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Dirty Old Man (A True Story) [Kindle Edition]

Moll French
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (277 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"Monsters do exist, though many parents can't see them. I knew one called Bernie.
He groomed me and led me away from home."

It's been all over the news lately. Teenagers running away from home. Groomed and snatched from the nest by predators, before they get chance to spread their wings.

Regardless of culture or social class, it's happening everywhere; online, in schools, clubs and societies.

It happened to me, Moll.

This is my true story, a harrowing account of my stolen youth, and my journey to take it back. A story of the ones who overlooked my situation, and a story dedicated to those who made a difference to my life.

I lived in that squalid mobile home for two and a half years with my abuser. I even married him because I felt I had no way out. From the mind games of my father, to the open arms of Bernie, I was stuck between a rock and a hard place.

I was helpless for a short time, but never hopeless.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 805 KB
  • Print Length: 270 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (277 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,670 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Written By A Very Brave Person 26 Oct. 2013
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This is a sad story of a young girl's abuse from a young age by a much older man. This was compounded by her family's total lack of support, and the fact that although she was the victim they laid the blame on her. She had nowhere to turn, but she was a brave and ultimately strong person and managed to get away and build a better life. I wish the very brave author well, and I hope her abuser is one day brought to justice.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars well written! 20 Oct. 2013
By sjoyjoy
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I couldn't put this book down, well written, an awful insight into what goes on behind closed doors and the type of filthy predators that are about grooming and letching off children. Well done for your strength to come through all this horror as you have moll! I hope this book can help others to see the light and find strength to break free. Best wishes to you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dirty Old Man 4 Oct. 2013
By Jes
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It's very rare for me to read a book in one sitting especially deep into the night and early hours of the morning, but this one had me hooked and the pace defied real-time.
Not only is it a remarkable and jaw dropping story, that should never have been possible to happen in this day and age, but it shows the reader how and why it all came about and was concluded without actually explaining it. It's all there embedded inside an incredible girl's recollection and insight of what and why she was going through.
To those readers who comment like, 'I can't understand why she didn't tell the police or why she didn't run away,' please read this story. You will be enlightened by this author's insight into this world. You will see her reasoning and logic as it waits for the right time. You will commend her for her strength when she finally flips.
So many people endure abuse for far too long into their adult lives. For some, their whole lives and others it takes their lives. I am in awe that this girl broke away so quickly. It may have seemed like an eternity at the time, but for someone so young to fight back and escape is a credit to her strength of character.
At no point in this story did I read cries for pity or feel the need to rescue an unfortunate broken soul. Something about Moll was stronger than those around her, those abusing her. She dealt with it the best way she could at the time and it's retold to the reader with the fear and anger she would have experienced back then. There are no pleas for sympathy.
The saddest part of this story is human selfishness. Those she grew up with, school teachers, neighbours, everybody around her. All closed their eyes - all turned their backs - all stuck their heads in the sand cos it wasn't their problem and they didn't want to get involved. Are you one of those people?
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and thought provoking 12 Oct. 2013
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A great read, I have not put it down since purchasing it. All the way through I was hoping for a happy ending and it makes you think, life is what you make it and it can be at times a cruel cruel world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking True Account 18 Nov. 2013
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Moll French's memoir of surviving abuse is a harrowing read. As an abuse survivor myself, I identified with this story in so many ways that I not only had trouble putting it down, I had trouble keeping a dry eye.

This book will stay with you long after you've read it. The candid, unfiltered picture painted by the author of the reality of the effects of abuse is invaluable to anyone looking to understand what happens to children when they've been subjected to such debasing treatment. Moll, like many other abused children, acted out in response to the way she was treated. As a child, she exhibited sexualized behavior, anxious and compulsive behaviors, low self-esteem, and an extreme need to protect others when they'd been hurt. As often happens, the victim becomes the victim yet again when society does not understand why the child acts as she does and is rejected and judged by those who've been lucky enough to never have been abused.

My heart broke for the author many times over, but knowing and feeling her internal strength and drive to achieve a better life for herself also made me care for and respect her immensely. Bravo to Moll French for her courage to bare the darkest corners of her mind to the world. I highly recommend this book.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading! 30 Sept. 2013
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I don't normally read this kind of book but downloaded it on recommendation and also because it was free. I can't say I 'enjoyed' it because no one can enjoy reading of the pain another human has suffered in the way Moll did, but it was a good book to read and mainly because Moll didn't inflict on the reader in minute deatil the abuse she suffered - most of it was left to the imagination with just a gentle hint of what she went through. I'm glad she managed to get her life together and can share the love with her children that she missed out on with her own parents.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Badly written and not really believable 19 July 2015
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Poor grammar might be understandable given the lack of education of the author but it is inexcusable that she charges money for it without even bothering to have it edited by someone whose education is at the very least standard basic quality. Apart from this, the author contradicts herself constantly and forgets how abusive people are supposed to be (according to her testimony) in other parts of the book. She comes across as an exaggerator and a liar. Everyone else in the story (almost everyone that is) are painted as totally unlikeable and abusive yet she protects these abusers by giving them all fictitious names. Why aren't they all locked up if the story is even halfway true?

I hate books like this...not because of the subject but because of the self-glorification of the abused subject. She had opportunities galore to improve her lot ....not least of which would be to report all these so called paedophiles to the police. Let's face it, they could be out there abusing others still for all she knows.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good read, read this very fast was an easy ...
Very good read , read this very fast was an easy read too
Published 5 days ago by donna pincott
5.0 out of 5 stars Not perfect, but I think the faults made it better.
I never wanted it to end - fascinating read. Was disappointed it had a sad ending. Also left annoyed justice wasn't served to the dirty old man. Recommended.
Published 1 month ago by oggy345
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Brilliant book would recommend this book really good
Couldn't put it down

Can't wait to read more from this author
Published 1 month ago by sue yeoman
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't enjoy this book
Not a good read
Published 1 month ago by Lindy Loo
1.0 out of 5 stars BLAH BLAH BLAH BORING!!!!!!
C rickey. What a boring story, blah blah blah blah blah, Do not be fooled by the cover of the book, it is incongruous to the book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by lorraine francis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good book, couldn't put it down
Published 2 months ago by Sandra Godfree
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Sad but good story
Published 3 months ago by Dorothy Elliott
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars
Great book didn't want to put it down shame it wasn't longer
Published 3 months ago by Cliff
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic reading,
What a brilliant book, kept me griped till the end, a lot of books I get bored easy but this one is the best so far :-) thank you.
Published 3 months ago by Violet Lynn
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