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Shocking true story of the greatest miscarriage of justice in UK history

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Reviewed: 28-11-19

This book will grab your attention from the first minute. I guarantee it. Gobsmacking levels of police corruption + incompetent lawyers + failed justice system + disinterested Home Office + indifferent national media = totally innocent 16 year old goes to prison for 27 years.

Fantastic book. Extraordinary story

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Reviewed: 19-11-19

You have no idea how totally manipulative, cruel and just plain stupid, the Church of Scientology is until you read this book. And it’s far worse than you ever thought. Truly shocking and tragic, how many people are wasting their lives believing this utter nonsense. The authors journey to discovery and realisation is a great read.

Great book. Fascinating life. Brilliantly told

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Reviewed: 06-11-19

I have to admit, I approached this book with a lot of trepidation - partly because the Rose McGowan I’ve seen on the news or in the papers can come across as uncomfortably intense. Perhaps especially if you’re English. But reading her story changed my opinion of her completely. For one thing, you realise where her intensity comes from. And it’s there for good reasons. But the revelation for me is that Rose McGowan a very brave and inspiring woman and much more relatable than you’d think. And she has a fascinating story - of survival, then success, then more survival and ultimately, as if emerging from a cocoon of trauma, abuse, shame and the false world of Hollywood, she unfurls into this absolutely praiseworthy person of huge courage. I used to find her very vocal activism a little wearying - but now I realise this is mainly due to the way the media reports her. But she’s actually very funny, wise and insightful. Now that I’ve bothered to find out more about her, I am in awe of the way she took Hollywood on. Seriously impressive. This is a book I want my 18 year old daughter to read. In fact this is a book every young woman should read.

The inspiring story of a great and brave man

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Reviewed: 30-09-19

Essential listening for anyone who cares about the human right to privacy and the right to be protected from government mass surveillance. I’d especially recommend reading this book after you’ve read Glenn Greenwald’s “No Place To Hide” as you will appreciate even more the importance of what Snowden actually did. Then reading Permanent Record will give you a better idea of who Snowden really is and how much he was ready to sacrifice. The recent Facebook/ Cambridge Analytica scandal shows why Snowden’s actions are as important as ever. Both books build to a great crescendo.

One of the best true crime books on Audible, maybe even the best

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Reviewed: 22-09-19

A brilliant piece of journalism and writing, brilliantly narrated. The twists and turns keep happening. Highly recommend.

A very moving and dark true crime story, powerfully told

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Reviewed: 16-09-19

The author is clearly a very good journalist, and he tells this story with a lot of humanity, and a great deal of appreciation for the complexities of human behaviour.

This book shows you why miscarriages of justice are so common in the US

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Reviewed: 12-09-19

A really important book that shows how two complete charlatans, posing as scientists, were able to send innocent people to death row. It also shows how these frauds were - and continue to be - supported by the US political and judicial establishment. This is one of the most shocking revelations in this book.

As GK Chesterton said: “The horrible thing about ALL legal officials, even the best, about ALL judges, magistrates, barristers, detectives, and policeman, is not that they are wicked (some of them are good), not that they are stupid (several of them are quite intelligent), it is simply that they have got used to it.”

Deeply moving and powerful

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Reviewed: 03-09-19

I have 433 books in my Audible library and this must be in the top 3. Beautifully written and narrated. It is impossible to imagine the depth of suffering this ordinary, decent, happy family were put through over 14 years: not just because of what a psychopath did to their daughter and sister, but because of the incompetence and malevolence of Surrey Police, the morally bankrupt behaviour of the press and, finally, the way the Dowlers were abused by our deeply flawed justice system. The shocking, disgusting behaviour of the barrister who defended the serial killer who murdered Milly deserves EVERYONE’S particular attention.

But ultimately this is also a deeply moving, powerful and inspiring story of survival, of incredible courage and humanity. An ordinary family who found extraordinary strength, and were able to write this beautiful story of an amazing sister and daughter.

Highly recommend.

Couldn’t stop listening. More than your average true crime story

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Reviewed: 23-08-19

A great detective story about a truly evil series of crimes. It also provides a fascinating insight into the police force, not all of it flattering. And some very good observations about lawyers, and especially those who put their pursuit of their own wealth ahead of truth. I highly recommend this book.

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Deeply moving and powerful true story

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Reviewed: 22-08-19

It was hard to stop listening to this honest and shocking story about a 14 year old who did not realise she was being groomed, suffered terrible abuse, whilst being outrageously let down by the authorities who responsible for her care but were negligent and incompetent at best and possibly outright corrupt at worst. But ultimately this is also the powerful and inspiring story of a woman who found her strength, fought back, stood up to the authorities, fought back and won. A must listen. I salute Sammy Woodhouse