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The Girl in the Leaves

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

29 out of 38 people found this review helpful.

I have not read the book.  I just wanted to say that I watched t

I have not read the book.  I just wanted to say that I watched the father and daughter on Dr. Phil, and they collaborated in writing this together.  The fact that she took the effort to write this and had the courage to do so to share her story should be enough for you ...
I have not read the book.  I just wanted to say that I watched the father and daughter on Dr. Phil, and they collaborated in writing this together.  The fact that she took the effort to write this and had the courage to do so to share her story should be enough for you to promote this book.  I also wanted to point out how easy it is to write a review and put down a book if you have sympathy for the killer.  This family is hurting with a tragic loss, if they can cope somehow by writing a book and sharing their pain, let it be done and support them.  I'll pray for this family.

posted by Anonymous on January 14, 2013

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8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

Not very engaging

This saga of a heinous crime committed against a young girl & her family could have been a harrowing true crime book. Instead, the author's bland writing style and rote recitation of facts read like an endless newspaper article. What motivated the killer to commit this ...
This saga of a heinous crime committed against a young girl & her family could have been a harrowing true crime book. Instead, the author's bland writing style and rote recitation of facts read like an endless newspaper article. What motivated the killer to commit this crime? What was behind his obsession with & hoarding of leaves? I forced myself to wade through the whole book hoping to find out, but never did.

posted by 9030763 on January 27, 2013

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  • Posted February 6, 2013

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    This book holds a lot of personal significance for us. Knox Coun

    This book holds a lot of personal significance for us. Knox County, Ohiois the place where we were born and raised. When the news broke of the abduction of Sarah Maynard and her family, we all felt the collective community’s sense of fear, sorrow and helplessness. We all rejoiced when the news came that Sarah was found alive. Then reeled in grief when further news broke that the bodies of her mother, brother, family friend and even her family dog were found in a hollow tree, placed there by their killer, and her captor, Matthew Hoffman.

    To say these events took place in our own back yards is not an exaggeration. This tragic story unfolds less than five miles from where all of us will forever call home. We didn’t know the victims personally, however, each of us knows someone who did. Such is the way for this small community.

    With that in mind, we have decided to deviate from our typical genre and from our standard review format to provide you with a closer look at this title, The Girl in the Leaves by Robert Scott. This is a True Crime novel, a non-fiction title, about the tragic events of the abduction of Sarah Maynard and the murder of her family. As such, no star rating will be given for this title. We feel to do so would be undignified, as we cannot in good conscience place an opinion based rating on an account of actual events, as doing so may diminish and demean the tragedy and the victims.

    It was with a great deal of trepidation that I sat down to begin reading this title. We all knew the details, having watched them unfold less than 2 years ago in our own close-knit community. The fear, grief, distress, outrage, horror, revulsion… There is no shortage of the feelings every person in our area had in the days that these events were taking place. These days, while the mass media wants to sensationalize and dramatize even the most trivial of details, Mr. Scott, with the help of Sarah and her father, takes us on a very straight-forward journey through the tragic ordeal that shook our small, safe community to it’s very foundation.

    I praise Mr. Scott for the manner in which he handled some of the more graphic content. If you’ve picked up this book in the hopes of getting the inside scoop, with all the “gory” details, you’re going to be severely disappointed. Scott takes a very no-frills, factual and clinical approach to this story, citing information from police reports and firsthand accounts from Sarah Maynard, her father Larry Maynard and others close to the family.

    Abducted, starving, bound, gagged, and violated for four days in complete darkness on a bed of leaves, not knowing the fate of her family, thirteen year old Sarah is the very epitome of bravery. To dramatize or overstate the events with flowery prose would be an insult to her suffering and to the sacrifice of her family. I, for one, commend Robert Scott for his approach to this title, and for the care, compassion and respect for privacy with which he treated Sarah and her memories of these events.

    My only reservations with regards to this work were the amount of tips included from the KCSO tip line, which seemed to be in most instances excessive, and irrelevant to the case, and in my opinion, irrelevant to include. To which end, these instances felt like filler material that distracted me from my reading.
    That said, Sarah’s story should be heard. All too often victims of violent crimes are silenced and shamed. I would strongly encourage anyone to read this book.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2013

    What a sad story

    This book really touch my heart for the young boy and girl. You can tell by reading the book that the girl was damaged by what happened to her as she did not want it put in the book what he did to her.

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