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Helpless: The true story of a neglected girl betrayed and exploited by the neighbour she trusted [Paperback]

Marianne Marsh , Toni Maguire
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Book Description

5 Mar 2009

The next heartbreaking book by Toni Maguire.

Eight year old Marianne, the eldest of five children, was neglected by her slovenly mother and her violent alcoholic father. Uncared for and unkempt she was rejected at school by her peers and scarcely tolerated by her teachers. Only one person gave her the affection she craved; a neighbour who seeing the vulnerable child knew she was easy prey for his perverted desires.

‘Little Lady’ he called her over the few months he groomed her. Less than twelve months later she was caught in a trap of fear - if she talked she would be punished. With no one to turn to she kept ‘their secret’. At thirteen she fell pregnant.

Still too frightened to speak out she refused to tell the social workers who the father was. Without family support the teenager gave birth to a daughter in the unmarried mother's home.

Six weeks later the baby she had already grown to love was taken away for adoption. Marianne returned home, but the neighbour's abuse continued and a year later she was pregnant again.

This time her father literally tried to beat the baby out of her but she failed to miscarry. Scared for her life and that of her baby's she ran away from home carrying only a plastic bag stuffed with her few possessions.

Marianne who still missed her first child desperately struggled to keep her second daughter. Two months after the birth she realized that for the baby's sake she would have to hand her over for adoption.

Helpless is Marianne’s heartbreaking story as told the bestselling author of Don’t Tell Mummy.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Element (5 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007281145
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007281145
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 218,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Toni Maguire lives in the UK and Ireland.

Marianne Marsh lives in Kent with her husband. She recently retired from the local hospital where she went into nursing. She now enjoys spending time with her grandchildren.


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book 2 May 2009
Format:Paperback
marianne was born to an alcoholic father and emotionally absent mother. She found what she thought was friendship and love from ' the man next door' not realising that he was grooming her for his own desires, she lapped up his attention and affection until things turned sour and at the age of 8 all innocence was lost.
Its a tragic story of a young child who no one noticed except a predetor who took advantage of her circumstances and betrayed her in the worst way.
Very well written and for once I wasn't left feeling I had only read half the story.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I read this book within two days and whilst it is expertly written and detailed to the point you can imagine you are there, it is also still protecting the predator.

I wont spoil things but in the epilogue lots of questions remain unanswered, i know the book was about marianne and her daughters but it is frustrating that the neighbour gets away with things over and over again. This poor girl has no one to turn to, and even now 3 decades on he is still not named and shamed therefore maybe allowing him access to other vunerable children.

It is a great story of triumph over adversity and some areas are very difficult to read and i applaude mariannes honesty if only someone had cared enough to help her.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it 24 Mar 2013
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Perhaps love it, is the wrong word, More like Harrowing, how can one get over this. Well done Toni for getting Marianne to write it down.\M
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5.0 out of 5 stars Happy 27 Nov 2012
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I am very happy with my item and will be buying from again in the future when need be. Thanks
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4.0 out of 5 stars shocked!! 21 Jun 2012
By Kate
Format:Paperback
cannot believe this man was never reported he is a monster and has probably gone on to abuse more defenceless children the adults that knew the truth of the pregnancies ect are just as bad as him in my eyes. If it wasnt for bev what kind of person would Marianne be today she was very lucky to have found a friend in her,and be happily married to such a nice understanding man... I was saddened at the end of this book though i would of loved more of a happy ending for Marianne regarding her two daughters her love for them has shown so much through out this book. She is a exceptionally brave woman who deserves all the best in life :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A story from the heart 19 Feb 2014
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This book gets full stars for me, written with such emotion, you can feel the heartache but also the joy,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helpless 6 Jan 2014
By Das
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A very sad story but very well written, I can`t begin to imagine the heartache the writer has gone through
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5.0 out of 5 stars very sad 24 Dec 2013
By voni60
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Very sad, i find it very hard to believe how parents don't know when there is something wrong with there child, i was very upset while reading this book but could not put it down, that poor girl went to hell and back.....
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an amazing book, brilliantly written and so very sad. i would recommend this book to anyone who reads these type of books.i really enjoyed it.
Published 12 months ago by elizabeth wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Learning!!
How sad this story is... But how strong the victim to survive such horrors!!!... I'll never understand how people can be so cruel to children...
Published 13 months ago by Dianaw9
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book about abuse
This is another book I have read about sexual abuse recently. I like how it has the same front cover as a lot of books about the sexual abuse of minors. Read more
Published on 25 Feb 2012 by The Heff
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly Written!
I thought that this book was brilliantly written. I refuse to say it was a 'fantastic book' as it was a true story. Read more
Published on 27 April 2011 by Ms. J. Raine
4.0 out of 5 stars great
true story of a young child took advantage by the man next door. Very sad in places to read and interested throughtout.
Published on 26 Oct 2010 by Mrs. Tracy A. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative
As a foster carer it lets you see how these paedophiles work. How they worm their way into your social circle and could quite literally be the man or woman next door. Read more
Published on 26 Oct 2009 by Mr. R. Gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable
This is one of the best books I have ever read. I literally couldn't put it down. It's very sad and it frustrated me that the man was never named. Read more
Published on 23 Sep 2009 by L. Davies
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