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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Element (10 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007438516
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007438518
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Have you ever watched one of those dreadful reports on TV when someone has harmed their child as retribution because their partner will no longer be controlled or manipulated? If you have then, like me, you'll probably think that the whole thing happened in seconds, that it was an out of control moment of madness leading to a lifetime of regret. Be prepared to be very, very upset. Until I read Beyond All Evil I had no idea of how dangerous people could be and, if there is real evil in this world, then this powerful, brave and unique insight goes right to the heart of it. Written in a style that's slow and sympathetic without ever needing to "glory" in the darkness at it's core, Beyond All Evil will take you to the depths of human depravity and then slowly lift you up again to experience two incredible women re-discovering their lives, learning to love and to trust after the worst suffering I can imagine. As awful as it is uplifting I can honestly say that this book is one of those rare volumes that has the ability to change both you and how you perceive the world. Not easy to read, but ultimately you should.
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Written in the form of a conversation between June Thomson and Giselle Ross this is the harrowing and heartbreaking story of how they each lost two children - murdered by their estranged husbands on the same day in May 2008. Neither of the two perpetrators has ever explained why they did what they did. Both women feared they would not be able to cope with life after the tragedy and it is thanks to their own friends and families and their friendship with each other that they have done so and have told their story.

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.
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This is a difficult book to appraise. Two women June and Giselle, subjected to harsh and certainly in he case of Giselle, unusual marital experiences. In each case their husbands murdered two of their children. The motive boils down to nothing other that taking revenge on the mothers over whom they appeared to have lost control.
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.
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I got this book mainly to try to get more insight into my mother's marriage, which sounds very similar to those detailed in this book. As a modern British Asian, I found it hard to understand why she stayed in her non-arranged marriage, despite all the threats and abuse, until one day she admitted that she had never left her husband whilst my sister and I were young, as he had threatened to kill not only her and us, but her sister's children also...I found that I wasn't shocked at the men in this tale, but very saddened and in disbelief at their actions. This could have been a far more familiar tale for my mother.

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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