Keeping Mother's Secrets: Surviving Terror and Betrayal Through Courage and Hope

Keeping Mother's Secrets: Surviving Terror and Betrayal Through Courage and Hope

by Tracy May


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Keeping Mother's Secrets: Surviving Terror and Betrayal Through Courage and Hope by Tracy May

• "Riveting account of actual events and their startling twists and turns."

• "Haunting psychological cliffhanger of terrifying abuse, unrelenting brainwashing attempts, and one child's determination to survive and thrive."

Arthur M. Bodin, Ph.D., ABPP

Former President, Division of Family Psychology,
Psychological Association

"A gripping account of the effects of a child's continual trauma and her struggles for physical and emotional safety. Tracy May balances the horror of relentless threat and fear with acts of kindness from others. A courageous and inspirational story filled with huge characters and major legal precedents. Once
I started reading the book, I could not put it down. As a psychologist, I
recommend this exceptional addition to the understanding of trauma and recovery."

Joseph Keenan, Ph.D.

"A child's terrifying journey through severe and pervasive family dysfunction and many forms of child abuse, including parental alienation. The story reflects a keen understanding of coping with adversity. A powerful and moving testimonial to the strength of the human spirit and a must read for anyone moving on from a stormy past."

Andrew Newman, M.D., FCCP

Keeping Mother's Secrets is a gripping memoir of a child's courage to survive terrifying physical, emotional and sexual abuse. It has many unpredictable twists and turns as the child, Tracy, clings to hope and finds a way to thrive.
This brave, honest and graphic account is enhanced by legal documents and the memories of others who were involved. Keeping Mother's Secrets is an inspirational read that will engage, enlighten and fascinate the public. It also offers hope to those who have suffered abuse and trauma.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780578147246
Publisher: Bounceback Press
Publication date: 02/24/2015
Pages: 372
Sales rank: 423,095
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)

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Keeping Mother's Secrets: Surviving Terror and Betrayal Through Courage and Hope 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Cary0 More than 1 year ago
Utterly amazing story! It had me riveted from beginning to end. It is  the story of how a child survived horrifying child abuse  and later found a way to thrive. I was appalled at the courts' unwillingness to protect this little girl and relieved by the final landmark custody decision. A tribute to the strength of the human spirit! I can't recommend this book highly enough!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down once I started. I love true inspiring stories like this. I am a survivor of being molested by a family member & while finally trying to heal & deal at the age of 46 this book gave me so much understanding as far as forgiving but not forgetting.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Nathan M. Beauchamp for Readers' Favorite Keeping Mother's Secrets was both difficult and easy to read. Easy because the story of how Tracy May escaped a past filled with horrific abuse captivated me; difficult because of the subject matter. Written with frank, matter of fact prose, May’s account of her psychotic mother, ineffectual father, and abusive childhood carried me quickly from first page to last. The simplicity of the prose itself serves to heighten not lessen the tension — I felt as though I were right beside an intelligent, admirable young girl quite literally fighting for her life. Though Keeping Mother's Secrets covers the very grim territory of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, May maintains an upbeat, hopeful perspective. You can’t read this memoir without feeling immense respect for the author. Not just because of her experiences, but because of how she’s chosen to overcome them. May writes in the epilogue that she chose to publish her memoir with the hope it might help others. I have no doubt that it has already done so. In fact, as someone who has experienced some abuse myself, I can say that reading Keeping Mother's Secrets was therapeutic for me. May embeds historical documents, reports from psychologists that treated her as a child, and transcripts from the court proceedings over her custody case. These provide a factual backbone that gives Keeping Mother's Secrets even greater power. May uses these permanent records of her troubled childhood to great and evocative effect. In a story featuring few heroes and many villains, Indian Joe, the attorney who represented her father’s side of the custody battle to remove May from her abusive mother, is the only shining star aside from May herself. It’s impossible to read Keeping Mother's Secrets without getting angry. It’s equally impossible to read it without feeling a profound sense of hope. If May can overcome the horror of her childhood and go on to lead a meaningful and valuable life, so too can all who have suffered injustice. Powerful, gripping, and supported by interesting historical documentation, Keeping Mother's Secrets is a worthwhile and compelling read. It stands alongside memoirs like Mary Karr’s The Liar's Club as a profound exploration of the redemptive power of hope.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tracy May's exceptionally descriptive writing captures her memories and brings them to life on the page.  A truly riveting account of one woman's unimaginable childhood.  This book provides a clear message of hope and is one all should read.
Diana05 More than 1 year ago
Such a page gripping book! I couldn't stop reading it once I started. I found myself being so immersed in the book that I felt like I was really there as the situations were taking place. It's amazing how one person can overcome such horrific events. You really feel for the writer and want nothing more than to save her in some way. Growing up in an environment that was so wildly different, it's so hard to wrap your head around how a mother can put her child through such events. People need to read this book and understand the battles that other people face. I think as a society we are so unaware of a lot of the abuse that goes on. It's amazing to me that the writer was able to get to the point she's at by the end of the book. Put down whatever book you're reading and go grab this book...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such an Amazing book, so hard to put it down once I started it. It's hard for the reader to not put themselves into the horrifying situations and really feel. Truly is an inspirational story to see how one can triumph such horrors, can't even imagine a child going through such experiences.
JH4 More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read for every one. The fascinating true story won't let you put the book down. Many of us who grew up in a safe and loving home can not imagine how things like this can even happen. It is good to know as you read this incredible story, that this little girl does survive and grows into a strong adult that is compelled to tell the world the truth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read! Could not put it down! It had me hooked from the first sentence! This memoir soars above other child abuse accounts,because it includes court documents, testimony, doctors reports and statements from people who were involved. One of the most amazing parts of the story was when Tracy grew into adulthood, despite the horrible abuse she had suffered from her mother,the story ends well for both of them. A great ending to an amazing book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a gripping and intense story of horrifying abuse of a young girl by someone she should be able to trust.  Even more importantly, it's a story of how she overcame that abuse to become a healthy, happy, and forgiving human being. it's must reading for anyone who wants insights into the mind s of the abused, the abuser, and other family members as they try to understand what's happening.