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Eight Days in Darkness: The True Story of the Abduction, Rape, and Rescue of Anita Wooldridge 1st Edition
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Twelve years later, with the help of her therapist Angela Roegner, Anita Wooldridge is sharing her story. This is a deeply personal account of a horrific experience. Ms Wooldridge herself, now a victim's advocate and speaker, says that her faith in God and constant prayer were the only things that got her through this ordeal. The role of dedicated law enforcement agents, detailed in the book, was critical. Especially as the chances of finding abduction victims alive after seven days is very slim.
From reading the book, it is clear that the ordeal did not stop when Ms Wooldridge was rescued. Moving on from such experiences is incredibly difficult for many, and while Ms Wooldridge's faith has been an essential part of her journey it is not the only step. Is it ever possible to put such horrific experiences behind you? I think not, but as Ms Wooldridge demonstrates in this book it is possible to incorporate learning from such experiences and move on with life. I think that while writing this book is an important part of the healing process for Ms Wooldridge, it has lessons for others as well.
`Out of evil must come good.'
It's told in alternating points of view, switching effortlessly between the perspective of Anita, her kidnapper and the team of police officers that are working hard to find her. I loved that aspect of the book, Anita's and her kidnappers chapters were often difficult to read because it was so shocking and awful reading what Anita had to go through and it made me so angry reading Tom's point of view, but the chapters telling her rescuers' side of the story is kind of like a light amongst all the darkness and gave me hope and reminded me that the hell she was going through wouldn't last forever because there were people working hard to find her.
I'm Agnostic, while most of the characters -- Anita and the police officers and her family -- were religious and normally that being brought into a story a lot would irritate me, but the fact this was a true story and this stuff actually happened made that aspect of it kind of inspiring... these people are real, they're not just characters and their faith helped them through this devastating thing. It almost makes me wish I believed in a set religion.
I've always had a morbid fascination with reading about real life crimes, even though they shock and horrify me, it stuns me to see the things that human beings are capable of doing to each other but on the flip side of the coin, in those darkest times the good in people shines through the brightest too.Read more ›
Just reading through the book demanded a lot of courage and it is amazing how Anita chose the difficult path by obeying to whatever the captor demanded from her so as to buy some time for the authorities to find her. Shows the real display of grit, determination and undaunted faith in God.
The author has given a glimpse of the abductor's background which indicates how the experiences early on in life actually make an impact on the personality that gets developed later on. The madness to control things made an animal out of a human being.
The book is a compelling page turner and very engaging.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this book after meeting Anita Wooldrige's father at a town fair! Such a wonderful man!! He clearly loves his daughter like no other, the emotions that are still inside him... Read morePublished on August 20, 2013 by TiaValerie
This book gives you insight into the sick mind of her abductor. It was hard to read at times what Anita endured. Read morePublished on November 5, 2010 by Carol R. Hisle
Eight Days in Darkness is a disturbing, hard-to-read book, mostly because it is a true story. The graphic details forced me to put this book aside because sometimes it got to be... Read morePublished on September 18, 2010 by bridget3420
Brace yourself for a very difficult but very necessary story that is unfortunately all too true! The writing is expressed for two purposes: first, to complete another phase of the... Read morePublished on May 19, 2010 by Viviane Crystal
I knew Anita in the late 1990s, when she coached my volleyball team. Reading this book, with some details I already knew and many I couldn't have imagined, was very unsettling. Read morePublished on April 9, 2010 by D. Smith
This book is addictive...I couldn't put it down. It keeps your interest from cover to cover (and I read every word from the Foreword to the Epilogue). Read morePublished on March 27, 2010 by Judey Budenz