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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

Critic Reviews

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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Very frustrating

I am a huge fan of Cathy Glass, her work as a foster carer and her written works, but this one has me rolling my eyes in exasperation.
While I appreciate that this was back when Cathy was fairly new to foster care, I felt that the way in which this particular case was dealt with was severely masked and inappropriate, in particular between Cathy and Dawn’s social worker.

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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
  • 27-03-2015

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.

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  • davidli1973
  • 27-12-2017

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

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  • VinellaGal2000
  • 02-12-2017

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.

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  • Randi shelton
  • 21-04-2016

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.

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  • Kate
  • 11-04-2016

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.

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  • Rachael and Max
  • 20-07-2015

great book

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

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  • Elaine Jones
  • 07-10-2016

Excellent

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

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  • Kazzawazzawoowoo
  • 18-09-2018

Really enjoyed this book

I actually couldn’t put this down I had to know what happens. Love Cathy Glass books think I’ve nearly read the all. Fantastic story and it’s great how her own children cope and get involved. Highly recommended from a number one fan. Thanks Cathy for another great read

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-03-2018

cut

like the books I read by Cathy I have enjoy everyone please keep them coming

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  • Robyn
  • 05-09-2017

Riveting

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

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  • di spencer
  • 30-08-2017

DAWN

loved this book . well written and performed . love loved

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  • Dolly
  • 23-08-2017

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 User
  • 22-05-2017

gripping read

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

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  • Jackie
  • 22-01-2017

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...

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  • Shu Ting Tan
  • 04-09-2016

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.

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  • CbNFFC
  • 14-01-2016

very emotional and gives you a understanding of

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