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Publisher Description

Trapped was a Sunday Times bestseller and the first memoir from foster carer Rosie Lewis.

Phoebe, an autistic nine-year-old girl, is taken into police protection after a chance comment to one of her teachers alerts the authorities that all might not be what it seems in her comfortable, middle-class home. Experienced foster carer Rosie accepts the youngster as an emergency placement knowing that her autism will represent a challenge – not only for her but also for the rest of the family.

But after several shocking incidents of self-harming, Pica and threats to kill, it soon becomes apparent that Phoebe’s autism may be the least of her problems.

Locked for nine years in a secret world of severe abuse, as Phoebe opens up about her horrific past, her foster carer begins to suspect that Phoebe may not be suffering from autism at all.

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.

27 February

Customer Reviews

Tubmhtdfv ,

Excellent read!

Such an amazing story of how simply showing a child love and routine can transform their lives. As a future children’s nurse I admire every single foster parent for how they accept and love a child for all their imperfections and better their lives in so many ways.
Excellent read, left me with tears of happiness.

Sam okay ,


This story is particularly horrifying knowing it's a true story. For phoebe I feel so sad and desperate for her and for Rosie I feel so warm towards her and amazed at her resilience and determination to help this little girl. Definitely worth reading.

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