Abducted in Plain Sight

Movie Review: Abducted in Plain Sight on Netflix

Abducted in Plain Sight is a documentary based on the true story of an innocent and naïve family in Idaho whose daughter was abducted.


By the same man.

This is one of those stories that would never work as a piece of fiction, because no one would believe it.

It’s the craziest story on so many levels. At one point I actually said out loud (in the empty living room), “No f*cking way.”

(Okay, so the room wasn’t completely empty. My little rescue dog was with me. She’s not fond of swear words and looked up to make sure I wasn’t talking to her. We’ve had her for eight years, never touched her in anger, and yet whatever happened before we got her haunts her to this day. But I digress.)

Anyway, I do like a good, true-life crime story from time to time. Anne Rule is a probably my favorite true-crime author. (If you’re also a fan, I’d recommend picking up one of her books.) I think when you write in the thriller/mystery genre, it’s always a good idea to get a little inspiration from what’s happening in real life and check out true-crime movies or books every now and then.

But Abducted in Plain Sight was crazy. Just like … wow. How could it even happen?

Abducted in Plain Sight is one of those stories that would never work as a piece of fiction, because no one would believe it. Share on X

The family … it’s difficult to explain without giving away spoilers (and, if you read my other reviews, you know I only ever share little bits about the plot, because I don’t want to give anything away), but the psychopath who targeted this family’s daughter was either a master persuader beyond anything most people ever come across in their lives, or this family was particularly naïve. Or both.

I have to give the family members major props for agreeing to be on a big-time Netflix documentary though. I don’t know if I could admit the things they admitted on camera. It was also a book, so I guess they must have already had the long, difficult talks to take their story public.

But still. Talking about it in a book is one thing. Saying the same thing and having a camera in your face is something else.

If you like true crime stories, definitely check out Abducted in Plain Sight on Netflix. Even though it’s painful at times to watch (you’ll understand what I mean once you see it) it’s worth it.


1 thought on “Movie Review: Abducted in Plain Sight on Netflix”

  1. I do not agree with this movie at all, if you had been sexually assaulted like I have been you would never act as this woman acts. I do not believe anything she says, her parents day or the pervert, I think they are all sick and crazy.. you never say and act in the way this lady and her family are acting after such an horrible thing, trust me I know.

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