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Cry Silent Tears: The True Story of the Horrific Childhood of a Mute Little Boy Hardcover – 3 Mar 2008

4.8 out of 5 stars 141 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Element (3 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007274041
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007274048
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.7 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 731,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`Then he made me stand up and wash myself in front of him. I felt ashamed and dirty. No one had ever told me these things were wrong, but I knew anyway.'

Joe was only five years old when he watched his beloved daddy burn to death in a garage fire. And five years old when he lost his voice.

Left at the mercy of his abusive, violent family and unable to ask anyone for help, little Joe's life turned into a living hell. Raped by his mother's boyfriend, beaten and locked in the cellar, he was fed only on scraps that he was forced to lick from the floor. To drink water, he first had to gnaw off the glued top of a bottle, a trick played on him by his brothers.
But much, much worse was to come...

This is the heart-warming true story of how an abused little boy overcame impossible odds and grew up into a remarkable man. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Bought this book to read on the plane! What a book. This story was shocking to the core! An absolute must read. Joe had such a horrendous start in life so much removed from my own upbringing. Read this book in a day as I could not put it down. Joe had such a fighting spirit and it is amazing that through all the beatings and unspeakable things to him he has turned into the man he has. Shed more than a few tears reading this. Was shocked at the lack of support and insight that social services appeared to have. A truly remarkable book and I cannot recommended it highly enough!
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Format: Hardcover
I refer to the review, written by born again bookworm, I would like
to say thank you for sharing your great review on this book. I would like to say however that
I know Joe Peter's personally and would like to point out to every reader that this book was
written completely by Joe himself, the reason for this was to help joe put closure on his past
for therapy reasons, he is the only person that could of written that book, it was more painful
for him to talk about it to others than writing it (hence the book) it was only when the book was
completed that ANdrew Crofts read it and said we are going to publish the book. It was then, Andrew set up meetings with two of the biggest publishers Random House and Harpers the book then got published. This book has taken years to write whilst under intense theapy as a friend i had the pleasure of reading the chapters as he finished them.

It is important that every one knows how important this book was written and how painful it was for Joe to write it over many years, Andrew will also confirm that the chapters of the book were sent to him. Andrew Crofts is a wonderful and highly respected published writer, he was used to sort the books chapters and get it published. Lets not take away the fact the book was indeed written by my good friend Joe Peters himself (real name Jamie).
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A truely amazing book written by a truley amazing man. Having been taken in by him and his family a couple of months ago when i needed help i can truly say that he is a remarkable man. Despite what he went through he shows so much love to his family and is always keen to help others in need. To anyone who has not read the book it is well worth a read...i would strongly recommend it. Thank you for everything you did for me. x
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I've never been compelled to write a review of a book before. Joe's life story is so far removed from mine and from anything I have ever come across that I found the book truely shocking. That said, I could not put the book down. Page after page I was expecting to hear a glimmer of hope and in the end I feel Joe has found his feet! If you're like me and had a good up-bringing and have a settled and happy family life then this book will remind and show you that not all in our world, indeed probably your own town is as we hope and expect. From my personal persective I to was born in 1973 so I felt I had a 'link' that in a way makes Joe's story all that more pertinent. My heart goes out to Joe, well done for telling your story, by people like me understanding what goes on behind closed doors maybe as a society we'll be able to stamp this behaviour out.

Greg
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Another reviewer says, this is the most shocking book they have read of this type - and i agree absolutely.I didn`t think i could be shocked any more as i have read many books like this one, but what i felt was beyond shock - beyond anything i have ever felt before. All the way through i felt i was rushing as i wanted to quickly get to the part where joe was saved, and i kept thinking please let it be in the next chapter as i can`t bear any more of this... It never happened. Things just got worse and worse and worse. We are often told that kids are more at risk of abuse at the hands of family/friends, but we don`t really believe that and are always worried about the `bad man` who will run off with our child if we`re not vigilant at all times. Joe helped me to understand that, yes indeed, kids most certainly are in a hell of a lot more danger from family/friends than any stranger. The world of paedophilia is a very dark, frightening and secret place - not where kids are killed - but used and abused - and then alarmingly, taken back home ! How any mother could treat her child the way joe`s mother did is beyond human understanding, and if the devil has a mistress it surely is her.So many people were alerted to joe`s plight, yet chose to close their ears and eyes. There was a time when she could actually have killed him - i thought she was going to - and no-one would have asked any questions. He simply would not have been missed - even though he should have been at school. That in itself is extremely alarming !Read more ›
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It made me want to reach out and hug the author. Certainly makes you wonder how many suffer this way.
Its created a deep wanting to help children like this.
Such a brave little boy. A boy who must had an amazing will to live. How on earth, he survived the discusting treatment he endured, is beyond me.A well written book, that reaches your heart.
What a brave brave person.
Everyone needs to read this book. Social workers included.Maybe child abuse should be discussed in school too. A diluted version obviously.
Hugs to Joe, if he ever reads this xxx
Tracy leicestershire.
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