No tale of survival quite compares to the story of Cleveland kidnapping victim Michelle Knight. She was abducted on Aug. 22, 2002 by Ariel Castro, a horrid monster who selected her to be the first of three girls he set out to repeatedly starve, beat, rape, impregnate and torture.

Knight was held captive for more than a decade with Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus who also shared in her pain and plight for survival. In Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, A Life Reclaimed, Knight recalls the misery she endured at the hands of her captor and goes into detail about the shocking life she lived before he kidnapped her. Knight chronicles her awful childhood, which included being homeless, getting molested since age five and never having enough food for her and her siblings. She lived in a garbage pail under a bridge after the drug dealer she was living with got busted and she had nowhere to go. She later gave birth to a son Joey who became the center of her world but was placed in foster care after her mother's boyfriend got drunk and broke the boy's leg.

When she was taken by Castro, she was on her way to a hearing to regain custody for Joey. She was supposed to get a ride from a family member that day but when Castro, a father of one of her friends, approached her in a store, he offered to give her a ride which she accepted and and later regretted every day for 10 years. The things Castro said and did to Knight are too painful to fathom let alone endure. Knight is tough as nails but in this book, you also discover the undying love a mother can have for her son and the strength to keep going even in the darkest of situations.

Knight's major plea with this book is she hopes people will speak up and make that phone call or ask questions if they see a person in a situation that doesn't look normal. There were countless times she and the other girls could've been saved when people entered the house or neighbors saw them in the yard if only those onlookers would've taken the time to say something or call the police to check it out.

South Florida Queen B is giving away two copies of Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed courtesy of Weinstein Books and Media Connect Partners. For a chance to win a copy of the book, please email your name and address to jkcox@tribune.com. Contest ends July 1, 2014.

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