Saturday, October 18, 2014

Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed: A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings by Michelle Knight and Michelle Burford

Michelle Knight is a survivor.

She was abused and neglected as a child. The abuse was physical, emotional and sexual. The very people who should have protected her, failed to do so.  She ran away from home and lived on the streets, until she was found and forced to return 'home". Michelle, became a teen mom and on the day she was scheduled to visit her son, she was kidnapped by Ariel Castro, the father of one of her friends.

Castro lured, Knight into his home, a home that became a torture chamber. She was imprisoned for 11 long years. During that time, she was  frequently raped, starved and abused.  Castro kidnapped two other women, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus. They also suffered greatly at the hands on this madman.

Castro made, escaping nearly impossible. He kept them chained up and used a variety of tactics to keep them immured and then... Castro slipped up. He left an inner door unlocked, giving, Amanda a way to reach out to a neighbor, who helped her, so that Amanda could call 911 and help free her cohabitants.
Rather then face the repercussions of what he had done, Castro committed suicide in his cell. No, justice was ever served but Amanda, Gina and Michelle are free. 

This is Michelle's story, her point of view. This isn't the best written book but it speaks volumes. I was engrossed from start to finish.  Some parts of the book are extremely disturbing and made me recoil in horror. I can't begin to fathom what, Knight went through but I hope that telling her story was cathartic and that she finds peace.

*** Please note that this book will not be rated due to the nature of the subject matter.

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