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Sold in Secret

Narrated by: Lucy Brownhill
Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
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Summary

1st November 2003 started so unremarkably that I would later look back and wish I could have appreciated the normality of it. Because I would never, ever know peace again.

No body. No convictions. No answers.

Charlene Downes was 14 years old when she went missing in the seedy underbelly of Blackpool. Once a happy-go-lucky schoolgirl, she had turned into a truant. Though Charlene was hanging out with a new crowd by takeaway shops and the pier, her mum, Karen, always knew her typical teenage daughter would come home.

But one day she didn't. 

Sold in Secret is a heartbreaking story of a broken family and a 15-year campaign for justice. Arrests were made, a murder trial was had, but to this day Karen still has no answers to what happened to her daughter. The truth of exactly what happened to Charlene and why she disappeared remains undiscovered, with no police convictions - this is a raw, compelling account of every parent's worst nightmare.

©2018 Karen Downes (P)2018 Blink Publishing

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Such a powerful book.

This is such a powerful book, ive cried and laughed, so good i hope more people listen too this, its really important.

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Not accurately portrayed.

Just a bit of digging around highlights there are lots of truths missing from the mother’s account. Sadly disappointing as too inaccurate. Karen Downes portrays herself as an innocent, concerned mother - very questionable.

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Great book

I feel for Karen and her family however the book had me hooked. I hope she gets answers soon.