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

  • Published: May 6, 2014 by Hachette Books
  • Genres: Memoir, True Crime
  • Edition: E-book
  • Pages: 251
  • Rating: 3 stars

Michelle Knight was a young woman on her way to an important court date when she crossed paths with Ariel Castro. Castro was not a stranger to Knight as she had recognized him as being the father of a girl she was friends with, so there was no sense of danger. Unbeknownst to Michelle, she would become the first of three women in the Cleveland, Ohio area to be captives of Castro. The world would not know their whereabouts or status for nearly eleven years.

In this personal memoir, the survivor shares with readers the abuse she suffered at the hands of her abductor. She was denied proper hygiene and nutrition as Castro repeatedly sexually assaulted her while she secured in place by heavy duty chains and beat her resulting in multiple miscarriages. He verbally abused her by calling her horrible names. He also mentally manipulate her and the other two women by saying untrue things to them about the others.

This book was the winner of Goodreads Choice Award for Memoir/Autobiography in 2014.

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