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Tom, ' I said, bracing myself for the threat that was sure to follow. 'I need to talk to you about something. About leaving here, I mean.' He didn't hit me. Didn't threaten. Instead, he looked at me with great sadness. 'Who saved your life?' 'You, ' I replied, 'but...' 'Who takes care of you?' 'I know that, ' I told him. 'I just can't live like this.' 'You can't live? What Tom, ' I said, bracing myself for the threat that was sure to follow. 'I need to talk to you about something. About leaving here, I mean.' He didn't hit me. Didn't threaten. Instead, he looked at me with great sadness. 'Who saved your life?' 'You, ' I replied, 'but...' 'Who takes care of you?' 'I know that, ' I told him. 'I just can't live like this.' 'You can't live? What about me? You would destroy my life if you left. I am the only person to ever show you love, and you would leave me? Don't be stupid.' Told from the perspective of Tanya Nicole Kach, Memoir of a Milk Carton Kid is the haunting story of a girl, lost in the cracks of the system, forced to spend more than ten years as the prisoner of her school's security guard. From her troubled childhood, through her captivity at the hands of a manipulative captor, and ultimately on her road to recovery, Tanya's story is one of pain but ultimately triumph. Her story is told by her advocate and confidant, Lawrence Fisher. For more than five years his impassioned advocacy has helped Tanya as she has reintegrated into society. He successfully blends Tanya's story with his own insight into the legal issues surrounding the controversial case that followed Tanya's release. This multipronged approach gives the reader insight into Tanya's emotional state and the state of a criminal justice system that allowed her ordeal to happen.


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Tom, ' I said, bracing myself for the threat that was sure to follow. 'I need to talk to you about something. About leaving here, I mean.' He didn't hit me. Didn't threaten. Instead, he looked at me with great sadness. 'Who saved your life?' 'You, ' I replied, 'but...' 'Who takes care of you?' 'I know that, ' I told him. 'I just can't live like this.' 'You can't live? What Tom, ' I said, bracing myself for the threat that was sure to follow. 'I need to talk to you about something. About leaving here, I mean.' He didn't hit me. Didn't threaten. Instead, he looked at me with great sadness. 'Who saved your life?' 'You, ' I replied, 'but...' 'Who takes care of you?' 'I know that, ' I told him. 'I just can't live like this.' 'You can't live? What about me? You would destroy my life if you left. I am the only person to ever show you love, and you would leave me? Don't be stupid.' Told from the perspective of Tanya Nicole Kach, Memoir of a Milk Carton Kid is the haunting story of a girl, lost in the cracks of the system, forced to spend more than ten years as the prisoner of her school's security guard. From her troubled childhood, through her captivity at the hands of a manipulative captor, and ultimately on her road to recovery, Tanya's story is one of pain but ultimately triumph. Her story is told by her advocate and confidant, Lawrence Fisher. For more than five years his impassioned advocacy has helped Tanya as she has reintegrated into society. He successfully blends Tanya's story with his own insight into the legal issues surrounding the controversial case that followed Tanya's release. This multipronged approach gives the reader insight into Tanya's emotional state and the state of a criminal justice system that allowed her ordeal to happen.

30 review for Memoir of a Milk Carton Kid

  1. 5 out of 5

    Molly

    Saw the authors speak at a library event. I think that Tanya Kach has been manipulated by men her entire life and her lawyer is no exception. The story is, of course, compelling, but the writing and editing are abysmal. If Kach's lawyer was really doing what was in the best interest of Kach (as he says motivates all his decisions) he would have left the writing up to a real writer, which would likely have led to the book being published by a major publisher. It is a horrifying story of negligenc Saw the authors speak at a library event. I think that Tanya Kach has been manipulated by men her entire life and her lawyer is no exception. The story is, of course, compelling, but the writing and editing are abysmal. If Kach's lawyer was really doing what was in the best interest of Kach (as he says motivates all his decisions) he would have left the writing up to a real writer, which would likely have led to the book being published by a major publisher. It is a horrifying story of negligence and indifference.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kerry Casey

    Victim of captivity? Or mentally unstable teen looking for love and affection who gets more and more unstable and bored as time goes on so decides to write her story and call it a ten year 'captivity'? How disapointing. What starts as a well written, cut to the chase summary of Tanya Kach's life and mental state before meeting her 'captor', (Due to the lact of affection and stablility in her home life), turns into an almost quickly scribbled down list of dates and facts which is told in random se Victim of captivity? Or mentally unstable teen looking for love and affection who gets more and more unstable and bored as time goes on so decides to write her story and call it a ten year 'captivity'? How disapointing. What starts as a well written, cut to the chase summary of Tanya Kach's life and mental state before meeting her 'captor', (Due to the lact of affection and stablility in her home life), turns into an almost quickly scribbled down list of dates and facts which is told in random sequence without a hint of detail or emotion. I would maybe feel differently if she and the writer whom she collaborated with actually TOLD the audience about her life while living with Tom Hose. Hose is obviously an unstable, lowlife, however nothing is even detailed or explained about the captivity that could make Tanya's words 'psychologically tortured and sexually degregraded' justifiable in context to this book she has written. And considering she was able to go on shopping trips, start work in a thrift shop and as she even says 'I decided to leave the house for a little while'.. It is very very hard to be able to call this book and her story a story of captivity... By page 72 she's already explained why she took a liking to Hose, which as a reader I can genuinely understand and I also feel genuinely sorry for as her parents and living situation was rubbish to say the least. She has already had consensual sex with him (granted she was a minor and Hose is in the wrong)and in those 72 or so pages we have already spanned nearly 9 years in 'captivity' without any actual detail except having to have relieved herself in a bucket (which she knew she would be doing when she chose to live with him.) - She has already had numerous chances to leave the bedroom she was being held captive in and yet does nothing. Even when police enter the house, or she goes shopping (yes she was allowed on multiple shopping trips over 10 years.)- she still does nothing, in fact she says DIRECTLY to the reader 'I had no impulse to escape, and I'm ashamed to say that leaving him never entered my mind'. The easiest thing from a reader's perspective would have been to make some noise to let Hose's parents know that she was living day to day in his bedroom, if she wanted to find a way out. So far I feel her story takes away from the numerous other stories I have read by women who truly were kidnapped and held in captivity against their will. This situation,- although Hose as an adult is completly wrong in abusing his authority over a minor, - barely resembles a hostage situation. Rather It resembles a wayward troubled teen who craves attention/affection (and has every right to need and want attention and affection from parents/authority figures) and who has very low self esteem, that she decided to stay with a man twice her age for a 10 year period. Within the 10 years she also agreed to marry him. It seems to be an obvious case of a misguided feeling of'love' situation,- to - I'm bored now and feeling mentally unstable so Im going to say I was being held captive. While I understand Mental instability and it is justified given being isolated in one room for so long (although she did take many shopping trips outside the home) - It's hard to seriously look at this as a story of captivity. UNLESS it's just the way it's written...There are barely any details of the captivity and abuse she seems to have suffered. It's very randomly written and goes from her captor doing his normal thing such as going to school then coming home,..to then saying he will throw her body in a lake...I mean WTF?... How about actually letting the audience know HOW that came about?,how and when his moods changed with you, when you noticed he was a bit cuckoo, about your day to day living situation, your fears, your happiness, what made you change your perspective of him?, how you lived, what you ate, how you felt etc? There's No lead up of his treatment toward her or anything. seems like a crazy (and wrong) relationship between an obviously repressed and unstable adult, and a teen who craved affection so badly from a bad childhood. Sorry, but in both story content and writing style I feel it takes away from those amazing true life stories of terrible captivity, such as Colleen Stan, Natacha Kampuch and Jaycee Dugard.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jason Pettus

    (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.) Although I'm glad for the existence of books like Memoir of a Milk Carton Kid: The Tanya Nicole Kach Story, written with her participation by her former attorney, Lawrence Fisher, I feel the need to admit my biases right away -- that I find stories about girls who are kidnapped and sexually abused within s (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.) Although I'm glad for the existence of books like Memoir of a Milk Carton Kid: The Tanya Nicole Kach Story, written with her participation by her former attorney, Lawrence Fisher, I feel the need to admit my biases right away -- that I find stories about girls who are kidnapped and sexually abused within suburban-home dungeons for years and years to be just so upsetting, most often I won't even pick such books up, and I have to confess that even here all I could manage to do was sort of skip around and give the manuscript a light scanning. I mean, I did definitely read enough to have an opinion, because I wanted to be able to say with authority that I found it competently written, which it absolutely is; but if like me you're one of those people who can't even have tabloid news shows running in the background of a room without succumbing to tears, this is not the book for you, but rather one for all you more steel-hearted Nancy Grace fans and the like. I'm glad that Kach was finally able to escape her situation, and without a doubt I recommend this title to fans of true-crime books and "To Catch a Predator" type shows; but in this case I unfortunately cannot give you too much more detailed a review than that, in that I was barely able to even read more than a few pages at a time without wincing and putting the book back down. It comes recommended but with that caution in mind. Out of 10: 8.0

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ash-Lee

    I feel compelled to write a review although I rarely do for other books. I'm disgusted by other reviews which seem to place the blame on a 14 year old who was manipulated by so many horrible people in her life. The book is not well written, and perhaps the lawyer/author has taken liberties to shine a light on himself, however I can't help but think that some good may come from a memoir such as this. Yes, the book lacks depth and gory details of the victim's captivity, however it does give enough I feel compelled to write a review although I rarely do for other books. I'm disgusted by other reviews which seem to place the blame on a 14 year old who was manipulated by so many horrible people in her life. The book is not well written, and perhaps the lawyer/author has taken liberties to shine a light on himself, however I can't help but think that some good may come from a memoir such as this. Yes, the book lacks depth and gory details of the victim's captivity, however it does give enough detail to see how wrong the system is and how everyone truly failed Tanya (before, during and after her abduction). I feel cold and disturbed after reading this from start to finish. Unlike Tanya's optimism, I do not feel any faith in humanity after finishing her story, but I applaud her strength while at the same time wondering how much her lawyer has gained from the experience.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Joanna Nunez

    Memoir of a Milk Carton Kid sounds like it would be an odd book to bring on a vacation, but I am fascinated with True Crime and memoirs, so this seemed like a good choice. It was very dry, tedious in places and overall, mostly a bore. It's told by the victim, Tanya Kach, with her lawyer, Mr. Fisher. While I didn't expect the subject matter to be thrilling or light hearted, I didn't expect it to fall flat. She was a neglected child that fell for a janitor who used that to his advantage. Yes, he was Memoir of a Milk Carton Kid sounds like it would be an odd book to bring on a vacation, but I am fascinated with True Crime and memoirs, so this seemed like a good choice. It was very dry, tedious in places and overall, mostly a bore. It's told by the victim, Tanya Kach, with her lawyer, Mr. Fisher. While I didn't expect the subject matter to be thrilling or light hearted, I didn't expect it to fall flat. She was a neglected child that fell for a janitor who used that to his advantage. Yes, he was a pedophile, yes it seems like the child welfare/police wronged her, but this read like a manuscript of name calling and half hearted better business bureau complaints.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    This book is a good book for Moms of tweens/teens to talk of the dangers that are out there. True story that never had to happen or at least go on as long as it did. The school, police & esp her parents should be ashamed for letting her disappearance not to be shouted from the rooftops. The school's principal knew of the improper relationship and never said a word. Even after she was rescued Tanya's parents were not supportive emotionally, physically, financially. They treated her as a burden to This book is a good book for Moms of tweens/teens to talk of the dangers that are out there. True story that never had to happen or at least go on as long as it did. The school, police & esp her parents should be ashamed for letting her disappearance not to be shouted from the rooftops. The school's principal knew of the improper relationship and never said a word. Even after she was rescued Tanya's parents were not supportive emotionally, physically, financially. They treated her as a burden to them.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    What an interesting story. How sad that no one came to her rescue and that her childhood was taken away. Makes me mad.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Cram

    Eh...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Katie Followell

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Here's the thing: the story is interesting. But the writing is very bleh. Tanya has suffered by manipulation and people not helping her her entire life, I get it and am sympathetic towards her. But having a crush on an older man and then just deciding to live there for 10 years isn't being kidnapped like Jaycee Duggard. Did he commit a crime by sexual assault of a 14 year old? Absolutely. She was a stupid kid and he used her as a pawn. But this isn't a book about a kidnapping in my opinion. Just Here's the thing: the story is interesting. But the writing is very bleh. Tanya has suffered by manipulation and people not helping her her entire life, I get it and am sympathetic towards her. But having a crush on an older man and then just deciding to live there for 10 years isn't being kidnapped like Jaycee Duggard. Did he commit a crime by sexual assault of a 14 year old? Absolutely. She was a stupid kid and he used her as a pawn. But this isn't a book about a kidnapping in my opinion. Just a really unfortunate situation. It's an interesting story but maybe an update on Wikipedia would be better spent than reading this book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    L. Carrington

    ‘Tom,’ I said, bracing myself for the threat that was sure to follow. ‘I need to talk to you about something. About leaving here, I mean.’ He didn’t hit me. Didn’t threaten. Instead, he looked at me with great sadness. ‘Who saved your life?’ ‘You,’ I replied, ‘but…’ ‘Who takes care of you?’ ‘I know that,’ I told him. ‘I just can’t live like this.’ ‘You can’t live? What about me? You would destroy my life if you left. I am the only person to ever show you love, and you would leave me? Don’t be stupid.‘ ‘Tom,’ I said, bracing myself for the threat that was sure to follow. ‘I need to talk to you about something. About leaving here, I mean.’ He didn’t hit me. Didn’t threaten. Instead, he looked at me with great sadness. ‘Who saved your life?’ ‘You,’ I replied, ‘but…’ ‘Who takes care of you?’ ‘I know that,’ I told him. ‘I just can’t live like this.’ ‘You can’t live? What about me? You would destroy my life if you left. I am the only person to ever show you love, and you would leave me? Don’t be stupid.‘ –Excerpt from Memoir of a Milk Carton Kid Among the heroic stories of Elizabeth Smart and Jaycee Dugard, Tanya Kach tells her story in Memoir of a Milk Carton Kid (Tate Publishing, 2011). Written with her attorney Lawrence Fisher, Tanya speaks of her harrowing ordeal as the hostage of her school’s crossing guard, Thomas Hose, for over 10 years Last seen February 10, 1996, at the age of 14, she was found alive at 24 in a residence in McKeesport, PA where Hose lived with his elderly parents. Literally hidden in plain sight just two miles from her father’s home, she seemed to have fallen through the system’s cracks. Tanya was left to live in a second floor bedroom (and occasionally the closet), eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and drinking Faygo soda, or whatever he smuggled to her from his dinner. A bucket was used to relieve herself. At first, Tanya thought she was in love with her captor, brainwashed into believing her family no longer wanted or needed her. When asked by anyone who approached them, both kidnaper and hostage would say Tanya met him when Hose was 18 and working as a security guard at a mall. Her decade as House’s prisoner is a haunting story, Memoir of a Milk Carton Kid is a story of a true test of faith, never losing hope, surviving a chaotic childhood and then a decade as an abduction victim, before rising from the ashes on her road to recovery. It’s a book that reminds us that though at time we have it rough, there are others who do – and had – it so much worse. Memoir of a Milk Carton Kid is intense reading, and Tanya’s words draw readers into her story and keep them there right up until her rescue and her present day as an adult reaching out to others with her amazing bravery. Memoir of a Milk Carton Kid is scheduled to hit book shelves on October 11, 2011, and it is one memoir that shouldn’t be missed.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rena Sherwood

    I read this for two reasons: 1) I am a domestic abuse survivor and 2) I saw a German documentary on Tanya Nicole Kach and thought this book would help answer some of the questions I had about it. The documentary is on Amazon Prime Video: Unfortunately, this book was published BEFORE the documentary, so the documentary actually had far more information than the book. Kach's lawyer does write a long chapter or two here about how the police and social services failed to help Tanya before she was kidn I read this for two reasons: 1) I am a domestic abuse survivor and 2) I saw a German documentary on Tanya Nicole Kach and thought this book would help answer some of the questions I had about it. The documentary is on Amazon Prime Video: Unfortunately, this book was published BEFORE the documentary, so the documentary actually had far more information than the book. Kach's lawyer does write a long chapter or two here about how the police and social services failed to help Tanya before she was kidnapped. This is a very short book that moves quickly but does not go into great detail over Tanya's captive or non-captive life. She writes in generalities and very few specifics. So, if you pick this book up wanting to read about kinky sex between a teenager and a 30 year old, forget it. And get some psychiatric help while you're at it, will you? If the comments on Amazon Prime are anything to go by, people have a hard time believing Tanya would voluntarily be kidnapped (and she was.) They say that she could have just walked away at any time. However, it's not that easy once the victimis YOU. Your mind is basically taken over by your abuser and you do not see any safe alternative than to stay with your abuser. I'll write that (and I'm not the first and won't be the last) and (unless its happened to you) you won't beleive me. It could be said that I identify too much with Tanya to write an entirely unbiased review and I'll be the first to admit that.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    Terrible...i didn't even finish reading it. It filled with Tanya using alot of "psycho-babble" and after her rescue it is all lawyer talk..completely boring. This book had no depth when I'm sure it could have had lots seeing as this was such a terrible thing that happened to her. Google her name and you'll probably find the same as whats in this book an it will take you less time to read it. Terrible...i didn't even finish reading it. It filled with Tanya using alot of "psycho-babble" and after her rescue it is all lawyer talk..completely boring. This book had no depth when I'm sure it could have had lots seeing as this was such a terrible thing that happened to her. Google her name and you'll probably find the same as whats in this book an it will take you less time to read it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Videoclimber(AKA)MTsLilSis

    Let this be a warning to parents! If you don't take the time to pay attention to your child, someone else will, and they may end up scarred for life because of it! Sadly I feel that Tanya will spend the rest of her life being used by those around her! Let this be a warning to parents! If you don't take the time to pay attention to your child, someone else will, and they may end up scarred for life because of it! Sadly I feel that Tanya will spend the rest of her life being used by those around her!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    Read this book quickly. Makes you wonder how many other kids fall through the cracks and if others are even in this type of situation. Hate that those in authority like the police and school system got away with their neglect. Hope she's doing well. Read this book quickly. Makes you wonder how many other kids fall through the cracks and if others are even in this type of situation. Hate that those in authority like the police and school system got away with their neglect. Hope she's doing well.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Courtney Spearman

    Holy cow. This was the most dramatic, back and forth book I've ever read. I've never heard of a family or life being as dramatic, crazy, or emotionally unstable as Tanya's. It felt like this book was never going to end. Thankfully it did. Holy cow. This was the most dramatic, back and forth book I've ever read. I've never heard of a family or life being as dramatic, crazy, or emotionally unstable as Tanya's. It felt like this book was never going to end. Thankfully it did.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    After seeing this story on tv I wanted to know more. It's sole purpose is to deliver information about the case. I found it interesting but it was just okay otherwise. After seeing this story on tv I wanted to know more. It's sole purpose is to deliver information about the case. I found it interesting but it was just okay otherwise.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Sad story, but inspiring to learn about her life. I feel more sorry for her because of her home life with her parents.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Julie Driscoll

    I read this book really fast which is not typical for me. Easy read.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Anna Hepworth

    I like reading stories of ordinary people. In many ways, Ms Kach comes across as an ordinary person, but she had a particularly unpleasant set of things happen to her. And while she writes of them dispassionately, setting them out step by step, the sequence was harrowing. Especially as there is rarely foreshadowing, so sudden about-faces from friends come across as a slap in the face. The story was unpleasant, but the writing was gripping. Even still, I had to put it aside and do other things af I like reading stories of ordinary people. In many ways, Ms Kach comes across as an ordinary person, but she had a particularly unpleasant set of things happen to her. And while she writes of them dispassionately, setting them out step by step, the sequence was harrowing. Especially as there is rarely foreshadowing, so sudden about-faces from friends come across as a slap in the face. The story was unpleasant, but the writing was gripping. Even still, I had to put it aside and do other things after every other chapter. But this isn't the strength of the book. What came through most strongly was the story about a young woman holding on to her faith in her God, even when she had lost faith in herself and humanity. She didn't write about other peoples' relationships with God, nor was there any sense of preaching. There was just a profound sense of absolute belief, a foundation to her world that didn't need questioning, it just was, which I found very interesting. This is quite a powerful book, despite the candy floss writing, but it is also quite distressing to read. While I can't in good faith recommend it, I don't regret reading it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dionne

    I first learned about Tanya while watching an episode of I Survived. Her story was heartbreaking and I wanted to learn more. Her parents, the school and the police all failed to care for her and protect her from an evil man. I hope that many learn the lessons from Tanya's life so other children can be spared the pain that she went through. I am happy that she seems to have finally gotten on her feet and is living a good life with the help of her church and friends. While her lawyer seems to have b I first learned about Tanya while watching an episode of I Survived. Her story was heartbreaking and I wanted to learn more. Her parents, the school and the police all failed to care for her and protect her from an evil man. I hope that many learn the lessons from Tanya's life so other children can be spared the pain that she went through. I am happy that she seems to have finally gotten on her feet and is living a good life with the help of her church and friends. While her lawyer seems to have been her protector, I don't think he was the right person to write this book. I think Tanya's story could've had a much bigger impact if she'd had the help of a professional writer. That said, I would still recommend it to people who read true-crime.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Dally

    It was a fascinating story of a woman's harrowing adolescence and survival. One thing that made it hard to read was that it was often a scathing review of every adult in her life. I mean, we get it, they were terrible. But having the book guided by an actual author would REALLY have helped and this could have been 4 or 5 stars. It was a fascinating story of a woman's harrowing adolescence and survival. One thing that made it hard to read was that it was often a scathing review of every adult in her life. I mean, we get it, they were terrible. But having the book guided by an actual author would REALLY have helped and this could have been 4 or 5 stars.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Hannough-Bergmans

    Provided some very interesting insights into Kach’s time in captivity. Although it is a compelling story, the writing is lacking in terms of style. There were also parts about her spirituality that did not speak to me. Still? I’m glad to have read this book!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Pretty good! Pretty good! A little repetitive but pretty heartbreaking and it’s nice to get the true side of this crazy situation.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay Poloni

    Started off well but the last bit was more like the rant of a very mentally unwell person. Wasn't well written IMO. Started off well but the last bit was more like the rant of a very mentally unwell person. Wasn't well written IMO.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lynette

    This book is heart wrenching. I’m glad justice was served. There were parallels of this story to my own assault case. Not many people believing you and just tearing you down. Stay strong survivors!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cossette

    Love the memoir format of this book, however the editing is awful and the exposure of the rotten justice system is truly dreadful. Tanya was wronged and manipulated nearly every step of the way.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Melinda Keen

    this book was pretty good.. once you start you have to finish.. i love story like this but hate them at the same time.. because i know they are real and know that they suffered pain..

  28. 4 out of 5

    Louis Hasler

    I finished it in a day. And now I can't read anything else because it won't measure up I finished it in a day. And now I can't read anything else because it won't measure up

  29. 5 out of 5

    Amber Ray

    I do feel for this poor woman's ordeal but I get a whiff of an unpleasant personality on her part which seems to have made many of her relationships "sour". Likely she started as a troubled kid and obviously her situation could not have improved it. I do find it shocking though that the police bungled the case so badly and that the statue of limitations was allowed to run out before she could sue them. Her school and police both failed her badly and no matter what kind of person she is, she dese I do feel for this poor woman's ordeal but I get a whiff of an unpleasant personality on her part which seems to have made many of her relationships "sour". Likely she started as a troubled kid and obviously her situation could not have improved it. I do find it shocking though that the police bungled the case so badly and that the statue of limitations was allowed to run out before she could sue them. Her school and police both failed her badly and no matter what kind of person she is, she deserved more. I would also call Hose a "person of interest" in the other girl's killings due to the similarities between the girls and again, shame on whoever dropped that ball in the police department. She also makes a very good point about why she and other kids don't/didn't run away from their kidnappers--they are often afraid to, made to feel no one else wants them, or that because of "what they've done" there is nowhere else to go. They don't run because kids accept and adapt the reality they're forced into. So though it seems like they've got all the freedom in the world, they don't.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Trailhoundz

    I have mixed feelings about this book. It was a quick read- took me about 3 hours- and very engaging. However I really couldn't empathize with Tanya very much, sadly. Like many other reviewers have said, she comes across as a person who is fairly unlikable, not able to keep friendships, and perpetually playing the victim card. Her time in captivity is barely covered. She complains about being abused for 10+ years but besides having to keep quiet and not having AC in the summer, she does not cove I have mixed feelings about this book. It was a quick read- took me about 3 hours- and very engaging. However I really couldn't empathize with Tanya very much, sadly. Like many other reviewers have said, she comes across as a person who is fairly unlikable, not able to keep friendships, and perpetually playing the victim card. Her time in captivity is barely covered. She complains about being abused for 10+ years but besides having to keep quiet and not having AC in the summer, she does not cover what exactly happened. In fact she seems to have been treated fairly well. Most surprising was that she was she was locked in her room from the inside- so she could have come and gone whenever she wanted, and pretty much did for the second half of her captivity. I'm not really sure how this ends up being a kidnapping. Regardless, she was a young and confused teen who was victimized by an older pedophile, failed by her parents and the system. I wish I could have liked the book more. I see how it is so controversial.

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