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For over 20 years, Joanne Lee's mother kept the remains of three newborn babies hidden in her wardrobe. For the first time since exposing her mother's crimes, Joanne breaks her silence over her family's horrific ordeal.

Growing up, Joanne suffered at the hands of a violent boyfriend and controlling relatives, as her mother lapsed into a downward spiral following the breakup of her marriage. But the consequences of her mother's lifestyle turned out to be worse than Joanne could ever have imagined. She already knew about the baby buried in a shallow makeshift grave next to the family plot. But when Joanne came across a red plastic bin in her mother's wardrobe in 2009, she realised that the family home held an even more sinister secret. In Silent Sisters, Joanne will tell her story, detailing her struggle to understand her mother, to piece together the truth and give the four babies the proper burial they deserve.

©2019 Joanne Lee with Ann and Joe Cusack (P)2020 W. F. Howes Ltd

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save your money

I wasn't captivated by the narrator. is prefer someone without an English accent. I'm not even going to finish it. wasted money.

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Half marks

This story has the potential to be horrifying, but it’s told in such a flat emotionless way that it’s almost boring.

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So Well Written and Performed!

A shocking but brilliantly told story! This book is so well written! Each character is well developed and comes to life as if you're listening to them tell their story. The performance was excellent! I'm glad I did not have a Nana Pat!! Or a Mother Bernadette!

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heart wrenching

this book is very well read and a great but sad story. it is like a hundred stabs to the heart. but for anyone who has grown up in a disfunctional home it is so relatable. May Heaven hold these innocent children.

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The best story I have listened to yet!!

I loved to listen to this story. The narrator made it feel as though I was right inside the story. This story brought all the emotions out and kept me wanting to listen more. That says a lot because I have not been too successful at finishing a story on audible. I seem to get lost and distracted, but not with this story. Thank you for a good one!

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Open your schedule. You won’t want to shut off.

Loved the narrator. This book was hard to put down. I listened about 5 hours the first day. What an awful awful story she had to share.

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Struggled with the hopelessness of the story. It was well written but depressing to read.

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Interesting and a bit creepy.

I liked it a lot. loved the narration mostly, as the accents really made me see the characters.

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Twists and turns of a courageous soul!

Well written true story. A bit lengthy with the details in the beginning but overall very good. I like that it has a positive ending. The narrator was easy to listen to!

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Great book

Enjoyed listening while I worked. Husband started listening too. Loved the narrators accent with the story.

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  • V.B. Smith
  • 02-11-20

Listened to it all in three days....

...... the Audible version is just as gripping as I imagine the print format is.
This book is an honest and open account and not just skirting around the issues. Excellent.

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  • Steve
  • 08-08-20

Good true story

interesting, gory at points but a great true crime story. I felt the story told all the details .

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  • ania
  • 05-16-20

Very involving

Good book, very involving, written in simple language and not unnecessary complicated, like it often happens with stories.

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  • J. Walsh
  • 01-31-21

So interesting

To say I enjoyed this book is not right considering the subject but I really couldn’t stop listening. This is not my normal type of book as some like this I find very woe is me BUT Joanne is not in the least like this. She is very strong and very capable.

I just wish she had told her mum where to go so much sooner than she did. And as for nanny Pat.............

Good narration great book

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  • Housewife
  • 03-15-21

so sad

loved it really sad ,just can't believe this happened , a terrible life the family

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  • Lyn
  • 03-07-21

An emotional story

I loved listening to this , a very heart breaking but emotional story, very well read...

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  • Lee
  • 02-19-21

A True Story

An account of a daughter who spent her life with a mother who clearly had mental health issues and was also extremely selfish. Dead babies kept in a wardrobe for years among other gory things. Well read.

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  • ruth farrington
  • 02-06-21

slightly different to the true

I regrate listening five girls and my mum and rid of what god send to

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  • Carol kirtley
  • 01-29-21

Great story, didnt much like the voice.

liked the story line, sad but done very well. read well but didnt like voice.

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  • Sparkles
  • 01-23-21

A Harrowing Story of Horrific Childhood Neglect.

This is a story about Joanne Lee, her siblings and some of the wider family. Joannes mother lies at the heart of many of her issues, having to grow up very quickly in what was a difficult childhood where she and her brother and sister suffered severe neglect. The events of this story took place at a time when there wasn’t as much awareness of mental health issues as such and safeguarding for children wasn’t strict as it is today. It’s seems as if social workers weren’t as alert or attentive, and as a result children like Joanne felt well under the radar for childhood neglect and fought their way through their young lives. Although details of this story is very disturbing the story itself is written in such a respectful and detailed was that you can really begin to understand the phrase “you really don’t know what goes on behind closed doors of any family”. There are still many vulnerable children out there today they struggle through their young lives. A very interesting and gripping read, I listened in two sittings.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-29-20

Silent Sisters

I loved listening to this book, it was my first time listening to audio books I found it hard to turn it off.

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  • Donna Carter
  • 02-09-20

absolutely gripping

from the first page till the last page, very well written and easy to read

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-07-21

Wasn’t sure of this book

This book was really good. I wasn’t sure at the start but it captured me quite quickly.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-19-21

silent sisters

overall, it was okay. I found that the beginning was enticing and I was interested. I listened to the first quarter (roughly) In one sitting.
Being my first official audio book, I'm not sure if it was that it was at least a week before I started listening again, I lost Interest. the mid story just felt repetitively stagnant and dull. it left me uninspired to continue the story. after some time, I eventually forced myself to finish it.
I think the theme of the book was decent and original but it lacked depth. it felt more of a "this happened and then that happened and then that happened again". I would have been more engrossed if there was some exploration into what laid beneath a little research into mental health and addiction to bring the events together or something.

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  • sandra muras
  • 03-18-21

it says optional

hard to listen to sometimes...maybe just me maybe not..but it was ok 15 words ridiculous

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-03-21

Amazing story

A very well written bio I loved this book was a recommended audio and I throughly enjoyed it.

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  • Amanda Whitmore
  • 02-28-21

Interesting and sad

I liked the narration of this book. The story is good, pretty sad in parts. It kept moving along pretty well, there weren’t any boring patches.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-21-21

Great read, interesting true story

Great book, we'll narrated, bases on true events. Kept me interested until the end, we'll done.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-07-21

silent sisters

the narrator was great, easy to listen to. I enjoyed the story, it was interesting and kept me coming back to hear the next part

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-17-20

Couldn't stop listening

This was a gripping book and I felt so much for all the characters. True crime fans will love it.