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Publisher Description

'Samantha Barlow doesn't stand a chance. As she walks briskly past the start of Arthur Park on her left, she can't see a dark figure slinking out of the shadows towards her. The first she knows of his presence is when she feels a blow, hard to the back of her head, delivered with such force, it actually dents her skull.'

Samantha Barlow's life changed the day she was brutally attacked on the way to work in Sydney's notorious Kings Cross. The popular, confident young woman was left for dead, dragging herself to a lonely bus stop, desperate to stay alive for her two young children. The police who attended the crime scene didn't recognise their colleague.

Inspector Laurence Barlow watched helplessly as his wife's life lay in the balance. He'd spent his career stopping violent offenders, but now found himself on the other side of a crisis.

Samantha was a highly respected sergeant, but she could have been any woman - her attacker was a junkie after money. Her story touched people everywhere: her resilience, her indomitable spirit and her triumphant return to work after 22 months of rehab is an inspiration to all Australians. This is a brave family's journey to recovery.

Biographies & Memoirs
21 August
Penguin Random House Australia
Penguin Random House Australia Pty Ltd

Customer Reviews

Darren Stretton ,

Left for dead

Fantastic read so insperational I take my hat off to all those who help others in this changing world without people like the police force , ambo's and fireies and others who volunteer we are just so grateful and Sam you are someone who I shall think of daily when I think I might have it tough(not)or a bad day compared to what you had to suffer and endure some many hurdles but yet you still tried to get the best out of everything and for that I will strive to do so also as you and Laurence said you never no what tomorrow may bring . Thank you for sharing it with us

bryanj1964 ,

No polish and a put down read

Brave lady but it labored quite a lot as a read

awebb79 ,

Could barely put it down

Thank you for sharing your family's story.