In 1984, friends and neighbors of Josef and Rosemarie Fritzl felt sorry for the couple whose 18-year-old daughter had run off to join a cult. No one, not even Rosemarie, suspected the truth: that Elisabeth was imprisoned in a soundproofed dungeon her father had constructed beneath their home. There, Josef, an Austrian engineer of some repute, kept her as his sex slave—for 24 years. His brutal acts of incest resulted in the birth of seven children, and not until one of them needed hospitalization, a 19-year-old who had never seen the light of day, was suspicion aroused. What would drive a man to commit such unspeakable acts? Secrets in the Cellar is a story all the more difficult to believe because it is true.
Hardcover Book : 256 pages
Publisher: St. Martins Press, LLC ( February 12, 2009 )
Item #: 12-705523
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.576inches
Product Weight: 11.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
one of the best books i have read in a long time.
I had to keep telling myself this is a true story because the story is so very bizarre. Deeply disturbing. But the courage of that daughter to survive with those children was just amazing. Quick read, straight forward, makes you grateful for a simple uncomplicated life.
I'm not sure what I expected but, this book really opened my eyes to the kind of things that people are capable of. It was also an education on how the laws of different countries can affect not only the guilty but the innocent. I just felt horrible for the subjects in the book but I couldn't stop reading.
Reviewer: Julie D
This was an excellent and well-written book! Although quite disturbing, the writer didn't add any extra fluff, gave us a story that was riveting and easy to read.
Reviewer: P A
This book is so disturbing. It is so sad that there are people out there like this. A father is suppose to be a protector! Not a demon is disguise! A true page turner!!! Great book but one of the most saddest and awful things I have read