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Keri 1: The Original Child Abuse True Story

By: Kat Ward
Narrated by: Bridget Thomas
Length: 26 hrs and 28 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Child abuse true stories presents: Volume 1 of Kat Ward's sensational autobiography!

From the outside, there was no reason to suspect the family life of young schoolchild Keri was anything but unremarkable. 

Two loving parents, a backdrop of 1960s Britain; life had provided for her, at least with the riches of modesty. Keri herself however, would often confound teachers with her erratic behaviour, which was at best sullen and withdrawn; at worst violently disruptive. When challenged, she would only exacerbate her growing reputation as a fantasist; weaving terrible tales about the "abuse" she was suffering at the hands of her very creators. But it was the much-celebrated age of innocence; the childhood of our modern culture. Big brother had not yet been born and Nanny was only looking out for her dearest, as opposed to the entire State. Who would take the word of child on such matters? After all, she was just a bad egg - wasn't she? Well, no. She wasn't. 

She was indeed, for over a decade, the victim of an abuse so staggering that merely to read about it is enough to freeze even the thickest of blood. "Keri" is the story of what happens when truth is imprisoned in a little glass jar and buried deep within the Earth, condemned to a sentence of eternal silence. For truth may be repressed, but never suppressed. It will always find light eventually. 

And in this gut-wrenching account of her early life, author Kat Ward takes the reader through every shade of darkness, whilst never allowing the candle of hope to fully extinguish, so as the truth may indeed find its rightful freedom. 

Disclaimer: This is a true story of child abuse. Reader discretion is advised.

©2017 Newdawnmedia (P)2018 Newdawnmedia

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Holy heck

Holy heck the poor child. How could the people that knew about the abuse not do anything? This so called “mother” and step “father” need hanging. I wish I could have swept this beautiful child up and taken her away from all of that. 😢🥺

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LESS IS MORE!!....story doesn't match abuse

Fact: An abused child suffers injury to the brain, causing emotional, behavioral, academic, social and MEMORY problems throughout life! I find it hard to believe that this is a true/factual story.... full of fluff' and filler, repetitive and inconsistent. Her memory is outstanding for such an abused child, along with and her behaviour, and academic achievements. 26 hours and she's only 15 years old and more to come ! Written like a fiction novel - the abusers / villains = evil , characters on 'keri's side' are saccharine sweet and salt of the earth.... nauseating Kat/Keri - Victim Syndrome ? Id say so....yes, caused by childhood trauma = embellishing stories, using shock /horror to gain sympathy and attention. Got to give it to Keri's/Kat, she has certainly 'milked this cow' dry and laughing all the way to the bank.

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  • Charlene
  • 14-08-2018

Book 1 of 7

It was a great read, however it seemed to drag on at times but now I know why! I didn't realize that this was part of a series until the end. What's a bummer is that the rest of the books are not available here. It'd be nice to offer this info up front as to not waste people's time, I would have bought something else. I would buy the audible series if given the opportunity.

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  • Joe Public
  • 27-06-2018

Warning- Part 1 of 7

Heartbreaking story and it ends with a cliffhanger. So disappointed to realize it's a 7 part series. I cannot do seven more books with this much emotion. Unfortunately, reviews of the other books say there's a lot of duplication and some mismatched information. I opted out.

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  • Kate
  • 05-10-2018

Audible please offer the rest of the series!

Great but disappointed to learn it is part of a series and the rest of the series is not available on audible.

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  • Leila
  • 11-06-2018

Riveting!! Couldn't stop listening.....

This is one of the most riveting, shocking audiobook accounts of abuse I have ever read/listened to. Keri's astounding level of recall, her ability to tell her story, which flows flawlessly, and naturally, in vivid detail, is stunning. I was shocked, spellbound,livid and furious as I listened to her recount the inhumane, cruel treatment she endured from her mother and step father. At times I was brought to tears. Keri's endurance, resilience, her ability to love, and her honesty made me love her. Her Nana, who showed Keri what love is, renewed my faith in people and helped me heal from the shock and heartbreak of this account, by showing how love conquers hate and how good can overcome evil. I will never forget Keri or her story. Get this one. It will change you.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-10-2018

Keri 1 The Original Child Abuse Story

So real. Felt like I was observing her pain and unable to help. Told in such a real voice. Such a brave child. I hope she conti nues her story. A very compelling story.

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  • pam finley
  • 02-08-2018

Keri 1

I enjoyed this story and found myself totally rooting for Keri! My only disappointment now is I cannot find more on audible!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-06-2018

So Sad So True

Through out the book I often wondered what was fact and what was fiction. The book was written, performed and story line were excellent, I would stop while reading just to look at the author's page and comments from other readers. Its one of those too horrible to be true stories. With that said, that seems to be the way Keri felt whilst being abused by maniacs.

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  • Leta Wilkerson
  • 15-05-2018

Very well read. Couldn't stop listening.

Very gripping. l highly recommend to anyone who has been through a similar situation. Awesome

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-02-2019

such a great story of strength

loved her bravery and strength at finally being able to stand up to her mother.

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  • kiki
  • 28-11-2018

Amazing!!!

I have had this in my wish list for a while and was hesitant because of some of the reviews about too much detail in things that weren't relevant! I was pulled in from the first word and enthralled through the entire tragic story!! I found all the detail made you feel like you were right there!! I loved it!!

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  • Golden girl
  • 17-09-2018

Keri 1

I found this book very emotional and heartbreaking but it was al so very informative. I would recommend the book It was just a shame that yet again the book kept cutting off near the end of the last few chapters. I really wish Audible would fix this problem once and for all.

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  • Jackie T
  • 30-04-2018

A very in-depth and mostly sad story

This story is a true account of a young girls life of torment and abuse. Kerry gives detailed accounts of her life from a very early age up until the age of about 14 and how the people in authority who could have and whose job it was to protect her, once again as with many other accounts of many types of child abuse tells how she also was let down by the System in which we still live today. This book finishes as I mentioned at about the age of 14 so I am looking forward to hearing the next part of her life in the hope that somehow Justice is done to those that caused her harm and that she herself somehow manages to lead a happy and successful life and her bravery rewarded,although quite how this could occur I have absolutely no idea.

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  • Addlestone
  • 02-11-2019

Let down by poor narration

A captivating story, shocking and enlightening in equal measures. Just a shame that the authenticity of the book is compromised by the numerous occasions where the narrator did not pronounce words correctly, or placed emphasis on the wrong syllable, displaying a lack of familiarity with either the context or the word itself.

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  • Naomi
  • 24-09-2019

Uncomfortable but gripping

I very nearly didnt continue with this story after just a few short chapters as it was very difficult to hear the sexual abuse content, but by then the story had me captured and I felt there was no choice but to continue listening as often as and at every chance I could. What a brave girl, it hurts to know she spoke out and still wasnt helped by the authorities, I also experienced very similar.

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  • kirsty
  • 11-07-2019

sad but gripping and heartbreaking

i loved this boom. very sad but wow. what a horrible mother. such a strong person to have wndured such a horrid vile wicked mother. not to mention terry the stepdad. horrible social workers and was truly aghast. try as she might nobody helped her or believed her so glad for the neighbours she had who saw though her mothers act just wish once that the when keri told the socail workers that they would have atleast tried to look into it further

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  • Anne Cowman
  • 09-05-2019

Sad but gripping great naration

Loved it the characters are fantastic and the narration is brilliant....but so sad. Book 2 next

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-09-2018

Love it

couldn't put this book down hope audible does the rest of the series because I so want to know what happens next

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  • joanna potter
  • 18-07-2018

hooked

Great book! Could not stop listening and made you go though all the emotions! Not too graphic which I liked and you really get angry at how so many people let her down.

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  • Effie
  • 07-07-2018

Very thought provoking and emotional.........

I rarely bother with writing reviews but this true story had me rapt one minute, and wanting to shy away the next. How people can be so utterly cruel, both mentally and physically, to each other is beyond my ken. It is almost unbelievable to someone brought up “normally” in a happy home that there are those out there who can do these things. The incestuous actions of a father have been heard of before, but condoned by the mother? While the father is not her biological parent, can it really excuse his behaviour? Then to beat her senseless out of his own guilt? There are moments the reader will find they cannot imagine the absolute horrors this child was put through. I think it conjured up more sadness and raging anger in me than any other read has ever done. Not to be read by anyone with a weak stomach.

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  • louise
  • 25-04-2020

all gripping

just finished keri 4. fantastic read all of them. loved them all. love keri, lost for words abt her mother.

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