In her new book, the Sunday Times and New York Times best-selling author of Damaged tells the story of the Dawn, a sweet and seemingly well-balanced girl whose outward appearance masks a traumatic childhood of suffering at the hands of the very people who should have cared for her.
Dawn was the first girl Cathy Glass ever fostered. Sweet and seemingly well balanced girl, Dawn's outward appearance masked a traumatic childhood so awful, that even she could not remember it. During the first night, Cathy awoke to see Dawn looming above Cathy's baby's cot, her eyes staring and blank. She sleepwalks - which Cathy learns is often a manifestation in disturbed children. It becomes a regular and frightening occurrence, and Cathy is horrified to find Dawn lighting a match whilst mumbling it's not my fault in her sleep one night.
Cathy discovers Dawn is playing truant from school, and struggling to make friends. More worryingly she finds her room empty one night, and her pillow covered in blood. Dawn has been self-harming in order to release the pain of her past. When Dawn attempts suicide, Cathy realises that she needs more help than she can give. Dawn's mother eventually confides in her that Dawn was sent away to live with relatives in Ireland between the ages of 5 and 9, and Cathy soon realises that the horrors Dawn was exposed to during this time have left her a very disturbed little girl.
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Reviews for Damaged:
"Cannot fail to move those who read it." (Adoption-net)
"Heartbreaking." (The MirrorThe Sun)
"A true tale of hope. ****." (OK!)
"Foster carers rarely get the praise they deserve, but Cathy Glass's book should change all that.****" (First Magazine)
"A hugely touching and emotional true tale." (Star Magazine)
I will always think about Cathy's gift as she does her stories...she is amazing and the UK fostering system should be reformed under her leadership...
Behaviour and the emotional struggle of being let down family and parents and social services
Cathy writes with honesty and integrity about very difficult subjects. Always her concern and care shine through, without being self-indulgent. This was a harrowing story, but so wonderful to know that things did work out ok in the end.
Cathy Glass' other books could be compared to Cut, although this is my favourite so far.
Denica Fairman delivers a solid performance.
Yes. I needed to know what happened to Dawn.
this is a brilliant book. I love this author. it was a sad book. I couldn't stop reading it though. I found it very interesting. I would recommend this book. I like the narrator she narrates it well.
I really enjoyed this book only problem was I couldn't stop listening to it. I had read the book but still enjoyed it but then I haven't found a cathy glass book I don't like. She's brilliant
"One of my favorites by Cathy Glass"
I love all Cathy's books but this one is particularly interesting and sweet. I won't give anything away, but I learned a lot about self-harm and ways children blame themselves for traumas they experience and what can be the outcome of that. A very moving story.
"Another happy ending"
As always Cathy Glass writes with warmth and compassion about another child she fostered. The narration was superb as with all her other books. This little girl's homelife was so sad, but her inner strength was amazing. To survive the pain and rejection her family inflicted on her and still manage to have a gentle and positive outlook on life was truly awe-inspiring. For the author and her children to work so hard with Donna was remarkable. In spite of everything Donna has to cope with, she still manages to settle in well at the end. Amazing growth and achievement on her part.
good story, great narration. helped me understand a bit about self injury and child abuse.
Riveting story. I feel like it must have been sanitized, somehow. The foster family seems too perfect, people are flawed. I feel like the author idealized herself and her role.
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