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Publisher's Summary

Although Jodie is only eight years old, she is violent, aggressive, and has already been through numerous foster families. Her last hope is Cathy Glass.

From the Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author.

At the Social Services office, Cathy (an experienced foster carer) is pressured into taking Jodie as a new placement. Jodie's challenging behaviour has seen off five carers in four months. Despite her reservations, Cathy decides to take on Jodie to protect her from being placed in an institution.

Jodie arrives, and her first act is to soil herself, and then wipe it on her face, grinning wickedly. Jodie meets Cathy's teenage children, and greets them with a sharp kick to the shins. That night, Cathy finds Jodie covered in blood, having cut her own wrist, and smeared the blood over her face.

As Jodie begins to trust Cathy her behaviour improves. Over time, with childish honesty, she reveals details of her abuse at the hands of her parents and others. It becomes clear that Jodie's parents were involved in a sickening paedophile ring, with neighbours and Social Services not seeing what should have been obvious signs.

Unfortunately Jodie becomes increasingly withdrawn, and it's clear she needs psychiatric therapy. Cathy urges the Social Services to provide funding, but instead they decide to take Jodie away from her, and place her in a residential unit.

Although the paedophile ring is investigated and brought to justice, Jodie's future is still up in the air. Cathy promises that she will stand by her no matter what - her love for the abandoned Jodie is unbreakable.

©2009 Cathy Glass (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishing Limited

Critic Reviews

"Cannot fail to move those who read it." (Adoption-net)
"Heartbreaking." (The Mirror)
"A truly harrowing read that made me cry." (The Sun)
"A true tale of hope" (OK!)
"Foster carers rarely get the praise they deserve, but Cathy Glass's book should change all that." (First Magazine)
"A hugely touching and emotional true tale." (Star Magazine)

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This is a hard story to listen to but the reader does great at reading.

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Forensic Point of View

As as Forensics Nurse I see such a limited glimpse into the world of my patients and how the navigate through the system. I am glad I listened!

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chilling story!!

loved it this author is amazing makes you feel like you are in her living rm

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It's ok

not impressed with this book. I'm surprised by the many 4 and 5 star ratings. Unfortunately it's a story I've heard one too many times.

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I was hooked on this.

I was so hopefully for change, but as more gruesome details came out, I found I was succumbing to the depression Cathy must have felt. I also wanted to kick Eileen. lol. I understand why contact has waned, as Jodie may have blocked this beginning recovery period out, as many victims of child abuse do. I do hope she reaches out to Cathy though. thank you for recounting your experience Cathy!

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Damaged heartbreaking story of a forgotten child

This is a very heart breaking story, that is well written. It very sad that people who were supposed to protect this child could do such horrible things to a child.

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Heartbreaking does not do it

When I started this I was not sure if I would like it and then things started to change. This story tugs the heart strings so tight and then twists them one more time. This child came from a background that is hard to believe but is true. Reading this shows mistakes that occurred and how they are discovered while Jodi was in foster care in England. It is worth the read or listen, it certainly got to me as I had to finish it even though I was at home.

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Truly heartbreaking

I definitely would recommend this touching story. What amazing love and care Cathy Glass offers her foster children - even those who are emotionally, physically and mentally broken like Jodi, the one in this story. My heart breaks just trying to imagine the horrors young Jodi had to live through. Our world needs more people like Cathy Glass!

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WOW

so heartbreaking I hear from the ones behind the lives of these poor children, all the heartbreak they feel along with the children.

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The right named book

This should be required reading for all social workers. The telling of a child's sexual abuse and the departments shuffling of her files is an everyday occurrence. This story shows one persons love (Kathy) and how she , as her care giver, gave her all to help this little girl. You'll need a strong stomach in reading / listening to this story as it tells how perverted and evil a set of parents and their friends did sexually to a child.

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  • Luke
  • 11-04-16

So so touching

A very very upsetting book, I literally had tears in my eyes how anybody could treat a princess like this :( read it you won't put it down I read it in a day!

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  • Steven Lane
  • 03-15-15

Shocking but what a book

Very good book that is full of parenting tips for foster carers and adopters. Warts and all it is shocking in places.

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  • laura mcintosh
  • 12-03-17

Sad and unimaginable

Such a heart warming story how Jodie must have been hurting inside . Cathy glass deserves a medal on how she handled Jodie it was amazing and she has a heart of gold

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  • Laura Cope
  • 09-24-17

Wow. What an insight to fostering

Incredible, heartbreaking and powerful. I've learnt so much about fostering from this book and I look forward to reading more.

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  • Robyn
  • 09-05-17

fantastic!

chilling and heartbreaking, fantastic listening, couldn't turn it off!! Cathy glass is amazing! worth a listen

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-26-17

very intense.

The narrator did a brilliant job with the reading of this heart wrenching story. had emotions on highs and lows through out.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-17-17

brilliant but sad

Such a heart breaking story. The damage abuse can have on a child. Worth listening too Defo

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-13-17

such a heart breaking story and unimaginiable.

The author tells the story of abuse from the perspective of a foster carer. Poor Jodie is a child who has experienced a life of hell and unfortunately the same but different hell lies ahead for her the rest of her life as she lives with what happened to her.

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  • Mark Baxter
  • 05-18-17

powerful

powerful and emotional story of the often sad story of abuse suffered by children by those who should be caring for them.

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  • tracey burton
  • 04-25-17

Damaged

I found this story very upseting I can't believer what I was read and the things Jody went through

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  • Elba
  • 10-28-15

Damaged.

I cried oceans for all children who have suffered from the evils of sexual predators

2 of 2 people found this review helpful