Rust & Stardust by T. Greenwood

Rust & Stardust

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 physica...

Details Rust & Stardust

TitleRust & Stardust
Release DateAug 7th, 2018
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Crime, True Crime

Reviews Rust & Stardust

  • Melissa
    Despite the eye-catching cover and the author's lyrical style, this is not a pretty read. In fact, this riveting rendering of the true-crime abduction of a young girl ripped my heart to shreds. The thought-provoking nature of the story, the all too real feelings it incites and the beauty of the author's writing make this one I have to recommend.If, like me, you haven’t found the time to read Lolita—a novel some have labeled iconic, controvers...
  • Deanna
    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...From the blurb, I read that this was the true crime story that inspired, Vladimir Nabokov's “Lolita”. But this is not a true-crime story in the traditional sense. I was eager to get started but had no idea what to expect. All I knew was that the book was based on a true story. I had to stop myself from Googling as I read. I wanted to wait until I was finished before I se...
  • Debra
    4.5 starsRust & Stardust is based on the real-life kidnapping of 11-year-old Sally Horner, and her kidnapper, in 1948 whose story inspired Vladimir Nabokov to write his controversial and iconic book, Lolita.After a dare from a group of girls, 11-year-old Sally Horner attempted to steal a notebook from a Woolworths. She was stopped by a man who claimed to be an FBI agent and that she was under arrest. She had no way of knowing that this man was no...
  • (Bern) Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
    📓 "The world was a terrifying and dangerous place, a world that could convince you to offer up your own child to the devil without even thinking twice." 👧🏻 Rust & Stardust is based on the 1948 kidnapping of 11 yr. old Sally Horner by Frank LaSalle. This story was heartbreaking for me to read as my youngest daughter is 11 yrs. old. Even knowing that this was a work of fiction I couldn't read about Sally's years with her captor and not...
  • Kendall
    Happy Pub day to this beauty!!! Put this on your radar everyone!!
  • Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
    Sally Horner is under peer pressure because she wants to join her friends club and they want her to steal something from the local Woolworths store in Camden, New Jersey. This happened in the 1940's. She decides to steal a composition notebook and doesn't realize that Frank LaSalle is watching her. He was released from prison. Sally is only eleven years old and he abducts Sally, convincing her that he is a F.B.I agent, and can have her arrested i...
  • karen
    NOW AVAILABLE!!!my monster roots are showing again. i am in the lonesome minority with this book, which has moved everyone but me to tears and praise. don’t get me wrong, i did not dislike it, but 1) i never rarely cry at books, and 2) my tastes run darker than this book. “but…it’s about the kidnapping and abuse of sally horner, the 11-year-old girl nabokov wrote that book about. is that not dark??”yes, that’s true. and while the subj...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    5 sensitive stars to Rust & Stardust! 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 And Happy Publication Day! Even though I knew this would be a heart-rending book, I trusted Greenwood to write in a respectful way without being sensationally graphic, and somehow, even knowing the devastating ending ahead of time, there were peeks of hope that kept this from being an overwhelmingly bleak book.In Camden, New Jersey in 1948, 11-year old Sally Horner is desperate to be ...
  • Holly B
    4.5Had to finish, had to knowI’m not going to have the words to describe how heart-broken I was the WHOLE time I was reading this book. The writing flowed so perfectly, I couldn’t pull myself away from the story. I adored the little girl, Sally and was terrified for her. I wanted to hear her voice, this was her voice.Based on the true kidnapping of 11-year-old Florence “Sally” Horner by the 52-year-old monster, Frank LaSalle. I did some r...
  • j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]
    FIVE SHATTERING STARS I love great literature that moves you. You know? I mean isn’t that why we read? I want to be moved to cry, moved to think, moved to care. 2018 has been a banner blue ribbon year for the psychological suspense novel and now we have a crowning jewel of a book that crosses all the genres.Rust & Stardust is unusual. If you’ve read any reviews, you’ve heard already this a sad story. Yes, it is absolutely heartbreaking. I c...
  • Carol
    4.5 Stars. Oh. My. Gosh......Heartbreaking. June, 1948....Lonely at age 11, all Florence "Sally" Horner wanted was join the secret girl's club, but her initiation at Woolworth's proves disastrous as a predator is watching and preparing to make his move....take his next victim.Based on a true life kidnapping, RUST AND STARDUST is an "imagined rendering" of what might have actually happened during the two years Sally spen...
  • Karen
    This is a novel based on the true crime story of the kidnapping of 11 yr old Sally Horner in 1948, in Camden, NJ that inspired the writing of the book Lolita. Sally’s kidnapper, Frank LaSalle was 52 yrs old and newly out of prison when he tricked her into thinking he was an FBI agent after she stole a notebook out of Woolworth’s, on a dare from a few classmates.This was very hard to read because with her being only 11 years old, he was able t...
  • Jenny
    Upfront. First thing - I am recommending this book. It is a well developed story about a horrible event. But it is a difficult read. Sadness, anger, depression, impatience become the readers constant companions during this reading.T. Greenwood calmly and clearly chronicles a child abduction. Step by step we are led through the events that wrest a young girl from her home to life on the road with a drunken pedophile. Each step could have turned ou...
  • Marialyce
    "Not even the brightest future can make up for the fact that no roads lead back to what came before-to the innocence of childhood or the first time we fell in love." Jo NesboMost parents cherish their children's innocence. They long to preserve it as long as possible, and let their child feel that sense of wonder, that sense of awe, that sense of things being right with the world. Think back to the time when your child came home to say someone ha...
  • Cheri
    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ”The teacher wonders but sheDoesn't askIt's hard to see the painBehind the maskBearing the burdenOf a secret stormSometimes she wishes she wasNever born“Through the wind and the rainShe stands hard as a stoneIn her world that she can rise aboveBut her dreams give her wingsAnd she flies to a place whereShe's lovedConcrete angel” -- Concrete Angel, Martina McBride, Songwriters: Rob Crosby / Stephanie Kay BentleyAnd the res...
  • Tammy
    On a dare, eleven year old Sally Horner steals a notebook from the Camden, New Jersey local five and dime store and winds up the victim of a serial pedophile recently released from prison and on the run from the authorities. For two years Sally is molested, transported across the country and terrified to tell anyone about her appalling plight. She attends school and lives among others in various trailer parks and hovels but even those suspicious ...
  • Liz
    Oh, this book just tugged on my heartstrings from the first page. Poor Sally Horner just wants to fit in. So, when the popular girls tell her she must steal something from Woolworths to join their club, she tries. But instead, she’s picked up by Frank LaSalle, fresh out of prison, pretending to be an FBI agent. This book is based on the true crime that took place in 1948 and which was a possible inspiration for Nabokov’s Lolita. The book is t...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: 2018 is going to be the year where I read all the things I don’t typically choose to read because generally when it comes to books that fall under the “Historical Fiction” umbrella I’d say . . . . Either that, or it’s the year that it officially is confirmed that . . . . Because not only was this Historical Fiction that I really liked, but apparently it was also t...
  • Felicia
    "She curled herself into a ball and imagined she was made not of bones but of sticks. Twigs. Gnarled and brittle limbs broken off from their roots. She and the tumbleweeds were no different, both of them at the whim of a terrible wind."I'll preface this review by saying that Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov is my favorite book thus this story by T. Greenwood was a must-read for me. Rust and Stardust is a fictional rendering of the real-life kidnapping ...
  • Katie B
    So incredibly heartbreaking. This is a historical fiction novel based on the 1948 kidnapping of Sally Horner. It has been theorized Vladimir Nabokov might have been partially inspired by the case and it is actually briefly mentioned in his book,Lolita . I wasn't familiar with the case beforehand and I ended up reading this book over the course of an afternoon and evening because I knew I wouldn't be able to sleep not knowing what happened to Sall...
  • Zoeytron
    Copy furnished by Net Galley for the price of a review.A monster masquerading as a man (an FBI agent, a Daddy, whatever he needs to be) has a predilection for little girls.  Young girls who are gullible and naive, and who have been taught that adults are always right.  Easy prey for this vile man.This is historical fiction, based on a case that was all too real.  The year is 1948.  Excellent characterizations.  Loved the analogy of the carni...
  • Christina - Traveling Sister
    5, *rolls up podium, pulls down screen, powers up projector, starts powerpoint presentation* now let me tell you about a magnificent literary masterpiece stars!!!I think I could've stabbed myself in the eye with a fork and it would've hurt less than this book. Ok, all jokes aside - this isn't a funny book at all. It's heartbreaking and left me feeling empty and stunned but in awe of Greenwood and her ability in her craft. This is easily the newes...
  • Elyse
    “He touched her face, and her body stiffened”.“Don’t worry about your mama, Sally. They’ll forget about you soon. It’ll be like you never was”. Oh please.......the storytelling - *Fiction Scenarios* - we are asked to believe were so far fetched....I found myself hysterically laughing reading pages of this NOVEL to my husband. It was my gut reaction! I started this book with high hopes too—expecting first class reading as so many o...
  • Lyn
    Author T. Greenwood has given us a glimpse into the life of the real Lolita, 11-year-old Sally Horner, whose kidnapping in 1948 inspired Nabokov’s iconic novel.Told with sympathy and warmth, this made me think more of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood because of her terse, journalistic prose. Whereas Nabokov’s book was highly literary and exceptional in the demonstration of his great ability, Greenwood’s well written account is more of non-fi...
  • Erin
    Wow! Wow! Wow ! I would love nothing more than to pick up the phone and tell T. Greenwood how absolutely amazing this book was and how I cannot even begin to find the words as to how important this book has become in such a short period of time. The hardest stories to write are the ones based on the truth. I had absolutely no idea that Nabokov's Lolita actually had a real life muse named Sally Horner. That Sally was kidnapped and her story capt...
  • Carrie
    Rust & Stardust by T. Greenwood is a historical fiction read that is based on the real life kidnapping of eleven year old Sally Horner. The author has taken the basis of Sally’s abduction and added fictional details to her story to bring her time in captivity to life.In 1948 Sally Horner had wanted nothing more than to join the popular girls club at her school so when they approached her claiming to want to be friends Sally of course was excite...
  • Eryn✵
    ★ 4 / 5 ★This book went through it’s ups and downs, but I’m happy to say that, in the end, I enjoyed it immensely. Trust me, push through the slow-ish beginning (at least it was for me), because once you’re invested, this book doesn’t let go.First of all, thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing me with this ARC—I’m grateful, as always!And with this book not being out yet, I won’t give too much away in this rev...
  • Rose (Traveling Sister)
    5 LUMINOUS stars! I was initially upset that my library doesn't carry Rust & Stardust, but I couldn't be happier to have it as a shiny new hardcover on my bookcase. It's a true gift." she descended the school's front steps to the sidewalk, Sally felt dread in her stomach like a peach pit swallowed whole."I want to go to the nearest hat store, put on all the hats, and take them all off for T. Greenwood. I seriously feel like I'm in a sensory ...
  • Erin Clemence
    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review. “Rust and Stardust” by T. Greenwood is based loosely on true events. In New Jersey in 1948, Sally Horner steals a notebook from Woolworth’s in order to impress her friends. When she is approached by a man outside the store, claiming to be an FBI agent who is going to “save her from jail”, her life is forever changed...
  • Lisa
    A gripping and heart-breaking novel of a 1948 kidnapping of a 11 year-old girl from New Jersery and her haunting two-year odyssey. SUMMARYSally just wanted a friend. In order to be a part of a group of girls at school, 11-year-old Sally Horner is forced to steal a notebook from the local Woolworth’s in Camden, New Jersey. She doesn’t know that 52 year-old Frank LaSalle, fresh out of prison, is watching her, preparing to make his move. Accosti...