Eight-year-old Aimee was on the child protection register at birth. Her five older siblings were taken into care many years ago. So no one can understand why she was left at home to suffer for so long. It seems Aimee was forgotten.
The social services are looking for a very experienced foster carer to look after Aimee and, when she reads the referral, Cathy understands why. Despite her reservations, Cathy agrees to Aimee on – there is something about her that reminds Cathy of Jodie (the subject of ‘Damaged’ and the most disturbed child Cathy has cared for), and reading the report instantly tugs at her heart strings.
When she arrives, Aimee is angry. And she has every right to be. She has spent the first eight years of her life living with her drug-dependent mother in a flat that the social worker described as ‘not fit for human habitation’. Aimee is so grateful as she snuggles into her bed at Cathy’s house on the first night that it brings Cathy to tears.
Aimee’s aggressive mother is constantly causing trouble at contact, and makes sweeping allegations against Cathy and her family in front of her daughter as well. It is a trying time for Cathy, and it makes it difficult for Aimee to settle. But as Aimee begins to trust Cathy, she starts to open up. And the more Cathy learns about Aimee’s life before she came into care, the more horrified she becomes.
It’s clear that Aimee should have been rescued much sooner and as her journey seems to be coming to a happy end, Cathy can’t help but reflect on all the other ‘forgotten children’ that are still suffering…
I have read many of Cathy Glass' books over the years, and always enjoyed them. Dispite the subject matter the books are really interesting and brilliant reads.
I read this as a free sampler. It gives you a good taste as to what the book has to offer you.
I think the work foster carers do is absolutely amazing. It takes someone very special to do what Cathy does and I take my hat off to her, to open her home and her heart to children who otherwise would live a miserable existence, along with bringing up her own children is just fantastic.
This book is based around Aimee, who seems to be another Child who has slipped through the net, and is now 8 years old with some very big problems. Can Cathy help this child grow and improve.
you'll have to read the book to find out.
Title - Girl Alone
Author - Cathy Glass
Format - ebook
Source - Review copy via Netgalley
Aged nine Joss came home from school to discover her father's suicide. She's never gotten over it.
This is the true story of Joss, 13 who is angry and out of control. At the age of nine, Joss finds her father’s dead body. He has committed suicide. Then her mother remarries and Joss bitterly resents her step-father who abuses her mentally and physically.
Cathy takes Joss under her wing but will she ever be able to get through to the warm-hearted girl she sees glimpses of underneath the vehement outbreaks of anger that dominate the house, and will Cathy be able to build up Joss’s trust so she can learn the full truth of the terrible situation?
It's a few years since I read a book by Cathy Glass, and when I saw this one, I really wanted to give it a read. I enjoy books like this occasionally in between all the crime books I read.
I was lucky enough to get a review copy of this book. And I couldn't wait to start it.
I enjoy the writing style of Cathy Glass, and the way the books are told. Honest and down to the point.
This is by no doubt another fantastic book. I think the blurb about the book gives enough of what it is about and I don't want to go into the story for fear of giving anything away about how it goes. But it is really interesting how a family copes with such big changes. It was good hearing some more on Cathy's other children. I felt like I was visiting a family I hadn't seen for a while.
It really is a good read, if you have read and enjoyed any of Cathy's previous books. Then you will really enjoy this one.
If you have read this book, there is now an update available on Cathy's web page.
but only check it out if you have read the book...
About the Author
Cathy Glass, who writes under a pseudonym, has been a foster carer for more than twenty-five years. She has three children of her own.
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