Giveaway: Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, A Life Reclaimed

Finding MeLast week I posted a review of Michelle Knight’s memoir, written with Michelle Burford.  This book was tough to read, but it is truly a lesson in courage and a celebration of Michelle Knight’s triumph over her abductor and over a childhood of abuse.  If you would like to read Michelle’s memoir, The Booklover is giving away one copy to a fellow booklover!

There are two ways to enter, first you can leave a comment on this post with positive words for Michelle Knight.  Her recovery cannot be complete and she will bear the scars of her abduction and abuse her entire life.  I am hopeful that readers of this blog can be a source of encouragement to her.  The second way to enter is by subscribing to this blog.  Current subscribers are already entered — they only need to leave a comment to get a second entry!

I will use the sequence generator at random.org to choose one winner and will contact them by email.  It is important that you leave your email address if you leave a comment.  Note: There are a maximum of two entries per person.  The giveaway ends on Sunday, July 27th and the winner will be contacted by email on Monday, July 28th.  This contest is open to U.S. addresses only.

Good luck!

Book Review: Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, A Life Reclaimed

Finding MeThe Booklover’s Rating:  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

For 11 years, Michelle Knight was held captive by a man who kidnapped her and two other women in Cleveland.

A year after her headline-making rescue, Knight has written a memoir, Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, A Life Reclaimed.  Written with Michelle Burford, the book describes the torture Knight endured at the hands of her captor and goes into detail about the shocking life she lived before he kidnapped her.  Knight’s terrible childhood began early with getting molested beginning at age five, never having enough food, and finally ending up on the streets as a young teenager. She moved in with a drug dealer after a time on the streets and after his arrest, she again became homeless. Michelle later gave birth to a son Joey, who was the center of her world, but was placed in foster care after her mother’s boyfriend got drunk and broke the boy’s leg.

Michelle was on her way to a hearing to regain custody of her son when she was kidnapped by Ariel Castro.  Castro was the father of one of her friends and she was glad to get a ride from him when the ride she was supposed to get from a family member fell through.  That fateful decision to accept Castro’s offer led to a life of horror for many years.

The most shocking aspect of Michelle Knight’s story was the fact that her childhood placed her in the direct path of her kidnapper.  She was a victim before her abduction and this victimhood put her in even greater peril.  Her life is a testament to survivorship, resilience, and bravery.  My greatest hope for her is that at some point she can get to know the son Ariel Castro took from her.  He stole much more than most people know and her story is worth reading as warning to us all to be aware that someone may be in peril and we may be the one who can help.  Definitely a memoir worth reading and this from a booklover who doesn’t typically favor memoirs.  At 280 pages, this is a riveting read.

Book Details:  Published by Weinstein Books (May 6, 2014), 280 pages, ISBN: 1602862567.