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In the fall of 2010, in the all-American town of Apple Valley, Ohio, four people disappeared without a trace: Stephanie Sprang; her friend, Tina Maynard; and Tina's two children, 13-year-old Sarah and 11-year-old Kody. Investigators began scouring the area, yet despite an extensive search, no signs of the missing people were discovered.

On the fourth day of the search, evidence trickled in about neighborhood "weirdo" Matthew Hoffman. A police SWAT team raided his home and found an extremely disturbing sight: every square inch of the place was filled with leaves and a terrified Sarah Maynard was bound up in the middle of it like some sort of perverted autumn tableau. But there was no trace of the others.

Then came Hoffman's confession to an unspeakable crime that went beyond murder and defied all reason. His tale of evil would make Sarah's survival and rescue all the more astonishing - a compelling tribute to a young girl's resilience and courage and to her fierce determination to reclaim her life in the wake of unimaginable wickedness.

©2012 Robert Scott (P)2016 Tantor

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Tells the same story over and over

Started out interesting with character backgrounds, then the crime happened early on and a good part of the book is telling the same story over and over again from different peoples’ views but they all were the same. How many times can you listen to one crime?
Then towards the end you hear over and over how it affected everyone’s lives, which you had also heard earlier along with the detectives views you heard before. Along with the doldrum narration I kept waiting for a twist or something which never came.
If you like wallowing in the sadness of a sad crime then you will enjoy this book. Otherwise I can not recommend.

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The girl

This is a story that made me cry for Sara and her family. How dare someone take so much from so many

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Courageous and up lifting

this book is written and recorded for the purpose of showing up the courage of the people that it was written about. Based on true facts and as enjoyable as it could be considering considering what happened.

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unbelievable strength & healing amazing story!

The story is unbelievable and yet told so well. My prayers go out to all.

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