I Remember, Daddy: The harrowing true story of a daughter haunted by memories too terrible to forget

I Remember, Daddy: The harrowing true story of a daughter haunted by memories too terrible to forget

by Katie Matthews

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I Remember, Daddy: The harrowing true story of a daughter haunted by memories too terrible to forget by Katie Matthews

Katie's memories of her childhood were patchy. She'd always remembered her father's physical abuse, his anger and violence. But there was a lot she had forgotten. And, at the age of 24, after the birth of her son, the memories that were gradually unlocked with the help of a psychiatrist were far more terrible.Katie had grown up living in fear. She'd never forgotten the icy coldness that used to spread through every vein in her body each time her father grabbed her roughly by the arm, or punched and kicked her mother. Or the occasion when she was 3 and he'd locked her in a bedroom for an entire weekend, without food or water. Or the night when he'd brought home a young woman he'd met at a bar, pushing her mother down the stairs when she dared to complain and then locking mother and daughter out in the snow, dressed only in their nightdresses.There were many, many incidents of violence and cruelty that Katie had never forgotten. But when she started a family of her own, and began to see a psychiatrist to help her cope with the debilitating post-natal depression she was suffering, she was forced to recall memories that were even more horrifying. Memories of the sexual abuse her father had subjected her to from the age of 3, which her mind had locked away for over twenty years. And memories of all the other horrific incidents from her childhood that she'd dared not remember until then.During the months that Katie remained in the psychiatric hospital, the locked doors in her mind gradually opened, releasing the trauma from her past and finally enabling her to start to understand the reason for her self-disgust.This is Katie's story – the sometimes harrowing but ultimately inspiring true story of her journey as she comes to terms with memories too painful to remember but impossible to forget.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780007419036
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/31/2011
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 579,399
File size: 2 MB

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I Remember, Daddy 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cannot imagine what this poor woman went through. Her father should be beaten beyond recognition and then shot in front of a firing squad, but not killed, just crippled. She endured so much, I commend her for putting her nightmare into a well written book. I know it took alot of courage, I just cannot understand why the mother let it happen instead of taking the kids and getting out of an abusive relationship. I know as a mother, I would NEVER let anyone raise a hand to my children, I don't care who you are.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The ONLY reason this book gets 4 stars is because of the length. At 182 pages, I could have read this book forever. This book does a wonderful job of retelling the author's memories with vivid detail, without drowning the reader in sorrow while envisioning such trauma. This book is powerful, but heartwrenching. Beware of detailled accounts of sexual and physical abuse. Though heartbreaking, this book is wonderul and gives me hope, reading how the author gains her strength back after truly overcoming hell.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Poor girl I hope she is sucsessful in here career and is happy