When 15 year old Skye's mother finally does something so shocking that it can't be hushed up, the police turn her over to the social workers - and that's when the nightmare begins.
No one will let her talk to her father; the woman who is supposed to be helping her dumps her in a terrifying 'home' that's more like a jail. But she still has one friend to turn to: the sympathetic girl she's met in an Internet chat room, the one who seems to have a home life as unhappy as Skye's. And Jade offers her a safe place to stay....
Alone in Manchester, nearly penniless, Skye is willing to trust Jade. Even when it isn't Jade who turns up at the rendezvous but a grown-up man who says he's Jade's brother....
Mandasue Heller was born in Cheshire and moved to Manchester in 1982. She spent ten years living in the notorious Hulme Crescents, which have since become the background to her novels. Not only is she a talented writer, but she has also sung in cabaret and rock groups, '70s soul cover bands and blues jam bands.,
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It would be difficult to say I 'liked' anything about the book as I found listening to it a very very unsettling and at times upsetting. I knew what the book was going to be about so this is no complaint but normally I can listen to any genre without feeling upset. It's a great book but the subject is very harrowing and I hadn't been prepared for how much so.
I quite liked the epilogue so you weren't left wondering about loose ends.
Great voice performance, several characters to do and she gave them all a great recognizable personality.
Very upsetting book. Apart from the obvious , that is the plot described in the blurb, there are brief descriptions of rape and animal cruelty which I found hard going.
I am glad I listened to this book and I feel it's probably quite realistic. The one very strange this is that the language and descriptions used are almost like those used in teen / young adult novels. Over use of 'hooded look' and 'crooning' which was a little annoying. I would recommend the book but I feel this will stay with me for some time. I had to listen to the last 5 hours in one go just to get it out of the way as I was unable to look forward to the next listen as I was anxious about what the next horrible thing would be.
just for charity
Gripping page turner couldn't put it down but a painful storyline and subject matter, especially for parents
It was mostly credible. The storyline was a bit different, and it was set in the north of England.
The way the perpetrator controlled his victim, and how he manipulated the situation
The reading was really good, as were the voices and intonations
Yes - I listened to it within a week. I couldn't stop!
I haven't read this author's work before but would certainly do so in the future
No, I needed a break from the intensity and to make it last longer. When you get a good book you don't want it to end.
This book had me gripping the edge of my seat the entire way through. Skye doesn’t have grand ambitions, but they don’t include having her life turned upside down by her mother and her mismanaged illness. If only she had stayed at her friend’s house that day, instead of walking in on the chaos of her home life. Things quickly jump from bad to worse and then continue on the slippery slope, and Skye has to reinvent herself to hold onto the small bit of life that she is left with. This is a tragic and moving story about a girl who, from no fault of her own, finds one terrible situation after another. The people that love her are not able to help and she is at the mercy of those who continually harm her. I shed tears for Skye; the character was well-written and the story unfolded in a fantastically suspenseful manner. A brilliant story.
I write short stories and love reading. I can't stand poor grammar though. I like most types of books but I don't like erotica or romance.
Oh dear oh dear. What positive things can i say about this bookj? Well, it began well and up to around chapter 27 was pretty good if a bit naive and predictable in places. After that it descended in to the worst case of bovine excrement I have ever heard if you know what I mean. It became jsut an excuse to talk about social workers and how good they can be as reported in your average magazine or newspaper so you gained the impression that the book was written purely as a way of putting across fats. In other words a long exercise in info dimping. Before taht it twisted and turned and reminded me of rats in a maze running first down one passage and then another so that jsut when you thought things couldn't get any worse for the main characters they did. Then it go bad. Skye became utterly unbelievable and totally stupid not knowing things that any child of fifteen living in any big city knows insticntively and the book contradicted itself. A child quick to believe one person over anotehr suddenly does a U-turn and stops believing the truth. Then they all lived happily ever after. God what a soppy ending. Overall a disappointment but it promised so much too.
This was a very good story, exciting and shocking. However real life though the C*** and F**** throughout didn't sound right, or natural and spoils a really good story line.
"Riveting, Dark Suspense"
This book is an addictive page-turner that I could not put down, compelled to see what happened minute by minute to Skye Benson and her dad, Jeff Benson, the two main narrators of this great story. The suspense built like crazy until the final, shocking conclusion, and it thrilled at every turn.
The story is told in the points of view of Skye, just turned fifteen and on the run following events at home beyond her control, and she realizes she has only herself to rely on if she is to escape her certain fate in a violent children's home. Jeff Benson is her father, a victim of his wife's mental illness and a system seemingly designed to keep him down, while the police haunt his every movement as he tries to survive both physically and mentally following his daughters disappearance. I found both characters to be sympathetic and both held my interest intensely.
The performance was pitch-perfect for each character and her narration really brought the plights of the characters to life. Bravo!
I was not only on the edge of my seat but found myself having real feelings for these characters. They inspired sympathy, hope, and resilience in the face of extreme hardships that most people will never have to endure. The end was especially touching.
I was surprised how much I loved "Afraid" and immediately am seeking out other audiobooks by Mandasue Heller. This is a great story that is carried by great writing and awesome character development along with a suspenseful and thought-provoking plot. I highly recommend readers to pick up this audiobook and experience it for themselves!
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