Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed: A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings by Michelle KnightFinding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed: A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings by Michelle Knight

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

byMichelle Knight

Hardcover | May 6, 2014

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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.

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...
Title:Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed: A Memoir of the Cleveland KidnappingsFormat: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 inspirational Michelle Knight is an amazing women and it must have taken so much courage to sit down and write this memoir. She is such an inspiration. I have read this book more than once and every time I read it, I get the same feelings I did the first time I opened it. Absolutely horrific the things these ladies endured while in captivity. Michelle's words on religion and faith, love, and life, will absolutely change your view on everything. Well done!
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Read The Lost Girls First I read The Lost Girls before reading Finding Me and I’m glad I did. The Lost Girls went into a lot more detail about Ariel Castro, his life outside his home during the time he held the 3 women captive, and how he covered up what was really going on inside his home. In Finding Me, Michelle strictly talks about her experience during her captivity, and she only mentioned Amanda and Gina a few times. I actually think The Lost Girls mentioned everything Michelle mentioned about her captivity plus more. The only new thing we learn about Michelle in Finding Me is details about her life before she was stolen by Ariel Castro, and a little bit after she was freed. I would recommend this book to anyone after they have read The Lost Girls. This book might be disappointing to some if you are looking for a big picture of Ariel Castro, and Michelle, Amanda, and Gina’s captivity. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Disturbing read I feel weird rating this five starts since it was such a terrible story, but a great well written book. I feel so bad for this woman, and if you think you can bare to read about the terrible things she endured then I encourage you to check out this book.
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sad,disturbing and enraging To say I enjoyed this book sounds dark and disturbing because of the facts of this case.I read the book and was captivated in a sad and maddening way.It definetly read like soething that was written but an acutal survivor,not an author.I think this obviously lent to it credibility,I felt like Michelle was telling me her story.I contained a lot of detail about what she endured and made me so angry at people who should have seen the signs.And then I wonder if I would have had I been in their position.It's a sad window into how someone can be so forgotten and thrown away in a country that claims to be the best in the world.
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disturbing Obviously it will be a disturbing read. Michelle had a difficult childhood and adolescence before being kidnapped, and obviously it only got worse afterwards. It feels bad to critique the writing, but if I am being honest, I would tell the reader to expect some repetition. Definitely worth a read, but only if you can stomach it.
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspirational "Some people seem surprised that I see my life as a blessing after all the terrible things I went through. But the blessing is that I made it out alive...Still able to do something for others. There's no better blessing than that". Michelle Knight is the kind of person who, even in the midst of turmoil, always looks for the positive. She strives to make the best of every situation, and chooses to pursue hope rather than hatred and bitterness. That's what I see through reading this book, anyway. Michelle writes her book in such a way that it was an easy, quick read. That in itself made me feel guilty. How could I breeze through 11 years of torment in one day? Even so, I still had to put the book down a couple of times and read something lighter. How can one person go through so much heartache in one lifetime? Her problems didn't even start when she was abducted; her problems seemed to start at birth! It takes an amazingly strong person to overcome all that she has been through, and Michelle IS amazingly strong! I have great respect for her and deep admiration for her spirit. I wrote down so many of her quotes in my reading journal because they made such an impression on me. I want to be able to ponder them so more going forward. I wish her peace, health, love and joy for the rest of her days. I know that one of her greatest hopes is that she can use these experiences to help others, so I wish that for her. What an incredible woman!
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heart wrenching book Michelle night was very descriptive as to what had happened to her in captivity. Her life was horrifying even before she was in captivity. Overall a great read if you were looking for a cry.
Date published: 2016-12-27
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

Editorial Reviews

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