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The heartbreaking true story of a young, troubled mother who needed help.

The 16th fostering memoir by Cathy Glass.

It is the first time Laura has been out since the birth of her baby when Cathy sees her in the school playground. A joyful occasion, but Cathy has the feeling something is wrong. By the time she discovers what it is, it is too late.

This is the true story of Laura, whose life touches Cathy's in a way she could never have foreseen. It is also the true stories of little Darrel, Samson and Hayley, whom she fosters when their parents need help. Some stories can have happy endings and others cannot, but as a foster carer Cathy can only do her best.

©2015 Cathy Glass (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Okay, but not as good as her first book.

So far I have listened to three of Cathy Glass's books; I started with "Girl Alone" based on a recommendation and really liked it, so I decided to read her others in chronological order. So that meant I read "Cut" next, and then this one "The Silent Cry".

Unlike the other two books, Cathy never actually fosters a child for any period of time in this book -- instead she takes in some kids in "respite", meaning they are just in her care temporarily, such as a weekend. So you don't really get to know them very well, with the exception of Samson, who constantly misbehaves and stands out from the others.

Instead the book mostly deals with a family down the street, and a mother (Laura) who is suffering severe postpartum depression. I just found this part of the book somewhat boring. But I can't really blame the author, she is writing down true stories and this is apparently what happened during this period.

I will bestow praise to he narrator Denica Fairman (who does all of the Cathy Glass books); she is just amazing in how she is able to convincingly do voices for toddlers, preteens, teenagers and adult women and make them all unique. She also does a good enough job of adult male voices that it doesn't distract from the story.




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Excellent!

Cathy Glass has given us another excellent memoir! I love her books and can't start once I start!

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A fantastic book!

If you could sum up The Silent Cry in three words, what would they be?

Compassionate, touching, realistic

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

I love the way Cathy draws her readers into the story. She expresses herself in a way where the reader feels like he/she truly gets a glimpse into the characters in the book.

Which character – as performed by Denica Fairman – was your favorite?

I would have to say Sampson because he made me laugh and I could picture him so well.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

We never know what other people are going through so it is not our place to judge.

Any additional comments?

I would highly recommend this book, it is a hard one to put down once you start reading.

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such a wonderful auther

loved this book as much as all of Cathy Glasses books. would strongly suggest all the books

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  • Carletta
  • Chattanooga, TN, United States
  • 03-03-16

Good book

I love all Kathy Glass books, and this one is a little different from her normal stories, but I enjoyed this one too.

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  • Andrea
  • 11-02-17

Another of Cathy’s emotive tales

I think Cathy Glass is an amazing woman and have read 10+ of her books!
This is no exception and was another emotive tale of the children and families she has supported.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-18-17

loved it

loved it, could listen to it over and over again. recommended to all, made me smile and put a lump in my throut

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  • Bubblemate
  • 07-23-17

Cathy's

A wonderful a wonderful story . loved it so interesting like all the books I've had of Cathy's it,s because they are all true story.


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  • Jacqueline
  • 02-18-17

Loved the book.

Great book, as are all Cathy Glass books. This took me a day to listen to.

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  • Megs
  • 07-26-16

Not really a page turner

I was a little disappointed with this book. I have read all of Cathy's books but this one didn't really grip me like the others did. I would say this is not worth the price.

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  • Susan Inglis
  • 06-18-16

Wonderful

Such an inspiring story. Several tears have fallen whilst listening! I will be checking the website for follow-ups of the children!

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  • steph
  • 06-01-16

the silent cry<br />

this was an OK story but I did not enjoy it as much of her other books, this was about several people,so alot of going to then to another.

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  • Kat
  • 03-02-16

Another Novel From A Great Author

I liked the fact that this book dealt with the stories of various children and it was nice to get an insight into Cathy's life when her children, Adrian and Paula, were very young. I really liked the update at the end of the book, but felt for Cathy and her family that John wasn't around much. She and her family, as well as the children she fosters, are very strong and courageous. This book deserved 5 stars as her novels are always a joy to listen to. She writes from the heart.

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  • Emma
  • 02-03-17

Cathy is a genuine caring person. love her books.

been a great help raising my own 3 kids.
endless patients she has got is such a inspiration. xx