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)
I loved reading this book, not because of the tragedy that happened, but the way that this was written. What sort of man would do this cruel and immoral acts to his own daughter? Pretty sick man!
Reviewer: Jeff R
I COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN. I HAD HEARD ABOUT THIS STORY IN THE MEDIA, BUT THE DETAILS THAT THIS AUTHOR PROVIDES IS BEYOND IMAGINATION. WHAT A DEVIOUS, CALCULATING
MAN TO TORTURE THESE LIVES AS HE DID.
Reviewer: Dianne A
I liked the book however i felt that it keep repeating certain parts I think if they just stuck to the facts and the story of her life and the families it would have been a better read yet I kept find repeating material and skipping ahead a few pages. Overall and OK book. It is a horrible tradegy.
I agree it was lacking a lot more information along with more pictures. But it is still a really good read. I feel so bad for Elizabeth and her children. I do belive her mother knew something but it was easier for her to ignore it than to go up againist her husband. I can see why Elizabeth doesn't want anything more to do with her. (My dad brutally beat me all my growing up years and my mother sat and watched but never even tried to help me. He never touched her in any way like that but I guess she was afraid he might. So that is why I can see why Elizabeth didn't want anything more to do with her mother. I didn't my mother either. She had a choice to stay with him or leave him but I didn't have any choices.) It is so hard to believe he did this to any human being but to his own daughter! I don't see any stars to mark for my opinion so I will just say it now. I give it 3 stars.
Reviewer: Carol T
I hated this book. The story jumped around too much and the author repeated himself over and over again for one thing. For another thing, this isn't really about the poor daughter and her kids so much as her father.