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Cut: The true story of an abandoned, abused little girl who was desperate to be part of a family

Narrated by: Denica Fairman
Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
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Summary

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.

©2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

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)

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great story

enjoyed listening to this story. what determination the foster carers have and help given too. would recommend this book.

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Excellent

Another enjoyable read. I have enjoyed all Cathy Glass books. I hope Dawn is happy.

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eye opener

the narrative is flawless
content explicit and moving
always enjoy a Cathy Glass story
recommended a good read and listen

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fantastic

this book was truly a heart string puller with a great happy ending
truly worth a read

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Another emotional book

So sad.... but shows how much people can go through in life.... if only every carer was like Cathy. and how her children always accept the children coming in there lives. god bless yous

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amazing as ever .

narrator was fantastic.
story brilliant
Thank you Cathy glass
more to read :-).
xxxx t

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Heartbreaking yet full of hope

A truly inspirational and sad story of a young girl’s battle with the demons she had to overcome. Cathy and her family really helped Dawn on her journey of self discovery and forgiveness and I’m so glad of the next part of the journey! I am so glad I chose this book. Thanks

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Really enjoyed this book

I actually couldn’t put this down I had to know what happens. Love Cathy Glass books think I’ve nearly read the all. Fantastic story and it’s great how her own children cope and get involved. Highly recommended from a number one fan. Thanks Cathy for another great read

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like the books I read by Cathy I have enjoy everyone please keep them coming

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Riveting

loved this listen, haven't heard a Cathy glass I didn't like. Very interesting and twisting.

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  • Lauraji
  • 27-03-15

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.

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  • Jenny Baston
  • 01-11-19

love her books

Loved it. I have a hard time pausing and cant wait to finish the book.

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  • Patricia
  • 02-04-19

poorly written

this book had to be written for a younger audience. At times I almost turned it off. The narrator sounded as if she was trying to explain something to a 5 yr old. It was very annoying. It was based on a true story of a young girl in the foster care. The story itself was somewhat interesting, just very poorly written. If you don't mind being talked down to, then listen to it. I think it might have been better if I had gotten it in the written form.

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  • Jimmie Terrell
  • 28-03-19

Really?

I got so frustrated with the foster mom. Was she really that blind?
Ugh, then thinking she monitized from the children she did not appear capable to care for was my final thought.

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  • Jeanna Culwell
  • 06-12-18

Love this author !😀

I'm so glad I started my audio book subscription with Cathy Glass. awsome story's can't wait to start the next story.

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  • davidli1973
  • 27-12-17

My favourite audible book!

I loved this book and felt sorry for dawn. Why did she cut her wrists? Cathy seems so nice and I'm sure that she will still foster a lot of children. How lovely of dawn to call Cathy! Denica fairman is an amazing narrator and makes me feel like she is Cathy Glass. I hope that there would be more! ~Sunny

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  • VinellaGal2000
  • 02-12-17

Sadly, this world is full of sick people

A sad, true story of the child care system. And an amazing woman that had more love to give, and help other children. Kathy Glass has a great ability to tell a story. I recommend any of her books.

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  • Randi shelton
  • 21-04-16

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.

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  • KIC
  • 11-04-16

Hmmmm

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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  • Rachael and Max
  • 20-07-15

great book

good story, great narration. helped me understand a bit about self injury and child abuse.