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Publisher's Summary

In her new book, the Sunday Times and New York Times best-selling author of Damaged tells the story of the Dawn, a sweet and seemingly well-balanced girl whose outward appearance masks a traumatic childhood of suffering at the hands of the very people who should have cared for her.
Dawn was the first girl Cathy Glass ever fostered. Sweet and seemingly well balanced girl, Dawn's outward appearance masked a traumatic childhood so awful, that even she could not remember it. During the first night, Cathy awoke to see Dawn looming above Cathy's baby's cot, her eyes staring and blank. She sleepwalks - which Cathy learns is often a manifestation in disturbed children. It becomes a regular and frightening occurrence, and Cathy is horrified to find Dawn lighting a match whilst mumbling it's not my fault in her sleep one night.
Cathy discovers Dawn is playing truant from school, and struggling to make friends. More worryingly she finds her room empty one night, and her pillow covered in blood. Dawn has been self-harming in order to release the pain of her past. When Dawn attempts suicide, Cathy realises that she needs more help than she can give. Dawn's mother eventually confides in her that Dawn was sent away to live with relatives in Ireland between the ages of 5 and 9, and Cathy soon realises that the horrors Dawn was exposed to during this time have left her a very disturbed little girl.
©2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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Critic Reviews

Reviews for Damaged:
"Cannot fail to move those who read it." (Adoption-net)
"Heartbreaking." (The MirrorThe Sun)
"A true tale of hope. ****." (OK!)
"Foster carers rarely get the praise they deserve, but Cathy Glass's book should change all that.****" (First Magazine)
"A hugely touching and emotional true tale." (Star Magazine)
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By Lauraji on 03-27-15

One of my favorites by Cathy Glass

I love all Cathy's books but this one is particularly interesting and sweet. I won't give anything away, but I learned a lot about self-harm and ways children blame themselves for traumas they experience and what can be the outcome of that. A very moving story.

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By davidli1973 on 12-27-17

My favourite audible book!

I loved this book and felt sorry for dawn. Why did she cut her wrists? Cathy seems so nice and I'm sure that she will still foster a lot of children. How lovely of dawn to call Cathy! Denica fairman is an amazing narrator and makes me feel like she is Cathy Glass. I hope that there would be more! ~Sunny

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By Elaine Jones on 10-07-16


Another enjoyable read. I have enjoyed all Cathy Glass books. I hope Dawn is happy.

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By Robyn on 09-05-17


loved this listen, haven't heard a Cathy glass I didn't like. Very interesting and twisting.

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By Lucy Fieldhouse on 11-02-16


Cathy Glass has the ability like most great authors to take you inside the book as though you are living it, it makes your heart crumple to hear the horrible things these people have gone through but when Cathy tells her story and the way she deals with these lost souls is unbelievable and truly makes your heart skip a beat at the end, no matter how bad the situation of the child is she gives them infinite love and always leaves an imprint. I bought one of her books at the local store one day and the addiction to her books slowly started from daddy's little princess to mummy told me not to tell. I am now on the 8th book and wanting more which im about to buy.
I would definitely recommend Cathy Glass's books ANYDAY.

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