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Captive: One House Three Women And Ten Years In Hell Paperback – International Edition, January 28, 2014

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About the Author

Allan Hall was a New York correspondent for ten years, first for the Sun and later for the Daily Mirror. He has spent the last decade covering German-speaking Europe for newspapers including The Times and the Mail on Sunday. He is the author of two previous books, Monster, an investigation into the life and crimes of Josef Fritzl and Girl in the Cellar: The Natascha Kampusch Story. He lives and works in Berlin.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Viking (January 28, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 024100361X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241003619
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Freelance (Daily Mail, Daily Star, Daily Express, Observer, Daily Mirror, Daily Record, The Scotsman, The Age, Melbourne, Sunday Times, The Times, Daily and Sunday Telegraph, Mail on Sunday, Sunday People, Sunday Mirror, Sunday Express, Evening Standard, London, Daily Sport)

Books by Allan Hall:

Missing
Medusa Publishing, 2013

Monster
Penguin, 2008

Girl in the Cellar
Hodder and Stoughton, 2006

The History of the Papacy
Thunder Bay, 1999

Marvels and Mysteries of the Unexplained
St. Michael's Press, 1987

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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By JACKIE R SMITH on February 22, 2014
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Very disappointing read! Could not wait to finish it and skipped over parts of it! Too much reviewing other cases and not enough about the three women. Do not recommend it.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Megan McChesney on February 5, 2014
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I got the feeling as I read this book that the author had rushed to get it finished and on the shelves as quickly as possible.
It was a good overview of the horrors that were visited upon Michelle, Gina and Amanda. I was certainly better informed by the end, however it is in need of a good edit. Given how many badly written books are on the market these days due to the proliferation of self-published books, one of the reasons I bought this one was because it was published under the Penguin label. Shame on them.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Josephine Duval on January 3, 2014
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Interesting read, although a bit repetitive in some places. I also thought it wavered from being case specific to giving a general diagnosis of similar victims and perpertrators.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Krista Cubicleblindness on March 9, 2014
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Captive is a true crime novel about Ariel Castro who had kidnapped three women between 2002 and 2004 and held them prisoner in his Cleveland, Ohio house until May 2013 when one was able to escape and turn him in, freeing the others. It was a huge story here in the United States and the story is still quite shocking, and amazing that the girls survived.

Allan Hall takes on the story in a very editorial way that begins with the Puerto Rican community and Ariel Castro's family and friends. Mostly focusing in on the idea that one person should not be able to represent a whole community or people. That Ariel Castro's actions should not be held against all Puerto Ricans in the U.S. or represent this community as a whole. With the huge amount of press coverage, the community feels it was badly represented by one man. By speaking to the community and members of his family the author gets a lot of direct quotes and more intimate details about Ariel Castro's personal life and childhood.

Later in the novel he gets into more detail about the girls and their lives inside the home. Most of the information that is relayed is what was released to the public. The girls have not been very detailed about their individual stories of what happened. From how they had to live in small rooms, little food, raped, abused, tortured and beaten to the point of losing unborn children.

The book is a good read for those that are more interested in Ariel Castro himself. His life outside the home, his past marriage and the abuse she had been through. Giving us a glimpse into what happened inside the house to these three young girls. There are also comparisons to Castro and other notorious criminals with similar behavior.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By rosie mangan on June 11, 2014
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Book written to early, book related back to different abductions more then what this book was meant to be about, an ok read but could have been a lot better by waiting till all of the information was released
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By cosmo on February 5, 2015
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I live near were this happend and it is very very scary. I remember all the missing signs up at gas stations in the area. I have read Michelle Knight's book and even met her. What courage and strength that young lady has!!!! I think this book is informative to see inside a monsters mind. That is the point of this book. You may say " how can someone do something like this" Well read this book. If you want to know what happened to them, read "Finding me" and "Hope" that comes out in April. Cleveland is just happy to see them alive and well after all he did to them. Count your blessings......
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By catherine murnaghan on April 1, 2014
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GREAT BOOK VERY SAD COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN READ IN TWO DAYS
WOULD RECOMMEND TO ANYONE TO READ. GREAT READ
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I think all parents and in fact young women should read this. It is perhaps one way to enlighten the public in general and young girls and parents that that funny feeling you get around someone, the initial feeling that something doesn't feel right, that's a feeling we have as children and it should be encouraged that our children should be encouraged to maintain. Our instinct to survive is no more evident than in this accounting of these girls struggle and will to live. A lesson for us all.
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