Monday, March 31, 2008

PW Lavishes Early Praise on Shawn Hornbeck Book

Publisher's Weekly has an early review of Kristina Sauerwein's Invisible Chains: Shawn Hornbeck and the Kidnapping Case That Shook the Nation. The trade magazine sings the book's praises by calling it an "impeccable, on-target true crime narration."

A side note -- one drawback of writing about true crime cases is that I have less time to read about other stories in the news such as this case. The subtitle says this story "shook the nation," yet, I admit I have never heard of it.

It does remind me of my research I did for Dennnis McDougal for his book The Yosemite Murders about serial killer Cary Stayner and his younger brother, Steven, who was kidnapped and abused for several years by that scumbag Kenneth Parnell. Steven's story chilled me to the bone, so I would imagine Shawn Hornbeck's in somewhere in the same realm.

Invisible Chains is not available until May 1. You can pre-order it below.

16 comments:

Kristina Sauerwein said...

Hi, thanks for the post on "Invisible Chains," my book on the Shawn Hornbeck kidnapping case. You're right on about the similarities between the cases of Shawn Hornbeck and Steven Stayner. My book analyzes the psychological forces at play in both cases.

Great blog.

Corey Mitchell said...

Hi Kristina,

Thanks for stopping by. I am looking forward to your take on the Steven Stayner kidnapping case as well as learning about the Hornbeck abduction.

Please keep us posted here at BOTS with any media appearances, book signings, etc. you may have in regard to INVISIBLE CHAINS.

I wish you the best of luck with your book release.

Anonymous said...

I AM SO GLAD SOMEONE IS WRITING A BOOK ON THIS. I BECAME ALMOST OBSESSED WITH THE STORY OF SHAWN. IT'S HARD TO IMAGINE THAT REALLY HAPPENING TO SOMEONE, AND BETTER YET THAT SOMEONE IS ACTUALLY ABLE TO DO THAT TO SUCH A YOUNG HUMAN BEING. MAYBE YOU CAN DO A SECOND BOOK MAYBE INCLUDING DEVLIN AND HORNBECK INTERVIEWS. CAN'T WAIT TO READ INVISIBLE CHAINS.

kristina said...

Hi ...

I'm enjoying your blog.

Just wanted to update you on book signings/media appearances (see links below).

http://www.kristinasauerwein.com/book_signings

http://www.kristinasauerwein.com/invisible_chains

Anonymous ... it is unbelievable that someone could do this to another person, especially a child. The book probes Michael Devlin's twisted mind and the factors that might have compelled him to be so horrible and cruel. Hope you enjoy the book.

Kristina

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