What is a psychopath? What does he look like? Is he a monster with glowing red eyes and long sharp teeth, or is he an attractive man who appears in front of you in a time of weakness? What if you are in love with him? Little Girl Gone explores the mind of a criminal from a new perspective--the woman who loves him.
Willis rescued Madora from a life of drugs and depravity, and now they live alone in an isolated home in California. Willis dreams of becoming a doctor, but a dishonorable discharge from the military has left him disgraced and bitter. Madora loves him and wants to help him achieve his goal, believing that they can then marry and have a family of their own. In the meantime, Willis works as a home health aide, stealing from his elderly clients.
In need of more money in order to pay for medical school in Antigua, Willis abducts Linda, a pregnant teen. He holds her prisoner, with a secret plan to sell the baby. Madora wants to believe that Willis is saving Linda from a life on the streets, but she begins to have doubts when Willis starts spending more time with Linda than he does with her. Everything changes when a boy named Django finds their house while exploring on his bike.
Drusilla Campbell writes complex female characters who often do not know how strong they are until they are pushed to the brink. Madora’s self-realization is a fascinating journey, and Campbell’s supporting characters add interest and emotion to her story. Little Girl Gone is recommended for readers intrigued by abduction stories, such as A Stolen Life: a Memoir, by Jaycee Dugard, or the critically acclaimed novel Room by Emma Donoghue.