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Publisher Description

“Greenwood’s glowing dark ruby of a novel brilliantly transforms the true crime story that inspired Nabokov’s Lolita. Shatteringly original and eloquently written....So ferociously suspenseful, I found myself holding my breath.” —Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You

Camden, NJ, 1948. When 11 year-old Sally Horner steals a notebook from the local Woolworth's, she has no way of knowing that 52 year-old Frank LaSalle, fresh out of prison, is watching her, preparing to make his move. Accosting her outside the store, Frank convinces Sally that he’s an FBI agent who can have her arrested in a minute—unless she does as he says.

This chilling novel traces the next two harrowing years as Frank mentally and physically assaults Sally while the two of them travel westward from Camden to San Jose, forever altering not only her life, but the lives of her family, friends, and those she meets along the way.

Based on the experiences of real-life kidnapping victim Sally Horner and her captor, whose story shocked the nation and inspired Vladimir Nabokov to write his controversial and iconic Lolita, this heart-pounding story by award-winning author T. Greenwood at last gives a voice to Sally herself.

Fiction & Literature
August 7
St. Martin's Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

Brandyn Ariel ,


This book was sad. Based on the true story of Sally, I hadn’t heard of Sally or of her kidnapping. The author does a great job of going back and fourth between the characters. There is a sense of urgency when reading the book to find out what happened to Sally. I couldn’t put the book down. Crummy ending, but it’s what happened in real life.

swrara ,

Rust & Stardust

So well written. She’s an unbelievable writer. But I couldn’t finish this book. Too horrifying. I need to find something happier-like Ana Karenina- to get it out of my mind. Totally recommend to anyone with stronger heart than mind. I could not read another page. Three stars only because I didn’t like the STORY. the writer is a genius.

bookssu ,

Stardust and rust

Loved, loved , loved this book! 5 stars without a doubt

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