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It happened one night not long after that holiday. I think they had been out, but I’m not sure. I remember I was sleeping in my bed when the noises of my mum and him getting home woke me. Suddenly, my bedroom door opened, but it wasn’t my mum. I didn’t know where she was. It was him. I pretended to be asleep. He came to the side of the bed, and I didn’t know what was happening, but my mind told me to stay still. He pulled the covers back; I didn’t move. I kept my eyes closed. My heart felt like it was jumping out of my chest. He lifted my legs apart, and I let them move. He pulled up my nightdress and pulled my pants down. I didn’t even try to open my eyes. 

Imagine being an innocent seven-year-old girl with a broke, single mum. Now imagine your mum meets a man who can give her a nice house and a better life in exchange for you. That’s what happened to me. For years, I suffered neglect and psychological and sexual abuse from him, with my mum being a silent witness. When I was finally able to get rid of him and escape, I didn’t know that my life was only going to get worse. After a battle against addiction, depression and suicidal thoughts that lasted for years, and with the help of therapy, I started to slowly recover and get my life back. Although my healing journey has just started and there’s still a long way to go, I can say I’m alive. I had No One to Save Me, yet I survived.

©2020 Melissa Jordan (P)2021 Melissa Jordan

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Beautifully written and narrated

I read the ebook sometime ago and love this beautifully written account of a harrowing story.

I’m glad I have now listened to the audio. It is brilliantly narrated by Eleanor Shannon and enabled me to hear the story better from the authors view - rather than through the fog of prejudice and horror of my own making, that I felt when reading the ebook.

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No One To Save Me is the most harrowing of tales about a poor little child who ‘fell through cracks’, failing to be saved from the monster who tormented her, almost to death. The most awful, harrowing and disgusting sentence I may have ever read, referring to the abuse and neglect of this child is ‘It was just not convenient’ (for adults to take action).
I have been on over two years of training to work with vulnerable children. My local authority should have saved themselves the trouble and sat us down for Melissa Jordan to read us all No One to Save Me. And then they should sit down our wards, to be inspired by Melissa and shown a light.
Beautifully written.
I could barely bring myself to write the author’s name against my references to that poor broken child - and shame on me for that.

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Harrowing.

I got this book from Facebook in exchange for a review. I'd like to say I enjoyed it, but the subject matter was very harrowing indeed. What this poor woman experienced as a child, has coloured her life and relationships with everyone around her. I was pleased to see that she is still seeking help from professional people and hopefully she will have a meaningful recovery and remain fit and well emotionally and physically.

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This is a heartbreaking story!

I want to said first, it takes a very strong woman to live through this and still be able to go on. This story had me from the beginning, I couldn’t stop listening. I recommend this audiobook. The author has an extremely well written and narrated story. This book is based on a true story and I personally have experience and was to scared to tell anyone. So listen to this story brought up old memories. I have over come my passed.
The narrator does a fantastic job with the characters and the voices of each character.
I am so proud that you had the courage to tell your story.
I definitely recommend this audiobook.

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An amazing recount of a journey to survival!

Enjoyed listening to this honest, raw and very moving book. Narrator was fantastic. So glad that the author is on the right road to living life to fullest and no longer giving that monster another minute of her life. Worth a read!

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true story it boils my blood what happened to the main person of this book

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What A Story

This was shocking to listen too, the abuse and the mum being silent about what was happening. I felt so sorry for the main character and what she went through even after she managed to get away her life was still spiralling downwards with the suicidal thoughts and depression. I’m happy she found some semblance at the end and has come out a better person.

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  • 23-04-21

Amazing

this book is amazing and heartbreaking !! I have PTSD and this book has helped me open my eyes on others personal struggles with it and how they cope.

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  • 27-05-21

What a horrific story

This was a story that caused so many emotions while listening . To know it's a true story makes it even worse. Don't get me wrong I recommend it highly. A story full of abuse neglect and worst of all a horrible mother. It was a heart wrenching story for sure. Very well written & the narration was outstanding. I could give more than 5 stars if possible.

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  • Vicky Peplow
  • 13-05-21

Just as touching as the Kindle!

I had the honor of reading the ebook and loved it. When the author asked me if I would be interested in listening to the audible, I couldn't say no.
I don't tend to listen to books, but I'm pleased I did with this one. Hearing the words by the narrator gave the book another depth and made me feel like I was right there watching everything happen and I wanted to step in and stop the things happening to a vulnerable child.
I highly recommend this book to everyone.

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  • Denea1975
  • 12-05-21

Keep fighting and stay strong

This is a story about what a lot of people go thru. Who can't say anything to anyone. I am so glad that she became a strong woman and is doing a lot better. Keep fighting and stay strong.

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  • Annette Schwartz
  • 21-04-21

Brave story!

I have to say Wow, it takes a very brave woman to tell this story. The story is well written and narrated. This story had me intrigued from the beginning. I applaud this author for having a strong will to tell her story. This story had me reliving my on emotions through me childhood. I prays you for being so strong and wish I had the same bravery.
This story is about betrayal, rape, and a pedophile and over coming the trauma of a Horrendous childhood.
The narrator does a fabulous job with the character . She also has a lovely Irish accent which adds to the telling. This retelling of the story takes place in Ireland.

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  • Lynn
  • 05-04-21

Well told story

A really good book. It is well written and very well narrated. A great story of survival, strength, and in a way, forgiveness. Well done.

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  • Jc Z.
  • 01-04-21

A real survival anecdote with an Irish narrator

The sound quality is extremely good, and if you like to find some books that narrated with an Irish accent like Jackseptieye.
The author took a lot of courage to organize her memories from her childhood and transition of her present life as mother while she was writing this book.

Like every child, we have a different upbringing and house rules. Unfortunately, we cannot make our choices when we were children. Parents took an impact to our lives that will haunt us and we somewhat need to learn how to release the story we all have suffered or enjoyed at our some period of lives.

Whether or not, this is an opportunity to read or listen a book in the contemporary that we can relate at some point. Or learn how others might be and that sometimes we need to learn how to be kind to ourselves and others. Do not need to take personal on what had happened, as we might build up some fear, anger and disappointment.

I would highly recommend to take this for light reading and mutual understanding, and be prepared how the author will show her story to you. At the end, we all need to learn how to create our own story and practice gratitude.

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  • shrimpfriedrice
  • 25-03-21

Sad, but redemptive story. True to life.

I thought that this book was a mirror of life: there are painful, traumatic events in your life that you can't control, and it affects your life and your relationships in more ways than you wish as an adult. I'm really glad the author wrote this book. Too many of us have been affected by childhood sexual trauma, and bringing it to light helps realize we are not alone, and our stories of hurt are more similar than we know. Her story of finding love in her son and eventually her mum were pretty realistic; nothing is perfect, but the love you find is the most important treasure you can have. I love the narrator. Her accent is great. She turned a story that could be painful to listen to into something rather entertaining.