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The House of Forgetting

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At seven, Gloria Santos accepts a ride with a charming stranger--and loses the only world she has ever known. Abducted and kept hidden by a respected academic for twenty long years, Gloria is raised in the shadow of her captor's dark, disturbed mind. She enters womanhood believing that life demands servitude, love means obsession, and fear is all-encompassing.

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Mass Market Paperback, 377 pages
Published December 26th 1998 by Ivy Books (first published April 25th 1997)
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Jill
A facinating story that dwelled very little on the physical abuse and instead delved into the psychological abuse and consequences resulting from twenty-three years of captivity. The recent true life story of a kidnap victim living in a tent made this seem more real. How Gloria overcomes her lack of socialization is a page turner. Jenny and Murph were great supporting characters, characters being the key word. And Thomas is indeed a cruel villan who doesn't believe he has done anything wrong eve...more
Katie
LOVED this book. It had me hooked not 20 pages in!
The characters all had their own baggage, but the interaction and levels of each of them were magnificent. Each and every one of them was well developed. I have to say my favorite character was Sandy (Alexander Murphy), but Jenny and Gloria came a close second.
The story was amazing, I was gripped by it. It was fantastic and fabulous- I'm going to recommend it to my book club for next month :)
Mmars
This book had a fascinating start, but for me, just didn't hold up. What started as a psychological study ended up a more typical crime novel. I could tear it up more, but typically, I'm not a crime novel reader so let's just say I was disappointed that that the police and detective segments seemed so stereotypical faced with a story line that certainly was not.
Sandy
I finished this book against my better judgment. It is so full of cliches and bad similes that it hurt to go on. The characters' thoughts are constantly rehashed as if the author could think of nothing new to write. Thumbs down.
Erica
Not what I expected. We don't get to hear very much about Gloria's time in captivity; most of the story focuses on Gloria's getting adjusted to the outside world and her lawyer and police lieutenant.
AbbyJ
I really enjoyed learning about Stockholm syndrome and how it affects victims, family members, and society. Loved the quirky and stoic characters.
Vani
Creepy Guy, yeah he was a lunatic. I loved that part of this book takes place in El Paso. I liked the story, an easy fast read. I won't forget it.
Sarra
The premise was really interesting, but there wasn't really enough action. Large sections of the book dragged. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood.
Kristina
A Psychological thriller that was worth the effort. I thought all the characters were well developed. Overall an interesting read.
Mars
Fascinating story of overcoming psychological abuse. Bonus points for accuracy regarding Chicago neighborhoods and general culture.
Kay Marley-Dilworth
Haunting and thought-provoking tale of a kidnapping victim, beautifully written.
Kate
Not my usual book, but I think it has a lot to say about what love is.
Barbara
Sep 16, 2011 Barbara rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Good read.
Kathy
interesting book
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