Honor Bound: My Journey to Hell and Back with Amanda Knox by Raffaele Sollecito and Andrew Gumbel (September 2012)

Publication Date:
September 2012
Gallery Books
Hardcover: $17.16; Paperback: $10.88; Kindle: $11.04

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On March 19, 2013
Last modified:March 20, 2013


A first hand account of a international case that still spurns intense debates today.

Honor Bound by Raffaele Sollecito with Andrew Gumbel
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There’s been so much information tossed at followers of the Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito case that, at times, it’s been overwhelming. Guilty or not guilty? Should the United States government get involved or allow the Italian courts to determine justice? There was valid arguments for both sides but somehow the story just never seemed, um, complete – as I can best describe it.

For those not familiar with the case… Amanda Knox was an Washington state native who was studying creative writing abroad at the University for Foreigners in Perugia, Umbria, Italy. During her stay, Amanda shared a house with 21 year old British student Meredith Kercher and began dating Italian student Raffaele Sollecito.

On the night of November 1, 2007, Meredith was brutally stabbed to death in the home she shared with Amanda. Her body wasn’t discovered until the following day when Amanda noticed some things just weren’t right, including droplets of blood on the floor and a broken bedroom window.

Amanda Knox and her paramour Raffaele quickly came under suspicion due to a variety of factors but mostly in part because several persons, including at least one detective, believed the couple seemed unaffected by Meredith’s murder.

What ensued became a media circus and a horrific nightmare for two young adults; one thousands of miles away from home, being herded through a court system quite different from those in her native country. The waking nightmare would be publicly splashed across the tabloid headlines and scrolled across the tickers of 24-hour news channels on two continents, from the arrests of the two lovers until their heart-wrenching release four years later.

And even then the story wouldn’t die.

While the story was well covered in Candace Dempsey’s Murder In Italy, readers now have the chance to hear the story from a first person account; that of Raffaele Sollecito, co-defendant of Amanda Knox.

Raffaele’s story, told with the aid of a most superb writer, Andrew Gumbel, as recounted in Honor Bound: My Journey to Hell and Back with Amanda Knox is so very intense and quite moving. Not only is one reading about two young lovers being wrongfully accused and imprisoned but reading so in only a way that can be told by the very one who experienced it.

While Raffaele may have been, in a manner of speaking, the forgotten victim of injustice in this case, his story brings this well-mannered, kind-hearted, highly-intelligent (and might I add, rather handsome) gentleman to the forefront.

I very much enjoyed reading the honest, sometimes brutally so, account of injustice by a gentleman with such integrity and put into written word by a master wordsmith. Please, if you have not already, read Honor Bound by Raffaele Sollecito with Andrew Gumbel and get the real story, once and for all.

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