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When I started listening to this book I did not know much of the back-story. I don't follow news or TV, I am a bookworm what can I say. In the beginning this book was dedicated to the women held captive in Ohio. That got me thinking "okay so this could have actually happened to someone" and I kept that in mind while listening.
The Story is of Portia who was kidnapped and held for 2 years by a psychopath named Murphy. He made her wear a nurses uniform and kept her locked up and inside. She finally escapes and makes her way home only to find her parents gone, in another state and a neighbor taking care of the family farm.
Boone, a neighbor and Portia's childhood friend looks after her until her parents can make it home. Eventually her sister and new husband come too. Boone never leaves her and was a strong character throughout the story. (Yes I loved him!)
Portia making it home is only half the battle, she doesn't know if she killed Murphy or just stunned him so she is constantly jumping at any odd noise. I think that would be awful, just looking over your shoulder constantly. In the end I was so glad that things were resolved.
The narration was amazing. Gwendolyn Druyor did a fantastic job portraying different voices for the characters and I could easily tell who was speaking. The flow of the story was made that much clearer with the seamless narration.
I will definitely be listening to more from this Author/Narrator team in the future.
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What did you love best about Devil's Lake?
I love the opening scene, because it sets the tone for the entire story. We hear Portia coming back home, having escaped from her abductor. She is in a severely weakened state, "Her heart slammed against her ribs, quickening with every mile she recognized," and has an overwhelming yearning for safety, for home. "Green mountains surged into the clouds in the background. guarding the rolling hills of the valley where her family's farm nestled in the hollow." But the place is empty, except for her childhood friend, whom she barely recognizes, and because of her harrowing experience, she is afraid to be touched. "`It's me.' He offered her a hand, but she pulled her away."
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
The description of the abduction is vivid and at time quite stark, as it must be, so I wanted to reach out and rescue Portia from her abductor.
"Shhhh," says Murphy, in his frighteningly metallic voice. "It's okay. You're with me now, sugar."
We get a glimpse into the way she managed to survive the torture and starvation. "Pretend to be respectful and sweet," she tells herself. "Go along with him. Watch and wait... If you don't fight him, he'll have nothing to push against." And throughout the ordeal, she braces herself. "You can do this."
Which scene was your favorite?
The last part creates a much needed conclusion to the story. Anderson and Boone work their way toward Devil's Lake and watch for the cabin with the boarded up windows. Grace, Portia's sister, plays a great role, which I am not going to divulge here, except to say that in the end, she and Portia renew their bond of sisterhood, and cleanse themselves of the past. It is so symbolic that they do it by diving beneath the surface of Devil's Lake. This is the part I love best, because it suggests the possibility of harmony.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
in spite of the suspense at certain twists and turns, I truly took my time with listening, because some parts of the story are heat wrenching and I wanted to take it all in. I wanted to savor every shade of every word, as the narrator, Gwendolyn Druyor, gave expression to Portia's pain, her initial confusion and mistrust in others, having gone through an unimaginable ordeal. And towards the end I could feel, in her voice, the beginning of healing and hope, not only for Portia but for her sister, too.
Any additional comments?
This book is dedicated to the women kidnapped and held hostage for ten years in Cleveland, Ohio, and so it is with great tenderness that the author, Aaron Paul Lazar, imparts this story, which I imagine must have been inspired by what he learned about the case, and by his great compassion. Being based on a true story is not enough--an author must make it vivid, even in the most harrowing parts, to the listener, which Aaron Paul Lazar does brilliantly.
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Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
This is an incredibly emotional book. it started off slowly and I was not sure that it would be any different to other similar books I have read.However, it then became very personal with a first-person account of the trauma of being kidnapped and kept hostage by a madman for 2 years. It all became very real to me and I was able to empathize to a degree where I was hurting along with Portia the girl that was taken. After that, every word resonated with me and I listened to the whole story in one sitting. It is a very well written story and I am sure it closely resembles real cases of captured girls. That is a horrible thought but something we should all be aware of.