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Secret Slave

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  2,035 Ratings  ·  179 Reviews
Growing up in a deeply troubled family, 15-year-old Anna felt lost and alone in the world. So when a friendly taxi driver called Malik befriended her at the taxi-rank she helped out at, Anna welcomed the attention and before long found herself agreeing to go home with him to meet his family. But what Anna didn't realize as she stepped into the hallway of Malik's home was t ...more
Paperback, 309 pages
Published April 1st 2017 by Blink Publishing (first published December 29th 2016)
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Kev Leroux Absolutely not. I think anyone who buys this hook, line and sinker is naive. I've read many true crime books, and this doesn't even resemble them. I…moreAbsolutely not. I think anyone who buys this hook, line and sinker is naive. I've read many true crime books, and this doesn't even resemble them. I recommend "Violated" by Sarah Wilson. That one actually is a true story. (less)
Rhiannon Brown These kinds of stories are more real than any sane person would want to admit... the crime of human trafficking, sex trafficking, and slavery is a…moreThese kinds of stories are more real than any sane person would want to admit... the crime of human trafficking, sex trafficking, and slavery is a major problem all over the world. It has not been televised due to her fear of his family finding out and harming her or her family. (less)
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Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If this book does not make you angry you are not human.
Anna Ruston came from a background of severe abuse and neglect.
At 15 she naively accepted an invitation to come home with a Pakistani Malik, who then kept her prisoner for 13 years, and subjected her to a hellish life of daily beatings, torture, terror and rape. This was completely condoned and aided and abetted by his family, and particularly encouraged by his Malik's mother. Inserting objects into her, , not letting her use a real toilet,
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have read a few books similar to this one over the years, but this one has to be the most horrific I have ever read.
It was 'unputdownabe' as I just wanted the horror this girl was going through to stop.
The part which fruatrated me the most in this story, was how because the family involved were of a different religion/culture - professionals did not (or would not) question the abuse that was going on right infront of them. If a westernised family behaved this way, social services would be ther
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Couldn't put it down, read it in one sitting.
Robin Ramone
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down. I have read many books on crime and human trafficking but this one haunts me.

If by chance the author were to read this - please consider filing charges against this filthy, vile, subhuman. He is never going to stop, he will always be treating someone like this. His pathetic family will always enable him and cover for him. He needs to be punished for life. He is beyond rehabilitation.
Feb 12, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A badly written dodgy story

I read an account of this tale in a newspaper. I was intrigued enough to download the book. However, I don't believe most of it. I think Anna went to this vile family of her own volition. She was a disturbed young girl, nobody wanted her, she was ripe to fall into this foul mans clutches. The real tragedy is the countless of vulnerable girls in society that have no one to turn to and end up in exploitative situations like Anna.
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Disheartening book

I rated this book 5 stars because of the content, openness, and above all her bravery. The book has a lot of chilling details and saddening to know that things like this happen every day. The book was written well and it was very descriptive of the terrible ordeal she endured during her captivity. I wouldn't read it again because the images are etched in my brain but it was definitely a good read. This book was read in 6 hours.
lisa sowell
Feb 01, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not beleiveable

I feel like parts of this story is completely made up. She went too far with parts of this story. The main part I don't believe is that a boy she met 13 years ago and didn't even date would wait on her for all those years. Some of the abuse was also over the top. Sorry I dont buy it
Hamza Mustafa
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
i feel so bad and being ashamed for you Miss anna , not all mans are same ! Peace from Pakistan . :/
Secret slave is a true life story I rated one star because how do you put a number of stars to rate someone's horrendous life,I don't read real life as a rule and I can't say why I did with this one but once I started I needed to know if she got away.
I had so many emotions such as heart break,sadness and anger whilst reading this book.
I can't believe how someone life can be so horrendous from day one and I can not believe that this poor girl/womens life was seen by many important people and nobo
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was really hard to read.. I can't believe this actually happens to people!
Anna was so brave and I'm glad she managed to escape in the end..
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: biography
I feel terrible giving this 2 stars, but I am simply not convinced this happened. It's not that I am in denial that horrific things happen. It is that some retellings in this book were logically inconsistent, bringing some parts of this story into question. I feel truly sorry for anyone who has had to suffer even a fraction of this. If the embellished/illogical parts were removed, what is left is horrific enough on its own. No need for the other parts to be added (if they were; could simply be m ...more
Samah Bawatneh
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really want to give this book a one star for the ending, but I cannot just ignore what happened to her throughout the 13 years of her captivity (if this is really what happened and not a made-up story or exaggerated) I just cannot believe she didn’t report on Malik or the whole family! I would have killed them all for doing this to me not only put them in jail! And the fact that she gave up on her first 4 children!!!!! And that she had the opportunity to get rid of all this catastrophic life a ...more
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
this book was really hard to read but also a hard book to put down.
Aug 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Absolutely horrific.

A shocking account of Anna - kidnapped at 15 and held captive for many years by an evil man and his twisted family. The descriptions given in this book made me flinch - utterly, utterly awful. I hope that one day her main captor is bought to justice, I hope Anna finds the courage to put him away for a very long time.
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime, audiobook
This book evoked so many emotions in me - anger, sympathy, sadness, depression and still more anger. What was done to this poor girl was beyond comprehension. This true story is very well written, but to be totally honest, it was repetitive with one abusive rape after another. After a while the story became so draining for me to read that I had to "push on" to finish it. I so wanted something awful to happen to her captors, but sadly it never did. There is a HEA of sorts if you stick it out.
Tina Lacock
Jul 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
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Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
It’s always difficult to write a review for a true life story such as this but here goes.
The story was really addictive and found it rather graphic at times. It’s a harrowing read that provokes many questions. In such true stories I always find myself asking ‘why’. Why not inform somebody sooner, why not try to escape sooner, why waste opportunities to have these people prosecuted but until you are in that situation I suppose you would not know how you would react. What a life this girl has lead
Imogen Kathleen
I really don't feel comfortable rating this book, so I've chosen to leave that blank. I've never before come so close to having to put down a book for it being too much for me, but I carried on if only to reassure myself that Anna Ruston survived the horrors she was put through. A deeply disturbing read.
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I kept having to put this book down as I was getting so angry at the depravity & torture this poor child was put through
yvonne stubbs
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

So sad and horrific but i couldn't put the book down. Hope she prosecutes the filthy scum and gets some sort of justice
Andrea Avery
Jul 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Interesting book .. to hear how this captivity was brought about . As I read more .. it became a repetition of violence and rape .. I
I ended up fast forwarding at least 1 hour ( audible)
to hurry along to the ending!
Narelle Serene
I have read a lot of these true stories of abuse but nothing could prepare me for this one. The abuse this poor girl endured would have to have been the most horrific that I have ever read!
Christina Culbertson
So I just finished the book "Secret Slave" and wow. This book was extremely brutal. This is coming from someone who enjoys twisted, sadistic, horrific, books that tell a true story. This is the true story of Anna, and her horrific tale of her kidnapping, and being held prisoner as a sex slave by a sadistic, piece of shit, Pakistanis taxi driver. I would usually give this kind of book a higher rating, but unfortunately I was so infuriated and irritated with Anna throughout the whole book, due to ...more
Brandy Stull
May 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
I hate to say anything negative about a person whose life was a literal fucking hell, but the writing in this book was not good. And it really could have been. That said, I read it in less than 24 hours waiting and hoping and praying there would be a satisfying ending. There kind of is... but not enough. I honestly I wish I hadn't read this.
Sam Herbert
Aug 30, 2017 rated it liked it
A horrific story of survival from a girl who was kidnapped at 15-years-old, and held in captivity for 13 years. Anna, an unloved and abused teenager befriends an older man called Malik, who takes her to his house but then never releases her. Anna is subjected to the most horrific abuse, sexually, physically and mentally at the hands of Malik and his family. This book documents her story of survival and it is a graphic, brutal read; unfortunately, not all of it is 100% believable. Anna is taken t ...more
Cindy Lee
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Worth to read!
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow! A very hard read. I had trouble just getting through it. So much horror. Yet she had to relive it. I was thinking of how hard it would have been to write the book reliving the horrors. I'm annoyed there are nay sayers. That this book is built on lies or copying of other kidnapped victims. People can be cruel. I can understand her struggling to face what happened but yes she should have gone to the police right away. So much was done wrong. Yes I'm happy she escaped but was surprised by the ...more
Oct 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
Hard for me to understand the acclaim this book has received which led me read it, and it is truly horrible, and completely delusional taking the reader for a ride. I do not want to continue writing this review, as if i do, i will not be able to keep my calm and lose my respect; that's how bad this "book" is!! If time equals life, and your life is precious to you; do not waste your life away!
Kev Leroux
Jun 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
I am in shock that anyone could listen to this book and believe that it's a true story. It isn't that this could not happen to someone. There are many true crime books of this nature..This book is not one of them.
It's pure fiction.
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Five stars for Anna surviving. The book itself was horrific and the first of this type of autobiography that I had to stop reading numerous times due to disturbing content - and I've read many survivors' autobiographies.

For the rare person posting a comment believing she made this up, you need to read more autobiographies of survivors of human trafficking, sex slavery, and child brides. Her experience is unfortunately not unique. This kind of thing doesn't make the news unless someone was looki
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