The Little Prisoner: How a Childhood Was Stolen and a Trust Betrayed

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When Jane Elliott was four years old, the nightmare began. She became the helpless victim of a sociopath—bullied, dominated, and sexually abused by a man only fourteen years her senior: her stepfather. For nearly two decades she was held prisoner, both physically and emotionally. But at the age of twenty-one she escaped . . . and then she fought back.

The Little Prisoner is the shocking, astonishing, and ultimately uplifting true story of one woman's shattering twenty-year ...

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Overview

When Jane Elliott was four years old, the nightmare began. She became the helpless victim of a sociopath—bullied, dominated, and sexually abused by a man only fourteen years her senior: her stepfather. For nearly two decades she was held prisoner, both physically and emotionally. But at the age of twenty-one she escaped . . . and then she fought back.

The Little Prisoner is the shocking, astonishing, and ultimately uplifting true story of one woman's shattering twenty-year ordeal—and how she triumphed against an evil and violent human monster when honesty and bravery were her only weapons.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061561313
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/22/2008
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 234,262
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Elliott is a pseudonym. The author first decided to tell her story to the police after taking inspiration from Dave Pelzer's powerful memoir A Child Called It and becoming convinced that she could no longer remain a silent victim of the stepfather who had kept her a virtual prisoner for so many years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2011

    Saddest book I have ever read

    I recently finished this book. Jane's story will stay in your mind long after you have read the last page. I read "a child called it" by Dave Pelzer, I could not have imagined a child going through worse than that until I read this book. I recommend reading this..it will definitely open your eyes and teach you anything is possible to over come. I admire Jane and her bravery. There were times while reading this that I had to put it down and take a breath to continue reading it again...at times it was just too much to even imagine. Get your tissues ready when you begin to read the story of this remarkable woman.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 30, 2011

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    wow

    this book was very shocking and sad. this little girl was tortured by her stepfather for 17 years and even now, with her stepfather in jail, this mess isn't over because her stepdad's family and her own stepbrothers are trying to do what they did to anyone who would have sent them to jail- silence them one way or another. but this woman is so brave because she stopped her stepfather from doing that to anyone else.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 20, 2010

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    highly recommended-wowwwwww

    this book was disturbingly amazing!!!!!!!!! i read it in jus 4 hrs, cldnt put it dwn!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 11, 2010

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    Little Prisoner

    This is without a doubt one of the most heart felt books I have ever read. I will never forget the strength that it must have taken for her to write this book. I cant imagine how a child that was raped from the time she was four to twenty one could have the will and the courage to write something with such spirit and passion.

    I finished reading this book in the late hours of the night and I cant seem to find sleep after reading something so disturbing and painful. I recommend this book to anyone and everyone that wants to hear the truth about what abuse could do to a child. I will never forget this book. This book is so filled with emotion that I cant cry. The pain is to horrible for me to weep and satisfy Richard-her rapist-.

    If anyone is going to read this novel dont take it lightly. It is a true story that I hope will help many people to come as the authur does as well. It took her seventeen years to speak up about her childhood and I hope that for another child it will take less time for the sake of them.

    I'am glad that I have never been effected by such abuse, but this book helps me realize even more that it is out there. Even on the other side of the world.

    Speaking the truth is worth fighting for.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2014

    Omg wen i buy tis book i alreedy noe im goin to be crien

    Jus the fact that fruum age4 to 21 violated bi that bastarrd of a stepfather with no one to turn to. A story like this wil inspire u to take matters into ur own hands wen matters r wurse than this or wen ther sumwut minor. She is mi inspiration, not that ive actually been vioated but it tels u to speke wen sumthings rong no mater wut the cunsequences r, if u tell the rite perso ul be free. I have a number of pepl in mi life tht luv me wih al their heart al i ha to do is say the words theyll be ther this book made me luv hem & they wil forevr be in mi hearts jus like this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    Read the preview... you will buy it!

    This book is not for the weak! My heart goes out to her. The horrific life that she lead for years and years - physical, mental and sexual abuse is really inconceivable for most! I am so glad that she was able to finally break free and tell her story. I sure hope she and her family (husband and daughters) are all well. The monsters that raised her.... you disgust me!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2010

    A MUST READ MEMOIR!

    I went through a lot as a child but after reading this book my life seemed so simple. I feel for the author and her story. I finished this book in tears. This book is one you can't out down.

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  • Posted January 17, 2010

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    Interesting read

    I found this book to be interesting, jaw dropping at times, but not the most flowing read I have ever had.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2009

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    I loved it!

    I couldnt put this book down. I was in total disbelief. I was shocked to learn this carried on as a child all the way until she was a full grown addult. All that she put her husband threw he has to be a strong man. Books like this really opens my eyes.:(

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  • Posted April 21, 2009

    Super...or not?

    How do you really give a review on something with such a hard subject matter to digest? Well, in this case the author did a great job of letting the reader into such an awful portion of her life. We get to "try" to understand what is was like to endure years of pain, both physical and mental. We get to "try" and figure out how these awful things could have happened...and WHY it is so important to "get involved" as citizens. Nobody wanted to take a stand for this little girl...nobody wanted to be brave...but she was.

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