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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

    3 of 3 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.

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    Sigrin Valdisere, France 21/09/2017
    Sigrin Valdisere, France 21/09/2017 Member Since 2013
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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.

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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!

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    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...

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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.

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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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    Amazon Customer 16/10/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Eye opener"

    Really interesting read tells you so much about the work of police in this situation and how important it is that they don't assume they know everything or that every case is the same what a lovely family.

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    L. Long england 12/10/2017
    L. Long england 12/10/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Words Fail Me"

    Through the many hours that I have listened to this incredible book I have tried to think what I would write in a review nothing seems to do it justice. What an amazing family! Gemma what you have successfully done is to bring your beautiful incredible amazing sister to life for me. You have succeeded in replacing tragic Millie with a beautiful, loving and precious Millie in every way that you describe. I am heartbroken at what you and the family have had to go through with regards to Surrey police just completely disgusted. The way you were treated in court is just unbelievable. But Gemma I don't want to harp on about the way you've been treated I just want to say thank you for writing such a beautiful book and enabling everyone that reads it to see what an incredible family you are. With much love to you all

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    "An emotional roller-coaster!"

    this shockingly sad account of Milly and her family and the trauma which befell them is so beautifully written. shame on the police. shame on the defence. and well done Bob Sally and Gemma and Lovely Granny for handing in there and seeing this all the way back to happiness.

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  • Marisa
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    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.

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  • 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.

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    "Milly"

    Written with so much love for family. Thank you for sharing such an intimate loss.

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  • Robin Fay-Mcnair
    19/08/17
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    "Powerful story, and very well narrated. "
    Where does My Sister Milly rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The story is heart wrenching. It was not my favorit book, but an important memoir for the family. Also it revealed how deficits in the legal system can further damage the victims of crimes.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, the book is a bit long and winding, but I truely understand the importance of the detail for the family.


    Any additional comments?

    I continued to be amazed throughout the book that there was no psychological assistance for the family. It is written by a young woman, but clearly these people were left dangling in a void of horror. It was as if the legal system's message was simple; what a tradgedy, you just have to do your best to go on. I sincerely hope the book helps enlighten the systems involved in providing real justice to the victims of crimes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jp
    12/08/17
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    "A very harrowing ride this book is."

    This book will take a toll on you. But it's amazing that a sister could write all this about her sibling. How one family could endure this is mind boggling. It shows how tough we all need to be in this scary world. Milly is up there smiling without a doubt.

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