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Publisher's Summary

Four children by her father.
Thirty years of horrific sexual abuse.
In March 2009, Joseph Fritzl was sentenced to life in jail for the systematic imprisonment, torture and rape of his daughter, Elisabeth, over 24 years, fathering seven children. The case shocked the world.
But just a month before, the story of Australia’s own house of horrors was emerging in a Victorian country town.
Under a blanket of suppression orders, a man in his late 60s was quietly arrested, charged - and later convicted - for the systematic rape, abuse and imprisonment of his only daughter, 'Katherine', which spanned decades. He fathered four of her children.
Until now, this shocking story has been buried under a complex legal web and Katherine’s insistence on silence so that she could rebuild her shattered life and protect her children. In Behind Closed Doors, written with Sue Smethurst, Katherine breaks her silence and tells the story of how she survived - and how such degrading abuse went unnoticed for so long.
©2015 Sue Smethurst and Katherine X (P)2016 Bolinda
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5 out of 5 stars
By MoodyInVt on 06-07-17

Sad that it's a true story

What did you like best about this story?

I can't say I liked this story. It was incredibly sad and so hard to imagine what Katherine endured for decades. She was very brave to tell her story. There were many moments throughout the book where I shook my head and thought how was this possible that no one helped this woman and her siblings.

Have you listened to any of Caroline Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Caroline Lee is a wonderful narrator. This narration was different because she didn't change her voice tone for the different people in the story.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When she was saved by Jane and when her father finally had his day in court for his punishment (which was not severe enough!)

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5 out of 5 stars
By JoAnn on 04-14-16

Brave Women

Story of a abused woman that summed up the courage to seek justice. I wish her the best of luck

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1 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 03-16-18

Sad to say I got bored

I tried really hard to get into this book, I found that my mind kept wondering , and for me it was boring.
l kept going back over a couple of the chapters to read them again, But that didnt seem to help either.
So eventualIty had to give up about halfway through .
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3 out of 5 stars
By Sara Paton on 06-27-16

Sad series of events should never have happened!

The story was very sad. This series of life events should never have been allowed to happen. The system let this atrosity take place with knowledge. So very disappointing. I almost couldn't finish the audio as it was so depressing to hear I can't imagine what it would have been like to live this terrible existence. Stay strong.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Theres on 07-25-18

Did not capture the rawness or emotion

Katherine X's story is beyond comprehensible. The life behind the closed doors, that so many were also privvy to but did nothing about... is heart breaking. Unfortunately, it was not depicted as such in the way her story was told.

The narrator's voice, speaking in first person is way too polished and prim for a first person narrative. The skimming and lack of depth to the emotional torture K suffered, left this book feeling like a vague recollection of events that should have gripped the reader and evoked emotional response from the reader... but sadly, it didn't.

I don't want this to take away from K's story... but it is not a book I would remember for other than the fact I also grew up and lived in many areas that she did.... I hope K is happy with her story being told the way it was.. I felt that coming off the back of a book like "The Trauma Cleaner"... this book felt very short of the mark of being engaging.

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