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This is the heartbreaking story of the murder of 16-year-old Bristol schoolgirl Becky Watts, a personal and heartfelt account of a crime that shocked the nation in a unique way and tore a family in two.

A vulnerable and shy girl, Becky Watts was brutally murdered and dismembered by her own stepbrother on 19 February 2015. As her father, Darren, discovered the horrific details of what happened to his darling girl, his world fell apart.

Writing about his darkest hours and unbearable pain, Darren uncovers what Becky's relationship with her stepbrother, Nathan, a child he had raised as his own son, was really like. He recalls the devastation of discovering the truth about the depravity with which Becky was torn from him in the safety of her own home. And he recounts the torment of the legal battle to see his stepson sentenced to life behind bars.

But at its heart, Becky is a poignant personal story, a chance for Darren to pay tribute to his darling daughter, to celebrate her life and take back control of how she is remembered.

Darren recalls with enduring love the daughter he fought so hard to get custody of after she was taken into foster care as an infant, the happy child who completed his life, and the innocent schoolgirl who brought joy and happiness to all her knew her. Both heartfelt and haunting, searingly honest and unflinching, this is the ultimate story of a family tragedy.

©2016 Darren Galsworthy (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Gutwrenching

Incredibly heartbreaking book written from the depths of the author. He did glorify the victim a bit, she sounded a bit too perfect, but then she was his own daughter so highly understandable.

The narrator had the perfect voice for the part, you felt like you were listening to the author rather than a reader.

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Sadly insightful

I've read a few real crime books, this was really well written by Becky's father, he gave real insight to the family and Becky's life. While I was reading this I kept thinking how brave he was to write this and he wasn't one sided at all. It tells a real story about an every day family whose life got turned upside down by someone who turned bad. I hope life can one day become bearable for you all. Thanks for the read

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Moving story of love and heartbreak

I’m drawn to human experience & this book shows you what true heart break sounds & feels like, but also shows you what true love is for a husband, wife, father & family. I cried several times, my heart breaks for them & I pray they find peace & happiness once again, as much as they possible can with part of their heart missing, Becky.

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  • 30-06-2019

A raw and harrowing story

This is a parent's worst nightmare. It is incredible that this couple made it through this. At times, it was very hard to listen but it was so raw and authentic as Darren put into words the kind of experience that is almost impossible to explain.

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Heart breaking.

Loved this book. Couldn't stop listening to it, felt so sorry for the family. The narrator was fantastic. 😢

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tragic but worth hearing

a tragic 'story'narrated by a loving father. I wish dar and Angie all the best. they are an amazing example of strength, love and devotion. RIP becky

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heartbreaking

what a story, I had tears and as I read wondered how you would ever come through such a harrowing ordeal. I still can't understand why anyone does this sort of thing. I hope you and Angel are finding some happiness, albeit difficult.

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Amazingly good but sad

What that family went through is just amazing So well read Well done and good luck with the rest of your lives

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Extraordinary evil visits ordinary people

Such straightforward, ordinary people nearly broken by the evil, lazy, perverse behaviour of one of their own. God knows how they survived this. A sad and intense book.

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A heart rendering story moving every emotion and well read and narated with depth and understandi g.

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  • sarah crowther
  • 05-07-2016

How sad

How sad and brave those parents had been.
The love they have for each other.
Each day I listened with a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes to think someone could do such a horrific crime and think they could get away with it.

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  • 18-07-2017

Very sad story of a true family tragedy

Would you consider the audio edition of Becky: The Heartbreaking Story of Becky Watts by Her Father Darren Galsworthy to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Becky: The Heartbreaking Story of Becky Watts by Her Father Darren Galsworthy?

The author and father of Becky really comes across as a sweet, good-hearted man who did the best for his kids. He's just your average hardworking man from Bristol who was a good father, stepfather and husband. I really liked him and my heart broke for him and his wife. He reminded me of my uncle who likes a drink and a fag and uses coarse language but has a heart of gold.

Which character – as performed by Ben Fox – was your favourite?

Darren the father of Becky.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, I did cry listening to this story. How could anyone not shed a tear listening to this very sad and true story.

Any additional comments?

I think that a woman should have narrated Anjie's chapter. The narrator was very good but has a strong accent and of course is male so I forgot that it was her words.

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  • Liz
  • 16-08-2016

heartbreaking true story.

really amazingly graphic of a family spot in two but managing to stay together. beautiful.

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  • michele grant
  • 29-09-2018

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Great audio sad times but excellent knowledge gained from it i recommend it for every reader.

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  • Michelle
  • 17-08-2018

Heartbreaking

I cried so many times listening to this book. I feel like I know Becky and the family now. I am so sorry for your loss, I hope you find some peace xxxxx

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-08-2018

Real Life and Heart Breaking

Absolutely Heart Breaking. Raw Emotions. Goodnight Bristol's Angel. Proud To Be A Bristol Girl 💜

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  • "julietdawn"
  • 02-05-2018

heartfelt and genuine

such a sad event for the whole family. a tribute to a lovely girl r.i.p. becky thoughts are with your dad, mum, step mum and brother

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  • HanCan
  • 25-01-2018

Heartwarming

The brave and courageous story of one families fight for justice. Just amazing from start to finish. Darrens courage to detail the run up and aftermath of his daughters viscious murder is admirable. A truly horrific set of events by two sick and twisted individuals. May they rot in the place for which they deserve to be. When listening to this book I remember the most important person of this story, Becky. May she R.I.P in a much safer and kinder place than this world. xxx

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  • ms
  • 16-11-2017

Head wrenching

I found this so hard to listen to. It is hard to rate it for its ‘story’ as this is a ‘story’ which should have never had to be told. I had to turn it off and take a break at times,it is harrowing and interesting all at the same time. I am sure that telling his story helped DarreN Galsworthy to heal. I hope it did. So sad.

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  • cheryl Rothwell
  • 20-08-2017

Great book

Heartbreaking and well read. Couldn't stop listening . Left me wondering if they ever got any real answers from Nathan

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