In the much-anticipated follow-up to Sunday Times bestseller Trapped, foster carer Rosie Lewis tells the heartbreaking true story of 13-year-old Zadie.
When the young teenage girl runs away from home and is discovered hiding on the city streets by the police, it is clear that all is not as it should be.
Taught to believe that Westerners should not be trusted, when Zadie is initially delivered into the experienced hands of foster carer Rosie she is polite and well-behaved, but understandably suspicious of the family around her. Through Rosie’s support and understanding, gradually Zadie begins to settle into her new surroundings, but loyalty to her relatives, and fear of bringing shame on those around her, prevents her from confessing the horrifying truth about her troubled past.
When the shocking truth finally emerges, Rosie and her family can hardly believe that Zadie had managed to keep the shocking secrets to herself for so long.
About the author
Rosie Lewis is a full-time foster carer. She has been working in this field for over a decade. Before that, she worked in the special units team in the police force.
Based in northern England, Rosie writes under a pseudonym to protect the identities of the children she looks after.
Well written and moving.
I love Rosie's writing. She has way of making a truly awful and sad story not quite so awful and sad. She is no nonsense when necessary and manages to soften the blow of some of the more shocking moments by wording it funny or a dry joke.
Definitely worth buying this book.
Fatphobic body shaming
Plus size women are not trolls or ogres, and just from reading the sample of this book, I could tell that’s exactly how our “villain” was going to be portrayed. Such a shame, as I have enjoyed other books by this author previously. I will not be reading her books again.