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Summary

It's late on Friday night when Casey's mobile starts to ring. She is expecting it to be her daughter, Riley. But it isn't Riley. It's a woman from the Emergency Duty Team. So begins Casey and Mike's latest fostering challenge - a 15-year-old girl called Keeley who's run away from her long-term foster home 25 miles away.

The Jonathan Ross Show has just started when Casey gets the call. She thinks it will be Riley - telling her that her favourite actor is going to be on TV. But it's something far more urgent: a 15-year-old girl who has run away from her foster family and accused her foster father of sexual abuse. The family deny it vehemently, but such an allegation can never be taken lightly, so a new home must be found for Keeley.

Keeley is polite, but she's sharp, and she has all the hallmarks of a child who has been in the system a long time and knows how to play it. Whether the allegation is true or not, Casey knows there will be no winners here. If it is true, then a young girl's life has been torn asunder. If not, then the heartache for the family will be surpassed only by the bleak outlook for Keeley.

In the short term, it's a case of providing a safe, supportive home for a vulnerable child. But with the dangerous world of the internet at her disposal, it seems this strong-minded youngster has her own ideas of where that safe place should be....

©2017 Casey Watson (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Annoying

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No, the narrator really got on my nerves....

Would you recommend Groomed to your friends? Why or why not?

No see above...

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Kate Lock?

Anyone but Kate Lock.

Do you think Groomed needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Only if Kate lock didn’t read it.

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Dreadful!!! Don't bother

I used to love Casey Watson books but in recent years they have become so boring. We hear far more about her kids than the ones she looks after... I dread it if it's Christmas in one of her books because we hear about a whole chapter on decorations!!!! All conversations with people are left with unanswered questions so you have to read 8 chapters to get them answered. It's like a bad thriller where the you think well why didn't you just ask!!

Oh and please don't get me started on the narrator. She has the most annoying voice ever. She makes Casey sound like a thick Cockney while everyone Casey appears to talk to is from up north... Please her voice grates me so much.

So get a new narrator.. Stop going on more about your own kids and grandchildren & Tyler who is portrayed as the nicest teensger going. Lastly if you have run out of genuine storylines just stop writing, don't keep making your loyal readers purchase new books just with the HOPE they would be any good!!

Sorry my first ever review on Casey Watson but I've really had enough...

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Love Casey’s books

I’m a big fan of Casey’s I usually read her books but decided to try it on audiobook this time, I’m only only chapter 5 and I’m really not sure if I can finish it! The narration is like it is being read for a children’s book, putting on voices and accents and emotion behind certain phrases, this is the first audio book Iv come across that does this, this is a serious book I don’t think it should be read like it’s for 6 year old children -sorry!

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Beautifully read had tears in my eyes

At times I hAd to stay up to hear the next chapter the Narrator was so good I'm going to read more of her book

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Good story but long.

A good story over all but it felt like a marathon to listen to it. Story very drawn out and the narration slow.

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  • Kate
  • 28-02-18

PLEASE use a different narrator!

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator is terrible. The cadence is repetitive, the volume and tone of her voice go up and down with every sentence. I put it on 1.25x speed which helped a bit, but the problem of the volume of her voice means I find myself turning the volume up to hear the quiet bits, and down when she does the certain character voices.

This is just an annoying style of narration, please use someone like Denica Fairman. She has a similar accent but a much nicer narration style.

Any additional comments?

I really love Casey's fostering memoirs, and I have listened to "Groomed" several times. Definitely a keeper.

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  • Lisa Willett
  • 25-04-18

So many twists and turns

I laughed, cried, smiled and just loved this book. When I thought I had hated the main character, even though she's only 16, I found how much I truly felt for her, as her story progressed. At first she seems a manipulative brat, but the twists and turns just keep you guessing and you can't even believe what is really happening. GREAT STORY!!!!!

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  • Susan Bearden
  • 22-02-18

Good story, shrieking narration

This was an intriguing story, however, the narrators voice was so annoying the entire time and took away from the story. Felt it was a character voice for a child’s story not one with such a serious subject like this. Only reason I didn’t stop listening was bc I wanted to see what happened to the girl in the story.

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  • Naomi
  • 23-11-17

awesome book

I couldn't stop listening to this book til it was done! keeping you on edge!