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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (778 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Terri Jentz Narrator: Margaret Colin Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In the summer of 1977, Terri Jentz and her Yale roommate, Shayna Weiss, make a cross-country bike trip. They pitch a tent in the desert of central Oregon. As they are sleeping, a man in a pickup truck deliberately runs over the tent. He then attacks them with an ax. The horrific crime is reported in newspapers across the country. No one is ever arrested. Both women survive, but Shayna suffers from amnesia, while Terri is left alone with memories of the attack. Their friendship is shattered.

Fifteen years later, Terri returns to the small town where she was nearly murdered, on the first of many visits she will make to solve the crime that would solve me. And she makes an extraordinary discovery: the violence of that night is as present for the community as it is for her. Slowly, her extensive interviews with the townspeople yield a terrifying revelation: many say they know who did it, and he is living freely in their midst. Terri then sets out to discover the truth about the crime and its aftermath, and to come to terms with the wounds that broke her life into a before and an after. Ultimately she finds herself face-to-face with the alleged axman.

Powerful, eloquent, and paced like the most riveting of thrillers, Strange Piece of Paradise is the electrifying account of Terri's investigation into the mystery of her near murder. A startling profile of a psychopath, a sweeping reflection on violence and the myth of American individualism, and a moving record of a brave inner journey from violence to hope, this searing, unforgettable work is certain to be one of the most talked about books of the year.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Elizabeth | 2/18/2014

    " Didn't like it. I generally don't like true crime or serial killer stories anyway... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jessie | 2/8/2014

    " Not really what I usually pick up to read, but it was in the bargain bin... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Tracy Lackey | 2/5/2014

    " Couldn't really finish this one either - the story in itself was a good one, and I was interested in the self-driven detective mystery, but the thing that I could not stand was that the author was so self-centered and histrionic. It was just page after page after page of Ms. Jentz being overly dramatic about her feelings and thoughts and emotions; instead of gaining sympathy from the reader I just got annoyed at how she was upset about what some person thought about her, or what that person said about her in the newspapers, or how she could not understand why her former best friend/college roommate/bike partner/crush didn't want to have anything to do with her - I only sort of read the book and I didn't want to have anything to do with Terri Jentz either! I wanted to slap her and tell her to wise up and stop thinking that she is such a martyr. This book would have been much better had it been just an objective biography by a real mystery writer, like Ann Rule, as opposed to the autobiographical plea for sympathy that it was written as by the victim. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Erica | 2/2/2014

    " This is the story of a woman who, in the late 1970s, was brutally attacked by a cowboy with a hatchet (and run over with a truck) while on a bike trip with a friend in oregon. She survived, the killer was never found, fifteen years later she goes after the truth, etc etc. The book needed at the very least 100 pages cut; she interviews the same people over and over and finds out the same things. Without giving away the ending, it's satisfying to the author but not to the reader. It wasn't terrible, but I could have spent the time invested in 572 pages a lot better. "

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