Title:Rust and Stardust
Author: T. Greenwood
Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction
Camden, NJ, 1948.
When 11 year-old Sally Horner steals a notebook from the local Woolworth’s, she has no way of knowing that 52 year-old Frank LaSalle, fresh out of prison, is watching her, preparing to make his move. Accosting her outside the store, Frank convinces Sally that he’s an FBI agent who can have her arrested in a minute—unless she does as he says.
This chilling novel traces the next two harrowing years as Frank mentally and physically assaults Sally while the two of them travel westward from Camden to San Jose, forever altering not only her life, but the lives of her family, friends, and those she meets along the way.
Every once in a while, you stumble upon a book that leaves a huge impact in your life, Lolita was one of those books. I remember how as a young adult, after reading the book,Lolita, I became more cautious and slightly traumatised.
I admit that at first glance of this book, I thought “how pretty!”. Then I read the synopsis and I was skeptical and perhaps, a little scared? After all, one cannot help but be slightly unnerved by books related with such traumatic human cruelty.
Rust & Stardust is based on the real life kidnapping of 11 year old Sally Horner by 52 year old Frank Lasalle. Rust & Stardust is not a biography, neither is it a true-crime story, it is rather a fictional re-telling of a story that inspired the iconic book that created an uproar, LOLITA.
If you’ve heard or read Lolita, you have an idea that this book is NOT a happy one.
Rust & Stardust, written by T. Greenwood is a page turner that captures the horrors faced and the strength of Sally Horner. A book that delves into the innocence, the anger, the doubt and the helplessness of a young Sally Horner.
I cried endlessly while reading this book. I hated this book to be honest, yet I loved every bit of it. The injustice, the human cruelty broke my heart.This book makes you question the morality of humanity. This book makes you thankful for the little acts of kindness.
This book WILL break your heart.
I read this book through the night, until the sun peaked out behind the clouds. And When I was done, I realised two things:
1: Sally’s story created a ripple effect… Her life, even though short-lived, was the luminous beacon that educated us to discuss about the immoral acts of nature, Warn our loved ones about pedophiles and different acts of abuse.
2: Sally Horner, the bright shinning star, whose story is painful and tragic , will never be forgotten.
Rust & Stardust is a profound book… a true, masterfully written book.