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Sharon Hamilton
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15 Jan 2009
'God only knows what fate befell Vicky after, cold and alone at that bus stop, she accepted a lift home. I don't want to imagine what she went through. It's just too painful. To think of my beautiful Vicky lying alone, buried in a garden four hundred miles away from home just crushed me. In a strange way, I think the fact she was found at the other end of the country made it worse. On her own for nearly seventeen years'. On 10 February 1991, schoolgirl Vicky Hamilton left her sister Sharon's flat to catch the bus home. Her family never saw her alive again. Almost seventeen years later her remains were discovered buried in a garden four hundred miles from home by police looking for another teenager. In the years after her disappearance, Vicky Hamilton's fate had captured the public's imagination. It was front page news for months, and a major publicity campaign resulted in a number of sightings in London. Her purse was found, discarded and empty, in an Edinburgh bus station, and hopes were raised ...and then dashed. Police even talked to psychics in their efforts to find her. It was to become Britain's longest-running juvenile missing person inquiry - and Sharon was at the forefront of every lead and effort. In this loving memoir, for the first time, Sharon tells the full story of the difficult years since Vicky's disappearance. She writes touchingly about their childhood and movingly of how the family coped when, tragically, two years after Vicky's disappearance, their mother died and, though barely out of her teens herself, Sharon decided to bring up her two other young siblings alone. The search for Vicky is now over. And finally justice has been done. Only now can Sharon begin to grieve for the loving, vibrant sister that went missing all those years ago.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion (15 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091924200
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091924201
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 13.7 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,079,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One of Scotland's most enduring mysteries" (Daily Mail) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The true story of schoolgirl Vicky Hamilton's disappearance and the impact on her family, by her sister - now available in paperback. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
This is a story which has touched a great many people. I have followed the story of Vicky Hamilton and the evil man who killed her closely over the last few years.

This is an insight into the turmoil and anguish that the family have had to endure and the long struggle to get answers and justice. This was a family like many others forever to be torn apart by one evil man's actions.

This shows a family, who already fractured before their loved one went missing, ended up further apart after their long ordeal finally came to an end.

Through this book we can see how one person can cause misery and change so many lives forever.

A sad story which should never have needed to be written if evil had not visited this family.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 18 Jan 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It's funny when you read a book and know exactly where places are, who people are. Such a tragic story. Rip Vicky. Your safe now xxx
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5.0 out of 5 stars Taken 14 Jan 2013
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Taken by Sharon Hamilton the agonising true story of my missing sister good to read true story`s but very sad would recommend
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5.0 out of 5 stars great read 12 Oct 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
im just about finished the book only got about 5 pages to go but i have totally loved reading it and to think any human could b so horrible to another human being but think it was better because i stay in Falkirk and know the places Sharon was talking about so maybe for me it was tones better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Taken 27 Aug 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I lived locally when Vicky disapeared. like many local people In the area we followed Vickys story. Sharon wrote a book showing the love she and her family had for Vicky and the devastation of Vicky been gone for so long. such a tragic end but finally Vicky is home
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5.0 out of 5 stars a compelling read 1 Oct 2010
By Javy
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This is the most compelling book I have read in a very long time. In fact I couldn't put it down and finished it in less than a day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very sad 22 May 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Sharon Hamilton's love for her sister shines through in this book. She was very brave and selfless. I just wish it could have had a happier ending for her and her family. Very sad.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So sad
A great read but so very very sad. She was in the wrong place at the wrong time. So sad.
Published 5 months ago by MR KJ LUCOCK
4.0 out of 5 stars Would recommend this book
This book was so well written I almost felt as though I was there. Its a very sad story and my heart goes out to Sharon the sister.
Published 6 months ago by carolyn England (uk)
5.0 out of 5 stars RIP Vicky
I can remember Vicky's story being on the news often as a child and watching the events surrounding Tobin unravel but reading this I felt I got to know her and her tragic family. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Debbie
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good read
I really felt as though I knew Vicky the way her sister discribed her in this story of her abduction. Vicky sounded such a lovely young woman. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Dolly
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Absolutely fantastic book. I don't know how Sharon coped for all those years. She is a credit to her mum for bringing up the twins and her on kids. Well done
Published 21 months ago by natalie a cook
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK
a heartbreaking story of missing vicki hamilton. her sister tells it as it is and the battles she has to get through to survive herself. Read more
Published on 15 Jan 2010 by Ms. Tamara K. Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking but worthwhile read
Sharon Hamilton is the elder sister of Vicky, who went missing in 1990 and whose body was found 17 years later in the garden of a house previously occupied by convicted killer... Read more
Published on 20 Mar 2009 by Stracs
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