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Publisher's Summary

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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I never would have purchased this if I knew the author was friends with Harvey Weinstein

In chapter 19 the author introduces Katie to Harvey Weinstein and they talk about him in a very positive way. It’a sick.

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You Can Come Back

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.

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truly great!!

the story of her life is my story of my childhood, and I am a male!

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Disturbing

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.

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Loved this story

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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wow

Heartbreaking but amazing story. It made me cry but grateful she shared her story, hopefully it will help many overcome there past.

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One of the best books I've ever read

This book was sad, heart-wrenching, and sickening...at the same time it was inspirational, empowering, and brave. I loved everything about the book and the way it was written/performed despite the contents....because although it's a horrific story...it's told from a place of bravery and understanding....in a way that could help other childhood victims of abuse, neglect, trauma.
I would definitely recommend.

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Couldn't stop listening!

Narration was perfect!, I loved how the story was told from two points of view., the survivor and the media. Definitely a great find!

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Simply Incredible

Would you listen to Buried Memories again? Why?

Maybe. It is an incredible book and I cannot give enough credit to the strength of Katie Beer, who opened up for this book to be possible. The only reason I say maybe is because it is hard to listen to someone treating a child like that.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Buried Memories?

Discovering that there were tapes of her screaming for help

What does Allyson Ryan and Eileen Stevens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

They bring the story to life. With the different voices you get a very special insight to how each woman was feeling during the time in the book.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes. I cried. A couple times actually. Just from how this child was treated. I think it brings a lot to light about that side of our society that no one likes to talk about.

Any additional comments?

She deserves to be heard. So much courage for one girl. She deserves the upmost respect and I suggest this to anyone who comes across.

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Props to the narrators

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The dialogue between the reporter and the police seems to drag on

Who was your favorite character and why?

Katie, obviously for her strength and courage to pick her life up after a horrible childhood

What does Allyson Ryan and Eileen Stevens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Both narrators do an awesome job speaking as the characters in the book. Their accents and tones made it really easy to follow along

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  • 03-07-22

Hard to listen

It is very hard to listen to this book because it was shocking to me how much this woman been through as a child. I admire her for her strength and resilience,Katie tells her story in details so be prepared for that.

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  • 02-13-22

heartbreaking and inspirational

loved this story. how things in life happen but tragic story to hear amazing

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  • Taniya S.
  • 02-04-22

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WOW!
What a story! Only it's NOT just a "STORY"!
To think that people, kids live through this absolutely horrific abuse utterly astounds me.
I could say poor Kattie & every other person who has lived through & currently living through this type of abuse, however, Kattie & many other survivors, seem to come out the "other side" stronger versions of themselves. I take my hat off to you Kattie you have shown in this book just how resilient the human spirit is. You are an amazing person & shown that we MUST keep talking about the disgusting acts other human beings can bestow on other human beings. Also that we MUST keep our own children close & safe, because evil lerks around every corner.
Much love to you & your family Kattie. Keep on keeping on.

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  • Gina
  • 08-01-21

Brave and strong Katie.

I cannot believe what this poor little girl endured. So smart. From such a young age to be betrayed by those who were meant to love and protect her. Her absentee biological mother should’ve picked up on what was going on if she had spent any time with her beautiful innocent children. Her survival and smarts at such a young age is amazing. I’m so happy she ended up in a loving normal functioning family. Katie thank you so much for sharing your story. May God bless you snd your beautiful family. Your such an inspiration. Thank you so much.