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The Girl in the Mirror [Paperback]

Cathy Glass
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1 April 2010

Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author Cathy Glass returns with her first novel. The Girl in the Mirror is a moving and gripping story of a young woman who tries to piece together her past and uncovers a dreadful family secret that has been buried and forgotten.

When Mandy learns her much-loved Grandpa is dying, she is devasted and returns to the house where she spent so many wonderful summers as a child. But the childhood visits ended abruptly and those happy days are now long gone. Having lost touch with the rest of her family, Mandy returns as a virtual stranger to her aunt's house to nurse her grandfather.

Mandy hardly recognises the house that she loved so much as a child and it is almost as though her mind has blanked it out. But as certain memories come back to her, Mandy begins to piece together the events that brought a sudden end to her visits that fateful summer. What she discovers is so painful and shocking that she understands why it was buried and never spoken of by the family for all those years.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (1 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007299273
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007299270
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I live in England and have three children, two birth children and one adopted. When I left school I held a clerical position in the civil service, which I left to start a family. At the same time I became a foster carer, which is the inspiration for much of my writing. I have been a foster carer for over twenty-five years and am what's known as a specialist foster carer, sometimes referred to as a level 3 carer. This is in recognition of my experience and qualifications and means that I am often asked to look after children with complex needs or very challenging behaviour. I have a degree in education and psychology which I was awarded as a mature student.

I have always been a writer - from when I was at school, with poems in the school magazine. In my teens I began writing short stories, articles, a few radio plays, and entering writing competitions. Like many writers it was a hobby - something I did almost furtively in my spare time, while working, and then later fostering and looking after my family. The two halves of my life - writer and foster carer - came together in 2007 when I wrote about a child I'd fostered and the book immediately became a number one best seller. Since then there have been many bestsellers, thanks to you. I really appreciate all your support and best wishes. Cathy xxx

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A Moving read that Cathy Glass fans will devour
--THE SUN 09.04.2010

About the Author

Cathy has been a foster carer for over 20 years, during which time she has looked after more than 70 children, of all ages and backgrounds. Cathy runs training courses on fostering for her local Social Services, and helps draft new fostering procedures and guidelines. She has three teenage children of her own; one of whom was adopted after a long-term foster placement. The name Cathy Glass is a pseudonym.

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review-The Girl in the Mirror 9 April 2010
Another compelling book written by Cathy Glass. The girl in the mirror is based on a true life story in which Mandy, a 23 year old realises her life/past isn't what it seems. It all comes to a head when she visits her aunt's house after 10 long years along with her father. The purpose of her visit is to go and see her beloved sick grandpa who is being nursed by Evelyn and her husband John at their stately home. Only when she arrives she begins to have flashbacks of a little sad girl and a family row. But what are the flashbacks all about? Why is the family arguing? Why is the girl crying? Why did her visits suddenly stop to aunt Evelyn's house? And most of all, why wouldn't anyone tell her?

As a reader, I found it really hard to put this book down and found myself reading until 2.30am. As i read the description of each scene, it was almost as if i was there, amongst Mandy and her family like a fly on the wall. The twists and turns in the story are shockingly great and you'll find yourself gasping as they unravel.
Cathy is a wonderful author who has the gift of writing true life stories that has her reading audience gripped. As a foster carer, she is truly inspirational person and has helped lots of children in her care to have better futures. Cathy Glass, a wonderful writer and a very inspirational person.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent thought provoking book ! 21 July 2010
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Based on a true story this book tells of Mandy's journey into her past , a past which she has suppressed and 'forgotten' about .
Mandy goes to stay at her Aunts home to help her Aunt and Uncle care for her dying Grandpa.
While she is there she has odd feelings about the house, and although she knows she has spent many happy hours there as a child ; she cannot remember them . Nobody is telling her anything, and she fears that she has done something wrong in her past. As certain memories return bit by bit she realises why the events that she has forgotten brought an end to her happiness and childhood.

It's a moving story with a few differing themes : families , caring for family members, death and bereavement and growing up and how life changes with events - over which we often have no control - and how this shapes us as people.
I enjoyed the book very much and will look forward to reading more of this author's work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good book by Cathy Glass 27 April 2010
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I have read all of Cathy Glass's books and this one is different from the others she has written. Her other books are about her experiences fostering different children but this one is a novel based on a true story.

I love Cathy Glass's writing style as its easy, and flows well.

This story took me on an emotional rollercoaster, there was laughter, smiles and tears. Such a good book, I just couldn't put it down.

Mandy is a 23 year old artist and when she is called to care after her dieing Granpa she comes face to face with the demons of her past.... I will say no more as I don't want to spoil this for you.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A little patronising to the reader.... 25 April 2011
The Girl in the Mirror by Cathy Glass - where to start on this one? Well, as you can see by the other reviews on this book, this is a novel about childhood sexual abuse, an obviously tough subject matter. On top of this, the story circles around a disjointed family brought together by the fact that the grandfather is dying, and his deathbed scenes are graphic and vastly unpleasant. However, I haven't given the book 2 stars because of the hard-hitting subject matter. Not all books need to be jolly and light and I knew what I was getting myself into. My main problem was how much Glass patronises her reader. It's incredibly obvious from the word go that Mandy, the main character of the book was sexually abused as a child, because Glass is constantly dropping great big fat hints, practically shouting at her reader "SOMETHING TERRIBLE HAPPENED TO THIS WOMAN WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD!" It feels like Glass has no faith in her reader to see between the lines and work things out for themselves.

The scenes that involved the grandfather dying were hard to read, but what annoyed me most was the repetitive nature of them. Although I can understand that this situation could be "repetitive" in real life, it honestly felt like I was reading the exact same chapter sometimes. I also felt that Glass failed to represent her 23-year old female lead realistically. She and her partner text like a couple of 15-year olds in irritating text speak, but then call each other "love" like a couple of 60-year olds.

This isn't a terrible novel by any means, and Glass does handle a couple of tough subjects in a sensitive manner. I just found it too patronising and on the whole, ever so slightly pointless.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Cathy's normal style of book...... 1 May 2010
Well I was expecting another great book about Cathy's fostering days, but was very shocked when I started to read the book as it was not! Which was a shame! But the book took a little time to get in to but once in, it was a good read and had me hooked! Lots of twists and turns which kept the book alive and intresting. Would recomend but this is not like anything Cathy has done before, so bare that in mind before you read it!!
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This was the final book I needed to complete my Cathy collection. It's possibly my least favourite as its very slow to begin with. It picks up in the last four chapters, but I wasn't riveted. Not to say it's a bad story, just that I prefer Cathys usual style of book.
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