• A Terrible Secret

  • Scared for her safety, Tilly places herself into care. A shocking true story.
  • By: Cathy Glass
  • Narrated by: Denica Fairman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (165 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Tilly hates her stepfather, Dave. He abuses her mother, but she refuses to leave him. Frightened for her own safety, Tilly asks to go into foster care and is placed with Cathy. 

Tilly arrives with a graze on her cheek, and Cathy becomes increasingly concerned by Dave’s behaviour, especially when she learns he has been showering Tilly with gifts. 

While she’s busy looking after Tilly and trying to keep her safe, Cathy is also worried about her own daughter, Lucy. She has a very difficult decision to make that will affect the rest of her life, and Cathy hopes she makes the right choice.

©2020 Cathy Glass (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Great, as always. Makes my heart hurt.

Well written, hurts my heart, but could not quit reading. Always enjoy her books. Look forward to the next one.

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Another wonderful book from Cathy Glass

I loved this story. Lots of sad twists toward the end. I have read now all the books from Cathy Glass and I was never a reader before this. I only had read about 3 books in my lifetime before I got hooked on her books. It’s the way she tells the stories. I may have to go back and reread them. Lots of sleepless nights as the book keeps you turning the pages. Thank you for all the love she shows to all these children. Great book!

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Excellent! I can't wait for her next book

By far one of my favorites. I'm so pleased Tilly's story is going to continue

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Not a cliffhanger, but not finished either

While we aren’t left hanging on tenterhooks at the end, we are not given the conclusion of the stories. In fact we’re told to se the next book for more on them. That was frustrating!

Interesting tale so far.

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Fostering isn’t a bad thing

You know a child is having a bad time when they themselves to go into care. The writing and narrative are exceptional. The books flow from the beginning to the very end. And leave you wanting more.

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Excellent book

Good book from the view of a foster parent. Cathy tells Tilly's story very well.

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Always sad but they're lucky to have Cathy

It's unreal the things that some people will do to a child; thankfully these kids have Cathy and her family.

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loved it could not put it down looking for another book by Cathy Glass

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Another must read!

As with all her other books , Cathy Glass has finished yet another awesome book.

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  • Miss A A Bowers
  • 10-18-20

disappointing ending

Another fascinating memoir from Cathy, however disappointed not to hear of what happened with Tilly at end end. It says it's followed up in her next book when Jackson comes but doesn't say the name of the book, so a little frustrating to get that far without Tilly's story coming to an end.

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  • Dani Simpson
  • 09-24-20

Amazing

Fantastic listen as always. Such an inspiring story of bravery and determination and the love of a child and parent. Loved the Lucy update too.
I cannot wait to hear jaxons story next.

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  • Mr
  • 10-19-20

excellent

excellent story cant wait for the next one hope I don't have to wait to long

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  • Erin Jessica
  • 10-14-20

Outstanding Read again

After reading all Cathy Glass books, when going through life changes in their our is emotional and it is exactly the same feeling when going through this journey along side Cathy, Paula, Lucy and Adrian, it has been a happy and emotional read. Absolutely perfect.

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  • Wendy
  • 10-11-20

Cathy Glass is amazing!

never had a bad book from Cathy however purely a review of the audio on this particular book. attires voice sounds almost like a sat nav / robotic voice. had much better audio in other books!
the story from Cathy is ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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  • Julia
  • 10-09-20

Another brilliant book

Can’t wait to hear the next instalment!Cathy Glass is still my fave author,thanks for another great book

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  • anna abimbola
  • 09-28-20

it was Good

it was well narrated and detailed Cathy glass is alway Good at writing her experience but keeping it interesting

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  • Reeree
  • 09-28-20

you won't want to put it down

I was so into this book I completed over 2 days , I've read all cathy glass books and sad there is no more definitely a good read

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  • Jackie
  • 09-24-20

More cherished multi-level life lessons with love

No matter what is going on in my life, cathy enters like a cherished, life-long friend whom you have admired with awe...sharing another chapter in her selfless, deep caring, spiritual way as you sit for hours listening to another long awaited chapter in her amazingly giving life....thanks again, cathy...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-12-22

Always a great gripping read

Loved listening to it on audio. Tragic story but always great to hear how well they cope with the foster children and the parents

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  • Sarah
  • 01-07-22

incredible story

what a shocking discovery for poor Tilly. such a trooper going through all that and pulling her mother through in the end as well. well done Tilly

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-21-21

Sad true story

Yet another great book by Cathy Glass and so well narrated by Denica! Thank you.

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  • Kerry
  • 10-18-20

Good Book - But

Good Book, But Not As Good as others of Cathy’s that I have Read.... I didn’t find it that Interesting or Captivating.....

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-16-20

secret never good

good story well red and interesting facts about fostering uk would be good to get the next one

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-08-20

loved this

absolutely amazing as always, look forward to the next one. Cathy never disappoints and I'm always disappointed when I'm finished as I don't want them to end.

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  • Russell
  • 10-03-20

Dull & Disappointing

A very dull & disappointing storyline compared to earlier Cathy Glass novels. No real ending as they want you to buy her next book to find out.
What made the experience nearly unbearable was the narrator, who used such inappropriate intonations & made the teenagers sound like 3 year olds.

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  • Cheyenne T.
  • 09-27-20

Amazing

Once again Cathy has written an amazing recount of her time caring. Plus Denica has such a soothing voice to listen to.

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  • Lucy Fieldhouse
  • 09-19-20

Another AMAZING BOOK

Just wow, cathy glass you have done it again. it was only released yesterday in Australia and I have finished it already! what a book, I was moved by your performance once again and I am so happy you welcomed your grandchild into the world whom is healthy and Lucy is doing all okay. the most painful part of reading your books is having to wait for the next one to be released once you have finished it. Waiting patiently for your next book about Tilly and Jackson