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Madora was seventeen, headed for trouble with drugs and men, when Willis rescued her. Fearful of the world and alienated from family and friends, she ran away with him and for five years they have lived alone, in near isolation. But after Willis kidnaps a pregnant teenager and imprisons her in a trailer behind the house, Madora is torn between her love for him and her sens ...more
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Published January 31st 2012 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2012)
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Judy
Jun 08, 2011 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was rather timely considering everything that has been going on with the Dugard Case. Whenever I hear of a couple taking part in a kidnapping I always wonder what goes through the mind of the woman involved? How does she reconcile her actions? For the most part, it seems pretty obvious what the man's intentions are. They usually suffer from some sort of mental illness and their actions are sexual in nature. The woman, however, may have no signs of a mental illness and it's no ...more
Gretchen
Jun 02, 2013 Gretchen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I chose to read this book because it's synopsis hit kind of close to home when it said it was about a troubled teen. The novel is well written and engaging, the only reason I gave it 4 out of 5 stars is due to language content. The storyline is engaging and the reader can't help but cheer on Madora as well as pray for Django. I love a storyline that lays out all the puzzle pieces and chapter by chapter fits them together. If you are looking for a good read and don't mind some of the language, I ...more
Mari
Feb 02, 2012 Mari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read for the Manic Mommies Book Club, we had a wonderful author chat!

Available on iTunes, below is the link to listen directly from the host site:

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Louise
Jun 26, 2012 Louise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grand Central Publishing|January 31, 2012|Trade Paperback

Madora was seventeen, headed for trouble with drugs and men, when Willis rescued her. Fearful of the world and alienated from family and friends, she ran away with him and for five years they have lived alone, in near isolation. But after Willis kidnaps a pregnant teenager and imprisons her in a trailer behind the house, Madora is torn between her love for him and her sense of right and wrong. When a pit bull puppy named Foo brings into Ma
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Jodi
Feb 05, 2012 Jodi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Little Girl Lost” by Drusilla Campbell
Drusilla Campbell is a long time writer with several books in print. She is very talented in winding stories with strong women finding their voices and proves that she knows what she is doing with “Little Girl Lost.”
Seventeen-year-old Madora is on a downward spiral into drugs and alcohol after falling in with the wrong crowd. High and barely clinging to consciousness Madora is rescued by her knight in shining armour, Willis. Fast forward five years and Mado
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Becki
Jan 04, 2015 Becki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Actual Stars: 3.4

Reminded me of:
A lot of recent news stories.
3 words to describe it: Thought provoking, uncomfortable, topical.
Favorite part: Foo being Foo.


It's always interesting to read a book that attempts to shed light on a subject that is so hard to understand. Drusilla Campbell takes on the task of showing us why a woman might go along with the kidnap of a teenager by her partner.

Django was a character in the book who touched the protagonists life in an eye opening way, however I had a
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Allyson Abu-hajar
You know a book is good, when it is devoured quickly! Took me two days to read, and if I could've; I would have read it in one setting. It's a multi-layered plot dealing with many situations at once. Madora's father committed suicide when she was young. Her mother, in her grief pulled away and was distant, leaving Madora to cope on her own. By the time, Rachel snapped out of it and didn't like what had become of her daughter, who was on drugs and failing school, Madora had met Willis, who had co ...more
Natalia
Oct 09, 2014 Natalia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jamie Stanley
I won this book in a goodreads giveaway. Im so so so excited to receive this book. being an anmal lover, this book will ne perfect for me. Thank you so much!
Bridget Bailey
Jun 06, 2014 Bridget Bailey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first book by this author and i enjoyed the book. The book was really easy to read almost like it was written for a younger audience. I flew through this book and kept checking to see if it was a teen book or younger since it was so easy. It was a very sad story with a somewhat good ending. It's hard to tell in these types of cases what is truly a good ending and will it stay that way. I enjoyed the story as i was not sure where it was going to end up and where the characters were go ...more
Alexandria Mesa
Jan 26, 2015 Alexandria Mesa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Little Girl Gone was a very good read. One of the main themes was captivity but while there was the obvious captivity of Linda (the pregnant girl from the synopsis), several other characters were also affected by some form of captivity and isolation. I love books that explore themes like this (why I love The Silver Linings Playbook so much). The story flowed well and the multiple perspectives helped and did not harm the story. Another lead in for me was curiosity to see the perspective of Medora ...more
jimtown
Oct 08, 2015 jimtown rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: orphan
This is an intelligent book on a difficult, almost creepy subject. Madora finds herself headed for trouble at seventeen. She feels she has been unlucky. While at a party with her best friend, Kay-Kay, Madora tries some crank. It could have killed her but she is rescued by a handsome stranger who whisks her away to safety. Or that's what he tells her.

For five years, Madora goes along, believing everything Willis tells her without question. She believes he will become a doctor and someday they'll
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Jaime (Twisting the Lens)
I won this book through GoodReads FirstReads.

This is one of those books that is so disturbing and creepy that you want to stop reading, because there are real stories like this. However, wanting to find out what happens will keep you reading until the end. Campbell does a good job trying to explain the motives and realities of each the character (mostly Madora). There are parts of the story that are hard to read because you really do not want to think about things, or understand things. Then, th
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Sharon
Feb 09, 2012 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Based on the news accounts of a girl held captive for years in a shed or trailer behind his house, bearing the child (ren?) of her captor. Madora, ddep into drugs after her father's suicide, was "rescued" by Willis, a wannabe doctor who was a home health care provider. Eventually they settled at the end of a remote road in Arizona where Madora was basically isolated. She rescued a baby pit bull who was her primary companion during the hours Willis was gone. When he brings Linda home and imprison ...more
Rimma
Mar 28, 2012 Rimma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book through Good Reads first read.

The story of a girl Madora 17, who got mixed up with drags and up on the bottom. She got saved by Will, he is her saver and hero and she wants nothing more than be with him and do everything that makes him happy. 5 Years Later she is leaving with him in isolated area, Will working at nursing home and does anything he can to collect money for medical school. And this include begging steeling and kidnapping pregnant young girl and selling her baby.
Mado
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Marianne
Jan 22, 2012 Marianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


From the back cover -

Medora was seventeen and heading for a load of trouble when Willis rescued her. Fearful of the world and alienated from friends and family, she ran away with him and for five years they lived alone in near isolation. When Willis kidnaps a pregnant teenage girl and imprisons her in a truck trailer behind the house, Madora is torn between her love for him, her fear of the world, and her sense of right and wrong. A pit bull named Foo brings Djano Jones a brilliant but troubled
...more
Cheryl "Mash"
Feb 21, 2012 Cheryl "Mash" rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
LITTLE GIRL GONE by Drusilla Campbell
Published by Grand Central Publishing,
Division of The Hachette Book Group
ISBN-10: 0446535796
ISBN-13: 978-0446535793
At the request of The Hachette Book Group, a TPB was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest opinion.

Synopsis (from publisher): Madora was seventeen, headed for trouble with drugs and men, when Willis rescued her. Fearful of the world and alienated from family and friends, she ran away with him and for five years they have lived alone, in near
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Brenda
Mar 28, 2012 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Madora is the women captured/rescued by Willis barely a woman at 17. Into drugs and men, Willis rescues her. He brainwashes her constantly with the fact that he rescued her and saved her from herself.

Five years later he rescues a pregnant women and puts her in the trailer in the back yard. He has Madora so brainwashed she will even feed and wash the girl and take care of her baby until he takes it away! She is constantly making wrong decisions that will help Willis and not the girl in the trailo
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Heather
Mar 21, 2012 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, owned
Little Girl Gone

I won this novel through a First Reads giveaway, and was very pleasantly surprised. This tale had drawn me in from the very beginning, and I found myself relating to the youth of our lead character, Madora. Headed for trouble after having been dealt a crappy hand in life, she is "rescued" by a dark stranger named Willis.

As Madora's story goes on, we meet a cast of characters that each affect this young girl's life in some way, helping her to find her way back to the place she alw
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Carol
Apr 24, 2012 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Madora is in a drug-induced stupor when Willis finds her and becomes her rescuing guardian angel. Over the next few years Willis influences her life in more ways than anyone else could know. He treats her better than others around her and eventually he becomes the absolute center of her universe. She never questions Willis or his actions, just blindly does what he asks. Things change when he brings home a pregnant young girl and keeps her locked in a trailer behind their house. Madora starts to ...more
Rachel
Feb 23, 2012 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: journey
When Madora meets Willis, she thinks he is her guardian angel. He saved her from a life of no hope, and 5 years later all she wants is a life with him. Willis is in training to be a doctor and is quite selfish, manipulating Madora into staying with him. Until she kidnaps a pregnant girl named Linda and imprisons her in the trailer behind the house. When Linda has her baby, Madora's world changes. When a boy named Django enters her world, and her love for Willis turns dangerous, she is forced to ...more
Gina
Goodreads Description- Madora was seventeen, headed for trouble with drugs and men, when Willis rescued her. Fearful of the world and alienated from family and friends, she ran away with him and for five years they have lived alone, in near isolation. But after Willis kidnaps a pregnant teenager and imprisons her in a trailer behind the house, Madora is torn between her love for him and her sense of right and wrong. When a pit bull puppy named Foo brings into Madora's world another unexpected pe ...more
Mary Gramlich
Jan 29, 2012 Mary Gramlich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LITTLE GIRL GONE by Drusilla Campbell
01/12 - Grand Central Publishing - Trade, 320 pages

Will we know when our salvation has arrived?

Medora Welles makes a number of life altering decisions one worse than the last. She finds herself at the age of 17 going with a man she thought was her salvation. Willis came to her in the darkest moment of her life and provided a light to freedom.

What Medora viewed as freedom was anything less than imprisonment but she never saw it as anything but a man loving her
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J.N.
Mar 01, 2012 J.N. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
This is a book I won from a giveaway (thank you!)Little Girl Gone is about a young woman named Madora who is helping her boyfriend keep a pregnant teenager kidnapped because she believes he has been her savior. Soon she meets a twelve-year-boy named Django who has just lost his famous parents in a car crash. The two develop a friendship after the boy comes looking for Madora's pit bull, Foo, after he witnesses her boyfriend neglecting him.

This is a book about what it's like for different people
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Joanne
Nov 18, 2011 Joanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-books-read
Madora Welles is seventeen and bent on living a wild, free life. She is still reeling after losing her father to suicide at the age of twelve.
Madora and her best friend, Kay Kay, attend a party at night that is rife with alcohol and drugs. Madora is given a puff of a new-to-her drug called crank and is immediately wiped out.
That is when her savior appears. Willis is a strong and calming influence and treats her with respect and Madora believes that he really loves her and can protect her.
Madora
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Brenda Whitner
Feb 29, 2012 Brenda Whitner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Madora is a young girl whose father committed suicide when she was younger. When that happened her life turned upside down. Her mother turned to the television and she turned to drugs and alcohol. One night Madora and her friend KayKay decide they are going to do this drug and Madora has a bad reaction to it and she is put outside to recuperate. This is when she meets Willis. She thinks he is her guardian angel. They date for some time. He will not have sex with her until she is eighteen, number ...more
Kris
Feb 28, 2012 Kris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Little Girl Gone" is the story about a young woman, Madora who ultimately helps a sociopath, Willis imprison a teenage girl for a number of months. Her friendship with a young boy Django and conversations with the imprisoned girl help Madora to realize that she has also been one of Willis' victims.
The book is well written and as a reader I found it easy to connect with Django's character but had difficulty feeling much empathy for Madora. There were parts of her character I loved; she was cari
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Jessica
Jun 02, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, first-reads
Another book that I won in a firstreads giveaway here on goodreads earlier this year....This is the first book that I've read by Drusilla Campbell so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. The book read to me like a combination of Room by Emma Donoghue (which I loved) and of the assorted Jodi Piccoult books that I've read. The book focuses on two main characters: Django and Madora. Madora is a twenty year old former wild child who was "rescued" by a domineering man, Willis, who isolated her from he ...more
Lesley
Apr 01, 2012 Lesley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like "women's lit."
Recommended to Lesley by: I won it.
Shelves: first-reads
I'm afraid I can give this book only three stars, but I'll be the first to admit that it isn't the sort of book I normally read. I usually avoid "women's literature" and prefer books by male authors. However, having read Room by Emma Donoghue, I couldn't help comparing the intensity and imagination in Room, about a captive woman and her little son, with the plain writing in Little Girl Gone. Nothing grabbed me. The writing was competent but nothing I wouldn't expect from a good college student, ...more
Sharon
May 22, 2012 Sharon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Little Girl Gone is my second Drusilla Campbell novel (The Good Sister being my first.) The novels share a theme - characters who would most likely be considered monsters in the "real world" and why they do what they do. Campbell does not excuse horrific actions, but gives the reader an insite into how a person can become someone who could commit such actions.

Madora, Willis, Django, Linda and Robin have faced circumstances that leave them damaged and that affect the rest of their lives tremendo
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