“Shattered Innocence: The Abduction Of Jaycee Lee Dugard–The Untold Story”


Author: Robert Scott
Copyright 2011
Pinnacle Books,
Kensington Publishing Corp.

6 OUT OF 10 STARS.
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It’s a novel that chronicles the varied points as regards the Jaycee Lee Dugard Abduction, including an in-depth discussion of Phillip Garrido’s profile–Dugard’s captor–as well as the many characters who became involved in the harrowing investigation.

Why You Should Read It

If you like psychological thrillers and nonfiction narratives, then this book is an excellent addition to your collection. This novel stresses on the fact that, sometimes, even tragic situations can eventually turn into success stories. The book delves into the mind of Garrido–his addictions, his delusions, his twisted reasoning, and his audacity to perpetuate deplorable acts. It touches on the terrible truth that no one can ever be completely safe, especially when there are criminals on the loose. The tale highlights what happens when law enforcement agencies go lax or make mistakes when enacting their sworn duties. However, Scott equally reminds us that no matter how onerous a condition is, there can still be a light at the end of the tunnel–if and only if we play things well and have faith in ourselves.

Why You Shouldn’t Read It

The novel can be a bit tedious because it itemizes too much fluff, so to speak. There are many instances where the author mentions several cases, names, and places that aren’t of direct import to the main discussion; hence, they disrupt the smooth flow of the narrative. A lot of its pages go into diverse jargons and technicalities that may not be easily understood by the average reader unless prior knowledge about law enforcement and legal litigation are at hand. Also, a lot of the book’s passages are redundant ramblings in a sense that varied components are cited and explained, repeatedly, which could be irksome for readers who prefer a fast-paced, succinct rendition.

Overall Verdict

This book isn’t recommended for light reading. Although, it may be used for scholastic book analysis, especially for students and professionals who seek better comprehension of criminal law, abnormal psychology, and police work. It’s highly packed with a myriad of complexities that brings to light the dark and dangerous travails that lurk in the crevices of daily life.

For those who may want a simpler version of Jaycee Lee Dugard’s story, you might like to check out her autobiography, “A Stolen Life: A Memoir”.

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