The #1 New York Times Bestseller
A bestselling book that is inspiring the nation: “We have written here about terrible things that we never wanted to think about again . . . Now we want the world to know: we survived, we are free, we love life.”
Two women kidnapped by infamous Cleveland school-bus driver Ariel Castro share the stories of their abductions, captivity, and dramatic escape
On May 6, 2013, Amanda Berry made headlines around the world when she fled a Cleveland home and called 911, saying: “Help me, I’m Amanda Berry. . . . I’ve been kidnapped, and I’ve been missing for ten years.”
A horrifying story rapidly unfolded. Ariel Castro, a local school bus driver, had separately lured Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight to his home, where he kept them chained. In the decade that followed, the three were raped, psychologically abused, and threatened with death. Berry had a daughter—Jocelyn—by their captor.
Drawing upon their recollections and the diary kept by Amanda Berry, Berry and Gina DeJesus describe a tale of unimaginable torment, and Pulitzer Prize–winning Washington Post reporters Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan interweave the events within Castro’s house with original reporting on efforts to find the missing girls. The full story behind the headlines—including details never previously released on Castro’s life and motivations—Hope is a harrowing yet inspiring chronicle of two women whose courage, ingenuity, and resourcefulness ultimately delivered them back to their lives and families.
Berry was an average teenager working at Burger King when she was abducted by Ariel Castro in 2003. She and DeJesus, whom Castro kidnapped in 2004, were held captive (along with Michelle Knight) in Castro's barricaded home in Cleveland, Ohio, for many years. He subjected them to daily emotional and sexual abuse until they escaped with the aid of neighbors in 2013. Based on interviews with the women and Amanda's journals (written on everything from notebook paper to napkins and fast food takeout bags), Berry and DeJesus bravely recount that decade with the aid of Pulitzer-winning reporters Jordan and Sullivan. Shackled to their beds and forced to endure multiple daily rapes, the women developed a deep bond that eventually morphed into an odd family of sorts when Berry gave birth to a baby girl in December 2006. Jordan and Sullivan bring depth and tension to the narrative, recounting numerous frustrating dead ends and close calls in the police investigations before reaching the emotional peak of the book: the women's escape and Castro's capture. The bravery and resolve that Berry and DeJesus convey in this well-crafted memoir is both astonishing and inspiring.
So powerful! Great read!
The most amazing book ever
Every couple years I read up on these girls , to give me strength and to give me hope , their words humble me in ways they could never imagine !
Read this book and trust their words , they are living proof that god is real and miracles exists !
Amazing book. Thanks for opening up and putting it all out there. I’ve been interested in you all for years, glad you had hope and made it out alive and well!!!! Xoxo