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Damaged: The Heartbreaking True Story of a Forgotten Child Audiobook

Damaged: The Heartbreaking True Story of a Forgotten Child

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Publisher's Summary

Although Jodie is only eight years old, she is violent, aggressive, and has already been through numerous foster families. Her last hope is Cathy Glass.

From the Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author.

At the Social Services office, Cathy (an experienced foster carer) is pressured into taking Jodie as a new placement. Jodie's challenging behaviour has seen off five carers in four months. Despite her reservations, Cathy decides to take on Jodie to protect her from being placed in an institution.

Jodie arrives, and her first act is to soil herself, and then wipe it on her face, grinning wickedly. Jodie meets Cathy's teenage children, and greets them with a sharp kick to the shins. That night, Cathy finds Jodie covered in blood, having cut her own wrist, and smeared the blood over her face.

As Jodie begins to trust Cathy her behaviour improves. Over time, with childish honesty, she reveals details of her abuse at the hands of her parents and others. It becomes clear that Jodie's parents were involved in a sickening paedophile ring, with neighbours and Social Services not seeing what should have been obvious signs.

Unfortunately Jodie becomes increasingly withdrawn, and it's clear she needs psychiatric therapy. Cathy urges the Social Services to provide funding, but instead they decide to take Jodie away from her, and place her in a residential unit.

Although the paedophile ring is investigated and brought to justice, Jodie's future is still up in the air. Cathy promises that she will stand by her no matter what - her love for the abandoned Jodie is unbreakable.

©2009 Cathy Glass (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishing Limited

What the Critics Say

"Cannot fail to move those who read it." (Adoption-net)
"Heartbreaking." (The Mirror)
"A truly harrowing read that made me cry." (The 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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    "Damaged. "

    I cried oceans for all children who have suffered from the evils of sexual predators

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • charles k.
    22/06/17
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    "It's ok"

    not impressed with this book. I'm surprised by the many 4 and 5 star ratings. Unfortunately it's a story I've heard one too many times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • SushisArmy
    Fort Wainwright, Alaska
    1/03/17
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    "I was hooked on this."

    I was so hopefully for change, but as more gruesome details came out, I found I was succumbing to the depression Cathy must have felt. I also wanted to kick Eileen. lol. I understand why contact has waned, as Jodie may have blocked this beginning recovery period out, as many victims of child abuse do. I do hope she reaches out to Cathy though. thank you for recounting your experience Cathy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • dolfin
    10/02/17
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    "Damaged heartbreaking story of a forgotten child"

    This is a very heart breaking story, that is well written. It very sad that people who were supposed to protect this child could do such horrible things to a child.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dan Sweeney
    New york, New York USA
    6/10/16
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    "Heartbreaking does not do it"

    When I started this I was not sure if I would like it and then things started to change. This story tugs the heart strings so tight and then twists them one more time. This child came from a background that is hard to believe but is true. Reading this shows mistakes that occurred and how they are discovered while Jodi was in foster care in England. It is worth the read or listen, it certainly got to me as I had to finish it even though I was at home.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sandy
    27/09/16
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    "Truly heartbreaking"

    I definitely would recommend this touching story. What amazing love and care Cathy Glass offers her foster children - even those who are emotionally, physically and mentally broken like Jodi, the one in this story. My heart breaks just trying to imagine the horrors young Jodi had to live through. Our world needs more people like Cathy Glass!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • BRANDIE CONWAY
    17/09/16
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    "WOW"

    so heartbreaking I hear from the ones behind the lives of these poor children, all the heartbreak they feel along with the children.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mary
    8/09/16
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    "The right named book"

    This should be required reading for all social workers. The telling of a child's sexual abuse and the departments shuffling of her files is an everyday occurrence. This story shows one persons love (Kathy) and how she , as her care giver, gave her all to help this little girl. You'll need a strong stomach in reading / listening to this story as it tells how perverted and evil a set of parents and their friends did sexually to a child.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abby Zensea
    Brisbane Australia
    8/08/16
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    "Terrible story; courageous foster mum"

    This is the horrifying story of Jodie who was fostered by Cathy for a year. Jodie arrived with extremely challenging behaviours and Cathy slowly uncovered the scale of the damage done to that child... It is a sad story that made me disgusted and angry at times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carmel
    Louisiana
    22/07/16
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    "Eye opening"

    Not exactly a feel good book but I found it interesting and informative. It made me feel a little depressed that such evil could and does exist and abuse innocent children. Also thankful for patient loving people like Cathy that dedicate themselves to helping in every way they can.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trucker Wife
    Green Bay, WI
    12/07/16
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    "Amazing but so sad"
    Where does Damaged: The Heartbreaking True Story of a Forgotten Child rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love the detailed description of things.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The foster mom and her kids and how they choose not to give up.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When they all told the mom we can't give up on this one.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I could have but I only listen to them at work.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Steven Lane
    Hinckley
    15/03/15
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    "Shocking but what a book"

    Very good book that is full of parenting tips for foster carers and adopters. Warts and all it is shocking in places.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mark Baxter
    18/05/17
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    "powerful"

    powerful and emotional story of the often sad story of abuse suffered by children by those who should be caring for them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • tracey burton
    25/04/17
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    "Damaged"

    I found this story very upseting I can't believer what I was read and the things Jody went through

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs tingle
    6/04/17
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    "Fantastic book "

    a brilliant book as always by Cathy glass kept me gripped from beginning to end

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Luke
    4/11/16
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    "So so touching"

    A very very upsetting book, I literally had tears in my eyes how anybody could treat a princess like this :( read it you won't put it down I read it in a day!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deedee
    28/09/16
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    "So sadly heartbreaking"

    This book had me crying and disgusted and a whole plethora of emotions. I love this authors books, I hate that these are real stories, my hear goes out to all those children who have suffered like this little girl has.
    Also the narrator of these books is excellent and perfect for these books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • oliver slack
    13/09/16
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    "Deeply sad and moving story"

    Although this is a deeply sad and moving story, it is told very well. Much like all the other books from Cathy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mandy
    25/05/16
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    "Shed a tear......."

    Narrated fantastically, story had me in tears more than once, wish I could meet Jody I would want to take her home to care for and love her xx

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • N. Manuel.
    15/09/15
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    "Poor Child"

    This story is horrific. The fact that it is true makes it even more so. I'd like to think that Jodie has since managed
    To find some peace in her
    Life and is not plagued with these demons anymore.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Lorraine J. Brown
    UK
    13/03/15
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    "Damaged"

    This is a heartbreaking story, for one little girl to have suffered so much, it brought me to tears, this to me proves that social services are inadequate in their performance to protect children, and more funding should be given to help , prevent children from being abused. A good overall account of a very damaged little girl

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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