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Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed: A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings [Kindle Edition]

Michelle Knight , Michelle Burford
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,197 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Michelle was a young single mother when she was kidnapped by a local school bus driver named Ariel Castro. For more than a decade afterward, she endured unimaginable torture at the hand of her abductor. In 2003 Amanda Berry joined her in captivity, followed by Gina DeJesus in 2004. Their escape on May 6, 2013, made headlines around the world. 
Barely out of her own tumultuous childhood, Michelle was estranged from her family and fighting for custody of her young son when she disappeared. Local police believed she had run away, so they removed her from the missing persons lists fifteen months after she vanished. Castro tormented her with these facts, reminding her that no one was looking for her, that the outside world had forgotten her. But Michelle would not be broken.
In Finding Me, Michelle will reveal the heartbreaking details of her story, including the thoughts and prayers that helped her find courage to endure her unimaginable circumstances and now build a life worth living. By sharing both her past and her efforts to create a future, Michelle becomes a voice for the voiceless and a powerful symbol of hope for the thousands of children and young adults who go missing every year.

Editorial Reviews


“In the 12 years of doing the ‘Dr. Phil’ show, no one has changed me like Michelle Knight and her story of survival. We are very excited about Michelle Knight’s new book and are passionately committed to its launch and ongoing support on our show, The Doctors, and all our social media platforms and other media.” – Dr. Phil McGraw

About the Author

Michelle Knight lives in Cleveland, OH.


Product Details

  • File Size: 1738 KB
  • Print Length: 276 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1602862567
  • Publisher: Weinstein Books; domestic edition (May 6, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,170 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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248 of 255 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overwhelming. May 6, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I woke up at 4am this morning with nothing on my mind but downloading this book on my kindle. After seeing Michelle Knight on the Today Show on Monday 5/5, the day before her book's release, I couldn't wait to hear her story. I've read Elizabeth Smart's book, as well as Jaycee Dugard's book. As disturbing as those stories were, and I mean to in no way minimize their ordeals, I was absolutely OVERWHELMED with the cruelty and abuse endured by Michelle Knight (and Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus). All of these ladies have shown an amazing amount of resiliency and courage that I truly admire. LIke a previous reviewer, I too am not quite finished reading the book, but from the very first page, could not put it down.

Michelle describes, in terrifying detail, horrific details of her traumatic capture and subsequent torture at the hands of that monster. It is amazing to me that she survived, let alone found the strength to live life after all that she endured.
She also describes the pain of losing her son and I cannot help but think that if she did not have the hope of being reunited with her son, would she have survived? Her home life before reaching the hands of the monster was not by any means ideal. In fact, as you're reading about it, you wonder what could be worse? Poor Michelle found in a hell on earth with her fate in the hands of "the devil himself"

I think it is incredibly brave of her to share her story and I'm sincerely praying for every forgotten soul that has had to suffer because of monsters like Ariel Castro. And I promise Michelle, to keep a more vigilant eye, and not easily dismiss anything I may see that sends up warning signals in me. We all have common sense and judgement, we should use it. Perhaps if one of those neighbors had, life would have turned out very differently for those three ladies. I wish them all nothing but happiness.
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91 of 94 people found the following review helpful
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If there is a human angel on this earth right now it is Michelle Knight (now called Lily Rose Lee). This poor woman never knew real love or normalcy ever in her life, and the one thing that kept her going during 11 years of pure hell was the love she had for her son, who was adopted and now whom she cannot see. I wept and ached for her as I read her story and I cannot believe anybody could have survived what she went through-- and survived it coming out so sweet and so strong and so optimistic. This is beyond a hero-- she is a saint. If you have been raped or molested even once, could you imagine hundreds of times, over and over, by the same man who keeps you chained, dirty and hungry? Having 5 babies beaten out of you? Chained like an animal for years, beaten and told you matter to no one? Tortured and nearly killed and threatned with death if you tried to ecape, and beaten when you did try? This just scratches the surface of what this amazing woman went though. I sincerely pray that the joys of her life to come are a thousand times the suffering she has endured. I pray she will know love from now on. I pray she can have the things of life she deserves, and I pray she can be whole and happy. God bless you, Lily, God bless you.
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112 of 120 people found the following review helpful
By Telsa
Format:Audio CD
Even though I have been an avid book reader for over 30 years - I literally have over 600 books in my Kindle, over 400 in Audible, and thousands in hardcover - this is the first book review I have ever written.

And I am specifically writing it because of the HORRIBLE post by Kimberly Banks. How DARE she say such things about a woman who was literally kept chained up and brutally tortured and raped for YEARS just because maybe she "drank too much and wanted attention"? I myself have drank too much and wanted attention at different points in my life, especially when I was younger. So do I also deserve to be abducted, tortured, raped, lose my child, and more????

Anyway, enough about that piece of trash. The Kindle book and the Audio version were both GREAT. I listened to the entire audio book in one night non-stop.

I will admit that some tiny aspects of the story seem that they could be slightly exaggerated or don't make perfect sense. Michelle obviously made some stupid mistakes THAT WE ALL MAKE AT SUCH A YOUNG AGE, such as not properly preparing herself by confirming the address/location of the courtroom before she had to be there. But, really, who hasn't done such tiny stupid things in their life before?

I can't even imagine what she went through and her story is riveting and horrifying at the same time. I respect the fact that she had the decency to tell the story of the horrible abuse that she suffered but without going into gory details that I probably couldn't have handled hearing or reading. She knew the right place to stop when it came to the "torture / rape details" stuff. I think that shows a lot on her part.
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66 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Michelle is beautiful and strong ( Lillian ) May 6, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
An inspiring story of inner strength. Michelle is a beautiful , beautiful person . She was a butterfly with broken wings who was determined to fly in the sunshine again. I admire her so much. It was interesting to read about her life before and after the brutal sickening ordeal she suffered through. She now has the freedom to continue healing .
I hope she will continue to write , paint, and enjoy life. Her son will someday be close to her once again. I read this book worried it would only be about her ordeal, but it was so much more and well written.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Finding Me
Great Book, I had to take my time to read it because I was so upset with the man who tortured her for 11 years, but Michelle's nightmare didn't start in his house but it ended... Read more
Published 4 hours ago by coletta Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Book.
Very detailed book hopefully if they make a movie is as good as the book...
Published 8 hours ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Outstanding. Courageous and determined young lady.
Published 10 hours ago by Karen B
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
While this story was extremely hard to read(not literally, but figuratively), it truly is one of triumph. I didn't cry, however, til reading the aftermath. Read more
Published 22 hours ago by Alison Macdonald
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written but not for the sensitive
This book was well written and easy to read however I wouldn't recommend it for those who are sensitive as the abuse is quite detailed. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Clancy
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read!
I loved this book. written very well!!! overall, there are no words to be spoken. Just love. I pray that all three women have been doing well with their new found freedom and that... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Victoria F.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book~!
Published 1 day ago by Jill Reary Mccool
5.0 out of 5 stars Finding Me
Michelle has written a fantastic book about her horrifying ordeal. She writes with hope and inspiration. Her courage and her strength are amazing. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Martha L Custer
5.0 out of 5 stars Michelle Knight
First of all, Michelle you are an incredibly strong person. You tell the story of your early life and kidnapping so bravely. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Kristin Euclide
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good story, just terrible what this poor girl went through.
Published 2 days ago by Steven Laraia
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