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Mummy Knew: A terrifying step-father. A mother who refused to listen. A little girl desperate to escape.
     

Mummy Knew: A terrifying step-father. A mother who refused to listen. A little girl desperate to escape.

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by Lisa James
 

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Four-year-old Lisa's world turned upside down when her step-father moved in. Most of the time he was just violent but then he started making her do things she knew were wrong. Soon he was visiting her at night. Lisa begged her mother for help but she just shrugged, telling Lisa he would have his way. It was the greatest betrayal of all.At first Lisa's step-father

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Four-year-old Lisa's world turned upside down when her step-father moved in. Most of the time he was just violent but then he started making her do things she knew were wrong. Soon he was visiting her at night. Lisa begged her mother for help but she just shrugged, telling Lisa he would have his way. It was the greatest betrayal of all.At first Lisa's step-father would just make her stroke and massage his feet, hitting her if she stopped, but he soon wanted more. Much more. By the time she was 12 he was regularly abusing her. One day, when Lisa turned 16, she came home to discover that her mother had swapped bedrooms with her. 'You're my girlfriend now', her step-father told her. Lisa turned to her mother for help, but was met with a shrug. She wouldn't hear a word against her husband. 'Don't blame me,' she said. Her step-father's abuse was horrific but what completely tore her apart was knowing her mother knew and encouraged it.Trapped and increasingly desperate, Lisa tried to find a way out. But her isolation was complete. Several months later her mother told her she'd arranged for Lisa and her step-father to move into a flat together down the road. It was too much for Lisa to bear. 'Please don't make me, please,' she sobbed. But her mother just ignored her. Lisa was marched around to the flat with her possessions and her nightmare was complete.Alone with her step-father, Lisa's life became even more unbearable. Then one day, finally, she got the chance she'd been looking for to escape. Lisa bravely struck out on her own, petrified her mother would find her and hand her back into the waiting arms of her step-father. But Lisa's mother had no idea how determined she was to break away…

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‘Truly remarkable … Lisa’s courage is an inspiration to us all.’ Shy Keenan and Sara Payne'Her mother was no mother at all. In the face of the ultimate betrayal, Lisa somehow found the strength to rescue herself. Her plight inspired us to fight for a change in the law and her courage inspires victims everyday to speak out. She is and always will be a true Phoenix Hero.'Shy Keenan & Sara Payne MBE

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780007325160
Publisher:
HarperCollins UK
Publication date:
10/01/2013
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
561,426
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Lisa James is married and lives with her husband and six children in the north of England. In 2005 she reported her step-father to the police and three years later, when the case came to court, he was convicted.

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Mummy Knew 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was at times hard to read. The writer does a good job of thoroughly explaining without being terribly graphic. This is one of the few books of this type I've read where the writer actually pressed charges on her attacker....what a courageous thing to do!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book started off really well and I truly felt sick and ashamed that her own mother could treat and do what she did to her, allowing her to be abused by this despicable man. The mother is to be blamed for everything. A mother's love for a child is unconditional. My heart went out to her especially after everyone left her on her own. Shameful!!! In my view I would have loved to hear a little more about her survival after escaping the disgusting family life she led and getting onto the path of recovery. The author should be proud of herself for being a brave and wonderful mum to her children. Although this book is difficult to read because it challenges all sensibilities, and I certainly understand how some just cannot stomach the terror, I am happy I read it. With all she endured, she made it out of the dark and into the light. It says a lot about the human spirit and what it can survive. She is a survivor. And may something so terrible never happen to another single child.  The contempt and hatred I feel for her mother is as strong as that which I feel for her step-father. How a mother could allow that to happen to her own child, is the question that kept coming back to me as I read, and again after I finished the book. As a mother of three myself, I would gladly give up my own life to save any of my children. This "mother" put her baby in the line of fire every day. How a monster can abuse a child endlessly for years and never get caught is absolutely beyond my comprehension. I struggled reading all of the details, but as one reviewer wrote, no abuser is going to censor his words or actions. Lisa was telling her story, in all of its gruesome detail.   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book, the author does a stupendous job of creating imagery. This is one of those books you could have read 10 years ago and still remember how moving it was today.
224perweek More than 1 year ago
This is the saddest and most diturbing of all the books about abuse that I have read yet. People like this should not be allowed to have children......period!!
BrandyGirl More than 1 year ago
This was a very good read. Hard to believe what this girl went through and that her mother didn't care.
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My heart breaks to think of the things that happened to lisa. I hope she finds peace.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very good and I love how lisa finally got justice!! At times this book was be so unimaginary that I couldn't believe that it was happening! But over all a wonderful book!:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
VERY hard to read. I am almost done. Sure hopin her mother & step father got punished. Will make me reading it worth it.
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Absolutely terrifying to realize the evil of some people
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed it. Incredibly sad but well written and engaging.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mummy knew is about a 4-yearold girl lisa who lived with her nanny.One day while Lisa is at daycare the nanny falls and is rushed to the hospital.The nanny is unable to watch Lisa,so Lisa has to go live with her mom.Her mom doesn't really like her .Lisa shares a room with her older brother.Lisa also has two teenage sisters who share a room.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is so scary,to think that ould happen to a child
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What did the father do
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Father died
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was kind of innapropriate but very good