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Running from the Devil [Hardcover]

Sara Davies
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28 July 2006
Sara Davies' story is one of abuse, neglect, betrayal and, ultimately, survival. When Sara was only five years old, her violent father began to sexually abuse her. She suffered in silence for many years, as her father took advantage of her innocence and her mother turned a blind eye to the horrors that were taking place in her own home. It was only when Sara found the courage to tell her mother what had happened that the truth about the trauma and abuse she had suffered came out. In an attempt to rebuild her life, as a teenager, Sara became a model but even this choice was to lead to more misery when she discovered that the agency had been drugging and abusing her. Despite the horrors that Sara has endured, she has survived and, partly by telling her story, has overcome the past to re-build her life.


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd (28 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184454284X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844542840
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 16 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,252,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sara has now moved on from the past that haunted her for so long and now raises her six children as a single mother.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hurt's like hell 10 July 2006
By Rosy
Format:Hardcover
I picked up this book from my local store on Saturday afternoon. I then read it within eight hours as it was so shocking that I couldn't put it down.

Sara Davies book is one of the most horrific stories that I've read in a long while. Throughout reading the book I laughed, cried and felt very angered at times.

This author deserves nothing but admiration and one hundred percent respect for being courageous enough to write this memoir!

Her father disgusted me, and made me feel physically sick at times. Her mother was of no use what so ever, never showing her daughter love or affection. Sara was treated like an animal and

has still managed to overcome all of this with no support. I totally admire her, although I haven't experienced anything like this author. I have had my eyes opened. Well done Sara! You are a true inspiration!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional 27 July 2006
Format:Hardcover
I felt so close to this author because I suffered a similar form of abuse as a young child.

Just like Sara explains in her book there are too many of these stories left untold. This book has helped me to come to terms with what happened to me, and also tell someone instead of keeping things secret and feeling angry and hurt, because I feel so alone.

I've only ever read 2 books like this one and I can say that this one is just as good if not better than The Little Prisoner and Behind Closed Doors.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
This horrifying but compelling book is simply a must read for all! I wish the author all the best for the future, and hope that she never has to deal with anything like she has so far in her life. She deserves happiness from now on. Thank you for sharing your story Sara. x
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad I found this book 29 Aug 2006
By Lu
Format:Hardcover
I have been reading true store life abuse stories since I first read `A CHILD CALLED IT' This one tells of yet another child who slipped through the net.

Raised in a mixed race household, by a west Indian father and a white mother, Sara witnessed a life on an estate at its peak. Her father was a well respected man in the neighbourhood. A drug dealer and known to use his house as a cheap bar, with Sara herself serving alcohol to the local residents from a very young age..

It's not the life that most of us are accustomed to, yet we all know that this form of abuse has and will always exist. Her father used to touch her and it was kept their secret, due to his manipulative ways of silencing her. He used to touch her and he made sure that she held her secret, and told her not to let anyone else do the same.

Not fully understanding what he was doing to her, or that it was wrong, Sara remained innocent until, he gave her a present for her 5th birthday. He raped her. Scared and alone, he told her their relationship was special. Sara had now become his lover.

Her mother battered and bruised, loved him, and would allow his cheating and take his abuse, even to the point that she allowed this to go on right under her nose , and became jealous of her own daughter. For years the abuse went on, time off school became the norm. He kept Sara away from getting an education so that he could spend more time with her alone in the house while her mother was at work.

After years of torment, Sara finally found the courage to speak out, after her father told her that he wanted her to have his child, and it became obvious that he didn't care who else had abused his daughter either.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So honest! 26 Feb 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a truly remarkable lady who has come through a horrendous journey to be where she is now. I read this book in a day as was desperate to get to end in the hope her life was some what better! Child abuse is still a tricky subject to write or read about, however this book gives a true, factual account of her journey to survive and overcome her past. The honesty in this books is remarkable and you can visualise the pain this lady has been through, but thanks to her children and nana and grandad she has finally been able to. I never like reading these as such, however books like these raise awareness and give other victims a chance to find their voice, it's a privilege to share this experience as I'm sure lots of tears were shed in the process x x x
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Terrible story 24 Feb 2013
By Melissa
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The story of Sara's upbringing is tragic to as the least. The first half of the book is engaging and well written, however, midway the story and writing appears jumpy and sentences long winded and repetitive. Still, it's an interesting read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HEART RENDERING 16 Aug 2007
Format:Paperback
THIS TRUE STORY HAD ME GO THROUGH SO MANY EMOTIONS THROUGHOUT THE STORY. A mixture of shock, horror and a real sense of a broken heart for the author. When i read this book within a day and half as i could not put it down in sheer exasperation for the author.
The journey through sara davies's life made me feel like my heart had been taken from my body and given an almighty squeeze.
To read this book gives us proof that there are some amazing strong and brave people in this world after being let down by the most unthinkable.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavy on the heart, but worth reading 5 Aug 2006
By Pickles
Format:Hardcover
I'd recommend this book to anyone who has had their childhood stolen by an adult. Or all that take care of the victims of child abuse. I found this book to be not only emotional, but educational too. I work in childcare and will definitely be recommending it to some of the teenagers and parents that I work with that have had their life affected by those terrible, sickening people. I would say that a child under 13 shouldn't read this book. And even after that age they should be guided through the story as its so unbelievably awful what happened to Sara Davies, she is a brave woman and a real inspiration. After reading this book, I certainly feel that my job is worth getting up in the morning for.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible story
What an amazing story of true bravery and resilience. No one should ever have to suffer in silence at the hands of such evil. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Karen Hurst
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
I couldn't put the book down !! It was incredible! Would love for there to be a second book !!
Published 1 month ago by kacey rhys platt
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking, intense
What an amazing lady!
Just reading this my heart was full of pride for what a strong person you now are.
The past can only hurt for as long as we fear it!
Published 1 month ago by vaunda
5.0 out of 5 stars Briliant read.
This book is a briliant read .It opens ones eyes to what may be going on around us and we dont know it.It is happening in homes and some pareents are blind to it.
Published 2 months ago by peter duff
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book, very traumatic story
Good book, very traumatic story. Put across well but found it a bit muddled in places. Would still definitely recommend though and Sara Davies shows immense strength to finally get... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sj30
3.0 out of 5 stars Running from the devil
Girl abused by her father from the age of five ,and subsequently ever man that came into her sad life
Published 2 months ago by heather muir
5.0 out of 5 stars Great and powerful read.
A great and heart wrenching book.
Highly recommended.
Arrived within a couple of days & read it within that week.
Published 2 months ago by Jit
4.0 out of 5 stars Shocking
A terrible start in life a man you trusted let you down so badly, and that was only the start,
Published 3 months ago by Diana
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Brilliant book with an uplifting ending to a tragic book portrays bravery and strength beyond humanly possible loved every page
Published 3 months ago by Stacey
5.0 out of 5 stars Real heart wrenching
A young lady who has come out of terrible life events stronger. Really inspiring.
Would suggest it to anybody to read.
Published 3 months ago by lucy best
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