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Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed: A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings Hardcover – May 6, 2014
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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 out...living 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.
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.Read more ›
I can't remember the last time I cried while reading a book...if ever. Heartbreaking would be an understatement. The inner strength of the these women is beyond the scope of imagination.. My heart goes out to them and the torture they endured over such a long time. Michelles being able to forgive is a testimony to her inner strength. Her willingness to be able to move forward to find her happiness and not allowing that
monster to control the rest of her life is.....deeply moving on many levels.
Really makes you think about keeping your eyes and
ears open . If you get one thing from this book...be aware of your surroundings. Take notice if something doesn't seem right ..it probably isnt. Call the police..better to be wrong than find out when its to late that you were right!!!!
You could save someone's life..
May you all find the happiness you so deserve.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book is very graphic and vivid. She is truly brave and strong. I wondered at times if some of the things she said really happened the way she remembered them. Read morePublished 6 hours ago by Sheila
Unbelievable story told from the perspective of Michelle Knight. I'm amazed at her strength, courage, and forgiveness. A must read!Published 7 hours ago by rdubette
Couldn't put it down.
Unbelievable story of pain and healing.
I can't imagine their suffering.
But they survived!
I dont want to believe there are people like Ariel Castro in the world, but unfortunately there are. Michelle tells her story very openheartedly .Published 19 hours ago by Nil
Michelle Knight is one remarkable human being! Her strength and bravery are truly inspiring. May the rest of her days be filled with nothing but joy and happiness!Published 1 day ago by Tonya M.
The rawness of how this story is written, shakes you to the core. It was a book I could not put down.Published 2 days ago by Kristie
Its slow and was not as interesting as I thought it was going to be. Its an ok book.Published 3 days ago by Mary
Told from Michelle's unique point of view in Michelle's unique style. I really don't have more to say than that.Published 4 days ago by becca
Harrowing, heartbreaking and infuriating ...what a monster this creep was! Terrible he killed himself so he wouldn't have to endure the kind of captivity he forced upon these poor... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer