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Summary

From the author of Sunday Times and New York Times best seller Damaged, the gripping story of a woman caught in a horrific cycle of abuse - and the desperate lengths she must go to in order to escape.

When Aisha spots an ad for a 'personal introductory service for professionals' in the newspaper, she could never have guessed it would lead to such a perfect marriage. But you should be careful what you wish for....

Mark is sorry the first time he hits Aisha. His tears make her all the more determined to be a better wife, not to let herself down again. But however hard Aisha tries, she can't live up to Mark's impossible expectations - or escape his terrifying, violent temper.

Soon she is trapped in a cycle of horrific abuse and imprisonment. And with two young children to protect, Aisha must draw on what strength she has left to find an escape.

What follows is something so devastating it plunges Aisha into her darkest days yet. Is the price she must pay for freedom too high?

©2015 Cathy Glass (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"A moving read that Cathy Glass fans will devour." ( The Sun)
"Cannot fail to move those who read it." ( Adoption-net)
"Heartbreaking." ( The Mirror)
"A truly harrowing read that made me cry." ( The 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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Brilliant excellent book.

I absolutely loved it and didn't want it to end.
I loved how it all came right for Aisha in the end.

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thrilling and exciting book

again another thrilling book you just can't put down . very well written x x

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Very moving

The book was very moving and the ending was good
I enjoyed it and although I felt quite uneasy with the beginning I liked how it came to an end

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very different

good story but very different from Cathy's usual books. Cathy doesn't feature at all. No kids in care. Its good but I probably wouldn't have read it if Id have known

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good enjoyable listen

enjoyed this book , good story quite sad at times, looking into the world.of an.abused wife.

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gripping story

a very gripping and deep story, not one of Cathy glasses usual fostering stories but great all the same

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Best Book I have Listened to Yet

All Cathy's books are brilliant but I could not stop listening to this. It kept me away before bed and nearly caused me to crash the car as I was so engrossed!

Well written, well read and great story, love it!

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Really enjoyed this !

the story was so realistic and in line with what does happen to women nowadays .. also the narrator played each part perfectly !

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Heartrenching

This story had me shouting out loud, crying, swearing and my heart racing. This is most definitely a must read, I will be listening again! I'm so glad she escaped from her own personal hell.

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Very sad story but worth the listen .

to think she put up with it for 7+ yrs is terrible. The little girl kept her going I hope Aisha did find happiness in the end with someone.