The gripping, heart-wrenching novel of Sally Horner, the 11-year-old kidnapping victim whose abduction in 1948 inspired Nabokov’s Lolita.
Camden, NJ, 1948. When 11 year-old Sally Horner steals a notebook from the local Woolworth’s, she has no way of knowing that 52 year-old Frank LaSalle, fresh out of prison, is watching her, preparing to make his move. Accosting her outside the store, Frank convinces Sally that he’s an FBI agent who can have her arrested in a minute―unless she does as he says.
This chilling novel traces the next two harrowing years as Frank mentally and physically assaults Sally while the two of them travel westward from Camden to San Jose, forever altering not only her life, but the lives of her family, friends, and those she meets along the way.
Based on the experiences of real-life kidnapping victim Sally Horner and her captor, whose story shocked the nation and inspired Vladimir Nabokov to write his controversial and iconic Lolita, this heart-pounding story by award-winning author T. Greenwood at last gives a voice to Sally herself. (Photo and Synopsis from Goodreads)
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I rate this book a 4 out of 5 stars.
First and foremost, this book is INTENSE! I almost had to DNF it, because I was starting to get a bit stressed out reading it. If anyone know’s the true story, than you will know why it was such a hard read. The way Frank assaults Sally, and how frequently it occurs made me sick to my stomach. So if you have any trigger warnings to sexual assault/rape please proceed with caution.
With all that aside, the writing in this book is so good. Kind of masterful. The way T. Greenwood pulls such strong emotions from the reader is wonderful. I cried, I cheered, I was angry, I was sad. All of these emotions were pulled from me, while reading this book. And just when I thought I had myself pulled together, that ending happened. UGH!
I feel like my heart was racing this entire book, I just kept thinking she would be saved, each place she stopped I wanted to scream for someone to help Sally, and not giving up.
This is a very dark, twisty, intense read. Not at all light and fluffy. The Horner family suffered a great deal, absolutely more than one family should. When you finish this book, please read the Authors note, it will give you a bit more insight to the true story.
I do also want to add, that while this is a fictionalized story, of a true event, Greenwood stays pretty accurate. In the authors note its detailed of what was embellished, and what was not. What makes this book even more scary, is that it’s true. Frank LaSalle is a real person, and a disgusting monster. This is the kind of thing that occurs everywhere. It’s something you could see on your nightly news, except your reading the details that the news cannot show you.
This was my first T. Greenwood read, and I would really love to read more.
I will include Pre-order Links Below. It comes out on August 7th.