I received a copy of this novel via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Published: August 7, 2018
Author: T. Greenwood
Synopsis: 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.
Opinion: I received a copy of Rust & Stardust via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I feel so many things right now, it is hard to put all of these feelings into words. Anger, sadness, nausea. I have goosebumps, and I had them the whole time I was reading Rust and Stardust. As an adult, it is hard to comprehend kidnapping. Why would someone do it? Why would the child go with them? Why was the child not found sooner? I found myself asking myself so many questions whilst reading.
This book is based on the real life kidnapping of Sally Horner. This really happened. It’s not another made up story to grab the readers attention with horrible things. It is real life. Sally really existed, she was really kidnapped. We read about Sally’s time with La Salle through multiple perspective’s. We have Sally’s perspective, the people surrounding Sally in her new life, and Sally’s family as they live without Sally. It is a truly heart wrenching story.
Ultimately, it was the cover that attracted me to this novel. It is very unique and the red ribbon is of significance to the story. Definitely read the synopsis before you embark on this journey. There are many triggers throughout.
My Overall Rating: ★★★★★