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For over 20 years, Joanne Lee's mother kept the remains of three newborn babies hidden in her wardrobe. For the first time since exposing her mother's crimes, Joanne breaks her silence over her family's horrific ordeal.

Growing up, Joanne suffered at the hands of a violent boyfriend and controlling relatives, as her mother lapsed into a downward spiral following the breakup of her marriage. But the consequences of her mother's lifestyle turned out to be worse than Joanne could ever have imagined. She already knew about the baby buried in a shallow makeshift grave next to the family plot. But when Joanne came across a red plastic bin in her mother's wardrobe in 2009, she realised that the family home held an even more sinister secret. In Silent Sisters, Joanne will tell her story, detailing her struggle to understand her mother, to piece together the truth and give the four babies the proper burial they deserve.

©2019 Joanne Lee with Ann and Joe Cusack (P)2020 W. F. Howes Ltd

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absolutely gripping

from the first page till the last page, very well written and easy to read

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silent sisters

the narrator was great, easy to listen to. I enjoyed the story, it was interesting and kept me coming back to hear the next part

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Couldn't stop listening

This was a gripping book and I felt so much for all the characters. True crime fans will love it.

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I loved listening to this book, it was my first time listening to audio books I found it hard to turn it off.

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It’s an interesting story.

My problem is that really it’s not even her story. Her mother was obviously useless but her mothers bf. Actually tried to give her love and care. I’m not judging a child but basically she was never abused just neglected. And it wasn’t even her story. It was her sisters so she’s writing her sisters story. I’d rather hear from her sister personally.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-03-2020

save your money

I wasn't captivated by the narrator. is prefer someone without an English accent. I'm not even going to finish it. wasted money.

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  • jocelyn ackerman
  • 29-02-2020

heart wrenching

this book is very well read and a great but sad story. it is like a hundred stabs to the heart. but for anyone who has grown up in a disfunctional home it is so relatable. May Heaven hold these innocent children.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-10-2020

Half marks

This story has the potential to be horrifying, but it’s told in such a flat emotionless way that it’s almost boring.

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  • Pearly
  • 17-04-2020

So Well Written and Performed!

A shocking but brilliantly told story! This book is so well written! Each character is well developed and comes to life as if you're listening to them tell their story. The performance was excellent! I'm glad I did not have a Nana Pat!! Or a Mother Bernadette!

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  • Bridget Adams
  • 23-01-2021

Couldn’t keep my ear Pods off

It grasps you right at the beginning. Made me cry a couple of times. I couldn’t stop listening. Joann, you are strong and brave. I admire you for everything you did for your sister and brother. You are amazing.

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  • Sebrida
  • 19-01-2021

Good Book!

I hate to say I love it because the story is horrendous. What Joanne went through growing up, taking care of her siblings (thank goodness she was there to do that), was way too much for a child to endure. I enjoyed the story because it made me feel like I was right there with her trying to survive her life. Good book, don't want to give too much away, but it was a good book.

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  • Ashley Lake
  • 15-01-2021

not bad

I struggled at first, but continued listening and it was well worth it! Not bad.

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  • Margarita belunes
  • 06-01-2021

love it!!

I would recommend this amazing book.. I was in sobbing 😭 😢 🤧 😫

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-12-2020

best book in a long time

This story will have you inpatiently waiting to get to next chapter, it will mad you laugh, cry, swear, moan, and happy..

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  • Tammie Wilhelm
  • 30-12-2020

Touching Story

Loved this book! So happy Joanne overcame all her obstacles! Narrator done a great job!

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  • V.B. Smith
  • 11-02-2020

Listened to it all in three days....

...... the Audible version is just as gripping as I imagine the print format is. This book is an honest and open account and not just skirting around the issues. Excellent.

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  • Steve
  • 08-08-2020

Good true story

interesting, gory at points but a great true crime story. I felt the story told all the details .

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  • ania
  • 16-05-2020

Very involving

Good book, very involving, written in simple language and not unnecessary complicated, like it often happens with stories.

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  • Eveeyb
  • 23-01-2021

A Harrowing Story of Horrific Childhood Neglect.

This is a story about Joanne Lee, her siblings and some of the wider family. Joannes mother lies at the heart of many of her issues, having to grow up very quickly in what was a difficult childhood where she and her brother and sister suffered severe neglect. The events of this story took place at a time when there wasn’t as much awareness of mental health issues as such and safeguarding for children wasn’t strict as it is today. It’s seems as if social workers weren’t as alert or attentive, and as a result children like Joanne felt well under the radar for childhood neglect and fought their way through their young lives. Although details of this story is very disturbing the story itself is written in such a respectful and detailed was that you can really begin to understand the phrase “you really don’t know what goes on behind closed doors of any family”. There are still many vulnerable children out there today they struggle through their young lives. A very interesting and gripping read, I listened in two sittings.

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  • Angelina Shorthouse
  • 20-01-2021

brilliant and sad

amazing story, could not stop listening. so very sad and harrowing account and a young girls life.

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  • kathrine leach
  • 18-01-2021

Gripping listen

Amazing listen but i feel very sad that anyone had to go through any of that. The story was very gripping and thw narrator was fantastic.

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  • Susan Knaggs
  • 17-01-2021

Great read

I really enjoyed this book Although seemed to fizzle out a bit at the end but still a very good book

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 15-01-2021

Sad world we live in

It was a gripping story but unfortunately so many people struggle and are not as fortunate as Joanne's siblings, at least she was there for them to help and guide them a constant in their lives where their mother was a constant let down, well done you should be really proud of all you've achieved

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