Thursday, February 8, 2018

Rust & Stardust by T. Greenwood

Rust and  Stardust by T. Greenwood
Expected publication: August 7th 2018

*I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Rust and Stardust is based upon the real life kidnapping of Sally Horner that took place in 1948. Her kidnapping also inspired Vladimir Naboko, Lolita. 

Sally is only 11 years old and desperate to fit in with the popular girls and become part of the in crowd. In an effort to impress them she steals a 5 cent notebook. Frank LaSalle, an ex-convict recently released from prison uses this chance opportunity to pose as an FBI agent and "arrest", Sally.

Sally being naive, trustworthy and scared falls for his ruse and becomes his victim. He convinces, Sally that in order for her to avoid jail she must cooperate with him. Sally obliges. The book then chronicles the next two years in which, Sally is physically, mentally and sexually abused. The move from one location to another to avoid detection. 
Greenwood tells this story from multiple points of views. The reader hears Sally's view, her families, the police and those few individuals who pop in and out of her life for various reasons.
 Greenwood gives a voice to, Sally with tact and emotion. Your heart will break over and over again. You will cringe, your skin will crawl in particular as the desperation, fear and loneliness come to life across the pages. Rust and Stardust is well written, dark and real.
 Be prepared to go on an emotional journey.

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