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Aruba: The Tragic Untold Story of Natalee Holloway and Corruption in Paradise

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  329 ratings  ·  28 reviews
One father's mission to find his daughter

I am a father who has no idea what has happened to his child. The questions run through my mind all day long. They keep me awake at night. Is she dead? Is she alive? Is she being held captive somewhere? Are they hurting her? Is she crying out for me? 

These are the impassioned words of Dave Holloway, father of Natalee Holloway, wh
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published May 8th 2006 by Thomas Nelson (first published April 11th 2006)
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Jan Deelstra
Sep 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Without sacrificing this book with a review laced with emotions and spoilers, I am compelled to say that I will never travel to Aruba, nor, if I have anything to do with the decision, will anyone I care about.
Should we boycott Aruba? No. Rather, we should wipe the predators of women and the corrupt polititians and so-called law enforcement officials who protect them off the face of the planet. This includes the corrupt officials on the small island of Aruba, and MUST also, perhaps more importan
Jan 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
I was riveted by the story of Natalee Holloway's tragedy. This is an excellent book. There is much information in this book that was not widely distributed in the media.
Jun 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have now read both books - Beth's book and now this one from her Dad - Beth told more of the emotions within the family - Dave speaks more of the political side of Aruba and how they wronged the investigation of his daughters disappearance in this case - I am glad I read both accounts - From her folks.

I hold this true crime story close to my heart, because I have visited this island a half dozen times and I never felt I was in any danger. If I would have read the accounts in this book, I woul
Marianne Jay
Mar 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book came alive in a way that no other book came alive. I could actually feel Dave Holloway's emotion...his breathlessness, his tightening of the chest, his frustration.....this has never happened to me before.

The ONLY reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that I read a news story a month ago about a new development in this the article, it states that Dave knew Natalee was dead the moment he heard she was missing. In the book, in the last chapter, he states he still feels she is ali
Oct 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book was an enlightening insight into the Natalee Holloway story. I am very disheartened at the way the case was handled and that they will probably never know what happened to their daughter. A must read for anyone thinking about going to Aruba or any island like that.
Sue Callaghan
Jul 11, 2012 rated it liked it
It was written well enough, and I feel for the parents very very much... but in the big picture they should have worked together as the book points out very clearly that the double effort... with separate agendas did not help their cause.... overall not a great read.
Ali Smith
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Good book!!!
Patty Abrams
Apr 28, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir-bio
Natalee's dad gives a good description of his search in Aruba, along with theories and opinions about the government's coverup.
Jun 20, 2012 is currently reading it
So far it is very gripping. I can't believe how reading this book has made me never want to leave my country...ever!
This book skipped around a lot, it really wasn't what I expected. I guess maybe Natalee`s dad didn't remember much. In one sentence he's talking about how Natalee was a kid and the next he's talking about her graduation. When Natalee went missing he stopped everything to go and search for her, the thing that shocked me about this book was how the police in Aruba didn't even care. When Natalee`s dad arrived in Aruba to go to the police station the first thing the police asked him was "How much mo ...more
The first thing that stood out about this book was how Dave was quick to mention in the book that he did not approve of Natalee going on the Aruba trip, but rather his ex wife approved. I just found that interesting.

Overall, very sad story. I feel terrible for Dave and the whole family. It must be devastating to just not know what happened to Natalee. It's despicable that people take advantage of a family's sadness too; all of the "psychics" , and people that claimed to know where Natalee who a
Kelsey Contreras
Jan 16, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: couldnt-finish
i just couldn't finish this book. It was so frustrating with the lack of police skills/investigating. They had a clue oh wait, nope... it's not good enough. They had a suspect in prison nope... didn't have enough evidence. This book made me mentally tired. I feel for the family and can't imagine what they went through and are still going through. I found this book to be VERY redundant. I read the same information numerous times. I hope they end up finding what happened, I really do. But I can't ...more
Aug 01, 2008 rated it liked it
In this book, Dave Holloway talks about his daughter, Natalee, who disappeared while vacationing with her high school friends in Aruba. I remember following this story when it appeared in the news. After reading this book, I feel really sorry for the family for what they are going through. Obviously, someone knows something about Natalee's disappearance and it's too bad that the Aruban Police haven't been very cooperative in searching for her. I hope someday they find her so that the family can ...more
Lena H.
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
It's sad that the people who helped Mr. Holloway put this book together cared more about drama and selling books than about helping him put together an organized account of Natalee's disappearance that might help further the investigation and find Natalee. I hope someday they learn the truth but after all that's happened I don't know that they'll ever be able to believe the truth even if they do hear it.
Chloe Hung
May 13, 2018 rated it liked it
The story of Natalee’s disappearance is heartbreaking and the frustrating journey that her father has been through and is still going through to get answers is informative and compelling. Sadly, this true story reads like a fictional book that you would have a hard time believing that such government corruption, cover-ups and blatant disregard for evidence occurs. I will never go to Aruba.
Feb 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
A few pages into the book and Natalee is already missing. Dave Holloway does not spend a lot of time convincing the reader to love his daughter. Instead, he uses the pages to tell about the investigation, about the people involved in the investigation, and the suspects. A clear theme is that some amount of corruption existed that prevented early answers into Natalee's disappearance.
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book was a quick read but was more about the family than the case. It's interesting to hear some of the crazy leads the family was given but there was little explanation for any of the parts of the investigation. A good case can be made against the main suspect, but in his anger and accusations Mr. Holloway never made it. Would love to find a case file on this one.
Wendy Lear
Aug 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Heartbreaking story.
Mar 20, 2008 added it
Picked this one up today. I'm hoping there's some new information that I'm not already aware of.
Theresa Perfetto
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: true-crime
Viewpoint of the parents. It shed much light on the details of this case. Sadly interesting
Monica Sweet
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
I will never travel to Aruba. Too much crime and drugs for me..
Olivia Hart
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The book, Aruba: The Tragic Untold Story of Natalee Holloway and Corruption in Paradise was about a senior in highschool, Natalee Holloway and her story: Written by her dad, Dave. She went to Aruba for a class trip and wound up going missing. Nobody knows if she was killed, kidnapped, or ran away. The book was all of her dad's side of the story with his emotion and feeling intertwined. He started from way before the binning to way after the end. You get every aspect. Every detail you would want ...more
Jan 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
Book reads like a father who's daughter disappeared and he is ticked off at everyone for not doing enough to help. I guess I was expecting a book that would be more about Natalie and her disappearance instead of the bulk of the book being a rehashing of the corruption in Aruba. Should have taken the title for what it was. Dave seems like a very nice guy who is upset, and rightfully so. But when you read the same things over and over again, it doesn't make for an interesting book. Saw no point to ...more
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018, book-club, kindle
This is a tough book to review. I definitely feel for the Holloway family and I can only imagine what years of searching for a missing family must feel like. That being said, I'm not sure Mr. Holloway did himself many favors in this book. There was a bit of a racist undertone to some of his remarks that was pervasive and consistent and it made it difficult to offer him the amount of empathy I think he deserves. And that feels like a terribly unfair criticism given the tragedy the family has face ...more
Aug 12, 2019 rated it liked it

This is such a tragic story. When I read this book, I imagined what could have happened and all of the possibilities. It makes me want to go to Aruba and search my heart out for Natalee. It is so sad to have to see a father's perspective on his daughter who went missing over 10 years ago and still hasn't found her. And he is right. The Aruban government and investigation team was definitely slacking off or hiding something that could have help find her.
Heather Jasinski
I read this in 3 hours. It was a sad and interesting read.
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