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From the Back Cover
'I brought you into this world and I can take you out with one click of my fingers.'
What if Baby P had lived to tell his tale?
Collette's childhood was a place of filth and terror. Her prostitute mother abused and neglected Collette; leaving her with clients, starving her and beating her to a pulp.
But the worst thing was that the people who were supposed to protect Collette turned a blind eye.
She slipped through the net and only just survived.
This is the story of a little girl who waited years for justice. It's the story of a woman determined to protect other children from suffering her fate.
About the Author
Collette Elliott is a 35-year-old mother of four. She was born in Birmingham to Maureen Batchelor, a prostitute, and suffered years of physical and mental abuse. In April 2013, Birmingham City Council awarded her £20,000 in damages for the anguish she suffered and their failure to protect her. Collette is now happily married, a devoted mother to her girls, and is campaigning on behalf of other child abuse victims.
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Top Customer Reviews
She went through so much and after it all she took on Birmingham Social Services. She is amazing and a very strong woman. I've read many books like this but this one made me cry so much and I felt like I was there with her at times.
This book keeps you captivated from start to finish. I'm sad that Collette never got any answers from her mother but pleased she found the strength to carry on.
Too many chapters end on poor attempts at cliffhangers: ‘Once again, I was on my own with Mother’, ‘I wasn’t out of the woods yet. More misery was lurking just around the corner’, ‘I would soon be facing a new terror’, ‘When would this torture end?’, ‘Little did I know that I was going to see them again, and very soon’, ‘Finally, I thought, I had a passport out of this misery. I couldn’t have been more wrong’, ‘I told myself things could only get better. They couldn’t get any worse, could they?’, ‘There was no way Mother was going to hurt me or have control over me again … or so I thought’ or ‘my life threatened to spiral out of control’.
The sad truth is that for the period of the book Collette is never in control. Thankfully for her, the cliffhangers don’t deliver greater and greater depravity, but rather more variety. As we settle in this becomes a little repetitious and familiarity causes us to harden our hearts.
Other reviewers have mentioned their frustration with a victim who not only refuses opportunities to escape, but continually returns to her abuser. Perhaps worse, Collette leaves her own children with that abuser even after witnessing her ‘mentally torturing’ one of them.Read more ›
Cut backs will make it even worse. The people that stood back and watched this happen are as bad as her mother was. This kind of book should be used to train teachers what to look for, also Social Workers. Some are to weak to help these children. My Message to all those in Authority. Stop spending so much time covering your back and do the job you are meant to do !
Found it a little frustrating with all the system. This should not have happened. Very easy to blame the child. Well worth the read x
Although the events that occurred were tragic and should never happen to a child, reading these events just makes what I want to do in life more real. Saving children from parents who do not deserve to bring a child into this world, what they did was heartbreaking, sad and disturbing.
A heartbreaking story of a child who needed a hero, and could have had one. The lack of communication between teachers, staff, parents and social services is appalling. This opened my eyes to a world that I have heard about but never have really been inside; makes you realise some deep thoughts.
Her husband is a pretty special chap too
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A tough and gritty read, which was written from the heart and with truth. Yes, Colette being drawn back into her Mother's web is difficult to fathom; but unless you've been in that... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tina, Weymouth
I got to chapter 3 and my kindle wouldn't go any further when I tried to go to next page it said rate this book was very disappointedPublished 11 months ago by princess