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Innocent

The True Story of Siblings Struggling to Survive
Narrated by: Denica Fairman
Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
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Innocent is the shocking true story of little Molly and Kit, siblings, aged three years and 18 months, who are brought into care as an emergency after suffering non-accidental injuries.

Aneta and Filip, the children’s parents, are distraught when their children are taken into care. Aneta maintains she is innocent of harming them, while Filip appears bewildered and out of his depth. It’s true the family has never come to the attention of the social services before, and little Kit and Molly appear to have been well looked after, but Kit has a broken arm and bruises on his face. Could it be they were a result of a genuine accident, as Aneta is claiming?

Both children become sick with a mysterious illness while experienced foster carer Cathy is looking after them. Very worried, she asks for more hospital tests to be done. They’ve already had a lot. When Cathy’s daughter, Lucy, becomes ill too she believes she has found the cause of Kit and Molly’s illness, and the parents aren’t to blame. However, nothing could be further from the truth, and what comes to light is far more sinister and shocking.

©2019 Cathy Glass (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Very hard to get into

Usually finish Cathy’s books the day I purchase them, but this one got off to such a slow start it was hard to listen for longer than an hour or so at a time. Feel like the first 10 or so chapters was just the same thing being repeated over and over again. A good story but feel like many chapters were just unnecessary page fillers.

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Heart wrenching and well written

Cathy Glass's fostering memoirs are well written and very moving. I love the little details Cathy gives that has made me fall in love with each and every child she writes about and her own family. I have listened to every book at least 3 times. They give an insight into the world of fostering, adoption and parenting that has, I believed made me a better teacher and parent - more patient, more understanding and generally more aware. Along with other fostering memoirs, these books have inspired my mum to consider a fostering carer and I hope to foster once my own children are older. Thank you Cathy and Demica.

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Excellent as usual

I love all her books. This one is very interesting and also frightening. Crazy story!

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Love it..

Another Cathy Glass Fostering memoir must read! An incredibly honest account of the highs and lows of fostering and the variety of children, professionals and birth families foster carers work with. Heartwarming and Heartbreaking all at once...exactly like fostering is Bravo!

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absolutely love all your books !

I have been reading your books for many years now, and I cant say a bad word about them fantastic reads.

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another good book by cathy

I love reading these type of book there sad but most of the time a happy ending. cant wait for my next read

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Fantastic

Loved it! I was listening while cooking, cleaning, driving.
Narrator voice is beautiful, thank you x

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Surprised at the ending.

Having listened to all of Cathy Glass’s books this one really struck a chord with me.

I am a mental health nurse and have come across the condition the mother had before, but never to the extent of this!

I was really surprised by the ending as it was short and abrupt, much like the end of the children’s placement with Cathy.

It must have been so hard for both Cathy and her family and the poor, poor children to leave such a significant chunk of their lives behind unfinished and I really hope there was some closure for them all.

I can’t imagine how ill a person must be to poison their own children for their own benefit. All I can say is that I hope social services watched this family like a hawk after this.

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A gamble that paid off!

Not my type of book I thought when I came across it, but my son and daughter are similar age to the 2 on the picture (Molly and Kit), and my partner is a social worker so I decided to give it a try. A decision I realised was the right one from the very first chapter.
Such a powerful story that had me hooked from start to finish. A reminder of how precious our children are, and how mental illness can tear a family apart.
I look forward to listening to more from Cathy and I’m really pleased that her others on here have the same Lady narrating them.

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I was not happy with the ending.

Not happy with the ending, what happened to the children when they returned to the family home?
Cathy must be a martyr. Love all your books, I have read them all. Thank you Cath. x

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 18-10-19

Best Book I Have Ever Read.

I loved this book. The author kept me wanting to hear more. This is the first book that I have listened to from beginning to end in one sitting.

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  • Ellie
  • 29-02-20

Not for me

I have read many Cathy Glass books. This was my least favorite as she appeared to ignore many obvious signs that she, as just as an intelligent person, should have figured out much earlier. This led me to wonder if it was done deliberately to prolong the book or to create more drama. Either way it just didn’t work for me.

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  • sondra laco
  • 04-01-20

What a heartbreaking story!

My heart goes out to Cathy Glass and her family for everything they do! I for a short period started to feel badly for the father till I reached the end! He in my eyes was just as heartless and immature as his wife! When you hear these stories they just break your heart! You know that saying Like when you are on a telephone call that you just wanted to reach through the phone and strangle someone well I wish I could have reached into the book and Knocked the daylights out of that father and mother for being so inconsiderate to the woman that Chuck care of their Children in a time of need! You can add the Judge to that too for the ignorant decision he made and can only pray that the kids grow up healthy happy and SAFELY! GOD BLESS YOU CATHY GLASS

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  • debbie
  • 01-12-19

Outstanding

Ms Glass’s books never disappoint me. From the very first word to the very last line she draws you in so you feel that you are apart of her family. She does the kind of work that too many people could not. You can feel the love in her writings from the moment she first hears about the child until her very last second with them. Of all her books this set of parents were the cruelest. She loved their kids took care of them discovered what was happening which caused the mother to get the help she needed. Well done Cathy

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  • Susana
  • 18-10-19

Another beautiful book!

Thank you Cathy Glass for your amazing memoirs! This book was great and heartbreaking at the same time

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  • Nana x 3
  • 24-09-19

FDIA

I had never heard the term F DIA, or Facticious Disorder Imposed on Another, however when the story began I quickly suspected that the parents of the children involved, or one of the parents of the children involved, was causing these children to be sick. The term that I knew was Munchausen's by Proxy. As it turned out, these children's mom, Anita, because of her own abuse as a child had developed a mental illness that caused her to crave attention so much so that she chose to make her children sick. In this way, she could take them to the hospital and seen to be the wonderful mother that she wanted praise for being. I was truly surprised that it took so long for the caregiver and authorities to figure thus out. My prayer is that these parents have grown enough through this experience to become the loving, nurturing parents that all children deserve.

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  • Nicole Lavery
  • 18-09-19

Absolutely excellent! I loved every minute!

Incredible book. Would give 10 stars if I could. Thank you Cathy for another wonderful story.

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  • twandawanda
  • 09-09-19

Always a great and informative true story

Another great story from Cathy Glass!! As for the narrator...she can draw me right into the book to the point that I don't want to put the book down!!! Hats off to the both of you in my opinion. As always looking forward to her next book