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Cut: The true story of an abandoned, abused little girl who was desperate to be part of a family Audiobook

Cut: The true story of an abandoned, abused little girl who was desperate to be part of a family

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Publisher's Summary

In her new book, the Sunday Times and New York Times best-selling author of Damaged tells the story of the Dawn, a sweet and seemingly well-balanced girl whose outward appearance masks a traumatic childhood of suffering at the hands of the very people who should have cared for her.

Dawn was the first girl Cathy Glass ever fostered. Sweet and seemingly well balanced girl, Dawn's outward appearance masked a traumatic childhood so awful, that even she could not remember it. During the first night, Cathy awoke to see Dawn looming above Cathy's baby's cot, her eyes staring and blank. She sleepwalks - which Cathy learns is often a manifestation in disturbed children. It becomes a regular and frightening occurrence, and Cathy is horrified to find Dawn lighting a match whilst mumbling it's not my fault in her sleep one night.

Cathy discovers Dawn is playing truant from school, and struggling to make friends. More worryingly she finds her room empty one night, and her pillow covered in blood. Dawn has been self-harming in order to release the pain of her past. When Dawn attempts suicide, Cathy realises that she needs more help than she can give. Dawn's mother eventually confides in her that Dawn was sent away to live with relatives in Ireland between the ages of 5 and 9, and Cathy soon realises that the horrors Dawn was exposed to during this time have left her a very disturbed little girl.

©2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the Critics Say

Reviews for Damaged:

"Cannot fail to move those who read it." (Adoption-net)
"Heartbreaking." (The MirrorThe 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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    Lucy Fieldhouse 02/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "wow"

    Cathy Glass has the ability like most great authors to take you inside the book as though you are living it, it makes your heart crumple to hear the horrible things these people have gone through but when Cathy tells her story and the way she deals with these lost souls is unbelievable and truly makes your heart skip a beat at the end, no matter how bad the situation of the child is she gives them infinite love and always leaves an imprint. I bought one of her books at the local store one day and the addiction to her books slowly started from daddy's little princess to mummy told me not to tell. I am now on the 8th book and wanting more which im about to buy.
    I would definitely recommend Cathy Glass's books ANYDAY.

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  • Lauraji
    27/03/15
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    "One of my favorites by Cathy Glass"

    I love all Cathy's books but this one is particularly interesting and sweet. I won't give anything away, but I learned a lot about self-harm and ways children blame themselves for traumas they experience and what can be the outcome of that. A very moving story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • davidli1973
    27/12/17
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    "My favourite audible book!"

    I loved this book and felt sorry for dawn. Why did she cut her wrists? Cathy seems so nice and I'm sure that she will still foster a lot of children. How lovely of dawn to call Cathy! Denica fairman is an amazing narrator and makes me feel like she is Cathy Glass. I hope that there would be more! ~Sunny

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • VinellaGal2000
    Missouri
    2/12/17
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    "Sadly, this world is full of sick people"

    A sad, true story of the child care system. And an amazing woman that had more love to give, and help other children. Kathy Glass has a great ability to tell a story. I recommend any of her books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Randi shelton
    21/04/16
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    "Another happy ending"

    As always Cathy Glass writes with warmth and compassion about another child she fostered. The narration was superb as with all her other books. This little girl's homelife was so sad, but her inner strength was amazing. To survive the pain and rejection her family inflicted on her and still manage to have a gentle and positive outlook on life was truly awe-inspiring. For the author and her children to work so hard with Donna was remarkable. In spite of everything Donna has to cope with, she still manages to settle in well at the end. Amazing growth and achievement on her part.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kate
    BC
    11/04/16
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    "Hmmmm"

    Riveting story. I feel like it must have been sanitized, somehow. The foster family seems too perfect, people are flawed. I feel like the author idealized herself and her role.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rachael and Max
    Missouri
    20/07/15
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    "great book"

    good story, great narration. helped me understand a bit about self injury and child abuse.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Elaine Jones
    7/10/16
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    "Excellent"

    Another enjoyable read. I have enjoyed all Cathy Glass books. I hope Dawn is happy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Robyn
    5/09/17
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    "Riveting"

    loved this listen, haven't heard a Cathy glass I didn't like. Very interesting and twisting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • di spencer
    30/08/17
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    "DAWN"

    loved this book . well written and performed . love loved

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dolly
    23/08/17
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    "Major continuity error?"

    A great book in the series by Cathy Glass...but I can't help but think she had baby brain! In every other book, Aidrian's birthday is in late March, but here it places his birth in October??

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  • Anonymous
    22/05/17
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    "gripping read"

    loved it
    couldn't stop listening. Will be purchasing more by this author. Don't miss out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jackie
    Gravesend, United Kingdom
    22/01/17
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    "Another amazing life story"

    I will always think about Cathy's gift as she does her stories...she is amazing and the UK fostering system should be reformed under her leadership...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shu Ting Tan
    4/09/16
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    "A good book. narration sometimes sound weird."

    loved the book. the narrator did a good job most of the time, but sometimes sounded a bit weird, especially when narrating for kids.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • cheryl berridge
    14/01/16
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    "very emotional and gives you a understanding of "

    Behaviour and the emotional struggle of being let down family and parents and social services

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jacqueline
    20/12/15
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    "brilliant story loved it"

    fantastic story recommend this to anyone brill wish there was a 2nd part to it I defo listen to it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sandy
    U.K.
    23/07/15
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    "Best Cathy Glass story I have heard"
    What made the experience of listening to Cut: The true story of an abandoned, abused little girl who was desperate to be part of a family the most enjoyable?

    Cathy writes with honesty and integrity about very difficult subjects. Always her concern and care shine through, without being self-indulgent. This was a harrowing story, but so wonderful to know that things did work out ok in the end.


    What other book might you compare Cut: The true story of an abandoned, abused little girl who was desperate to be part of a family to, and why?

    Cathy Glass' other books could be compared to Cut, although this is my favourite so far.


    Have you listened to any of Denica Fairman’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Denica Fairman delivers a solid performance.


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

    Yes. I needed to know what happened to Dawn.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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