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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00FCKGFMU
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- Average Customer Review: 332 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,042 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book will stay with you long after you've read it. The candid, unfiltered picture painted by the author of the reality of the effects of abuse is invaluable to anyone looking to understand what happens to children when they've been subjected to such debasing treatment. Moll, like many other abused children, acted out in response to the way she was treated. As a child, she exhibited sexualized behavior, anxious and compulsive behaviors, low self-esteem, and an extreme need to protect others when they'd been hurt. As often happens, the victim becomes the victim yet again when society does not understand why the child acts as she does and is rejected and judged by those who've been lucky enough to never have been abused.
My heart broke for the author many times over, but knowing and feeling her internal strength and drive to achieve a better life for herself also made me care for and respect her immensely. Bravo to Moll French for her courage to bare the darkest corners of her mind to the world. I highly recommend this book.
Moll was no angel herself and she comes across as a strong, challenging personality. Her story is believable. She did not have underage sex and her husband did not break the law, he was just - as the title of the book says - a dirty old man who should have known better. I understand entirely why she married him and put up with him for so long, and I think she was in love with him when they married, even though she does not remember it that way. Whilst I am nothing like Moll, I have experienced a destructive relationship myself and I think I learnt a lot from it, as I am sure she did, too. I was able to identify with her and I understood exactly why she found it so hard to leave. In my view relationships will always be difficult for Moll and I hope that the happiness and security she has now found will last a long time.
This book *is* tragic and is an extremely harrowing account of a person's life. It is bleak in many ways and brutally honest too. The only ray of hope comes towards the end of the book, when Moll meets and befriends another girl, but even that short spell of happiness ends tragically too. Now this sort of book, if written by a certain sort of person, could end up as a whinging, whining, depressing, complaining sort of book. I have to say with all honesty, that does not happen here. Moll writes about the events with just the right amount of detachment so that it doesn't wallow in self-pity and allows the reader to connect with the characters and become involved, as I did.
The writing style itself is excellent. It is concise, clear writing and very 'to the point'. No flowery language is used that could sensationalise or even romanticise certain episodes. It is factual, but with feeling.
Well done Moll and I have to say, I would now be very interested in reading any fiction that you have written as I suspect you would be equally good, if not better, at that.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good read but takes sometime to get into it. Worth a read not what I expected it to be delivered a good readPublished 15 days ago by KellyField
Absolutely brill also heartbreaking to know she went through this such and honest and harrowing account of what happened XPublished 20 days ago by lisa hamilton
This book was so totally awesome and well written,I could not put the book down because it so awesome to read.Published 20 days ago by karen brookes
Very good read indeed. Enjoyable and quite a page turner will be looking out for more books by this authorPublished 29 days ago by Mr A G Bevan
This book is about survival. The strength it has taken for molly to become the human being she is today is truly amazing. Read this and reflect!Published 1 month ago by Trace69
This is a great book written by an inspiring person. It gives good insight into a life of heartbreaking abuse and survivalPublished 1 month ago
This Story really opened my eyes to the problems of Paedophilia, It made me Angry, Sad, Furious, Livid, I really felt A huge amount of Sympathy for Moll,, Thank you for being so... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
What an absolutely amazing book I really admire Moll's strength & courage she is an exceptional strong and brave ladyPublished 1 month ago by Kerrie Mcnulty
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