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1st November 2003 started so unremarkably that I would later look back and wish I could have appreciated the normality of it. Because I would never, ever know peace again.

No body. No convictions. No answers.

Charlene Downes was 14 years old when she went missing in the seedy underbelly of Blackpool. Once a happy-go-lucky schoolgirl, she had turned into a truant. Though Charlene was hanging out with a new crowd by takeaway shops and the pier, her mum, Karen, always knew her typical teenage daughter would come home.

But one day she didn't. 

Sold in Secret is a heartbreaking story of a broken family and a 15-year campaign for justice. Arrests were made, a murder trial was had, but to this day Karen still has no answers to what happened to her daughter. The truth of exactly what happened to Charlene and why she disappeared remains undiscovered, with no police convictions - this is a raw, compelling account of every parent's worst nightmare.

©2018 Karen Downes (P)2018 Blink Publishing

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  • 03-09-2019

Not accurately portrayed.

Just a bit of digging around highlights there are lots of truths missing from the mother’s account. Sadly disappointing as too inaccurate. Karen Downes portrays herself as an innocent, concerned mother - very questionable.

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  • johnjacobs
  • 07-11-2020

This just doesn’t add up to the true story.

Only half way through, but it’s all lies and untrue facts, seems to me this book is all about making a dollar and nothing about the TRUTH. I won’t even finish this book. I was hoping we’d hear the mother’s true events but it’s all a cover up to make money. Wish I could send it back!

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  • Adele Brough
  • 07-10-2020

Heartbreaking

I can not begin to imagine the hearbreak your family have endured over the years... As a mum I could not even allow myself to imagine what it feels like to loose a child, let alone have no answers... In a world where we are told about equality and diversity, it seems Charlene did not warrant the same care and consideration given to the McCanns. I truly hope you and your family get some answers x

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  • Miss R. Brown
  • 29-09-2020

Horrific, these gangs still exist in the UK today

How the family must have and still are suffering.
These asian gangs of groomers and pheodofiles are still operating today.
RIP Charlene

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-04-2020

Don’t read if you want to know what actually happened to Charlene

Only purchased as I am obsessed with this case. There needs to be more investigation into the parents and one other unrelated suspect. Even if they had nothing to do with her disappearance, they are shady as hell. Only on chapter 5 so far but they’ve not mentioned the convicted sex offender that was staying in their house at the time and their open door policy to every dodgy pervert in the area. They’ve also lied about calling the police. They didn’t call until the Monday, after the convicted sex offender had been sentenced and left the house. Charlene’s mum was chastised for not calling and wanting to get the call over quickly as she needed to go out.

Don’t purchase this book if you’re looking to find out what actually happened. But if you’re interested in the banality of evil and a rose tinted story from the mother, go for it.

There’s a channel 5 3 part series on on demand that sheds more light on this tragic story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-10-2019

Such a powerful book.

This is such a powerful book, ive cried and laughed, so good i hope more people listen too this, its really important.

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  • Kim Prosser
  • 27-11-2018

Great book

I feel for Karen and her family however the book had me hooked. I hope she gets answers soon.

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