Review: A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard


Recently, on our return trip from Orlando, I picked up Jaycee Dugard's book, A Stolen Life. This book is 288 pages and I read the entire thing in about 3 hours. I could not put it down. I hadn't known she had written a book, because I haven't really read anything since Austin was born, and so I haven't been shopping for books either. (I actually picked up Kendra's new book at the same time as I did Jaycee's, but haven't read it yet). When I saw Jaycee's book on the shelf I grabbed it immediately without a second thought. I tend to find myself heavily engrossed in a lot of real life crime stories - usually this means I'll comb Google and Wikipedia for whatever information I can find.

Anyway, this book does not disappoint. If you want the inside story of Jaycee's kidnapping, it's all here. She goes into so much depth, and is written in a way that you can almost feel what Jaycee felt. For example, the part where she is kidnapped, I felt myself being filled with this awful sense of dread as I read it. I felt scared, I felt as if I were there, realizing that my attempts to escape were futile. She was kidnapped with a stun gun. I read this part and was just horrified, I actually turned to Brad to tell him about it.

She goes on to describe being raped, being kept in hiding, experiences while her kidnapper spent days getting high and using her body. She discusses her pregnancies and giving birth to her daughters. She talks of how her kidnapper would give her kittens to make her happy, only to take them away weeks/months later. Every time she lost a cat my heart would just ache. She also talks about her rescue/discovery and her healing. About her desire to keep her daughter's lives as private as possible.

I don't know what constitutes a proper book review, but I just wanted to get out there that this book is powerful. Whatever you wanted to know...it is in this book.

4 comments:

  1. I am so interested in this case as well, so terrifying, and just so... incomprehensible that it's fascinating. I wanted to read that book as well (but you know me, I never read!).. but after your review here, I think I definitely will!

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  2. I snatched this off the library shelf earlier this week and, like you, zipped through it in about 3 hours. Powerful - I like that word. It's a good way to convey what it feels like to read books like this - Sarah's Key, Still Missing and Room come to mind - without making it sound like it was enjoyable to read the content.

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  3. I think I'll go pick it up soon, as it sounds like an interesting read! I read Room (well, listened to it on CD on my commute to/from work), so this sounds like a good book to add to my reading list.

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  4. What a brave young woman! You're right that her story will serve as a valuable lesson to parents and kids who may not realize the evil that's out there. Thank you for sharing an emotional and informative review of this book.

    Marlene Detierro (Houston Local SEO)

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