Finding Me: A decade of darkness, a life reclaimed – A memoir of the Cleveland kidnappings.
4 out of 5 stars
The struggle to rate this is real. How do you rate someone’s torture? How do you rate their suffering? How do you rate a monstrous human experience? This is every person’s worst nightmare. Held captive and used as a sex object. Beaten and starved. Not for days, not for weeks, not for months but for eleven goddamn years.
I will settle with four stars for this reasoning: I reserve five stars for my favorite books. At no point ever will this be a favorite book, because I cannot favor these disgusting acts even in the face of this woman’s incredible strength and courage. She deserves all the stars for surviving, enduring what she did and holding her head up high and refusing to let it define her.
I think most people heard about this story when it broke, but here you hear the worst of the worst of the details. It’s dark, it’s horrifying, it legitimately gave me nightmares. Yet it is awe inspiring what this woman endured, survived and is now conquering. I consider myself a strong person but I don’t know that I could have made it through 11 years of that hell, and if I did, I don’t know that I would have had the positive outlook on life that she does.
From victim to warrior for the forgotten and abandoned, the abused and broken, Michelle Knight is one hell of a fighter and for that alone, you should read this book.