various tiny room and then in a specially made areas under their bed and holes d
Kena Kump
Jan 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
One word to sum up this book is INTENSE. The author speaks in 3rd person, so it almost feels that Colleen Stan (the survivor) is truly the victim she is. NO detail is left unnoticed, and you are thrust into Colleen's hellish world of abuse and confinement. I couldn't put it down, and I first saw this segment on a episode of "wicked attraction." Reading the book gave me even more of a background and took me deeper into the story. ONe part I didn't like, however, was all the court info, told from ...more
Jun 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in my early 20s. I am now nearly fifty. Still on of the most moving novels ever written. The author spared no detail. And the horror of the whole scenario keeps you captured on every page. It is definitely not a book for the faint at heart. I had no idea that such cruelty existed.
Felicia A
Another book about horrors in someone's life that I just cannot rate with stars. I don't know how these women endure the horrors and pain that they are subjected to by psychopaths and still live to tell about it.

Jun 27, 2011 rated it liked it
4 stars because I read this book over 15 years ago and I still remember it clearly. Horrifying.
Liza Martin
Apr 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I wish I would have never picked up this book.

Not because it isn't suspenseful, enthralling, and hard to put down, but because it gives me insight into a horrible, horrific nightmare I can't imagine anyone enduring. There are some things in this world you just don't want or need to know about. Because people can be so twisted and so evil, yet hide it from everyone around them, which is the scariest part. (No wonder my local library didn't carry it.) But I suppose Colleen Stan's story needed to
Jan 22, 2014 rated it did not like it
Horrible book. I went in knowing there would be a lot of adult content and I was fine with that. No, my problem was the fact that this was written by the prosecutor. As a ardent reader of true crime, I usually don't mind when the author has something to do with the case, since true crime authors are often the prosecuting attorney or a cop that worked on the case. But when you were the prosecutor of this crime that you wrote a book about, I don't need to hear about how smart and pretty you are in ...more
Jun 01, 2015 rated it liked it
This book is the horrific account of a young woman's kidnapping, torture, multiple rapes, and imprisonment by a husband and wife. This really happened and the Author of the book was the prosecutor assigned to the case. Colleen/K's tragic story is told in the third person and bounce back and forth between the trial and her time spent locked in the box. Like other reviewers, I didn't feel it was necessary to know what was happening in the Prosecutor's personal life.
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
A very well written account of a disturbing crime. I often find that books written by the prosecutor are very insightful. Such an interesting case for anyone interested in true crime, but not easy reading for the faint hearted.
Oct 10, 2007 rated it really liked it
Trashy non-fiction read. Kidnapped sex slave kept in a box under a water bed for 7 years. Like whoa. Good for October.
Lynne White
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this, but at times it did drag. I did skim through the last 50 pages because I just had to know the verdict. Overall, a good, true-crime story.
Paul Gaya Ochieng Simeon Juma
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
read this some time ago in paperback.. unbelievable glad she got out
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: abuse-kidnapping
This is a hard book to rate. On one hand, the story told about Colleen's experience was dull. I don't think it fully displayed the horror to the reader. Didn't push into our heads just how absolutely miserable, horrifying and mentally crazed she must have been. That leaves us scratching our heads and asking the same questions the jurors and spectators asked, "why didn't she get away?" "why didn't she fight harder?" - I can't sympathize with Colleen to the extent that she deserves. I would like t ...more
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well that was harrowing. A young girl goes missing after hitch hiking to a friend. 7 years later she has a story about kidnap, torture, rape and slavery. But she isn't the one to go to the police. She's returned home to her family until the wife of her captor brings the police to her doorstep.

While we're sadly used to hearing the unspeakable things human beings can do to each other, it must have been very difficult for a jury in the mid 1980's to decide if he was the monster she said he was. Cou
Kristin Annanders
Sep 02, 2017 rated it liked it
i love reading true crimes, but it is crazy to think that there are people that are out there that will do things like this! This book was hard to put down and made my skin crawl. I could not understand why she did not go to the police after being set free. The human mind and emotion are complicated things and you see that in this book. People have crazy instincts. Humans are complicated beings. The trial had me on the edge of my seat if the criminal would be found innocent or guilty. People can ...more
This happened in the town I grew up in and I've always been curious of the details. It made me sick to know that this was happening across town when I was just a little kid. While this is not any great work of art, it gives you the basic facts of what happened. If you're a true crime fan this is worth a listen.
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Chilling tale, but told in almost a droning fashion
Jun 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Hard to believe this happened (but once you read the book you will). Very courtroom procedural.
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2017
Fascinating and horrifying true story. Oddly, I read this a few weeks before I saw that Lifetime had made a TV about it. The book was better.
J.M. Fletcher
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent true crime novel, one of the best I've read.
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I could not put this horrific book down, it caught my attention and would not let me go
Tabbitha Lindsley
Feb 21, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a fascinating read especially because it is so close to home. Disturbing and fascinating.
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