Although there are a lot of books out about child abuse and sometimes you think "they're all the same" it's still interesting to read how each person copes with their situation. I kept willing Alice just to say no and leave. She had her brother to go to but couldn't make that decision because of her love for her mum. When she finally did leave she wasn't a child anymore but a young woman who didn't know how to get to the train station - this was sad. A gripping read. Although it refers to Joseph Fritzl on the back cover of the book, having read Elizabeth's book I didn't find myself comparing the two. Read both books, and feel nothing but praise for both girls' strength and determination.