"The Dutroux Affair" shook the whole of Europe. Marc Dutroux had been convicted of rape, but was released early from prison for good behavior. He went on to kidnap several young girls, torture them in his basement dungeon, and leave some to die. There were many apparent missteps in the case, and there was a huge public outcry against Belgium's judicial system. In the middle of the immense machinery of investigation and justice, there was Sabine Dardenne herself, Dutroux's last victim. She was held captive for 80 days and survived. Far from sensationalizing the horror, her story, dignified and restrained, is ultimately uplifting.
The horror that Sabine went through when she was kidnapped is just unimaginable. In this book she held back alot of details, so you can't even imagine how much worse it actually was. I'm not really sure how these sexual predators here in the US and across seas, get released so easily only to re-offend again. Sabine describes her living conditions, which is no more than a hole of a space hidden in the basement, and that there was sexual abuse. It's so sad how Marc Dutroux, her kidnapper, had her so brainwashed, she thought her parents weren't even trying to get her back. What a miracle she was rescued unlike some of his other victims. This is overall a great book but I felt it could've been more in depth like other books I've read that are similar to this. Still worth the read!
I rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars!
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