Finding Me

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

Knight, Michelle

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Finding Me
Describes the details of the abduction and decade-long captivity of one of the three survivors of notorious Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro, and how she found the courage to endure unimaginable circumstances and never lose hope for the future.

Publisher: New York, NY :, Weinstein Books,, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 1602862567
Characteristics: xi, 252 pages :,illustrations (chiefly color) ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Burford, Michelle


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Mar 04, 2015
  • amcott13 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Michelle is a one of a kind person. Not only was she living through Hell before she was kidnapped but then it got way worse! I had no idea how horrible this poor girl's life was up until she was free'd. How someone can come out of the first 32 years of life living the way she did and then be positive and go on beats me. I thought I had bad days but they are NOTHING compared to what Michelle had to deal with. So sad but such an insperational woman!

Feb 10, 2015

Michelle's story can teach so many people both men and woman that just cause u feel like u are hell and never getting out and want to give up that there is always hope and u can come out being a strong amazing person

Jan 31, 2015
  • DanaKBurgess rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I was hesitant to pick this book up. I didn't really want to know what happened to any of the women in Ariel Castro's (hereafter referred to as 'the dude') prison. I wasn't after some sensational, disgusting account of abuse and slavery. The deciding factor for me was seeing an interview with author Michelle Knight. What a feisty, down to earth woman! So it was with trepidation I turned to the first page. Michelle starts her story from the beginning - her beginning. We are introduced to a little girl living a life of sadness who, somehow discovers faith and hope and refuses to let either go. She is discreet in her description of the hell she ended up living in for 10 years, which I truly appreciated. In telling her story, she manages to make the abuse understood without having to stoop to specifics. The real story here is how Michelle managed to hold on to her faith, her hope and her true self no matter what 'the dude' did to her. I am in no way saying she didn't have and doesn't continue to have issues to work out - who wouldn't!! But her attitude and fierce will to heal and be happy serve as inspiration to anyone who has ever been through hell; to anyone who has wondered 'why me'; to anyone who has dared to take their life for granted. Michelle's story ends up being an uplifting reminder that we can not only survive, but bloom no matter what happens in our lives.

Jan 17, 2015
  • geraldine69 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

very good book read it in 2 days

Dec 18, 2014
  • LaughingOne rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

That this book was written in a fairly simple style, with very little emotion showing, had an even bigger impact on me than if Michelle had been able to express her experiences more fully. She was tortured and learned that she should not let the dude know how his actions affected her. I think it will take much time and some therapies for her to be able to express what she is actually feeling, freely. I hope she is able to reach that point. I am grateful she decided to share her story and to give hope to others in her situation and their families who are looking for them Thank you for this story.

Nov 17, 2014
  • jmthomas rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.


The book was hard for me to read because it made me emotional but I'm glad Micheal, and the girls got out of there and away from that monster. Nicely written. Was not aware of all the abuse Michel when through before the kidnapping by her family. I don't blame her for cutting them off. I also still feel bad that she doesn't have contact with her son Joey. She didn't give him up and did not agree to a closed adoption. He should know that his mother loved and cherished him.

Oct 23, 2014
  • Dimmu16 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A heartbreaking novel that made me cry.

I hope Michelle has found her place and is truly happy

Sep 05, 2014
  • rpavlacic rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a very difficult book to read, but Knight captures one of the most horrifying stories of our time very well. She, DeJesus and Berry are true heroes for holding on as long as they did despite the indignities visited upon them. As for Castro, good riddance.

Aug 24, 2014
  • nannerl rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Michelle was abused long before being kidnapped, which was news to me. Very sad. And then to be kidnapped and continually raped and beaten by that freak, you would wonder how she kept her sanity. I'm so impressed with how she's dealing with things, I don't think I could cope as she has. The first 30 years of her life was a nightmare, now it looks as though she'll be able to live a much better life. A very worthwhile read, if only to make a person complain less about their own life.

Aug 12, 2014
  • L4dybug5113 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

After reading this book, I feel so bad for all those girls. How horrible to have so many years taken away by someone who just wanted to have a family. It only goes to show that people who are raped as a child CAN continue that horror on someone else. Michelle has all my respect and I feel she deserves whatever good that comes her way. God be with this woman and I hope one day she will get to see Joey.

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Sep 12, 2014
  • gdifranco rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Repulsive and horrifying are the only words to describe the experience that Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus endured at the hands of an absolute monster. As upsetting as the decade of terror and torture was, this book offers insights into the magnitude of degredation and suffering these girls were subjected to. The events in the book are unfathomable, but they prose brings to light the humanity of the victims of the Cleveland kidnappings and their quest to regain freedom. This is not a fireside chat book, but an eye-opening tale of the horrors that other victims are probably still going through. Thank you, Michelle, for telling your story.

Jul 15, 2014
  • calidreams rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Michelle Knight's harrowing tale of captivity. Her story is a testament of the human will to survive while being held captive by a depraved man. A truly remarkable story of abduction, captivity and freedom.

Jun 28, 2014
  • grphillips_0 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Michelle Knight's determination to survive for 12 long years in a hell-like atmosphere is nothing but miraculous. Whe was able to fogive her tormentor and is an inspiration to us all. A must read.
-Gerri Phillips

Jun 25, 2014
  • SpringAltman rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Michelle Knight chronicles are days a kidnapped victim of Ariel Castro and her will to survival the ordeal and begin a new life


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Sep 12, 2014
  • gdifranco rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

gdifranco thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

May 03, 2014
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Aug 01, 2014
  • smt429 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"When I was on my last breath in that house, God kept me alive for a reason. I believe the reason is so I can help others who have been in my situation."

Jul 01, 2014
  • SpringAltman rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“Every person who is lost is somebody’s child.”


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