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THE STORY OF ONE OF THE MOST BIZARRE MASS MURDERS EVER RECORDED. AND THE GIRL WHO ESCAPED WITH HER LIFE.

In the fall of 2010, in the all-American town of Apple Valley, Ohio, four people disappeared without a trace: Stephanie Sprang; her friend, Tina Maynard; and Tina’s two children, thirteen-year-old Sarah and eleven-year-old Kody. Investigators began scouring the area, yet despite an extensive search, no signs of the missing people were ...

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Overview

THE STORY OF ONE OF THE MOST BIZARRE MASS MURDERS EVER RECORDED. AND THE GIRL WHO ESCAPED WITH HER LIFE.

In the fall of 2010, in the all-American town of Apple Valley, Ohio, four people disappeared without a trace: Stephanie Sprang; her friend, Tina Maynard; and Tina’s two children, thirteen-year-old Sarah and eleven-year-old Kody. Investigators began scouring the area, yet despite an extensive search, no signs of the missing people were discovered.

On the fourth day of the search, evidence trickled in about neighborhood “weirdo” Matthew Hoffman. A police SWAT team raided his home and found an extremely disturbing sight: every square inch of the place was filled with leaves and a terrified Sarah Maynard was bound up in the middle of it like some sort of perverted autumn tableau. But there was no trace of the others.

Then came Hoffman’s confession to an unspeakable crime that went beyond murder and defied all reason. His tale of evil would make Sarah’s survival and rescue all the more astonishing—a compelling tribute to a young girl’s resilience and courage and to her fierce determination to reclaim her life in the wake of unimaginable wickedness.

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“Compelling and shocking…a ground-breaking book.”—Robert K. Tanenbaum

“Fascinating and fresh…a fast-paced, informative read.”—Sue Russell

“Skillfully written…[Scott] has the ability to tell a true story with compassion and taste while grabbing and keeping the reader's attention.” —ReviewingTheEvidence.com

“An excellent true crime writer.”—True Crime Book Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425258828
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 12/31/2012
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 145,519
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2013

    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 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.

    29 out of 38 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    Tragic

    This is an in depth story of a horrible tragedy that took place in Knox County. This story is informative and provides a sense of closure. Warning this book is very graphic. In regards to negative reviews who cares if the people who endured this horrific event make money? You will not regret buying and reading this book. Sarah Maynard is a brave and inspiring girl.

    26 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 14, 2013

    I read the book and watched the Dr. Phil show today about this a

    I read the book and watched the Dr. Phil show today about this and to the people saying that the book is cruel and that its horrific tragedy and people are trying to make money off of it, I only have one thing to say to that, the people that wrote this book was the family that was affected by the events in the books. Please do some research before you criticize.

    16 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    Well written

    This is a well written book.. Hoffman is worse than a monster, what he did to this family and friend is so terrible !! I dont wish the worst on people but him i do, he will be taken care of in prison.. Sarah is a very brave n strong young lady, my heart goes to her, the victims, and victims family .... Bn

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    An accurate account of events.....no exploitation...Enjoyed read

    An accurate account of events.....no exploitation...Enjoyed reading this book!

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    Thank you Sarah for sharing your story, you are a very brave you

    Thank you Sarah for sharing your story, you are a very brave young lady. As I'm from Knox County ,born and raised in Howard, Raising my own five kids in Mt. Vernon, a place that you feel safe, A good place to live and raise a family. But time's have changed and your story remind us there is MONSTER'S IN THE DARK AND SOMETIMES THEY LIVE NEXT DOOR.

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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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 27, 2013

    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 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.

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2013

    Don't waste your money on this book report. At least 75% of this

    Don't waste your money on this book report. At least 75% of this book is in quotes straight from police reports. Tragic story, but even worse book.

    7 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    This story was compelling but HORRIBLY written. The text was rid

    This story was compelling but HORRIBLY written. The text was riddled with grammatical errors and redundancies, and insulted the reader at every turn. Wow. 

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2013

    My feelings towards this book is ambivalent. I first read about

    My feelings towards this book is ambivalent. I first read about this unfortunate incident in the papers and was hoping to get a deeper perspective of the events leading to and subseqent to these horrific crimes. I obtained no further knowledge from the book than I received from tv or the newspapers. If your interested in a real good, raw true crime / murder book, read Confessions Of The Oak Beach Drifter.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2013

    Very boring

    Reading this book now. Very repetitive. Very hard to finish. Only finishing cause i bought the book. Very sad for the families tho.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2013

    Must read

    Good book sad story

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2013

    boring

    boring...sad, tragic what happened to this family and their friend. absolutely horrible. boring, boring book

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2013

    ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTED

    The girl was locked in a basement with tv, was kept clean and well fed! She had no clue what was going on just read ALL the police reports released instead of just the snips given in the book. The family of the deceased girl have not only been made to relive it because of this bad joke of a book but, they get nothing for their names being used WITHOUT their permission AND they gave enough info of their location people are coming to their door who want interviews and all other kinds of stuff. I know and live by them, same as my parents. We also watched as the girl was brought out of the house on Columbus rd and she was clean, healthy and unharmed by all medical reports released. She didn't know anything till everyone else did when the lady called cause she found vultures circling a tree in the woods which was odd and called it in. I hope the sick people who did this are happy with their money and the pain that it's caused others to get it. ROT IN HELL!!!!!!!

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    My heart goes out to this family that dealt with this horrendous

    My heart goes out to this family that dealt with this horrendous tragedy. I pray for some sort of relief for the survivors. After watching the Dr. Phil show I could only cry. The bravery this young girl had to show past the pain she was enduring is unimaginable. I will gladly buy this book. I think the courage it must have taken to help write it is heroic and I'm sure your mother and brother are proud. I wish thete was a fund I could simply donate towards to help you in your future. Goody luck  to you sweet angel. 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    different than what I anticipated

    I should have read the reviews to this book. It was different than what I expected. It really intrigued me by the description, but I think it was poorly written. If it were written by the characters themselves would have been much better, but someone else telling the story made it dull. I would love to read this book by a different author telling it differently. I would not recommend.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2013

    Girl in the leaves

    This was a disappointment. detail of what happin to the girl was not there and too much detail on the investigaters. I had wacthed this girl on Dr. Phill and was disappointed that there were not enough detail of what happened.
    D.Jacobs

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    an unneeded book to stir up more hurt and emotions and make the

    an unneeded book to stir up more hurt and emotions and make the people impacted suffer more. Exploitation for profit - distasteful. no respect for peoples feeling that lived thru this. No permission of families were asked to print such intimate details and names- DO NOT BUY

    1 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    Sad exploitation of a minor, needless to say the fabrication of

    Sad exploitation of a minor, needless to say the fabrication of speculated facts. 

    1 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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