The Lost Girls: The True Story of the Cleveland Abductions and the Incredible Rescue of Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry & Gina DeJesus by John Glatt
Published April 14th, 2015 by St. Martin’s Press
Genres True Crime, Nonfiction
The Lost Girls tells the truly amazing story of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, who were kidnapped, imprisoned, and repeatedly raped and beaten in a Cleveland house for over a decade by Ariel Castro, and their amazing escape in May 2013, which made headlines all over the world. The book has an exclusive interview and photographs of Ariel Castro’s secret fiancé, who spent many romantic nights in his house of horror, without realizing he had bound and chained captives just a few feet away. There are also revealing interviews with several Castro family members, musician friends and several neighbors who witnessed the dramatic rescue.
I honestly didn’t know much about these cases until I read this book. I was aware of the abductions, but really didn’t know a lot about the story. It is an incredible and horrific story. And after reading the entire book, I am amazed at all of the times the police missed opportunities to find the girls while they were dealing with Ariel Castro on unrelated issues. The time when his neighbor called to say their was a woman in the attic with a baby, yelling and pounding on the window, the police came and no one answered the door. So they just left. I feel like this should have probably gone another way. Or when the women in the assisted living facility called and say they saw naked girls with dog collars around their necks in the backyard and the police didn’t even bother to go over to the house. Don’t get me wrong, I am a big police supporter and I know in a big city like Cleveland they probably get an absurd amount of calls. Just when looking at the situation, there were just so many missed chances to catch Castro.
Overall, it is an in depth book that explains not only the victim’s backgrounds, but Castro as well. The book also goes into detail about the 10 years the girls spent locked in Castro’s house and how they escaped. The last part of the book focuses on Castro’s trial and the girls after they have escaped. It is sometimes hard to rate true crime because it was obviously a horrific, unimaginable event that occurred, but the book was well written and I did enjoy reading it.