A Stolen Life (2011)

If you’ve read the book, then you know what story I’m talking about.  If you haven’t then you’ve certainly heard about it on the news in the past.

It’s a story that has been evolving for over two decades.  A tale about a girl who disappeared and returned home after 18 years of captivity.

This is the story of Jaycee Lee Dugard told in her own words.

To say that this book was captivating would be an understatement.  To say that it was an intelligent read, may arguably be an overstatement.  But there is no exaggeration in my words when I say that it’s a must read.

The vocabulary and the language has definitely been dumbed down – there’s no arguing that.  But it’s not often that we as a society (I use that term loosely) have a chance to really understand what happens in a kidnapping situation.

What goes on in the victim’s head?  What is the accused thinking – and why did he or she do it?

These are questions that haunt not only those involved in cases of kidnapping, but those who follow these stories in the news.

Dugard’s auto-biographical book A Stolen Life let’s us into the mind of a confused girl.  Although it can be graphic at times, there is a truth in the book that we can’t find anywhere else.

She walks us through her thought process throughout the entire ordeal and explains why she still can’t “hate” Phillip Garrido and his wife Nancy.

Her portrayal of what she went through is horrifying and heart-wrenching, but she writes this book with the intention of including us – the audience – in her darkest days.  She is informing us, telling us how easy it can happen and sharing with us a world that none of us can imagine.

This is her therapy – you can just tell by the way that she shares her present thoughts of what happened to her intertwined with devastating experiences.

I highly recommend this book to everyone.  You can read through the hardest parts quickly.  But it truly is a captivating story.

A book that will pull on every emotion / Photo from hollywoodreporter.com

Title: A Stolen Life

Author Jaycee Dugard

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4 Responses to A Stolen Life (2011)

  1. A great response, thank you. As you say, the most compelling tales are often simply told

  2. Sandra says:

    Yes, it sounds like a good read – I look forward to receiving the book.

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