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

Hardcover | May 6, 2014

byMichelle Knight

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Michelle was a young single mother when she was kidnapped by a local school bus driver named Ariel Castro.

For more than a decade afterward, she endured unimaginable torture at the hand of her abductor. In 2003 Amanda Berry joined her in captivity, followed by Gina DeJesus in 2004. Their escape on May 6, 2013, made headlines around the world. Barely out of her own tumultuous childhood, Michelle was estranged from her family and fighting for custody of her young son when she disappeared. Local police believed she had run away, so they removed her from the missing persons lists fifteen months after she vanished. Castro tormented her with these facts, reminding her that no one was looking for her, that the outside world had forgotten her.

But Michelle would not be broken.

In Finding Me, Michelle will reveal the heartbreaking details of her story, including the thoughts and prayers that helped her find courage to endure her unimaginable circumstances and now build a life worth living. By sharing both her past and her efforts to create a future, Michelle becomes a voice for the voiceless and a powerful symbol of hope for the thousands of children and young adults who go missing every year.

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Michelle was a young single mother when she was kidnapped by a local school bus driver named Ariel Castro.For more than a decade afterward, she endured unimaginable torture at the hand of her abductor. In 2003 Amanda Berry joined her in captivity, followed by Gina DeJesus in 2004. Their escape on May 6, 2013, made headlines around the ...

MICHELLE KNIGHTlives in Cleveland, OH.MICHELLE BURFORDis a Harvard-educated journalist, aNew York Timesbest-selling author, and a founding editor ofO, The Oprah Magazine.During her 20-year career as a writer and book collaborator, she has traveled to three dozen countries on six continents. The second eldest of nine, Michelle grew up i...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 1 inPublished:May 6, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best book I've ever read Amazing! very descriptive and graphic at times but it really draws you into the books. amazing
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not sure if going to read I read Jaycee Dugard story. It was a hard read. Got through the first 3 or 4 chapters and then had to put it down for a bit because it was heart wrenching but then wanted to finish to see how she escaped and how she is doing now. I am sure will feel the same when reading MIchelle's book.
Date published: 2015-04-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from American Horror Story This book was selected for a bookclub read. It is not something I would have picked up on my own. I did follow this story in the news and it was absolutely tragic. What I did not realize was just how tragic Michelle's life was even before her kidnapping. The story was a real eye-opener, and also raises many questions about how little was done to try to locate these missing women, how intertwined the kidnapped victims lives were even before their abduction, and how this madman was able to pull off their captivity for 11 years. Just a horrific story, but reasonably well written and compelling. The strength it would take to survive this ordeal and reintegrate into society is a marvel. Kudos to Michelle.
Date published: 2014-08-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Finding me This was such an interesting book I read it because I am interested in this case and story. A good read
Date published: 2014-07-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't Read I understand that when tragedy strikes and people survive, they write novels. But this novel should have been properly edited. Not everything that happened should have been written. Of course it is sad and tragic, but to go into such horrific detail about animals and the abuse that took place was not needed. I read only 1/4 of the book, and I refused to finish it. I wanted to return it. This does happen in the world, and it is very sad, but sometimes the best way to have people feel pity and sorrow for you should be written without such gruesome detail. Perhaps the reader would then be able to read the book. I would not recommend this book.
Date published: 2014-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book This book is an incredible and touching story of survival. Im not a big reader but I read the entire book in 2 days. Its one of those books you cannot put down. I love the pictures at the end.
Date published: 2015-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heart breaking, shocking This is a tragedy and the courage and strength to have written this memoir and relive this horrid story writing must have been painful but necessary for healing Michelle inflicted a kidnapped, beaten, totured life for over ten years by the hands of a sick man is hideous. I couldn't stop reading it as I was so impressed by how Michelle told her life experiences and in the end stood up to state her points in court and passed yellow balloons to people at the time of the house demolition to take a stand on all those that are still missing. Her ability to move forward in her life and cope making hard decisions to not let her family close again is smart. This is a must read and I am so happy Michelle is now focusing in on her culinary skills as I also am so touched by how she survived and continues to be so positive.
Date published: 2015-05-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Finding Me Very disturbing, and was unable to finish it. Sorry but I can't rate it. Its hard to think that there are people out there that could do something like this, and ruin a family.
Date published: 2015-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent It was hard to read because some of it reminded me of my child hood especially the beginning.I think she was a brave woman and I am happy they got away.I pray that maybe she will get to see her son.good luck with your future
Date published: 2015-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from May you have joy Excellent book could not put it down. Mitchell I wish you all the very best. May your life be filled with joy.
Date published: 2015-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finding me It made me feel so many emotions,but most of all I felt in awe of Michelle, her courage and determination to survive against all odds, still able to love, forgive and find purpose in her reclaimed life. Bravo Michelle!
Date published: 2015-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finding Me This was truly a remarkable story of strength and the will to survive. I believe these women had more strength then any one person could ever have. The story was riveting, and at times, I could not hold my tears back. I wish all the three beautiful women, and of course Jocelyn all the best in their new lives. God Bless.
Date published: 2015-05-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No worth buying The horrors suffered by is woman are unimaginable. I would not recommend this book. The stories are rambling and it is not well written.
Date published: 2015-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Strong and brave This story is so heart breaking. I don't know how they survived this animal. Michelle especially was so battered and abused. It just breaks my heart to think about how alone and helpless they must have felt. But congrats to all three for being strong enough to outlast this horrible horrible animal.
Date published: 2015-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FINDING ME I am so inspired by this book, to go through the torture Mechelle went through and survive. I hope she reunites with her son
Date published: 2015-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finding Me! Awesome Read! I couldn't put this book down! My heart goes out to those 3 young ladies! I highly recommend this book!
Date published: 2015-05-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not sure if going to read I read Jaycee Dugard story. It was a hard read. Got through the first 3 or 4 chapters and then had to put it down for a bit because it was heart wrenching but then wanted to finish to see how she escaped and how she is doing now. I am sure will feel the same when reading MIchelle's book.
Date published: 2015-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book-Tear jerker Amazing book about the heartbreak these you women endured. A definite tear jerker. They are truly survivors and an inspiration to all.
Date published: 2015-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Forgiveness is a beautiful thing This book as been hard to read, because of the pain and suffering. But it is a great thing to see when someone goes through this type of suffering and comes out with the ability to forgive. God bless you.
Date published: 2015-03-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from American Horror Story This book was selected for a bookclub read. It is not something I would have picked up on my own. I did follow this story in the news and it was absolutely tragic. What I did not realize was just how tragic Michelle's life was even before her kidnapping. The story was a real eye-opener, and also raises many questions about how little was done to try to locate these missing women, how intertwined the kidnapped victims lives were even before their abduction, and how this madman was able to pull off their captivity for 11 years. Just a horrific story, but reasonably well written and compelling. The strength it would take to survive this ordeal and reintegrate into society is a marvel. Kudos to Michelle.
Date published: 2014-08-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Finding me This was such an interesting book I read it because I am interested in this case and story. A good read
Date published: 2014-07-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't Read I understand that when tragedy strikes and people survive, they write novels. But this novel should have been properly edited. Not everything that happened should have been written. Of course it is sad and tragic, but to go into such horrific detail about animals and the abuse that took place was not needed. I read only 1/4 of the book, and I refused to finish it. I wanted to return it. This does happen in the world, and it is very sad, but sometimes the best way to have people feel pity and sorrow for you should be written without such gruesome detail. Perhaps the reader would then be able to read the book. I would not recommend this book.
Date published: 2014-07-04

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“In my 12 years of doing the Dr. Phil show, no one has changed me like Michelle Knight and her story of survival.”