On June 25, 1998, Anita Wooldridge was taken from her parents' home in broad daylight by a convicted rapist. For eight terrifying days, Anita was savagely beaten and raped by her captor, who locked her in a metal storage cabinet for hours at a time. With only a steadfast faith in God to comfort her, Anita refused to give up hope that she would be found. Eight Days in Darkness chronicles the shocking events of Anita's kidnapping, including her transport across state lines, and the impressive efforts of local authorities and FBI agents which led to her rescue and the dramatic capture and conviction of her abductor. Anita's story is still used today as a case study for prospective FBI agents, and Eight Days in Darkness paints a portrait of the real-life battle between good and evil.
Eight Days in Darkness is a disturbing, hard-to-read book, mostly because it is a true story. The graphic details forced me to put this book aside because sometimes it got to be too much. That being said, my heart goes out to Anita and she deserves recognition for being brave enough to tell her story. While the book was dark and proved how sadistic a person can be, it also had an upside. Instead of letting this event take over her entire life, Anita decided to share her story and let others know that it is possible to move forward from a traumatic experience. I'm really glad I read Eight Days in Darkness because I learned a lot human strength.
April 1, 2010
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