The House of Forgetting
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

The House of Forgetting

3.47 of 5 stars 3.47  ·  rating details  ·  79 ratings  ·  14 reviews
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.

Driven to vi...more
Mass Market Paperback, 377 pages
Published December 26th 1998 by Ivy Books (first published April 25th 1997)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuireLolita by Vladimir NabokovRomeo and Juliet by William ShakespeareWuthering Heights by Emily BrontëA World of Romance by Christopher  Shields
Crazy Love
192nd out of 195 books — 238 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 229)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
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
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 :)
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.
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.
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.
I really enjoyed learning about Stockholm syndrome and how it affects victims, family members, and society. Loved the quirky and stoic characters.
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.
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.
A Psychological thriller that was worth the effort. I thought all the characters were well developed. Overall an interesting read.
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.
Not my usual book, but I think it has a lot to say about what love is.
Sep 16, 2011 Barbara rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Good read.
interesting book
Darian Burks
Darian Burks is currently reading it
Jul 23, 2014
Brooke is currently reading it
Jul 23, 2014
A.M. marked it as to-read
Jul 22, 2014
Priscila marked it as to-read
Jul 22, 2014
Sunshine marked it as to-read
Jul 21, 2014
Katie Freeland
Katie Freeland marked it as to-read
Jul 19, 2014
Sophie Ngigi
Sophie Ngigi marked it as to-read
Jul 18, 2014
Krisney marked it as to-read
Jul 17, 2014
Catherine marked it as to-read
Jul 13, 2014
Klawrence001 marked it as to-read
Jul 07, 2014
Emma Bernardi
Emma Bernardi marked it as to-read
Jul 06, 2014
Sabrina marked it as to-read
Jul 05, 2014
Karan marked it as to-read
Jul 04, 2014
Anna Marie
Anna Marie marked it as to-read
Jul 03, 2014
Jennifer marked it as to-read
Jul 03, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
What's The Name o...: Girl kidnapped from Mexico? by man living in U.S. [s] 2 18 Dec 12, 2012 03:13PM  
Benjamin Alire Sáenz (born 16 August 1954) is an award-winning American poet, novelist and writer of children's books.

He was born at Old Picacho, New Mexico, the fourth of seven children, and was raised on a small farm near Mesilla, New Mexico. He graduated from Las Cruces High School in 1972. That fall, he entered St. Thomas Seminary in Denver, Colorado where he received a B.A. degree in Humaniti...more
More about Benjamin Alire Sáenz...
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Last Night I Sang to the Monster Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood He Forgot to Say Goodbye

Share This Book