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Hotel Kerobokan: The Shocking Inside Story of Bali's Most Notorious Jail Paperback – 1 November 2012
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With her bestselling books making a splash internationally, Kathryn Bonella, bestselling writer of true crime kindle, paperback and audible books, has established a global fan base. Her true crime books focussing on Bali, drug smuggling, surfing and Brazil have become compulsory reading for many surfers and travellers, especially those who travel to Bali and Brazil.
Kathryn studied as a journalist at RMIT in Melbourne, moved to London to freelance for print and TV, then returned to Australia in 2000 to produce for 60 Minutes.
It was a true crime story about a 27-year-old Australian beauty school student, Schapelle Corby, being arrested at Bali international airport with kilos of marijuana in her boogie-board bag that spring-boarded Kathryn from journalist to bestselling organised crime author. After covering the story for 60 Minutes, Kathryn was offered the chance to co-write Schapelle's autobiography, Schapelle Corby: My Story, with Schapelle. It went straight to number one.
Since then Kathryn has written three more international true crime bestsellers: Hotel Kerobokan, internationally titled Hotel K, which blew the lid off the notorious Bali jail; Snowing in Bali, a true life crime thriller about the island's cocaine dealers; and Operation Playboy, the adrenaline-pumping true crime story of surfers trafficking drugs across the globe and the international police chase for the organised crime gang.
In 2019, Kathryn and Schapelle updated My Story, 13 years after releasing the original.
If you are a fan of true crime biography books, mafia books, organised crime books, books about hoaxes, deceptions and murder and mayhem then these brilliant, bestselling books are for YOU!
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Imagine if this happened in our prisons today.
The book is about life in the notorious Hotel Kerobokan situated in Bali and has some 'great' photos in it too - some of inmates. If you google the prison there is an article in the Mail Online which makes interesting reading.
Be prepared for bad language along with explicit descriptions - especially if you have a vivid imagination
The book was awfully repetitive and at times Bonella contradicted herself leading me to believe that many of the stories are in fact fabrications. Very small minute details hold inconsistencies. For example, the member of Lakasar who sells drugs in Hotel K is described as selling pills 'out of a plastic bag in his pocket'. A little while later Bonella says he always sold 'from a metal tray'....
There are many other similar inconsistencies which when combined raises a few eyebrows and raises questions as to the authenticity of Bonella's assertions.
Bonella provides a great insight into life in Bali’s most notorious jail, Hotel K. It is gritty and real – the sources, facts and opinions have been thoroughly researched and painstakingly pieced together, this is evident throughout. The circumstances surrounding these prisoners is unbelievable, considering our prison system here in the UK. It was shocking to read about some of the events that happened to prisoners and guards within this institution, making you realise how much is taken for granted here.
The author gives a totally uncensored story, using real POV’s to really give the gory, grim details of life inside. Bonella also has a really interesting way of writing about all of these prisoners humanely. I desperately hoped for better lives for some of them despite their despicable and torturous crimes. I also researched some of the inmates further following this read, to find out more information about their cases – namely Schapelle Corby, an Australian and Ronnie Ramsay, brother of celebrity chef Gordon.
The detail given in this novel is astounding – from rapists, murderers and drug smugglers to people simply caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, there is a little bit of everything. It is particularly graphic and quite disturbing at times – but I found it to be a really interesting, thought-provoking and insightful read.
I have read some pretty heavy stuff in my time, but even this shocked me. Written from the perspective of the prisoners themselves, who come from all four corners of the world, I would almost rather be dead than face life in a place like this, indeed at least one prisoner says this herself. I would easily give this four stars.
Well this book shows you what it is like with and without money. It also helps if you are connected. Some of the read will make you read it again to see if you mis-read it the first time. Having said that it did get a little tiresome just repeating over and over again the drug problems and take up of drugs and their supply. I did get a little bored , it could have been a little more concise say 75 pages shorter.
The stories are worth 5 stars but Bonella's style of story telling becomes a little repetitive at times so it's getting a 4!
Great beach read (particularly in Bali or the far east!)