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Good read. Sympathy aside the content could have been more comprehensive.
on 10 June 2015
Wow! What a story. I cannot imagine how Natascha remained so strong for that long and highly doubt whether many, including myself, would have remained that strong for that long. I am glad I read the book and for the insight I got as why she did not escape at the first opportunity. When someone has messed with your head for that long it must be difficult to ascertain what is real and what is made up from the mind of the kidnapper and as she pointed out, many times, she was reliant on him to stay alive.
To the book layout and composition itself - bearing in mind this is a true story, it cannot be possible to make her time in the cellar any more interesting or flowery than it already wasn't. She had to get across that it was over eight years of total hell in both the mind numbingly tediousness of her situation and the length of time it went on for.
Perhaps the time in the cellar part could have been shortened in the book as although it is the main focus of the book, it is (hopefully) a short part of her life. i wanted to know more about what happened when she got out. Were there any repercussions? What did the neighbours think afterwards - had they, on hindsight noticed anything during those eight years or so. What about the lady who finally called the police - what thoughts went through her head? Natascha mentions that the lady she first tried to talk to in the ski resort rest room had not understood her as she was foreign as she found out later. How did she know this? What about the police dog handler whose lead, had it been followed, may have led to her freedom a lot sooner. What did her friends and family think and feel over the years she was missing? What about the family of the kidnapper? So they have anything to say?