'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: 30/01/2014
- Category: True crime
- ISBN: 9780091955717
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Review by sscarllet
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.