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Unlike people with carefree previous lives, I packed away my past. There are some memories labelled 'Look at' and others 'Leave well alone'....

Emily Smith was held in a prison of fear for 10 years. When she was four, her father left and a new man was brought into her life. He loved her, he kept telling her so, but the emotional and physical abuse she suffered at his hands were a daily nightmare. Until one day, after he crept into her bedroom, her life became unbearable.

Emily found she was different in another way as her autism became more noticeable and punishments for her 'abnormal' behaviour more severe. Astonishingly, she managed to escape her home of hell, where she was abused right in front of her mother. Emily determinedly gained a university place and emerged triumphant with a new life and family in Ireland, desperate to treat her daughter, so similar to her, to a different life.

Heartbreakingly true, Silent Child is a testament to Emily's strength as she sheds light on rampant abuse still happening today. Powerful and shocking, sharing her story means she finally has a voice to say: enough.

©2020 Toni Maguire (P)2020 Bonnier Books UK

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Bit boring

I keep trying to listen to it and I can’t get into it. I haven’t finished it all yet, don’t think I will.

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Fascinating story

So I don’t perhaps have the vocabulary to explain myself correctly but I’ll try my hardest. This story was fascinating and when you reach the part. I don’t think the author was petty at all. I was frequently frustrated with the author but that’s easy isn’t it.
having been so privileged myself. I found it confusing that the story would junk back and forth between child and adult. I would personally have preferred to just stick to a linear timeline. Overall I’m glad the author made the right decision finally. And I wish them all the best.

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Emotional, touching and so well told.

The author really takes you into her life. I couldn’t stop listening to her heart rending story. So glad to hear the positivity she finds at the end. Highly recommended.

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  • 31-12-2020

Certainly not the best book I’ve read...

I wasn’t impressed with this at all. Good enough story but repetitive at times.
Unnecessarily graphic. The narration was poor I felt. Waste of my time.

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