As tragic and gripping as Marilyn Monroe's story, this biography is full of repression and superstition. Natalie's overbearing mother looms large throughout the book, as does the legacy of the fears that she installed in her chosen daughter. Despite the traumatic and unconventional upbringing and heartbreaking lack of friends as a child, Natalie was sympathetic and sensitive to others throughout her life. The warmth of her character shines through again and again in the comments of her later friends and acquantainces. This book is well written and researched, and is a fascinating and eerie story of the tragic life and death of this famous film star. If you are even only vaguely interested in Natalie Wood (as I was before I read this), you will be gripped and haunted by her troubled life. Read this book now.