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Necessary Lies

Narrated by: Alison Elliott
Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
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The best intentions expose the darkest secrets....

If you're a fan of Jodie Picoult, you'll love Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain, best-selling author of The Midwife's Confession.

North Carolina, 1960. Newlywed Jane Forrester, fresh out of university, is seeking what most other women have shunned: a career. But life as a social worker is far from what she expected. Out amongst the rural tobacco fields of Grace County, Jane encounters a world of extreme poverty that is far removed from the middle-class life she has grown up with. But worse is still to come.

Working with the Hart family and their 15-year-old daughter, Ivy, it's not long before Jane uncovers a shocking secret and is thrust into a moral dilemma that puts her career on the line, threatens to dissolve her marriage, and ultimately determines the fate of Ivy and her family forever. Soon Jane is forced to take drastic action, and before long there is no turning back.

©2013 Diane Chamberlain (P)2015 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

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  • V Nerd (Kermit), Reviews by Audio Killed the Bookmark
  • 03-31-19

Amazing narration

Another Historical read for me that I never would have even looked at if it hadn't been recommended in a Facebook group I am in (Thanks Cyndi)

This story was one that made me absolutely stunned, I had no idea that this was something that was practised, and also that it was STILL being practised up to the 1980's!!

I was crazy mad listening to this book, how people can have been given this much authority over other human beings is just mind blowing.
If you are a Jodi Picoult fan then you will probably love this one too.

Anyhoo, back to my review!

Set in the 60's in Rural Grace County, Jane Forrester goes for an interview for a job as a social worker, much to the dismay of her fiance, he is unhappy in the fact that she is getting a job, let alone a job that might undermine his position as a doctor, and make him a laughing stock at the Golf Club, none of his friends wives work after all!

Jane wants to work, and feels that this would be an ideal position for her, that she may be able to do some good, she may even be able to help people less fortunate than her.

She gets the position and shadows another worker until an accident sets her on her own to carry on the job.

Ivy is one of her cases.

15 year old Ivy lives on a Tobacco farm with her family, her parents both died so she is now in the full time care of her grandmother, but her grandmother is ill, so it is Ivy that is doing the caring. Looking after her grandmother, her mentally ill sister and her sisters 2 year old son William is no mean feat, they rely on Welfare to get money for the family, they work on the Tobacco farm to pay for their lodgings.

Ivy has her own problems, she is epileptic, and because she is 15, she is "obviously" going to start sleeping around, I mean, look at Mary Ella her "feeble minded" sister, she had William after all!
They managed to fix that though, at least she won't be bringing any more "retards" into this world! Ivy is an ideal candidate for the program, it just needs to be signed off by the Social Worker, of course you don't tell her what it is you are doing, just tell them that they look ill, Mary Ella had her "appendix" out, and look, she's perfectly fine now!!

Jane cannot believe what is happening to these young girls, but what can she do, she's already been reprimanded for something she did wrong, she may even lose her job.

This story is based on true events that happened, in the authors notes she does say that she didn't want to focus on the actual deed, but to focus on the families and the aftermath, but some of the stories that she read about it were truly horrifying.

🎧🎧 - Brilliantly narrated by Alison Elliot, this story is one that will probably stay with you for a while!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-11-18

Loved this book.

A very well written story yet again from a great author. Diane chamberlyn never let's you down. I loved this book.

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  • Tracie Angell
  • 09-17-18

A wonderful book

A very thought provoking book that is very well written I would highly recommend it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-01-18

Excellent story, couldn’t put it down

I really enjoyed this story, it was so good I hated having to press pause to do things!!
Very well written and beautifully read, if you like Jodi Picoult,you will love this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-24-18

Gripping and yet moral and informative. Another page turner.

I loved this book. Such a serious topic given insight with a powerful, moving storyline that made me feel excited to return to every time I had the opportunity to continue listening. I have serious worries in my life right now and this book put them in perspective and intense and exciting enough to distract me. Thank you Diane Chamberlain.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-06-17

Loved it!

Literally couldn't stop listening to this book. Loved the way it went between characters every chapter.

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  • adele
  • 06-26-17

A very good listen

I thought the story was extremely interesting. I have visited North Carolina many times and did not realise that a eugenics programme had been practiced until comparatively recently. It was a well constructed story with sympathetic characters and the narrator was excellent. I will listen to more Diane Chamberlain on the basis of this book.

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  • JOANNE ROBINSON
  • 10-25-16

Lovely story

Really enjoyed listening to this book. The subject was quite different to my usual reading , it portrayed the sterilisation of women by social workers in the 1950's. But had a really lovely story behind it. I was intrigued with this book right up until the end.

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  • pink lady
  • 05-10-16

Gripping

I really enjoyed this story . Heartbreaking at times but the characters so came to life with the enjoyable narration . It's hard to believe that this is based on true life .

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  • Alana
  • 04-07-16

very interesting story

Really enjoyed the book, it is always hard to understand why things happened the way they did but of course they did have the research & technology. Sadly so many suffered as in many other countries & cultures

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  • lynn
  • 09-09-16

Necessary Lies

An excellent read. Love all Diane Chamberlain books. Unfortunately I can't get them all on audio.