The Girl in the Leaves

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
December 2016
7 hours 56 minutes
In the fall of 2010, in the all-American town of Apple Valley, Ohio, four people disappeared without a trace: Stephanie Sprang; her friend, Tina Maynard; and Tina's two children, thirteen-year-old Sarah and eleven-year-old Kody. Investigators began scouring the area, yet despite an extensive search, no signs of the missing people were discovered.

On the fourth day of the search, evidence trickled in about neighborhood 'weirdo' Matthew Hoffman. A police SWAT team raided his home and found an extremely disturbing sight: every square inch of the place was filled with leaves and a terrified Sarah Maynard was bound up in the middle of it like some sort of perverted autumn tableau. But there was no trace of the others.

Then came Hoffman's confession to an unspeakable crime that went beyond murder and defied all reason. His tale of evil would make Sarah's survival and rescue all the more astonishing-a compelling tribute to a young girl's resilience and courage and to her fierce determination to reclaim her life in the wake of unimaginable wickedness.
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Debi Altizer

This book had me keep listening because I really wanted to find out how it was that this brave girl could endure such horror and pain and still survive so strong. I also was do angry at how even though I understand that the police did all they could at the time with what information they had to try to figure out who had done this find the person who done it and if Sara was indeed alive , but I still am upset they hadn't checked the area around the house every he left clues and evidence. I know I saw it from an outside view. This book is emotional it will make u angry, sad,horrified, electrified and drained. I recommend this book for anyone who wants to hear a true crime story. Not one that was glossed over or dressed up to make the police or others feel better. This was a sad and heroic book. I couldn't give it 5 because the editing wasn't as I think this deserved in several places. But I really think this is a must read for true crime readers and also ppl who think that crime doesn't happen all over and that you should be glad that the police share information and that if they need to interview you its not just because they think u guilty or they r being jerks there are very good reasons.

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