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After years of physical and mental abuse, Jade thought her kindly foster mother would be the answer to her prayers. She was wrong.... 

This is her staggering true story. 

‘This must be what prison is like,’ I thought as another hour crawled by. In fact, prison would be better...at least you knew your sentence. You could tick off the days until you got out. In the Bad Room we had no idea how long we’d serve.

After years of constant abuse, Jade thought her foster mother, Linda Black, would be the answer to her prayers. Loving and nurturing, she offered 10-year-old Jade a life free of fear. 

But once the regular social-worker checks stopped, Linda turned, and over the next six years Jade and three other girls were kept prisoner in a bedroom they called the ‘bad room’. 

Shut away for 16 hours at a time, they were starved, violently beaten, forbidden from speaking or using the toilet and routinely humiliated. Jade was left feeling broken and suicidal. 

This is the powerful, true story of how one woman banished the ghosts of her past by taking dramatic action to protect the life of every vulnerable child in care.

©2020 Jade Kelly (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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A tear jerker

Such an amazing story, best book/ audiobook ever. This young lady went through such torment and her story should be a massive wake up call for any Agency specialising in the care of vulnerable children, and to make sure the voice is heard.

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so sad but horribly true

I was a foster mum to a 13 yr old girl who had been abused by her mum and dad and a carer and neglected by a system that should have been there for her ..I took her in as I had known her from b4 she was born ,but the so called system that should have been there for her didn't care where she was lucky for her she was in my home and I did care about her and what had happened to her cause her parents and social services didn't care one bit .. sadly because I didn't get her till she was 13 and because she believed her self to be worthless she has lost 3 of her children 2 who were placed with there father and one to social services she also has one child who she had till she was 15 or 16 and I'd still a big part of her life tho now because of drugs can't be a parent to het

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the bad room

loved the book but very sad being a foster parent myself. the narrator was excellent

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I found this hard to read

This was very hard to read as it left me angry this should not ever happen. to any child.

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wonderful

this book highlights the need for foster carers to be checked. I found it a great read and I couldn't stop listening .

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very emotional and powerful story-

powerful story full of emotions of a flawed system I can only hope and pray no other child has to suffer like this sadly that won't be the case well done Jade you rose above and broke the cycle.

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thankyou

your strength an courage is to be commended. thankyou for sharing your story. keep being strong ❤

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A captivating story

This story is frustrating! The author did everything they possibly could. I often unwarrantedly become frustrated with the author. That’s easy to do as the spoiled brat I am. This story was different. She tried! She tried so hard to do everything right and to ask for help. Literally everyone failed her at every turn. This story makes me want to be a social worker but also wonder is there any point ? Could I actually ever help anyone ? I would love to support the author if they have PayPal or any Australian method of payment.

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Dissatisfied

Repetitive,too long, lost my initial interest in a worthy story that needs to be exposed.

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Amazing

This book I got for my wife to listen to and she has not stopped talking about it . She was absolutely gripped and really felt for the author. Thankyou for sharing your story jade

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  • Angel Flukes
  • 01-10-2020

Amazing story. Unmissable

I gave this book a bash while I was working and couldn’t stop. I completed it in a day. It’s such a harrowing and horrific tale from such a brave person. You feel like you want to jump in the book and stop it from happening. An unmissable read, can’t recommend it enough. 5*

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  • Maxine
  • 24-02-2021

Emotional

I felt so frustrated listening to how the system failed all these children & how long they had to endure this torture and torment. Jade you should be so proud of yourself of how brave & strong you are. Thank you for telling your story

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  • Samantha ruddle
  • 23-06-2021

brilliant audio book

really enjoyed this book couldnt stop listening would the lady who went through all this and spoke out is an inspiration

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  • Sandra houston
  • 12-05-2021

fantastic but very sad

soo very sad to think this still happens ,so glad the girls r happy now

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  • Elly hay
  • 07-05-2021

Absolutely brilliant book

I loved this book the narrator was perfect for it. It’s heartbreaking to know children this day and age are still being ignored by social services. The story gripped me from the start

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  • jenni goodall
  • 03-05-2021

well done to you and your strength.

I'm glad you are happy in your life and that you told your story. you should be proud

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 27-04-2021

loved it.

I work with children who are traumatised and people need to read books like this to understand what happens to them.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-04-2021

excellent book

This was a really good book but so heartbreaking. Jade had such an awful childhood.

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  • Mrs T Woodhams
  • 08-04-2021

Very touching

Fabulous book. Very touching story, could put it down in hope of hearing a happy ending to the girls lives.

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  • Mrs. Samatha J. Jackson
  • 30-03-2021

What a read

Jade you are one of the bravest people out there to have the guts to tell your story the way it was so sad but so hopeful at the same time, The care system needs to be sorted big time so glad you made it through xx

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  • Jacqueline S.
  • 30-03-2021

absolutely fantastic 👏

This was so emotional, you just don't realise what some kids go through. I had a girl at school that was bullied she was called 'the fleebag', was she going through this? it makes you wonder....

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