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The shocking true story of a bizarre kidnapping and the victims' re-victimization by the justice system.

In March 2015, Denise Huskins and her boyfriend, Aaron Quinn, awoke from a sound sleep into a nightmare. Armed men bound and drugged them, then abducted Denise. Warned not to call the police or Denise would be killed, Aaron agonized about what to do. Finally he put his trust in law enforcement and dialed 911. But instead of searching for Denise, the police accused Aaron of her murder. His story, they told him, was just unbelievable. When Denise was released alive, the police turned their fire on her, dubbing her the “real-life ‘Gone Girl’” who had faked her own kidnapping. 

In Victim F, Aaron and Denise recount the horrific ordeal that almost cost them everything. Like too many victims of sexual violence, they were dismissed, disbelieved, and dragged through the mud. With no one to rely on except each other, they took on the victim blaming, harassment, misogyny, and abuse of power running rife in the criminal justice system. Their story is, in the end, a love story, but one that sheds necessary light on sexual assault and the abuse by law enforcement that all too frequently compounds crime victims’ suffering.

©2021 Denise Huskins, Aaron Quinn, Nicole Weisensee Egan (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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Horrendous story

Narration excellent. Story so awful, sad, and unbelievably unimaginable but clearly and horribly true.
We may not have it. All right in the UK but I hope to. God. Its never this bad..
I wish Aaron +Denise peaxe and happiness in the future

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Shocking book

First of all I would like to thank Denise and Aaron to share their stories. They are truly brave and I hope they live happy lives together with their children.

It is truly shocking, terrifying and disgusting how the Vajello P.D. behaved themselves. I have nothing but loathing for them. They should all be fired and replaced by competent and empathic police officers.

I believe there should be a national victim rights act. I hope some politician reads or listen to this book and take up the cause.

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Excellent

I found out about this book via True Crime Profile podcast.
It is a gripping true story and the narration is excellent. I would highly recommend it.

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  • Rashele
  • 09-06-21

I am so saddened for you both!!

I would like to apologize to you both on behalf of society. Society failed you both in so many screwed up ways. I had never heard of your case before seeing the episode of 20/20. I write my review to you both. I know that it seems that the entire world was full of bad people but not everyone is like this. There are a few good people out there. I feel so bad to both of you! Thank you for sharing your story! I can't even describe how sad and astonishing your story is! I'm glad you made this book and I hope it is through stories such as this that we can fix the severe cop problems in our world! Speechless! Your story leaves me speechless. How anyone could ever treat you both this way? I hope that you both will be able to live out the rest of your lives as happy as possible despite all of this awful trama. Your story will always be in the back of my mind. I am so sorry you guys had to experience this : (

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  • Malinda Flynn
  • 16-06-21

Travesty

This is a true travesty and miscarriage of justice. Glad they were compensated.
The narrations are over the top and looses its impact halfway through the book.
Would have preferred the straight facts

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  • Debby ganzkow
  • 15-06-21

Victim F

I thought I would like this story bc I like “real life” crime. This story is a real story. The story is way toooooooo long.

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  • ANHW
  • 11-06-21

A Rage Inducing Story

This is a story that needs to be told and heard. The crime is total insanity, but the way the police handled the victims of that crime is somehow worse in many ways. It’s disgusting. At one point they have people reading the online comments directed at Denise and it’s terrifying to know that these are our neighbors. Denise and Aaron are inspirational in so many ways. The strength and grace in which they handled themselves is simply astounding.

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  • Buretto
  • 01-09-21

Compelling, for more complex reasons than planned

First of all, make no mistake who the bad guys are in this story. It's the perpetrator of the crime, the police and the FBI. Nothing can justify what happened to these two people. That being stated, I have to say that I'm not entirely sure I found them all that sympathetic. I'm almost certain I wouldn't particularly like Denise or Aaron in real life. They come off (in their own words, mind you!) as entitled, self-involved and most discouragingly, woefully unself-aware of their privilege. Perhaps someone should tell them that parties in wine country, a grandfather offering 10 grand a year to his grandchildren (even with strings attached), and having families where you have the opportunity to be embarrassed for asking them to help pay your legal fees, might be an indication that your starting out in life ahead of a great deal of others. Yet the listener is repeatedly reminded how their achievements are down to their own intestinal fortitude and dedication. With as much therapy as they advocate, perhaps that's their coping mechanism. Similarly, be wary of any person who claims to have moved beyond their partner's betrayals, and demonstrates it by stating that they've forgiven them, over and over again. Yeah, that's completely healthy.

What this boils down to for me, though, is that I did feel the frustration and anger, at the indifference, incompetence and malice directed towards them, particularly by the police and FBI, even as the victims were not terribly likable. How Kafka-esque is it to attempt to deny the claim that you are self-absorbed, narcissistic liars, when you are in fact self-absorbed and narcissistic, but not necessarily liars? A tough road, indeed. It's a engaging story, and ultimately refreshing to recognize, despite the self-aggrandizement, that even highly imperfect people deserve support against institutional misconduct.

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  • Alex Ballesteros
  • 22-08-21

A magnificent told story of the horrible event

As Denise and Aaron explain in their book, what would you do if the police who are sworn to protect you are determined that you are guilty of a crime you were actually the victim of? Luckily for Denice and Aaron a separate police department solved the crime and the rest is history, or is it? Unfortunately for Denice and Aaron the horrific tragedy will not ever just be in the past and my heart goes out to them.

This is a must read or a must listen to book that will I believe every one should learn from. Listen to this audio book and learn “never talk to the police unless you have a lawyer present”!

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  • PNWtribe
  • 12-06-21

Wow.

This was a great true crime book. Written from the perspective of both the victims made the series of events easy to follow. The narration was also fantastic- for both voices. I didn’t know anything about this case before I started the book which made it even more gripping.

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  • laughlin05
  • 12-06-21

Intriguing Story

This was a west coast story and I'm an east coast guy so I did not remember the actual events but I found it captivating.

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  • Jerry
  • 10-06-21

I support Denise and Aaron

Denise and Aaron, I support you completely and I am terribly sorry you went through this. Thank you for sharing your story.

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  • Tykemn
  • 16-09-21

Very well done and healing

I had only heard a little of this story at the time. This well-written and read account is both compelling and frightening. While the narrative accounts read like a good novel it only reinforced how bizarre this case truly was. The phrase that kept ringing true was “if they only did their job” referring to the police. While we often place police on a pedestal seeing them as infallible it is great reminder how human they are and that there are good and bad people working in law enforcement. More often than not we forget that the people doing a job and not always crusaders for justice that are portrayed in novels. They take shortcuts and have biases that affect what they do. I appreciate the honest portrayal of the trauma and the healing that you both went through. Thank you for sharing.