If you like details, then the book Girl in the Cellar: The Natascha Kampusch Story by
Allan Hall and Michael Leidig is a book you will enjoy. As told by two journalists, this story
about a ten-year-old girl who is kidnapped and held hostage in a cellar—referred to as a
dungeon throughout the book—is loaded with details. As the child's ordeal is described,
you will begin to feel angry and frustrated about the means the law enforcement agency employed
as they tried to find her. Too many clues were overlooked. Even the many signs she gave to
others on trips outside the home were overlooked. Hall and Leidig walk you through the child's
life as she was held captive by a pedophile. They chronicle her life for eight and a half years,
describing the child, her captor, their personalities and how these meshed together: her need
for survival and his for maintaining control. What is exposed is truly unfathomable by anyone
with one ounce of morality or sensibility.
It is all overwhelming what the captor did and didn't do to the child. His fears and
insecurities made him hold her captive while he attempted to convince her that the outside world
was against his so-called protection of her. As it turns out, in the end, she believed him,
viewing his death after her escape from captivity as a result of the outside world being unfair
to him. His control over her mental state before her escape left her without the ability to adapt
to the world outside her prison.
When Natascha escaped she was 18 and had never grown up with any kind of normalcy. She
wanted fame and fortune. She wanted to have the outside world see her as important. She wanted to
be a star in her own right. She was, in one minute, the ten-year-old child and in the next, a
mature young woman who must control her own life since it was not in her control during
the years she was in captivity.
Overall, the results of her newfound freedom are best described by the book’s authors, who
write, "It is the hope of the world, and certainly of the authors, that Natascha Kampusch
achieves everything she wants to in a life where experience has been replaced with a yawning
chasm. The hope of everyone is that Natascha fills that chasm with love and friendship." This
was because after her return to real life, Natascha was unable to let go of her captor, even
after his death. She continued to feel like she was still, in a small way, the ten-year-old
victim and needed to control her destiny through film and stardom, to tell her story her way,
filled with what she thought was the truth. What others thought was inconsequential to her.