In 1992, nine-year-old Katie Beers was kidnapped by a family friend and locked in an underground box for 17 days. Katie has now come forward to tell the story that created a national media storm as reporters uncovered the truth about her prekidnapping life of neglect and sexual abuse and the details of her rescue. She shares how this experience and the recent death of her kidnapper, John Esposito, has affected her life. Despite the horrible reality of Katie's days of being chained in darkness, the kidnapping was, in fact, the climactic end of a tragic childhood and the beginning of a new life. Katie breaks her silence and reveals her inspiring healing process to the journalist who covered the story of the disappearance more than 20 years ago.
Buried Memories is the only source that includes the complete details of her traumatic childhood, transcriptions of recordings from Esposito, a firsthand account of how Katie felt after Esposito's death in 2013, and Katie's hopeful view of the future as she looks back into her dark past.
©2013 Carolyn Gusoff and Katie Beers (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
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This is Katie Beer's horrific story of years of family abuse before she spent sixteen days kept locked in a box and being raped by a family friend at nine years old.
You wouldn't think anyone could recover— Katie not only recovers but thrives. Told in alternating narratives Katie on the inside, co-author reporter Carolyn Gusoff on the out. You get the raw story and how it played out in public and in the law. Narrators Allyson Ryan and Eileen Stevens give this story the respect it deserves without turning maudlin.
With help from the system that had, until then, failed her, she overcomes what feels like the worst possible circumstances. Help from therapy and school, and support from a loving foster family bring her through.
Contemplating human cruelty and endurance, it's heartening to know that we can be this resilient and flourish.
While the story is indeed disturbing, it is told in such a way that it becomes intriguing. An excellent "read" but not appropriate for teenagers or probably any young mothers.
Narration was perfect!, I loved how the story was told from two points of view., the survivor and the media. Definitely a great find!
The dialogue between the reporter and the police seems to drag on
Katie, obviously for her strength and courage to pick her life up after a horrible childhood
Both narrators do an awesome job speaking as the characters in the book. Their accents and tones made it really easy to follow along
Without the reporter part, the story would have been great. The reporter ruins the story by filling it with irrelevant things. It ruins it. Would've been good with just Katie's part.
The narration was awesome and, the story is truly tragic but not very well written. I didn't like that it keeps switching from the journalist's account to Katie's perspective as it made an already confusing story hard to follow.
At first, I wasn't crazy about the reporters side of the story. I just wanted to hear what Katie had to say. But as the story went on, I found myself pulled in. Not only relating to Katie. But also as an outsider, hoping for her survival. Katie is truly an inspiring and brace woman. What was meant for evil, she has turned into good. I finished this book a few weeks ago. And I still find myself thinking about her and her story every day.
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