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Publisher's Summary

In her new book, the Sunday Times and New York Times best-selling author of Damaged tells the story of the Dawn, a sweet and seemingly well-balanced girl whose outward appearance masks a traumatic childhood of suffering at the hands of the very people who should have cared for her.

Dawn was the first girl Cathy Glass ever fostered. Sweet and seemingly well balanced girl, Dawn's outward appearance masked a traumatic childhood so awful, that even she could not remember it. During the first night, Cathy awoke to see Dawn looming above Cathy's baby's cot, her eyes staring and blank. She sleepwalks - which Cathy learns is often a manifestation in disturbed children. It becomes a regular and frightening occurrence, and Cathy is horrified to find Dawn lighting a match whilst mumbling it's not my fault in her sleep one night.

Cathy discovers Dawn is playing truant from school, and struggling to make friends. More worryingly she finds her room empty one night, and her pillow covered in blood. Dawn has been self-harming in order to release the pain of her past. When Dawn attempts suicide, Cathy realises that she needs more help than she can give. Dawn's mother eventually confides in her that Dawn was sent away to live with relatives in Ireland between the ages of 5 and 9, and Cathy soon realises that the horrors Dawn was exposed to during this time have left her a very disturbed little girl.

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Critic Reviews

Reviews for Damaged:

"Cannot fail to move those who read it." (Adoption-net)
"Heartbreaking." (The MirrorThe 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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One of my favorites by Cathy Glass

I love all Cathy's books but this one is particularly interesting and sweet. I won't give anything away, but I learned a lot about self-harm and ways children blame themselves for traumas they experience and what can be the outcome of that. A very moving story.

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love her books

Loved it. I have a hard time pausing and cant wait to finish the book.

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poorly written

this book had to be written for a younger audience. At times I almost turned it off. The narrator sounded as if she was trying to explain something to a 5 yr old. It was very annoying. It was based on a true story of a young girl in the foster care. The story itself was somewhat interesting, just very poorly written. If you don't mind being talked down to, then listen to it. I think it might have been better if I had gotten it in the written form.

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Really?

I got so frustrated with the foster mom. Was she really that blind?
Ugh, then thinking she monitized from the children she did not appear capable to care for was my final thought.

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Love this author !😀

I'm so glad I started my audio book subscription with Cathy Glass. awsome story's can't wait to start the next story.

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My favourite audible book!

I loved this book and felt sorry for dawn. Why did she cut her wrists? Cathy seems so nice and I'm sure that she will still foster a lot of children. How lovely of dawn to call Cathy! Denica fairman is an amazing narrator and makes me feel like she is Cathy Glass. I hope that there would be more! ~Sunny

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Sadly, this world is full of sick people

A sad, true story of the child care system. And an amazing woman that had more love to give, and help other children. Kathy Glass has a great ability to tell a story. I recommend any of her books.

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Another happy ending

As always Cathy Glass writes with warmth and compassion about another child she fostered. The narration was superb as with all her other books. This little girl's homelife was so sad, but her inner strength was amazing. To survive the pain and rejection her family inflicted on her and still manage to have a gentle and positive outlook on life was truly awe-inspiring. For the author and her children to work so hard with Donna was remarkable. In spite of everything Donna has to cope with, she still manages to settle in well at the end. Amazing growth and achievement on her part.

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Hmmmm

Riveting story. I feel like it must have been sanitized, somehow. The foster family seems too perfect, people are flawed. I feel like the author idealized herself and her role.

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great book

good story, great narration. helped me understand a bit about self injury and child abuse.

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  • Netty
  • 04-07-19

great story

enjoyed listening to this story. what determination the foster carers have and help given too. would recommend this book.

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  • Elaine Jones
  • 10-07-16

Excellent

Another enjoyable read. I have enjoyed all Cathy Glass books. I hope Dawn is happy.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-09-21

couldn't put it down.

love cathy glass books always have me in tears but I am addicted to them.

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  • Amy
  • 02-07-21

Heart warning

I am working my way through all of Cathy Glass's books, what an amazing woman. Every story is truly heart warming and heart breaking at the same time. Every single audio book so far has had me completely gripped, I experience the emotional rollercoaster every time. Denica Fairman reads/presents the audio book fantastically, using different accents and emotions which really create a scene. You won't be disappointed with any Cathy Glass book!

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  • Reeree
  • 07-25-20

fantastic read

wow couldn't wait for each evening to pick up where I left very moving story and emotional x on to the next one now

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  • MAXINA
  • 05-11-20

eye opener

the narrative is flawless
content explicit and moving
always enjoy a Cathy Glass story
recommended a good read and listen

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  • sara mason
  • 03-13-20

fantastic

this book was truly a heart string puller with a great happy ending
truly worth a read

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-23-19

Another emotional book

So sad.... but shows how much people can go through in life.... if only every carer was like Cathy. and how her children always accept the children coming in there lives. god bless yous

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  • Jemma
  • 03-13-19

amazing as ever .

narrator was fantastic.
story brilliant
Thank you Cathy glass
more to read :-).
xxxx t

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  • charmaine
  • 12-11-18

Heartbreaking yet full of hope

A truly inspirational and sad story of a young girl’s battle with the demons she had to overcome. Cathy and her family really helped Dawn on her journey of self discovery and forgiveness and I’m so glad of the next part of the journey! I am so glad I chose this book. Thanks

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-24-21

An eye opener

Sad story of very brave teenage girl who experienced a horrors in her short life, very well written and narrated by Denica! Another amazing book by Cathy! I love all her books!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-23-20

as always a heart felt read.

loved it. will get more by this author, stories being real, make it even more compelling.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-27-20

Cathy Glass

I love Cathy Glass novels based on her experiences with Foster children but i did find myself rolling my eyes or sighing out loud with some of this novel, could be, being that this was based on her first foster child and her lack of experiance as a foster carer at the time but i just found it very predictable unlike her other stories.

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  • Kylie Abecca
  • 07-20-18

Very frustrating

I am a huge fan of Cathy Glass, her work as a foster carer and her written works, but this one has me rolling my eyes in exasperation.
While I appreciate that this was back when Cathy was fairly new to foster care, I felt that the way in which this particular case was dealt with was severely masked and inappropriate, in particular between Cathy and Dawn’s social worker.

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  • Lucy Fieldhouse
  • 11-02-16

wow

Cathy Glass has the ability like most great authors to take you inside the book as though you are living it, it makes your heart crumple to hear the horrible things these people have gone through but when Cathy tells her story and the way she deals with these lost souls is unbelievable and truly makes your heart skip a beat at the end, no matter how bad the situation of the child is she gives them infinite love and always leaves an imprint. I bought one of her books at the local store one day and the addiction to her books slowly started from daddy's little princess to mummy told me not to tell. I am now on the 8th book and wanting more which im about to buy.
I would definitely recommend Cathy Glass's books ANYDAY.