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Invisible Chains: Shawn Hornbeck and the Kidnapping Case that Shook the Nation [Paperback]

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Pages   328
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.99" Width: 5.99" Height: 0.88"
Weight:   1.1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 15, 2008
Publisher   The Lyons Press
ISBN  1599213443  
EAN  9781599213446  

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Examines the case of the young boy who was kidnapped and lived with his assailant for four years in an apartment only one hour away from his own home, never using the phone to call home or even trying to escape as a result of Stockholm Syndrome, until his captor brought another abducted boy home. Original.

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In January 2007, two boys were found in the home of Michael J. Devlin, a “nice enough guy” who managed a pizza parlor in Kirkwood, Missouri. One boy had been kidnapped four days earlier. The other, Shawn Hornbeck, had been missing for four years. How and why did this fifteen-year old, whose face appeared on thousands of milk cartons and “Have You Seen Me?” posters, stay with his abductor in plain view for four years, only an hour from his family home?
From award-winning journalist Kristina Sauerwein comes this riveting story of the American kidnapping that startled the nation and catapulted the chilling reality of Stockholm Syndrome into the spotlight. Shawn had many opportunities to ask for help: he was left alone in his kidnapper's apartment many times, and had phone and Internet access. But he never tried to escape. This is the first time the full story has been told, complete with interviews with law enforcement, and top psychological experts; and a real-life happy ending.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Kristina Sauerwein is a former reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and for the Los Angeles Times, where she shared a 2004 Pulitzer prize for her reporting on California wildfires. She is now a freelance journalist who lives in Kirkwood, Missouri, the same town as the kidnap victims.

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Impeccably researched, compelling story  Jul 24, 2008
Kristina Sauerwein has taken an incredibly difficult, sensitive topic and presented it in a fact-based, riveting account. While difficult to read at time because of the sheer horror of the situation, there is no sensationalized reporting or exploitation. It is honest, heartwrenching and wonderfully written. I highly recommend it.
Great Look into a Shocking Event  Jun 3, 2008
Kristina did a good job of giving the reader information into what went into Devlin's mind, without getting too graphic on the details. She really makes the case for "hope" and for "Stockholm Syndrome." I have recommended this book to dozens of folks and they all have liked it as well. I missed her signings locally, but hear she has one in the summer. I plan to be there.
Amazing Story Well Told  Apr 27, 2008
An amazing story very well told. This book deals sensitively with a complex and delicate subject. The way the author lays out the events chronologically was logical and thorough.

This book does a good job of covering both the broad "strategic" aspects as well as the "tactical" details of the story. The quotes from psychiatrists and researchers were informative and helpful in understanding what went on and why. It was interesting to read about how the events affected the people in the Kirkwood community as well as about how the parents never gave up on finding Shawn.

I mainly read military history, so this book was a departure. It turned out to be well worth the time - it was very enjoyable and interesting to read.

Outstanding Book, Head and Shoulders Above the Rest  Apr 23, 2008
Kristina has done a great job of delving into tough subject matter. She takes delicate care in holding the two victims in high esteem, while demonizing the suspect and rightfully so. I am better off to have read this book than not. I commend Kristina for excellent writing and strong use of experts to carry out the title of the book.
Excellent for public, nothing new for some  Apr 16, 2008
Some people wonder how to prevent child abduction/abuse, so they'd like to know exactly what happened, how it happened, and what kind of man Devlin was. More importantly, this book fully answers and explains all the psychological reasons why Shawn didn't escape (hence the title). The author seems to have drawn together many published sources and tied it together in a way the general public can understand and learn from.

Some of us became extremely interested in this case; we debated it, discussed it, and kept track of every new development via the Court TV forums and newsfeeds. We rallied behind the family & their cause, and rejoice in their recoveries. For people like us, this book has nothing new except for psychological information and interviews with experts. Very few, if any, new interviews have been done (none with the families), and all quotes are familiar from items we've already read and discussed.

Still, if this book helps the general public understand better how a victim of any age can be made psychologically unable to escape even when physically able to do so, it will serve a purpose. It also updates the public on Shawn's journey from victim to survivor.

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