Read Michelle Knight book

I haven’t updated in the last few days, partly because Michael and I have both been sick (throat infection, taking antibiotics) and partly because I had to read the book about Susan Powell and also Michelle Knight’s memoir by today because I had to give them back to the library. Well, I managed to finish both in time and will thus avoid the fine.

Michelle’s memoir is called Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed: A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings. It says “by Michelle Knight with Michelle Burford” but I’m pretty sure Burford (described on her website as a “ghostwriter and story surgeon”) was the true author.

Not that it much matters: the more important thing is the quality of the book itself and that, I’m happy to say, is spot-on. I finished this story much more quickly than I did the Susan Powell book, moving at a fast clip (and not just because I was on a deadline). The story covers Michelle Knight’s sad childhood and adolescence in detail but without taking up too much page space, since the book is supposed to be about her ordeal with Ariel Castro. The descriptions of what she went through after the kidnapping were vivid and harrowing, but no more so than they needed to be.

In conclusion, I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in MPs. Even those who are not involved in the missing persons world, or even big true crime fans, would enjoy it.

7 thoughts on “Read Michelle Knight book

  1. Janessa June 23, 2014 / 8:47 pm

    I skimmed through it and wasn’t sure if I could handle reading her ordeal, and I’ve read some pretty nasty ones! Another really good book is about two sisters who are abducted after they have car trouble in the 1970s. They were tortured, and then thrown off a bridge over a canyon. A good read, but a sad story indeed, but I still recommend it.

  2. Anita June 24, 2014 / 12:56 pm

    I read the Susan Powell e-book in one sitting, I was riveted. What did you think of that book?

    • Meaghan June 24, 2014 / 12:58 pm

      It was pretty good, very detailed, though I didn’t get through it as quickly as I did Michelle’s book.

  3. Karen Klinesmith Weber June 25, 2014 / 8:07 am

    I read both and thought they were excellent. My mind boggles at why Josh Powell was allowed so much freedom with his boys. I feel horrible for Susan Powell’s parents. I KNOW that creepy pervert disgusting Steve Powell knows where her body is but will never talk.

    As for Michelle, my heart broke for her. A sad childhood, how Castro treated her was beyond reprehension. I remember when they were found, she was the girl nobody knew. So heartbreaking that he hurt her by telling her that.

    Also want to mention that while I admire Jaycee Dugard and her book was a decent read, you could tell she was still mentally a child by her writings. Understanding considering she never had a childhood.

  4. jlo27916 June 25, 2014 / 6:43 pm

    My heart bled for Michelle! I loved the book, could not put it down. It wasn’t TOO graphic but lots of sad parts. I wish I could meet her and give her a huge hug. She never deserved any of what she went through!

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