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About the Author

Carolyn Gusoff is an Emmy award winning broadcast journalist currently working the Long Island beat for WCBS-TV. She has covered some of the most high profile news stories in New York City and its suburbs, including the kidnapping of Katie Beers. Prior to WCBS, she reported live daily for Good Day New York, Fox5 WNYW for 3 years, and was Long Island Bureau Chief at WNBC for 15 years, also co-anchoring Weekend Today in New York.A graduate of Columbia University and Cornell, she was born in NYC and lives on Long Island with her husband and two children.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Titletown Publishing, LLC; 1 edition (January 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985247843
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985247843
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (297 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Story was very well written.
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I read through the book quickly cover to cover to know the story.
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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Donna Anastasi on January 15, 2013
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"I try not to be sad about what happened, because ultimately it made me who I am today, and I'm very satisfied and happy with my life." -- Katie Beers

Twenty years after the Jan 13, 1993 abduction of the then ten year old girl made headlines, Katie Beers has published her story. During the seventeen days she was held chained and captive in an underground prison the size of a tiny closet, the police investigated and discovered that she was suffering abuse at home: being severely neglected by her mother and abused and molested by a couple who lived with and preyed on her family. The school system, neighbors, and police failed her miserably through the first 10 years of her life. Her brother, six years her senior, was her one hero, but when he tried to protect her he was horribly abused as well.

Often in these cases, after the abuse comes to light, the child goes through many other horrible mis-handlings through failings of the foster care and legal system. Not so here. Her foster parents become her Mom and Dad, she thrived in school, received the counseling she needed, and was able to love and be loved and have healthy adult relationships.

This is an amazing account, if it were not true no one would believe it. It is exceptionally well written by a reporter who covered the crime and continued to hold a deep interest for Katie Beers over the years. The first half of the book tells the story from start to finish and then the second half moves into more details on the crime including absolutely chilling transcripts of audio recordings made by her captor during the time she was held prisoner.

I read through the book quickly cover to cover to know the story. I will most definitely read it over again, slowly, for the wisdoms of this brave and resilient survivor.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By pamela on January 15, 2013
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From the first page, I couldn't put this book down. I became so attached to Katie, a child with an incredible spirit that despite all of the neglect and abuse, somehow survives. I fell in love with her and had to keep reading to see what exactly happened to her. I loved the dual perspective from both the child herself and the reporter who from the beginning covered the story. I feel as if I got to know not only Katie but the other "players" both good and bad in her life. Despite the incredible sadness and shock I experienced at times reading the book, in the end it was so inspiring and uplifting! Great read!!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Sepher Maiven on January 22, 2013
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Katie Beers has written a memoir which is both riveting and inspirational.It tells the story of her ordeal as a prisoner and as abused child. While the story has a 'happy ending' the book holds no punches in conveying to the reader the pain of abuse and its lasting impact on the victim.
The recognition of the necessity for communal awareness to the plight of our children and the realization that abuse occurs sometimes under our noses is an essential component of the book.
The plot shifts from Katie's narrative to the co-author's reporter's perspective and this adds to the flow and the drama of the book.
No one in the book is immune from being looked at in a honest and sometimes critical fashion; including Katie.
A real page turner and required reading for any parent and in truth, for every human being.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By BookLover1 on March 17, 2013
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Starts out like "true crime". Grabs you in with each compelling detail. A real "page turner", though overwhelmingly sad at times. You fall in love with both little Katie and the woman she becomes.

How did this child survive? How did she get from here to any semblance of normalcy?

Keep reading and you'll find at least partial answers to these and other questions. What makes a pedophile? How dark can a little girl's life be, in full view of a community of witnesses?

Most importantly, Ms Gusoff examines this. What makes a survivor? She concisely and comprehensively examines many psychological and human issues, while shifting among many voices, and amid many surprises. You never lose the "page turner" effect.

Neither Katie nor the author back away from any detail, no matter how painful or difficult it is.

This is a formidable, comprehensive examination of an amazing person, presented in a compellingly readable way.

Don't miss it!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Spalding on January 23, 2013
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I didn't recall much about this story other than vague memories of the evening news showing the rescued little girl in a blue jacket being whisked away from the cameras. Recently, I saw a news story of her and learned the little girl, now all grown up, had co-aurthored a book about surviving her ordeal. Admittedly, I purchased the book because of an interest in high-profile crimes and crime solving. I was expecting an account of the story from the POVs of the victim and a news reporter close to the story. What I was not expecting was to be so captivated by Katie's spirit and courage. I could not put this book down. There are many details that come to light in the book that I won't spoil for the readers - other than to say it's a truly extraordinary chronicle of courage and survival well worth the time to read.
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30 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Ginny Cordero on January 14, 2013
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A TRUE HEARTBREAKING STORY WITH A BEAUTIFUL ENDING. KATIE HAS TOLD THE HORRORS OF WHAT REALLY WENT ON BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. SO PROUD OF HER AND BEING ABLE TO HELP HER.
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