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Publisher's Summary

The true story of an abused childhood, of shocking brutality and life as the daughter of notorious serial killer and master manipulator Rose West.  

You're 21 years old. Police arrive on the doorstep of your house, 25 Cromwell Street, with a warrant to search the garden for the remains of your older sister you didn't know was dead. Bones are found, and they are from more than one body. And so the nightmare begins. You are the daughter of Fred and Rose West.  

'Mae, I mean this.... I'm not a good person, and I let all you children down....' (Rose West, HM Prison Durham)

It has taken over 20 years for Mae West to find the perspective and strength to tell her remarkable story: one of an abusive, violent childhood, of her serial killer parents and how she has rebuilt her life in the shadow of their terrible crimes.  

Through her own memories, research and the letters her mother wrote to her from prison, Mae shares her emotionally powerful account of her life as a West. From a toddler locked in the deathly basement to a teen fighting off the sexual advances of her father, Mae's story is one of survival. It also answers the questions: how do you come to terms with knowing your childhood bedroom was a graveyard? How do you accept the fact your parents sexually tortured, murdered and dismembered young women? How do you become a mother yourself when you're haunted by the knowledge that your own mother was a monster? Why were you spared, and how do you escape the nightmare? 

Read by Julia Barrie.

©2018 Neil McKay (P)2018 Orion Publishing Group

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Meh..

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Mae and her siblings obviously lived lives that are hard to imagine...this book doesnt really help that. Theres no real insight, and I felt like Mae spends most of the time apologising for things she had no control over.
The narrator doesnt help at all with her slow childlike (almost imbecilic) reading. I only made it through to the end of the book out of curiosity. If you're interested in Mae's story I would recommend going old school, and reading the book rather than listening to it.

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  • Calandra
  • 08-10-2018

Meh..

Where to begin...?
Mae and her siblings obviously lived lives that are hard to imagine...this book doesnt really help that. Theres no real insight, and I felt like Mae spends most of the time apologising for things she had no control over.
The narrator doesnt help at all with her slow childlike (almost imbecilic) reading. I only made it through to the end of the book out of curiosity. If you're interested in Mae's story I would recommend going old school, and reading the book rather than listening to it.