A False Report by T. Christian Miller

A False Report

Two Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists tell the riveting true story of Marie, a teenager who was charged with lying about having been raped, and the detectives who followed a winding path to arrive at the truth. On August 11, 2008, eighteen-year-old Marie truthfully reported that a masked man broke into her apartment near Seattle, Washington, and raped her, but within days police and even those closest to Marie became suspicious of her story. The...

Details A False Report

TitleA False Report
Release DateFeb 6th, 2018
PublisherCrown Publishing Group (NY)
GenreNonfiction, Crime, True Crime, Mystery, Adult

Reviews A False Report

  • Emily May
    Marie told Rittgarn she had been attacked, that she wasn’t making the rapist up. She began to cry, saying she kept having a vision of him on top of her. Rittgarn wasn’t moved. Later, when recounting Marie’s words in a written report, he would put the word “him” in quotation marks. In 2008, a young woman known as Marie reported being raped. Within just a few days, the investigation became an interrogation of Marie herself, as the police,...
  • Tziggy
    Very well written about true events leading up to the conviction of a serial rapist. If you like dateline, forensic files, etc., you should enjoy this book.
  • ♥ Sandi ❣
    4 stars Thanks to Crown Publishing and First to Read for this ARC, which publishes Feb 6, 2018.Very good non-fiction book detailing a serial rapist. Written from verbal conversations, court and police records, and newspaper accounts. This story reads like fiction -and although written by two men - due to their extensive research, they did an excellent job. They were able to find the empathy needed to put to paper the hell these women went through...
  • Jamie
    I'm giving a lot of books 5 stars this week, but when you're good, you're good. This expansion of a magazine piece (and I love a good magazine article) is a gripping, maddening true crime story. In 2008 in Washington, a young woman was raped. Within a week police pressures and doubt made her recant her story. Several years later, women in Colorado were raped in cases that had deep similarities to one another - as well as to the case up in Washing...
  • Kathleen
    2.5 stars This book was not what I expected. The focus was on specific cases in Colorado and Washington. I thought that it was going to be a broader investigative piece, and place the specific cases in a larger cultural perspective. The big picture was only 20% or so, while the other 80% was a description of specific crimes that belongs in the true crime category. If that's what You're looking for, this book may appeal to you more than it did to ...
  • Valerity *
    This is about a young woman's report of being raped that gets all twisted up. Written by 2 Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, the book follows the story of eighteen-year-old Marie. She is made to question herself because of doubters, so she recants, then tries to stand by her report, but police shake her confidence so badly she caves when she's actually telling the truth. She has been made to feel like she's not going to be believed by her rapis...
  • Andrienne
    I didn’t realize that I had already seen a 48 Hours episode that featured the topic of this book called, “Hunted.” The writing is meticulous and there were so many names of people involved to remember, but it sheds a light on how reporting and investigating a rape is difficult. The worst thing that can happen is when police investigators dismiss a rape claim and the victim becomes a nuisance. Review copy provided by the publisher.
  • Elese
    Mostly overcame my initial side-eye at two men writing on this subject. A few pages into the first chapter, I realized that I'd read the excellent Pulitzer Prize-winning ProPublica piece that this book grew out of ... still found this book-length examination compelling and worthy and upsetting. We need more women in law enforcement.
  • Amy's Book Reviews
    **Thanks to First to Read for providing me a complimentary copy of A FALSE REPORT: THE TRUE STORY OF RAPE IN AMERICAN by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong in exchange for my honest review **In 2008 in Washington state, eighteen year old Marie, a former foster child, is raped in her home. Afterward, everyone in her life lets her down. Two of her former foster mothers decide she’s lying. Her best friend creates a My Space page branding Marie ...
  • Stacy Fetters
    I'm one of those housewives who sees that her husband is gone for a few hours on a Saturday night. I check to make sure that he's really gone. Once he's nowhere in sight, I put on some comfy pajamas, pour myself a huge glass of wine, and then I turn on some late night mystery show. 48 Hours Mystery or Dateline. Don't you know that most of the time it's about a female who is home alone and is attacked! And reading the synopsis of this book, I reme...
  • Rachel
    Difficult truths and important insights written with heartbreaking detail.
  • Kayo
    This book wasn't at all like i expected. While it was a hard book to read, you felt for the women in them. So glad they found the rapist, and he is in prison. Thank you to author, Crown Publishing and Netgalley for the chance to read. While I got the book for free, it had no bearing on the rating I gave it.
  • Librariann
    Timely and terrifying. Brings new meaning to PICS OR IT DIDN'T HAPPEN.
  • Birdie O
    This book was, at all times, compelling and terrifying.  You hear the statistics, you see infographics, and you see chatter online all the time about women and rape cases.  But this book brings it all home.  T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong have made those women who are doubted, and the ones who are believed, REAL in their book, A False Report: A true story of rape in America.The book follows, very closely, two lines of investigation int...
  • Shellie Taylor
    I received this book as an Advanced Reader Copy from Penguin Random House. I really enjoyed this book. The subject of rape and rape culture in this country is always a touchy one and most of the time leads to a wide range of emotional reactions. I truly appreciated the organization of this book. Although I did have to go back and remind myself where I was in the timeline of the mixture of stories, I loved how the authors left each chapter on a cl...
  • C.R. Elliott
    *I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*Truly a phenomenal book. Although true crime is a genre I'm very interested in it is also one that can easily become sensationalized such that the truth is drowned beneath the "special effects" of the crime fixated upon the horror and helplessness. The premise of A False Report is to bring the reader face to face with the biggest concern about rape reports--that someone will be fa...
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  • librarianka
    I wonder do police detectives read books on true crime in their spare time? I would definitely hope they do and that this title is at the top of their list. As much as it shows outstanding police work especially how cooperation among various units and department got results it also points to the fact that bad police work has serious consequences for victims and potential victims and this is why it should be a required reading in all police depart...
  • Colleen Thompson
    In Pulitzer prize winning journalists' Miller and Armstrong's fascinating and meticulously documented A FALSE REPORT: A TRUE STORY OF RAPE IN AMERICA, the story on a grave injustice--a Seattle-area police department's failure to believe an 18-year-old woman's report of assault-- is juxtaposed against a fascinating account of the inter-agency hunt for a serial rapist in Colorado. Long after the young victim in Washington recanted her story under i...
  • Marsha
    At it's core, this is the story of Marie, a teen who was brutally raped after being targeted and stalked. She reports the rape but is not believed and ends up being charged herself with mischief. She loses her apartment, her friends and her job all because she's a "liar". After that, a series of similar brutal rapes go unsolved until one investigator has a lucky break. When they raid the rapist's secret room, they find videos of the rapes in prog...
  • Am
    I won this ARC in a Goodreads giveaway. It's SO hard to walk away from this book and not be angry. It hard to not be angry for Marie or the other women who are told how they should act when they are raped or told they were lying. I won't lie, I was annoyed with the writing as the book started off. It seemed like the authors were trying too hard to make it a narrative. Then I got attached to Marie and the amazing detectives from Colorado. I was ho...
  • JJ
    Review coming 2/1/2018!
  • Janet
    From the publisher - (edited for length and clarity) On August 11, 2008, eighteen-year-old Marie reported that a masked man broke into her apartment near Seattle, Washington, and raped her. Within days police and even those closest to Marie became suspicious of her story. The police swiftly pivoted and began investigating Marie. Confronted with inconsistencies in her story and the doubts of others, she broke down and said her story was a lie--a b...
  • Kristy
    When I learned of this book, I knew it was either going to be really good or really awful. I loved the concept of this book. I've worked as a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Coordinator and I was a Victim Advocate so this book was completely up my alley. I was lucky enough to get an advanced reader copy from NetGalley so I jumped right in the second I could. T. Christian Miller & Ken Armstrong were able to show all of the intricacies that go ...
  • Jenny Houle
    I received a free copy of this book from FirstToRead.com for an unbiased review.A FALSE REPORT: A TRUE STORY OF RAPE IN AMERICA is an intertwining story of two teams of investigators looking into particular rape cases in America, each following the rules they'd been taught, but one going about it the "wrong" way and one going about it the "right" way (for lack of a better way to really word that). It shows that the mishandling of the first surviv...
  • DalaiMommaReadingDrama
    Such an interesting read. A False Report: A True Story of Rape In America by T. Christian Miller went in a direction that I was not expecting. I knew this was non-fiction. I was aware of the topic, of course so I was expecting serious issues...diverse opinion...facts and statistics and matter that would offend and repulse me. I was not expecting the writing style to which this story reads as. This book is the true story Marie. A teenage girl that...
  • Jacob
    I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads Giveaways. A False Report" A True Story of Rape in America is a well written and detailed addition to the ongoing discussion about rape and the general societal treatment of women in the United States. Miller and Armstrong trace the case of serial rapist Marc O'Leary by first looking at the the August 11, 2008 experience of "Marie." Marie reported the sexual assault the same day it occurred,...
  • Kyle
    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. After reading this book, my mind is racing in multiple directions. I cannot help but feel sorry for Marie and the other victims, ashamed for ever rushing to judgment about a case I have seen in the news, disgusted by the rapist, frightened that there are people like this in the world, proud of the officers in Colorado, angry with the officers in Washington, and enlight...
  • Cara Group
    READ THIS BOOK. I must preface this review by saying that this is a hard book to read, not because the writing is poor, or slow, or boring. This is a difficult book to read because of the knowledge that it is a true story. The writing is excellent and well paced. This book is further proof that reality can be more gripping (and terrifying) than fiction. The horrifying (although, not surprising) true story of how easy it was for the police to beli...
  • Laurie's Lit Picks
    This is a powerful book that chronicles an incredible travesty of justice: a young girl reports a rape, police charge her with false reporting, and years later the rapist is caught in a different state. It sounds like a bad made-for-television movie, yet it is a true story. Well-researched and written by two outstanding journalists, Miller and Armstrong begin their story in Lynnwood, WA where a young girl, just aged out of foster care, experience...