Life After Darkness
From Michelle Knight-Cleveland kidnapping survivor and #1 NYT bestselling author of Finding Me-comes an inspirational book about healing and resilience, on the five-year anniversary of her escape.Michelle Knight-now known as Lily Rose Lee-captured the world's attention in May 2013, when she and two fellow kidnapping victims were found and freed after being held for more than a decade by notorious Cleveland kidnapped Ariel Castro. But many people are still asking: What happened after her escape? How do you re-enter society after years of abuse and isolation? How do you get past the trauma and live a happy and joy filled life? How do you learn to trust again?In Life After Darkness, published on the fifth anniversary of her liberation, Lily describes how she managed to heal the wounds to her body, mind, and soul-wounds, she reveals, that were first inflicted even before her kidnapping. With the help of good friends and anchored by her own inner strength, she takes us with her step by step on her journey out of darkness into the light. She changes her name. She finds her life's work in raising her voice on behalf of women and children everywhere. She finds her true home. And she finds love.An inspiring story-and for anyone who has dared to hope after suffering, a guidebook to finding new purpose for a meaningful life.

Life After Darkness Details

TitleLife After Darkness
Author
ReleaseMay 1st, 2018
PublisherHachette Books
ISBN-139781602865648
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Biography Memoir, Biography

Life After Darkness Review

  • Alex
    January 1, 1970
    I have so much admiration for Michelle Knight (and Gina and Amanda as well, of course). They survived something that is unimaginable, and I'm in awe that they are all thriving. I'm so glad Michelle (now called Lily) wrote a follow-up memoir, because I have wondered how she was doing throughout the years. She seems remarkably well-adjusted and finally happy, and I'm so glad to hear it. As with her first memoir the writing isn't super great, but it almost makes it more authentic that way. She has I have so much admiration for Michelle Knight (and Gina and Amanda as well, of course). They survived something that is unimaginable, and I'm in awe that they are all thriving. I'm so glad Michelle (now called Lily) wrote a follow-up memoir, because I have wondered how she was doing throughout the years. She seems remarkably well-adjusted and finally happy, and I'm so glad to hear it. As with her first memoir the writing isn't super great, but it almost makes it more authentic that way. She has a bit of a childlike quality to her, and that definitely shines through in this book. I'm still curious about the dynamic between Gina, Amanda, and Michelle though. They all insist that there's nothing nefarious going on, but since Gina and Amanda are still close (last I heard) and they won't speak to or about Michelle, there's got to be something there. Plus, the book the two of them wrote together left me with the impression that they really, really dislike Michelle. I suppose we will never know the truth, but I'll probably always wonder.
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  • Ronda
    January 1, 1970
    I admire Lily Rose so much and am very happy she found true love, despite her tumultuous and brutal life. This book shows how truly strong and at peace she is now with her life. Her first book was so gritty, detailed and brutally honest it was a difficult read, but I couldn’t put it down.This book is a bit more fluff and very repetitive towards the end. It was good, although I skipped a lot towards the end. There was only one paragraph about her current relationship with Gina and Mandy, which di I admire Lily Rose so much and am very happy she found true love, despite her tumultuous and brutal life. This book shows how truly strong and at peace she is now with her life. Her first book was so gritty, detailed and brutally honest it was a difficult read, but I couldn’t put it down.This book is a bit more fluff and very repetitive towards the end. It was good, although I skipped a lot towards the end. There was only one paragraph about her current relationship with Gina and Mandy, which didn’t really tell us anything new. (I know she doesn’t owe us anything, but I read before the book’s release that she would reveal all about their relationships in this book.)There is one chapter in which Miguel, her husband, gives his point of view on things. This is the first book I have actually paid for in a year (I subscribe to Scribd), and I was happy to support Lily by purchasing it.
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  • Heather Timko
    January 1, 1970
    Emotional story but worth the read if you are familiar with the Cleveland Kidnappings.
  • Natasha
    January 1, 1970
    I read Michelle's first book and wondered over the years what happened to her. She is now married and very happy from the sound of her book. She is a true example of strength and how anyone can go on and thrive,after really horrible stuff.
  • Jackie Nachman
    January 1, 1970
    This was pretty much what I thought it would be-a fluff book that wasn't very well written, and mostly filled with repetition. I read her first book, and, because she was the first to tell the story at-length, it was much more interesting. However, this book just repeats a lot of what the first book says and quickly glides over her non-relationship with the other two girls from Castro's house, (sorry, no actual insight into why they don't speak, will be found here), and her wedding. Some of what This was pretty much what I thought it would be-a fluff book that wasn't very well written, and mostly filled with repetition. I read her first book, and, because she was the first to tell the story at-length, it was much more interesting. However, this book just repeats a lot of what the first book says and quickly glides over her non-relationship with the other two girls from Castro's house, (sorry, no actual insight into why they don't speak, will be found here), and her wedding. Some of what was said in the book I know for a fact were false anecdotes, but they were fairly minor, so it didn't influence my over-all opinion. I gave this two stars because it felt like it was written by a novice. I respect Michelle Knight, aka Lilly Rose Lee, and her strength of character and desire to help others. Despite that, I think her time as an author reached it's peak with her first book, and that's where it will stay. (Sorry for any bad grammar, I'm sure there's a ton).
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  • Samantha
    January 1, 1970
    Rating a book like this is always difficult because the subject matter is horrific, but Lily is a remarkable woman. R-E-M-A-R-K-A-B-L-E. She has every right to be bitter and angry and mean, but she is kind, thankful, and hopeful. She has taken her tragic life (and sadly, it's been an awful one since she was a little girl) and turned it into something powerful and is using everything she knows to teach and help as many people as possible. I am so happy for her that she has Miguel, her loving husb Rating a book like this is always difficult because the subject matter is horrific, but Lily is a remarkable woman. R-E-M-A-R-K-A-B-L-E. She has every right to be bitter and angry and mean, but she is kind, thankful, and hopeful. She has taken her tragic life (and sadly, it's been an awful one since she was a little girl) and turned it into something powerful and is using everything she knows to teach and help as many people as possible. I am so happy for her that she has Miguel, her loving husband, her safe circle, and her fur babies! Lily, you deserve so much. I hope each day brings you every ounce of happiness that you can squeeze from it!
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  • Jeanine
    January 1, 1970
    I have seen Michelle Knight on Dr Phil where she announced her new legal name and her very happy news that she is married. I was curious so when this book presented on my library shelf I picked it up. I watched as these girls were removed from that house and I wondered how they were doing from time to time. I saw an interview somewhere and I wondered more about what wasn't said. I wondered why these girls were not friends after years of confinement. I wondered what had happened between Michelle I have seen Michelle Knight on Dr Phil where she announced her new legal name and her very happy news that she is married. I was curious so when this book presented on my library shelf I picked it up. I watched as these girls were removed from that house and I wondered how they were doing from time to time. I saw an interview somewhere and I wondered more about what wasn't said. I wondered why these girls were not friends after years of confinement. I wondered what had happened between Michelle and her mother. I had wondered where their lives were headed now. This book explained a lot to me. It told of that fighting spirit, that determination that kept Michelle fighting. It told of a mother's love that fueled an otherwise bleak existence, and of newfound freedom and just what that means. Finding one's way in a snowstorm is never easy and finding one's way when that snowstorm still rages in the mind must be carefully navigated. And navigate it she has. Simple words of wisdom. Find what makes you happy. allow only positive people into your inner circle, give to others less fortunate, drink coffee made the way you like it with animals and nature near. Give love and learn to accept it. You go,Lily Rose!
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  • Angie
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed finding how Lily (Michelle) has coped since being freed from Ariel Castro in 2013. She described some the immediate aftermath in more detail than she did Finding Me. She also discloses more about her childhood traumatic experiences. As a social worker, I am saddened by her initial experiences with therapists. But this solidifies for me that we need clinicians trained to work with this type of trauma. The equine therapy is very fascinating. I read of a similar treatment center in Jaycee I enjoyed finding how Lily (Michelle) has coped since being freed from Ariel Castro in 2013. She described some the immediate aftermath in more detail than she did Finding Me. She also discloses more about her childhood traumatic experiences. As a social worker, I am saddened by her initial experiences with therapists. But this solidifies for me that we need clinicians trained to work with this type of trauma. The equine therapy is very fascinating. I read of a similar treatment center in Jaycee Dugard's book. At any rate, her marriage gives us the HEA I think I needed to see. She has a good heart and is fortunate to have her safe circle. I'm proud of the decisions she has been able to make. I wish there was news about her son, and we may never hear anything new for various possible reasons. Parts of the book are used as a platform for her to share important information about advocacy (of which I am very aware as I teach future social workers). Ultimately, I would love to see her speak at some point.
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  • Regina
    January 1, 1970
    This author is truly one of the most incredible women I have ever read about. I loved this book especially because it was so encouraging to read about her recovery process and all the wonderful work she is doing to help others. I love to see a person take a painful situation and turn it around into something positive! I'm so thrilled that she has found such joy and peace. She deserves all the best!
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  • Jacquie Stricklind
    January 1, 1970
    Lily Rose Lee, has come a long way, she has overcame so much! Really happy to see that she has gone on with her life, getting married, and speaking to other victims. I so admire what she is doing with her life helping others who are/were victims. Really good book, a must read.
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  • Rachel Hanes
    January 1, 1970
    I have been rooting for Michelle (now Lily Rose Lee) to succeed and prosper. I’m so glad to find that things are going well for her and she is getting the life she so deserves. I really feel for her, and I wish her all the best! This was another great read from her!
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  • Lynnie
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Lily Rose Lee for your continued courage to help others by speaking out.Finding Me was so powerful a memoir, those of us who follow your journey are so happy to hear that you have found love, contentment and a purpose in life by sharing your story.
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  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    very strong woman.
  • Christine Jasica
    January 1, 1970
    I want to give this book ten stars! It was so sad, yet so inspiring. A true must read.
  • Christopher
    January 1, 1970
    Harrowing.
  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Wow. You think you have it bad? Read this book-and the first one. A shining example of courage and someone making a good life out of something horrible. Good for her-more power to you, girl!
  • Sommer
    January 1, 1970
    I just can't wrap my head around what happened to her. And the fact that she (and the others) can have such positive attitudes and be doing so well and moving on is REMARKABLE. Wow.
  • Christine
    January 1, 1970
    Very inspirational
  • Carol Sperling
    January 1, 1970
    Fascinating.
  • Cindyann
    January 1, 1970
    Audio
  • Lyn
    January 1, 1970
    Wonderfully inspiring, once again!
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