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A Family Torn Apart: Three sisters and a dark secret that threatens to separate them for ever

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Even more worrying, she will be brought to Cathy with a police escort as it’s vital her extended family don’t know where she is. Her next three titles, Hidden, Cut and The Saddest Girl in the World, were similarly successful, all reaching the bestseller charts. Yes, I appreciate some people are new to her books but most are not and we don't need to read it in every book. Cathy has written 16 books, including bestselling memoirs Cut, Hidden and Mummy Told Me Not To Tell. This was the story of two little girls who’s elder sister had made allegations against their father (the older sister’s stepfather) ending in them being removed to Cathy’s care.

I was looking forward to a new Cathy Glass book, but like other reviews, I agree there was too many references and explaining of Covid protocols (Like we’ve all been living under a rock all this time! Yes, they are unique and tragic stories of individual children, but the themes reflect the experiences of millions of children across the world. She always explains unfamiliar fostering jargon, procedures, and processes in easily digestible terms to eliminate any disconnect or confusion. I just hope that the readers don’t think that is the norm and shy away from these important roles out of fear.

They decided not to sue the police or social services as they were going to as they recognized they were only doing their jobs. But since I already had the book I thought I’d give it a shot, and to my surprise it was readable, realistic and interesting. There will always be uncertainty about what action to take when a child discloses abuse, but this case demonstrates that there should be a thorough investigation before drastic action is taken which can ruin lives.

It's making me not want to continue with the book, especially as the last few stories have felt lacklustre and like she's running out of content. I also worked closely with the police on abuse cases and understand why social workers cannot share all the information discovered during the assessment process.

There is a familiar and comforting feeling that is in complete contrast to the horrors experienced by the looked after children. I feel like this is such an unusual event to happen, and it was honestly difficult to read about a story where the "child" (a fourteen year old) is actually at fault as opposed to the adult. i just hope the family are able to get their life back on track and move forward with help and support. However, as the girls settle and start to talk of life at home, it becomes clear that Ashleigh didn’t enjoy the same close relationship with her stepfather. I'm so glad everything got sorted but I feel so heartbroken the family had to go through it in the first place.

And in the end poor Ashliegh is abandoned by both of her parents and left in foster care permanently for telling a lie? Through all the obstacles and traumas she just carries on giving the best care that she can possibly give.g. "Joy wasn't Janet's SSW" when written in context, implies strongly that Joy was doing a good job for Cathy and that Janet needed similar support but wasn't getting it. Every time a Cathy Glass book comes out I know I need to set aside some time because I cannot put these books down once I start. Ebooks fulfilled through Glose cannot be printed, downloaded as PDF, or read in other digital readers (like Kindle or Nook). To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Cathy approaches the story in her usual, down to earth practical manner with pandemic guidelines/regulations providing just another aspect to consider.

Her work is strongly identified with both the True Life Stories and Inspirational Memoirs genres, and she has also written a parenting guide to bringing up children, Happy Kids, and a novel, The Girl in the Mirror, based on a true story. Cathy instantly began labelling Tim with names although as a Foster carer she shouldn't have been using those titles. this book broke me especially as the young children were finding virtual contact difficult and not seeing their parents in person . I just felt that I needed to say that as a reminder and I would have liked for that to have been mentioned by Cathy to her readers in the epilogue along with the acknowledgment that false allegations occur. I didn’t feel it was one of Cathy’s best books to be honest, and it didn’t seem like the same person had written it!

I suppose the only interesting part was that it occurred during 2020 COVID pandemic so the author perhaps wanted to document how strange life was then. She should have stood by her daughter throughout the process and then she never would have lost the younger two. Too much mention of the word 'love' and covid which wasn't really required and sometimes it felt like things were being listed, " this happened, and then that happened. The girls were inconsolable for days, not helped by only being allowed to see their mother online because of covid restrictions and concerns that she may frighten them into not telling the truth.

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