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My Sister Milly Audiobook

My Sister Milly

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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook of My Sister Milly by Gemma Dowler, read by Ruby Thomas.

This is Gemma Dowler's powerful account, as seen on The One Show and This Morning....

'My name is Gemma Dowler. On 21 March 2002, a serial killer named Levi Bellfield stole my sister and sent our family to hell....'

Everyone thinks they know the story of Milly Dowler.

Haunting headlines about the missing schoolgirl splashed across front pages. The family's worst fears realised when her body was found months later. The years of waiting for the truth, only to learn that the killer, known to the police, lived just yards from where Milly had vanished. The parents subjected to horrific psychological torture at a trial orchestrated by the murderer. And the shocking revelation of what journalists would do for a story - criminal acts that brought down a national newspaper.

But these bare facts hide the true story.

In My Sister Milly, Gemma Dowler shares the heartbreaking account of Milly's disappearance, the suspicions that fell on the family, the fatal errors made by the police, and the media's obsession that focused relentlessly on every personal, intimate and emotional aspect of the Dowlers' lives. It is the story of two stolen childhoods - Milly's and Gemma's - and about the love that kept the family together as they struggled with terrible darkness and injustice.

However, this book is a story of hope and recovery.

It's taken 15 years of pain for the family to find their voice. The family has worked hard and has received intensive therapy to recover from the trauma of Milly's murder. Their story shows that whatever suffering you endure in life, there is always hope, and there is always love.

Now, for the first time, Gemma tells their story and that of the real Milly. Above all, in this book the family want to bring back to life their incredible daughter and sister. Now, finally, the truth about Milly Dowler can never be denied.

©2017 Gemma Dowler (P)2017 Penguin Books Ltd.

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    Mary Jackson 27/08/2017
    Mary Jackson 27/08/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "The most harrowing and compelling audio book I have ever read"

    I was absolutely riveted by this book from beginning to end. It was so nice to finally hear from the Dowler family as to what happened from their perspective and I truly hope that no family have to ever suffer as they did through the wrongdoings of the police and the media. A lasting tribute to Millie x

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sigrin 21/09/2017
    Sigrin 21/09/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "The true story"

    I was compelled to read this as lived for many years in Walton on Thames and my mothers retirement party was in Walton on the day of Milly's abduction, so I felt I knew a bit about what happened, but did not know the truth and wanted to know more.

    This is a warts and all tale heartbreaking and heart warming and is written so beautifully by Gemma. She has kept Milly's short life in the beautiful state it should be preserved in, untainted by the dreadful mess that Surrey police made of the investigations into her murder, the horrific hacking scandal and finally Bellfields confessions of what he did to Milly in her last hours.

    How the Dowlers have come through this I do not know, their family strength and that of their friends support is magnanimous against the bitter sad individuals out there who did so much to undermine and destroy them.

    RIP Milly and I wish the Dowler family all the best in life and thank you for sharing this story.

    Love conquers all.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ann D Newcastle, England 12/09/2017
    Ann D Newcastle, England 12/09/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Remarkable, shocking and heart-wrenching!"

    This is a remarkable book for many reasons. It is a detailed account of the horrific ordeals (yes, there where more than one) that Milly Dowler and her family have endured. It is a shocking and coherent account of gross failings in the British legal system. This includes the endemic poor practice and frank incompetence of one Police Force, and even the criminal behaviour of some Police Officers involved in the investigation of the disappearance and murder of Milly. Shameful inadequacies in our Court's treatment of witnesses are also revealed. This is a remarkable book for many reasons. It is a detailed account of the horrific ordeals (yes, there where more than one) that Milly Dowler and her family have endured. It is a shocking and coherent account of gross failings in the British legal system. This includes endemic poor practice and frank incompetence of one Police Force, and even the criminal behaviour of some Police Officers involved in the investigation of the disappearance and murder of Milly. Shameful inadequacies are also revealed in our Court's treatment of witnesses. The book is also a brutally honest account of how Gemma and her parents coped with, and sometimes did not cope with, 14 years of repeated traumas.

    I am shocked by very little these days. I have heard, and worked with a lot of horror in my own professional practice, and have been a keen reader of crime, both true and fiction, for many years. Nevertheless, this book left me with a knot in my stomach for virtually the entire 22 hours of it's length. Many times I felt real angry on behalf of this family, and many times, I cried for them. So much of it was truly heart-wrenching and the details of what happened to Milly were very tough to hear/read.

    Ruby Thomas deserves a special mention here. Narrating this book must surely have been an experience that took her above and beyond the usual call of duty. Yet her narration is faultless. There are times when there is genuine emotion in her voice. She does not indulge in it, but the trace of it fits perfectly with the words she speaks and the experience of the listener.

    I cannot recommend this book highly enough to those interested in the subject matter. However, anyone who may be triggered by accounts of abuse, would be best to avoid it.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 17/09/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "if it wasn't true I wouldn't have believed it."

    Just finished this audio book. I can safely say it is the most interesting, harrowing and love filled book I've ever read/listened to. What this family went through is beyond anything humanly survivable but they did it. And they did it with poise and dignity and they did it together. I am so proud of them even though I don't know them!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mr E 06/08/2017
    Mr E 06/08/2017
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    "Heartbreaking and Fascinating..."

    I bought the book first and read that almost without putting it down, the audiobook I've listened to while driving... Such a strong family, this book should never have been written or narrated, it's only through the loss of Milly that it has...

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Loretta Bradley 22/08/2017
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    "A must read. Un put downable"

    A hard story to tell. But very well written. Really explains the post traumatic shock disorder that happened and it's grip, and how hard it is to find treatment. Should be read by all police & barristers & Healthcare staff & press to understand how NOT to treat the family of a murder victim. The murder is bad enough especially since Millie could have saved if the police had searched for her that first night.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Richard 16/08/2017
    Richard 16/08/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Heart breaking and powerful."

    An unbelievably true and heart wrenching account of a tragic story. Gemma Dowler has done an amazing job off getting her family's story told. It's a difficult listen at times but there are really important issues and lessons to be learnt. What a brave inspirational and amazing family the Dowlers are!

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    kirsty barbour 23/12/2017
    kirsty barbour 23/12/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant"

    The first book I've actually cried huge real tears at , this book is an emotional rollercoaster and sucks u into exactly how Gemma and her parents feel , wonderfully written and narrated, highly recommend even though some of it is tough listening as its such a sad story, especially when u know its real .

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    MrsG 06/12/2017
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    "A must listen"

    This book is heartbreaking, but so very well written.
    You forget about the family behind the victim and this family really did go through hell.
    It was so nice to learn more about Millie as a person and not just think of her as a victim.
    One of the best books I have ever listened to.

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    Lincolnshire Amazonian 04/12/2017
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    "A tragic tale of deep love vs immense evil. And love prevails ..."

    I avidly followed this tragic story from the beginning and the initial missing report of such a delightful, life-loving teenager. However, reading this book has provided a totally new dimension to this sad event. My soul has been forever changed. I know not how this beautiful family survived such a heinous event and still retained their sanity.

    I genuinely hope that police training schools, for serious crime detectives, put this book on their required reading list - and media colleges for trainee journalists - and lawyers who wish to work in defence of the truly wicked amongst us. All these roles, whilst essential in life, can surely be delivered with compassion and humanity - or just plain & simple, common human decency towards the families of murder victims. If not, there can surely be no room for the word 'justice' in our legal system.

    Finally, to the family of Milly, I do so hope your happy family chain links up again one day in those beautiful fields of gold. And may deep peace find you in the intervening years ...

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    09/11/17
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    "This account left me breathless - I hope it results in many positive ripples"

    I will be thinking about this hugely inspiring story of one family's long road back from their man made hell. And with such grace and courage. Well done, Gemma.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Marisa
    Arlington, VA, United States
    06/10/17
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    "A worthwhile, yet excruciating listen"

    Well written. Perfectly narrated. Excruciating to listen to. There was one part that really upset me and I made myself keep listening. The author gives every single detail of the horrible experience she and her family dealt with following her sister's murder. If you are interested in the subject matter, this book will not disappoint you (I hesitate to use the term "enjoy"). A worthwhile, important book. Hard to listen to, but well done.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sonya
    19/12/17
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    "The best memoir I have ever read."

    Gemma did a beautiful job on telling her family’s story. I feel I know Milly and the Dowler family. What this family went through is unthinkable. If you like memoirs you won’t be disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Susan
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    14/11/17
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    "Shameful Investigation Added to This Family's Pain"

    This book shook me to the core. I was interested in the British justice system and it let this family down in a huge way.
    I believe the Dowler family experienced the most horrific tragedy imaginable but that was only the beginning of their ordeal.
    Without giving too much away I was floored at their treatment in the aftermath of losing their precious daughter and sister.
    I feel that sweet Milly found peace the moment her life ended. Not even close for the people who loved her.
    It angers me how the person who did this, a non-human in my mind was afforded so many rights while the family had NONE.
    The person who is upmost in my admiration is Michelle, the therapist who literally brought Sally and Gemma back to life.
    Gemma Fowler managed to write an incredibly beautiful tribute to her cherished sister and I loved hearing about her short but wonderful life.
    They are such a strong family! I was continually amazed at how they kept it together for Milly.
    This is a book I will never forget and Gemma, Milly,, their parents and Lovely Granny have made a lasting impact on my heart.
    Gemma, I am so sorry for all you went through. Thank you for writing this. The power of love, as you said is greater than anything else. I wish you all the very best.
    Narrator was great.

    5 stars - should be more

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kaylynn Hart
    07/11/17
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    "Breathtaking"

    A glimpse into the lives when the cameras are off. Loved EVERY word. Great great read

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sheila Dolan
    01/11/17
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    "Very moving, touching story"

    One of most moving narratives I have ever read. Gemma puts us right inside her home with her and her family. A family that has endured and survived the very worst.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cathy
    Peabody, MA, United States
    31/10/17
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    "A Story of Strength, Resilience, Courage, and Love"

    Make no mistake: Gemma Dowler's tale of what she and her parents went through after the abduction and murder of her sister Milly is a story that is hard to take at times. But despite its grim subject matter, this book is also uplifting. Although it is full of horror and heartache, it is also a testament to the strength of the human spirit. Gemma does a wonderful job of painting a picture of her free-spirited, humorous, fashion-obsessed sister Milly, and describes the fear and confusion she and her parents felt when Milly failed to return home from school one afternoon in 2002. What Gemma, Sally, and Bob Dowler (and the rest of their extended family) endured from that day forward is nothing short of horrific. Their treatment at the hands of the Surrey Police and the British Press will make you cringe in disbelief. But somehow, they managed to survive it all and then some.

    Gemma's story reminds us all that life can change in a heartbeat, and that you never really know what fate has in store. The narration by Ruby Thomas is also terrific. Fans of true crime will enjoy this one, but so will those who are interested in how living victims of crime handle themselves in the aftermath, and how the trauma affects them, not just in the moment, but for years and decades to come.

    Such a great book that I listened more than once. I came away with nothing but admiration for the Dowlers - and a lot of disgust for police procedure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sheryl
    01/10/17
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    "Thank you to the author"

    I can’t imagine how difficult it is to lose a daughter, sister, grandchild, and niece. I can tell you that through this book I felt so emotional. This family is so loving and true. Thank you for giving of yourself to honor your family. I pray you are all well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • car
    17/01/18
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    "Story from the heart"

    I was not familiar with the story , my heart breaks for Millie's family. As painful as it was, thank you for telling the VICTIMS side and the hardship you and your family went through from day one and still today. Your sister would be so proud of all of you. Stay strong and keep her memories they will never be taken from you

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Julie Shaver
    11/01/18
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    "Great"

    This book was so touching. The horrendous crime was only part of it. The family was tortured for years even after the crime occurred. Such a strong family.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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