Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: Aug 7, 2018
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
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.
This was a very well-written novel based on the true story of Sally Horner. I actually had no clue who that was or any previous knowledge of her case, which made this all the more intriguing.
For those of you like me, here are some quick facts:
- Florence Sally Horner (11 yrs old) was abducted old by 50 yr old child molester Frank LaSalle in 1948.
- Frank pretended to be an FBI agent after catching Sally steal a 5 cent notebook in Camden, NJ
- For more info, visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florence_Sally_Horner
The last book I read that was based on true events, did not work for me. But this one totally did! I loved how Greenwood chose to stick with the same chain of events, names and timelines. Definitely not what I was expecting. It was told from multiple POV’s, which made this a truly enjoyable read. Because this was based on real events, it made it an even more emotional read..or at least for me it did. Without giving too much away, I actually found myself wanting to slap some of these characters. Especially near the end with Susan and Vivi! I don’t think I would have been as nice as Susan was!
Have you heard or read this book? Do you like to read books that are based on true stories or real people?