Cellar Girl, Paperback
3 out of 5 (1 rating)


'I stood there for a moment, silently speaking to myself: Josefina, you will survive this.

You are strong. You are a fighter. You adapt.' As a young mum-of-three, Josefina Rivera was determined to get her troubled life back on track.

But then she met Gary Heidnik and the next four months became a living nightmare.

Along with five women Josefina was held captive in a cellar where she was starved, beaten, and repeatedly raped to fulfil Heidnik's desire of creating a 'family' of ten children.

Cellar Girl is the shocking but ultimately inspiring story of how one brave, young woman saved herself and others from a life worse than hell.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: True crime
  • ISBN: 9780091955717



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This book was pretty good. I found the language to be a bit rough, but I think that went along with the person that Josefina was. Josefina was a strong woman and to write about a true story, with all these horrible, gritty, sad and down right disgusting details is a true accomplishment. I'm not really sure how I've never heard to Heidnik before, I used to live not far from Philly at all. <br/><br/>It's so scary to think that things like this are still happening. It makes me want to never leave my house. <br/><br/>If you want to read a book about courage and human endurance, then this is it.

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