A terrified voice cried out in the night. "Who are you? What do you want?"
The sound of snapping twigs closed in on the five teenagers enjoying an evening around a glowing campfire at Gitchie Manitou State Park. The night of music and laughter had taken a dark turn. Evil loomed just beyond the tree line, and before the night was over, one of the Midwest's most horrific mass murders had left its bloodstains spewed across the campsite. One managed to survive and would come to be known as the "Gitchie Girl". Harrowing memories of the terrifying crime sent her spiraling out of control, and she grasped at every avenue to rebuild her life.
Can one man, a rescue dog, and a glimmer of faith salvage a broken soul? This true story will touch your heart and leave you cheering that good can prevail over the depravity of mankind.
©2016 Phil Hamman and Sandy Hamman (P)2016 Tantor
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"Tense, horrific, inspiring. A real horror movie"
Such a good book. Told from the POV of Sandra, the sole survivor, and the police detective who believed in her, the book is a tense recollection of what happened that night and the aftermath that followed.
Sandra is such a true survivor, and an inspiration. She had a rough life before the murders and rape, and then dealt with isolation and scrutiny after. Yet, she went on and managed to live the most normal life she could. She's tough!
The book is a little slow at the beginning, talking about Sandra's upbringing, but gets nail biting intense and stays that way. You find yourself wanting to comfort Sandra and stand with her through this ordeal.
This book was excellent! The end makes you believe happiness can happen after trauma. I highly recommend this one.
The audible file is corrupt from 2:05-3:22. It cuts out and is completely inaudible during that entire time. So now I have no idea what happened for most of the story.
"An AMAZING AND INSPIRING journey through trauma to triumph"
The Gitchie Girl is someone I would aspire to be like, after reading her story of resilience through traumas and ending in the triumph of life!
Exciting "story" and well written & narrated.
"Gripping and tragic"
As edge-of-your-seat as true crime gets. Have to admit that I'm totally creeped out. Easy to understand why ghost hunters still visit the site of this epic tragedy today. The lone, very young survivor was unbelieveably brave and stalwart in facing the monstrous perpetrators at trial. This is the stuff that horror movies and nightmares are made of.
I bought this audio book because the story concept seemed intriguing, and I still think it is intriguing. The narrator was at first annoying but did improve quite a bit as the book continued. Can't say the same for the novel. Unfortunately, the authors failed to create suspense in the telling or in puuting much effort into character development. This left me feeling uninvested. It was more like reading a police report. The main character, Sondra, does get more attention, but is kind if disjointed. The villains are completely underdeveloped. I have no idea what point they hold to the story with the exception of their crime. What was the relationship between these three men? Had they done this before? The sheriff seemed to have a lot more to offer as well so I don't know why we didn't learn more about him. And, really, what is the deal with Sondra's mother? And where the heck did the sudden religious business at the end come from? There ws some promise when bringing Sondra's love of animals back into the story. I did have one moment of emotion when it was revealed almost as an aside that Sondra had been visiting the mother of one of the murderdd boys EVERY day in the past year. Geez, that is significant...why was it just an 'Oh, by the way". I wish the authors would go back and start over and invest themselves in the many potentially interesting characters and culture within the story. Not a good use of the $16 spent.
"Heartbroken for Sandra"
This book was an easy read/listen that kept me enthralled from the beginning to the end. It was an incident I had never heard of before this book came out as it happened years before my birth. Being from the Midwest my whole life and only a hundred miles from where this happened it makes you very much aware of the evil that is in the world.
Amazing, unknowingly this book gave me strength. After years of trying to get past my own tragedy, I felt a sense of peace knowing that she faced the similar "just get over it" and "put it in the past" rhetoric. She is my hero.
The narrator is very monotone. Took me a couple chapters to get past that. Story was absolutely horrifying. Felt bad for Sondra from the very beginning of the book. She is a strong person. Sad situation at home. Broke my heart hearing how her mother put her bf ahead of her own children.
"Decent read - kinda short though"
I decided to listen to this book after hearing a Podcast where the author, Phil Hamman, was interviewed. I was a little disappointed in the actual book since I felt it was short for a True Crime novel. However, learning more about Sandra was really great. She is an inspirational person. I wish there would've been more facts related to the crime & trials.
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