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, Mystery

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 ...
  • Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister
    :::5 Stars:::It ain’t easy being queasy…Despite (and maybe because of) the fact that I spent the entirety of this harrowing journey staggering on the brink of both vomit and tears, only to be pulled under into an abysmal sea of sadness, I cannot give this book anything less than the five shiny stars it deserves. RUST & STARDUST is a fictional rendering of the real-life abduction of Sally Horner—an eleven year old child from New Jersey who w...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Kaceey - Traveling Sister
    Where do I even begin to review a book as emotionally wrenching as this. I was left numb, speechless and just downright heavy-hearted when I reached the end. A true tragedy, and…innocence lost. Sally is a young girl growing up with her mother Ella in Camden, New Jersey. All she wants is a good friend. More precisely, to be one of a group of girls she admired and watched become “Blood Sisters.” At this point most readers, myself included, wo...
  • 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...
  • Susanne Strong
    5 Amazing & Heart-Wrenching Stars.Rust & Stardust is a devastating novel based on the real life of Sally Horner, who at the tender age of eleven years old, was abducted by a man named Frank La Salle, who tricked her by claiming to be an FBI agent. This is a rip your heart out novel that makes your breath catch in your throat and tears fill your eyes time and again. On a dare from girls at school, Sally Horner attempts to steal a composition noteb...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Jen
    Little Sally Horner sitting on a corner. Except Sally is not Jack and this is no nursery rhyme. Instead this is a horrific and tragic story of the abduction of an 11 year old girl in 1948. This is based on the true story where Sally is given voice of who she may have been and how she survived an experience that would shape her life drastically as well as those who knew her.This is not an easy read -It’s disturbing as this child was molested rep...
  • Rose (Traveling Sister)
    *5 LUMINOUS stars!* I couldn't be happier to add this shiny new hardcover to 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 deprivation tank after reading Rust & Stardust. I'm numb to external stimul...
  • Norma * Traveling Sister
    How do you even write a review for a book that was so harrowing to read but yet so beautiful at the same time? This book literally shattered me and had me feeling so distressed and left me feeling completely numb in the end. Sally Horner will be forever in my heart and never forgotten!I am so glad though that I had the pleasure of reading Sally Horner’s horrific story even though it was absolutely heartbreaking, T. Greenwood handles the tough s...
  • 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...
  • JanB
    4.5 stars, rounded upFirst off, I apologize in advance for my wordy review, but there were some things I just had to say!It was 1948 when 11-year-old Sally Horner, desperate to fit in, accepted a dare from the popular girls to shoplift something from a Woolworth’s store. She took a 5 cent notebook and was grabbed on her way out by Frank La Salle. He told her he was an FBI agent and she was under arrest, but if she did as he directed he could ke...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    4.5 stars! Heart-wrenching and unforgettable. This novel is based on the real-life story of eleven-year-old Sally Horner who, in 1948, was kidnapped and held captive for two years, physically and mentally assaulted by known convict Frank LaSalle. This is not an easy story to read. I found myself holding my breathe several times as I read through the harrowing and traumatic situations young Sally endured. She was a bright and vibrant child who fel...
  • Imane
    “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.”― T. Greenwood, Rust & Stardust What a fantastic and thrilling read ! In 1948, 11-year-old Sally Horner was kidnapped and subsequently held captive by a pedophile for 21 months. This was the true crime story that inspired Nabokov's Lolita, and i must say that the author did such a wonderful jo...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Dem
    This is heartbreaking and memorable Historical fiction novel where the facts are taken from the the real life story of Florence Sally Horner. No other book has been the reason for me utting the word "bastard" out loud and I did the unthinkable while listening to this on audible in the queue at the supermarket checkout much to the dismay of the other shoppers and my embarrassment.Camden NJ 1948, 11 year oid Sally Horner steals a notebook from her ...