The Sunday Times and New York Times Bestseller. Although Jodie is only eight years old, she is violent, aggressive, and has already been through numerous foster families. Her last hope is Cathy Glass…
Cathy, an experienced foster carer, is pressured into taking Jodie as a new placement. Jodie's challenging behaviour has seen off five carers in four months but Cathy decides to take her on to protect her from being placed in an institution.
Jodie arrives, and her first act is to soil herself, and then wipe it on her face, grinning wickedly. Jodie meets Cathy's teenage children, and greets them with a sharp kick to the shins. That night, Cathy finds Jodie covered in blood, having cut her own wrist, and smeared the blood over her face.
As Jodie begins to trust Cathy her behaviour improves. Over time, with childish honesty, she reveals details of her abuse at the hands of her parents and others. It becomes clear that Jodie's parents were involved in a sickening paedophile ring, with neighbours and Social Services not seeing what should have been obvious signs.
It’s clear that Josie needs psychiatric therapy, but instead Social Services take Jodie away from her, and place her in a residential unit. Although the paedophile ring is investigated and brought to justice, Jodie’s future is still up in the air. Cathy promises that she will stand by her no matter what – her love for the abandoned Jodie is unbreakable.
'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 25 years, during which time she has looked after more than 150 children, of all ages and backgrounds. She has three children of her own; one of whom was adopted after a long-term foster placement. The name Cathy Glass is a pseudonym.
Cathy has written 24 books, including bestselling memoirs Cut, Hidden and Mummy Told Me Not To Tell.
Best-known for 2003's The Bride Stripped Bare (originally published anonymously), Gemmell revisits a woman's sexual awakening in her tender though occasionally overwrought latest. The novel follows an unnamed, middle-aged, Australian wife and mother of three living in England, whose loving but sexless marriage drives her to reflect on her passionate affair with an older man when she was a teenager. Compellingly written in the second person, the book comprises the protagonist's own writings to herself as she struggles to make sense of the past. Aided in her reminiscences by a progressive Victorian book for women given to her and annotated by her lover, Tol, years ago the narrator recounts their first chance meeting, when, as a teen desperate to escape her icy stepmother, she discovers a run-down manse wherein Tol is busy renovating and writing. Despite his protestations that she stay away, the young narrator persists, and soon a romance blossoms. But suddenly after declaring his love Tol disappears, and she's been wondering what happened ever since. Though Gemmell's beautiful prose sometimes lapses into melodrama, her gift for storytelling makes this a rewarding read.
I could not put this book down! I am usually not one for non fiction but this is SO well written!
A must read! Cathy Glass uncovers the horrible truth that's hidden from those that live in their safe bubble. Teachers especially need to read this for they have no clue what some of their students go home to. Thanks Cathy for inspiring me to be a better mother & teacher!
This book was absolutely heartbreaking, but from the time I picked it up, I couldn't put it down. On more than one occasion, I had to close it so I could take a deep breath and wipe my tears. Cathy Glass is a great writer and her work with troubled and neglected children is amazing. I can't wait to read the rest of her books!