Beyond All Evil: Two monsters, two mothers, a love that will last forever Paperback – 10 Nov 2011
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About the Author
June Thomson was born in Ayrshire. Growing up in a broken home left her with a legacy of loneliness and isolation. When she met and married Rab Thomson she mistook his jealousy for love. She soon learned it was a need to control her. June endured 27 years with a man who beat and raped her. When she finally found the courage to leave, Rab took a hellish revenge.
Giselle Ross was born in Glasgow into a home so loving that she did not leave until she was 32 years old. She was swept off her feet by devious charmer Ashok Kalyanjee. He persuaded her to elope and then quickly isolated her from her family. The relationship was doomed before it began, but when Giselle broke free, there was an appalling price to pay.
Marion Scott and Jim McBeth are a husband and wife team, helping June and Giselle to tell their story. Marion is an award-winning journalist with Scotland’s biggest newspaper, The Sunday Mail. As well as winning accolades for her campaigning work on child abuse issues and miscarriages of justice, she has won the Campaigning Journalist of the Year award. Jim has been writing for national newspapers for 43 years. He currently works for the Daily Mail. He has also contributed to a number of national television and BBC radio documentaries.
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To most people killing their own children would be unthinkable but to an increasing number of men and women it is a solution to a problem. In these two cases the men concerned were always controlling and life was lived on their terms. It was only when the women themselves decided to break away from the relationships that their husbands acted and killed the people who mattered most to the women. These were not crimes committed in a moment of desperation or anger but carefully planned assassinations.
The two women explore their lives before the tragedies and attempt to understand how and why they happened. Both blamed themselves even though it is clear to the reader that they could not have known what would happen. They trusted their husbands to look after their children and that trust proved to be misplaced. Most women will have come across men who are very controlling. Many of us will have seen the warning signs and got out of the relationship before any harm is done but it is not always possible - as these two courageous women demonstrate.
There is an interesting afterword by Ian Stephen, a forensic psychologist, at the end of the book which attempts to explain why such tragic cases happen.Read more ›
We can ask ourselves why the ladies put up with it for so long but they were simply used to it. I was saddened by the fact that their earlier cries for help from the various bodies who are supposd to care for women in their predicament were not treated seriously enough and their attempts to walk away resulted in them returning home for more no doubt believing that things would be different. Looking for the good in their partners and ignoring the obvious vile flaws, believing that perhaps they themselves might be in the wrong, things only got worse.
A sad book which is compulsive reading, the women attempt to put their sad losses in perspective and try to get their lives back on track.
I found this book very hard to put down and wonder what sort of men could treat their families so badly. Sadly, it is according to the book becoming far more common.
Do read it.
I felt so much for the two mothers, for their limited 'options' in the area in which they lived, and just wish that they had had some kind of inkling as to the mindset of their husbands, as to the possible behaviours so that the could have taken steps to protect the children. Their selflessness, their worthiness of the title of 'mother', their undying love and suffering was humbling and the consequences were heartbreaking.
Not a 'nice' read, but a harrowing and emotional one. Have hankies handy when reading this and thank God for the blessings that are your children.
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Such a sad read but written with great courage and bravery.
Real life tragedies do happen and as heartbreaking as this is to read it displays the enormity of domestic violence... Read more
I found this book very interesting. No one knows what goes on behind close doors. This story of June and Gisselle is so sad. Please read itPublished 13 days ago by yasmin green
Awesome book,well written and gripping from start to finish. Two brave ladies who paid the ultimate price after years of torturePublished 1 month ago by Sharon Cunningham
Horrific story but it is good to see how two mums can relate to one another in their grief.Published 2 months ago by LYNN TORRIE
I cried my eyes out for what these poor women have had to deal with. Its truly a good readPublished 4 months ago by susieb