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so much more than most books in this bracket
on 12 July 2011
I do not normally read 'human misery', in the most they are so badly written and rely on the shock value to sell. There are some exceptions and those are the books penned by Toni Maguire. As with her other books, she has taken Jackie's terrible story and told it in a sensitive and compelling way.
Child abuse happens in any type of home and Jackie's middle class family is no exception. Shipped off to her uncle so her parents can indulge in adult entertainment at weekends, she is the victim of not only his abuse but he also sells her to other peodophiles and whilst still very young she edures the most violent rapes.
But Jackie fights back and from an early age is distruptive. When she leaves home and living on the streets of London she ventures into prostitution and drugs. Finally she falls in love and the book explores her lesbian love story sensitively. Within this relationship she gains the strength to heal and rebuild her life.
I recommend all parents read this book for the smiling relative or friend who wants to help with your child can easily be the preditor and the tormentor.