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Subject: Shattered - How did I miss this?
Date Posted: 4/13/2008 9:46 AM ET
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Lately, true crime that holds my interest have been few and far between.  I recently picked this up at the library - and never put it down until I finished it.  If you like true crime, this is a book you want to read! 

Shattered: Reclaiming a Life Torn Apart by Violence (Paperback)
by Debra Puglisi Sharp

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly
In 1998 the author, a hospice nurse, wife and mother, was attacked in her Delaware home by Donald Flagg, a cocaine-addicted factory worker. Flagg entered her house and shot and killed Nico, her husband of 25 years. When Sharp came inside from gardening, Flagg was waiting. After raping her, he stuffed her in his car trunk. She was tied up and imprisoned in Flagg's house for five days and learned that her husband was dead only through a radio news report. Sharp was rescued after she was able to loosen her bonds and dial 911, while her captor was at work. This gripping and dramatic story, recounted with the assistance of journalist Preston, is a subjective but powerful argument for the rights of crime victims and a testament to the author's courage and resilience. Sharp describes how the tragedy affected Michael and Melissa, her two college-aged children, as well as other family members, incisively noting that all the minor strife and strain that existed before the crime remain. Despite Flagg's trial attorneys' attempt to build a case for insanity by eliciting sympathy for their client, even though he had raped other women, Flagg was sentenced to life imprisonment. Now remarried, the author is currently a national speaker for victim's rights.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Booklist
This is the kind of story to which the phrase "living nightmare" applies. In April 1998, the author was working in her garden when a cocaine-addicted factory worker abducted her. He raped her in her own home, put her in his car, and took her to his house, where he kept her tied up for five days. While she was being held captive, she heard in a radio report that the man had murdered her husband. Her abductor might have kept her longer than five days, perhaps until he killed her, if she hadn't managed to get free and call 911. It's a remarkable story, and it doesn't end with Sharp's rescue. Not only did the author have to cope with the effect of her ordeal, she also had to undergo a very public trial and deal with the grief of her children. At times difficult to read (Sharp doesn't pull many punches), this is true crime from the point of view of the victim, and reading it is an unforgettably intense experience. Expect beyond-the-book-pages publicity. David Pitt
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Date Posted: 4/13/2008 6:31 PM ET
Member Since: 3/1/2005
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I don't know if I have read it or not...I need to see the pictures in the center..but I will go see if my library has a copy.  Glad to have a good book recommendation

I found several books at the library online catalog and on my shelves with the word Shattered in the title..but not that book..I put it on my wish list..maybe it will show up some day..it is a 2004 book. 

Last Edited on: 4/13/08 6:50 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 4/22/2008 3:46 PM ET
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I finished ~Shattered~ Sherry..thanks for the recommendation.  It is one I missed .  I did read it in a day...what a dreadful time that poor lady had.  It's hard to imagine living through all of that.  I did get an old hardback version ( no paper book cover came with it)  that I will put on my bookshelf in case anyone wants to read it.