From the author of Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller Damaged, the gripping story of a woman caught in a horrific cycle of abuse - and the desperate lengths she must go to, to escape.
When Aisha spots an ad for a 'personal introductory service for professionals' in the newspaper, she could never have guessed it would lead to such a perfect marriage. But you should be careful what you wish for…
Mark is sorry the first time he hits Aisha. His tears make her all the more determined to be a better wife; not to let herself down again. But however hard Aisha tries, she can't live up to Mark's impossible expectations – or escape his terrifying, violent temper. Soon she is trapped in a cycle of horrific abuse and imprisonment. And with two young children to protect, Aisha must draw on what strength she has left to find an escape.
What follows is something so devastating it plunges Aisha into her darkest days yet. Is the price she must pay for freedom too high?
Reviews for Damaged
'Cannot fail to move those who read it.' Adoption-net
'Heartbreaking.' The Mirror
'A truly harrowing read that made me cry.' The Sun
'A true tale of hope. ****.' OK!
'Foster carers rarely get the praise they deserve, but Cathy Glass's book should change all that.****' First Magazine
'A hugely touching and emotional true tale.' Star Magazine
About the author
Cathy has been a foster carer for over 20 years, during which time she has looked after more than 70 children, of all ages and backgrounds. Cathy runs training courses on fostering for her local Social Services, and helps draft new fostering procedures and guidelines. She has three teenage children of her own; one of whom was adopted after a long-term foster placement. The name Cathy Glass is a pseudonym.