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The true story of Melody, aged eight, the last of five siblings to be taken from her drug dependent single mother and brought into care.

When Cathy is told about Melody’s terrible childhood, she is sure she's heard it all before. But it isn't long before she feels there is more going on than she or the social services are aware of. Although Melody is angry at having to leave her mother, as many children coming into care are, she also worries about her obsessively – far more than is usual. Amanda, Melody's mother, is also angry and takes it out on Cathy at contact, which again is something Cathy has experienced before. Yet there is a lost and vulnerable look about Amanda, and Cathy starts to see why Melody worries about her and feels she needs looking after.

When Amanda misses contact, it is assumed she has forgotten, but nothing could be further from the truth....

©2018 Cathy Glass (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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  • tanya nix
  • NEW ALBANY, INDIANA, United States
  • 09-24-18

Another wonderful read!

I was not expecting the ending, but what a touching way to end something so sadly, simply amazing. I have become addicted to Cathy’s books and none of them have disappointed yet!
Thank you!

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nothing worked out how I thought

What a great book! I must say I didn't see this kind of neglect coming but the way Melody was eager to work with you. It's like the anger never existed. Donna (the saddest girl in the world) had real anger issues. But Melody. No way. I didn't see Amanda's diagnosis coming either. This one was a real page turner because everything I expected to happen, didn't. This goes to show you that anyone can show up on your doorstep in fostering. Great book. I found myself slipping into book mode even while Denica read to me and had to keep reminding myself Melody was a real girl and this is a real event. I definitely shed a few tears with this one. Once again. You have outdone yourself Cathy! Fantastic read!