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Cynthia Owen
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Book Description

10 Jun 2010

Cynthia Owen grew up in Ireland, went to the local convent school, said her prayers and took her first communion with all the other girls in her class. But behind the façade of respectability lurked a hideous reality.

Cynthia was just eight years old when she was sexually abused by her father amongst others. Shortly before her eleventh birthday she was made pregnant and, minutes after giving birth to the baby, Cynthia watched in horror as her own mother murdered the tiny infant, named Noleen, by repeatedly stabbing her with a knitting needle. Cynthia's mother then wrapped the baby girl in a plastic bag, dumped her in an alleyway and made her daughter go back to school and pretend nothing had ever happened.

After enduring many more years of rape and violence, Cynthia came forward and reported her abuse and Noleen's death.

Finally, in 2007, after a fifteen-year legal fight to have her baby girl formally identified, the jury at the 'Dun Laoghaire Baby' inquest declared that the baby found dead in an alleyway thirty-four years previously was Noleen Murphy, the daughter of Cynthia Owen.

Cynthia's is a horrific story of brutality and loss, but ultimately, it is an account of love, immense bravery and her fight for justice in Noleen's name.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review (10 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755319052
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755319053
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A book that merges the classic misery memoir with a horrific true-life crime that has fascinated Ireland for over 30 years

About the Author

Cynthia Owen is happily married and lives in the UK. Living with Evil is her first book.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! 24 Jan 2010
I bought this book and read it over 2 days. It was an exellent account of the authors tragic life. Cynthia is born into a family who are totally dysfunctional, she is abused by her father from an early age, with her mothers approval... the mother also allows "friends" to abuse Cynthia, It is she who instigates the abuse by sending the child to her fathers bed. As well as being ignored, battered, starved, and treated as a non person in her home, the school set up is no better, the nuns taunt her about her clothes, her lice ridden hair and take every opportunity to belittle and beat the child. Then.. she finds herself preganant at 11 and is convinced that her tummy contains a "freak" by her mother, the baby is born and murdered on the same night. Truly horrific story of one woman's fight to get acknowledgment and a name for her murdered child. It also transpires that the authors younger siblings were violently sexually and physically abused from a young age, we learn what the repercussions are for them in their teenage and adult lives and how Cynthias parents deny all. A truly eyeopening, heartbreaking account of such a vile crime. Fantastically written, terribly upsetting to read in parts but inspiring when you finish the book and realise that Cynthia has risen above all of the trauma and tragedy. Excellent
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Living with evil 16 Feb 2010
gruesome story, was very angry at how this young girl and her siblings were treated by everyone especially her parents, couldn't put the book down until i finished reading it. well done to the author, cynthia owen, for being able to tell her story and see it through to the end.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Living With Evil 30 Jan 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is an excellent book about the tragic life of a young girl in Ireland. The author, Cynthia Owen is the child the book is about and it is an account of the tragic abuse she suffered at the hands of her Mum and Dad in the 1970's onwards. It is co-written by an excellent writer Rachel Murphy which must have been hard, to hear the trauma recounted to her by Cynthia. It is hard to believe that this happened in the 1970's and people around the child chose to ignore it. Not only that, they added to her suffering by physically and mentally abusing her themselves. If I was one of them, and they know who they are, i could not live with myself. To know that they could have intervened and stopped Cynthia's suffering is tragic. It is clear that Cynthia has been scarred for life by the trauma of the events in her childhood but has been brave enough to re-count these memories to enlighten others.She has shown that she has survived and as an adult now, is finally happy, and other abused people could be too.
It is a lesson to us all to realise that if we have a 'normal' happy family, we are very fortunate, as not everyone does.And if you know or suspect a child is being abused, you should speak up and do something about it, as you could save their life.
An excellent book and a 'must read' for every-one!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic 2 Feb 2010
this is the best 'tragic life' story i have ever read and also the worst for obvious reasons,this little girl went through more horrors and despicable acts against her than anyone ever could,BUT she lived to tell the tale,dont want to give anything away about the book as its in a different class to all the other books out there at the moment,well done cynthia owen for your brave and inspirational account of your life. xxxxxxxx
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LIVING WITH EVIL 13 Feb 2010
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most shocking story I have read 9 July 2010
I read this book in the space of 9 hours. I am the same age as Cynthia and cannot imagaine the horific abuse she endured.I cannot believe how her mother and father clearly had the nerve to deny all what they did. I a was so sorry to read that her sister and 2 brothers sadly ended their lives. I admire Cynthia for fightng her way to name her baby that her mother had cruely taken from her at the age of 11 (I cannot imagine an 11 year old giving birth!) all the best to Cynthia and hope she has many happy years ahead of her.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Living With Evil 30 Jun 2010
As an avid reader of true life hardship type books, I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
Cynthia has gone through the most appalling childhood ever and my heart truely goes out to her.
As with all the books I read of the truamatic experiences of these innocent little children I can
only salute them for emerging into fine adults with all the hurt they must hold.
This book is beyond belief and truely heartbreaking :(
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart breaking book 25 July 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I have read so many books of this genre however i have never come across one like this, its absolutley tragic how bad Cynthias childhood is and it left me seething that her so called psrents got away with all they did to both her and her poor brothers & sisters....they are monstors of the worst kind and deserved nothing less than the most painful torturous death possible, they did not deserve to die peacefully..this book will stay with me for a very long time
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very sad book
Published 1 day ago by MRS P EDEMEN
5.0 out of 5 stars Rot in hell
Cynthia your strength and courage are amazing how you ever managed to come through all this ... those evil bastards are burning in hell now... Read more
Published 7 days ago by liesasaunders
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good read could not put it down .
Published 1 month ago by ARLENE STURROCK
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Could not put it down
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing woman
Oh Cynthia what an amazing woman you are, so courageous random feel blessed to have shared your story. Read more
Published 5 months ago by lane
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking
One of the bravest women I have ever read about. An Inspiration to human strength. Heartbreaker story to the end. Difficult to comprehend this woman's and her siblings lives. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Very moving account
Tears flowed but I couldn't stop reading. Hard to believe no-one helped this young girl. Great strength required to put this on paper.
Published 5 months ago by Jeanette McKernan
5.0 out of 5 stars justice for Noleen
Cynthia has not yet got justice nor has baby Noleen ,please sign the petition to help .What courage it must have taken to face her horrific childhood and put it into print... Read more
Published 6 months ago by mary anne mccann
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Horrific True Story I Have Read
I don't actually like reading, but I came across this book which someone had posted on my Facebook page and having read the little bit that was supplied, I had to download it and... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Miss T Mc Geever
5.0 out of 5 stars good
harrowing book to read but I did , I felt disbelief and ive read a lot of these kind of books, I remembered the court case on tv
Published 6 months ago by daphne bro
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