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I Choose To Live
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What a brave and dignified young lady she is, telling us the story of her incarceration by the most appalling man.

Sabine tells her story from the heart, taking us through her thought processes and emotional state of mind as she is held prsioner by a monstrous man, who has little or no regard for the needs and welfare of this extra-ordinary girl.

Sabine Dardenne can hold her head up high - she lived through hell, came out the other side in one piece and has built a normal life, despite the horrors she suffered.

A gripping and harrowing read of a brave and admirable young lady.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 8 July 2006
This book isnt for sensitive people, i am usually a hard hearted person, yet even i shed a tear! i have heard on the news about girls being abducted, but have never read a first account of someone being abducted, it well and truly shocked me. Sabine has done a really good job of retelling her horrirfic nightmare without going in to detail about the horrendous things that happened to her. This book made me feel angry and saddened, frustrated and useless. How many more little girls will have to go through similar experiances to Sabine until the legal system will realize that its not worth letting these types of people out of jail again, they will only reoffend! All in all this book opened my eyes....
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 2 June 2005
I first saw a review of this book in The 'Guardian' newspaper and i thought i'd read it.
When i starting reading i choose to live there was no way that i was going to put the book down. Sabine went through hell and i have so much respect for her writing this book. I can't say that this is a great book because this shouldn't of happened to her and i wish these sort of books shouldn't need to be wrote yet as everyone knows this violation to children doe's happen and this book high lights the effects it has on so many lives.
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on 7 June 2012
A most tragic true re-telling of the kidnapping & the abuse of a young girl: Here she relives her nightmare through the medium of her book. Yet, without going into too much graphic detail regarding the sexual abuse she suffered. Following the writing of her book, I just hope she is able to at least put some of her demons to rest... Now a sophisticated young woman. A true survivor.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 3 May 2005
A harrowing true story, told in plain english by Sabine Dardenne, a survivor of serial paedophile Marc Dutroux.
Kidnapped as a twelve year old on her way to school, raped, sodimised and locked underground for 80 days brainwashed and abused. "I choose to live" is a real life nightmare that shook Belgium to its core.
A gripping account of horrific events in a your girls life, yet full of personality. Definitely a great read
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on 27 December 2012
i found this book interesting. i would recommend it.
It was well written and it was interesting to read what Sabine was put through and how she coped and survived her terrible ordeal. books like this raises awareness about pedophiles. i am really glad i read this book.
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My words seem empty so instead I filled this space with blessings and love for the absolutely inspirational woman who lived the experience.
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on 7 October 2014
Alas just lately we have read of so many young girls taken, this is good because she is a survivor
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 27 June 2007
Sabine's story is one that i would not normally read but i had seen this advertised in Marie claire and bought it sometime after. It is tastefully written and shows what a remarkable child she was, she thankfully managed to stay alive and finally testified against the man who imprisoned her in a cellar and repeatedly raped her. Thankfully she refrained from going into great details about the abuse but it does make you question the world that we live in!!!
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 6 August 2006
IVE READ THIS BOOK TWICE AND PASSED IT ON TO SEVERAL OF MY FRIENDS, WHAT A BRILLIANT STORY OF ONE YOUNG GIRLS SURVIVAL AT THE HANDS OF SUCH A CRUEL MAN. EVEN THOUGH IT DOESNT GO INTO GREAT DETAIL ABOUT THE ABUSE SUFFERED YOU STILL GET A TRUE PICTURE OF WHAT SHE HAD TO GO THROUGH & HOW SHE SURVIVED
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