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Eight Days in Darkness: The True Story of the Abduction, Rape, and Rescue of Anita Wooldridge Hardcover – April 1, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0984076031 ISBN-10: 0984076034 Edition: 1st

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About the Author

Angela Roegner is a licensed clinical social worker in Kokomo, Indiana. She wrote Eight Days in Darkness to help Anita Wooldridge, her therapy patient, to find closure.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 415 pages
  • Publisher: Synergy Books; 1st edition (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984076034
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984076031
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,679,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a very well written book.
Keith A. Manning
Amazing true story of abduction, torture and rescue.
Diana Graber
I would recommend it to EVERYONE...enjoy reading!!
Judey Budenz

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Cameron-Smith on April 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
On June 25 1998, 21 year old Anita Wooldridge was taken from her parents' home in broad daylight. For eight terrifying days, Anita was raped and beaten by her captor, who kept her locked in a metal storage cabinet for hours at a time. Anita's steadfast faith in God was her only comfort: she refused to give up hope that she would be found.

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.'

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. Kerr on April 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover
It's really difficult to review this book because of the subject matter. I'm reluctant to say it's a "good book" because of what it's about, a story about kidnap and rape is anything but "good"... it's heartbreaking and emotional and despite its size, it's a really fast paced and quick read and I would recommend it.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bridget3420 on September 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
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 too much. That being said, my heart goes out to Anita and she deserves recognition for being brave enough to tell her story. While the book was dark and proved how sadistic a person can be, it also had an upside. Instead of letting this event take over her entire life, Anita decided to share her story and let others know that it is possible to move forward from a traumatic experience. I'm really glad I read Eight Days in Darkness because I learned a lot human strength.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vibha Verma on April 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Eight Days in Darkness is a true story of kidnapping and rape victim - Anita Wooldridge. An extremely chilling account of how she was abducted by a convicted rapist - Tom (Victor Thomas Steele) from her parent's home in broad daylight and the days that followed this unfortunate event. During those eight days in captivity, Anita was mercilessly beaten and raped repeatedly by the captor and she was kept locked up in a metal storage cabinet for long durations. While enclosed in that metal box she tried to focus her attention on chanting hymns and praying hard for her survival. And her prayers did get answered when a very efficient and courageous local police team in association with FBI was able to nail down the culprit and return Anita's rightful freedom back to her. Her unwavering faith that God is watching over her, helped her survive through those times. There were occasions when Anita could actually see herself rising above her body and elevate her soul so that it remains untouched by whatever atrocities being meted out to her physical body.

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.
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