Dear Daddy

  • by Emily Summers
  • Narrated by Alice Parker
  • 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Secrets are like vampires. They captivate us with their forbidden mystery and promises of excitement. Yet once inside us, they become toxic, compelling us to infect others, who in turn want nothing more than to be bitten. It's a vicious cycle that ensures nothing remains secret forever.
The only way to protect yourself from their destructive energies is to simply turn the other way when offered one. To resist the lure of the forbidden fruit. But sometimes, something just happens to you - or you just happen to witness something - that forces one upon you, like an uninvited guest that arrives without warning, and leaves only under great duress.
Unfortunately, I have been burdened by such a secret for over 20 years. You see, my childhood was stolen from me in broad daylight, right under my nose, by a cunning thief who dazzled me with his charms, only to run away with my innocence forever.
It was the perfect crime, and at the time I was the perfect victim. But thankfully, I was able to pick up the pieces of my life and gradually go on to live quite normally. In fact, I even forgot all about my childhood trauma.
Or so I thought. Because it was during a recent chance encounter with my old teenage diary that I realized my demons had never truly left me. They had only been lurking in the shadows all along as I busied myself with other things. I suppose I learned the hard way that a secret kept in darkness only grows in potency.
But there is one way to diffuse a secret. To take away all of its power. And that is to make it public. For no vampire can survive in the cold light of day. So it is at the behest of my wonderfully supportive husband that I have decided to lay bare the ghosts of my childhood in this book, in the hope that in doing so, I'll finally be able to lay them to rest forever. It's been a long, hard journey for me to get to this point. And I thank you, dear listener, for playing your part in my recovery.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Great reminder to ALL parents

What made the experience of listening to Dear Daddy the most enjoyable?

It was written very well. Great first person & the personal library made it so real. Very easy to follow & to believe considering I was a teenage girl myself many, many moons ago. Brought back all those feeling we feel as "wanting to be liked" and realizing how quickly things can go wrong when we don't realize it.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Emily herself and her eventual friendship with Jessica.


What does Alice Parker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She was easy to listen to. Her timing, pauses, just general reading habit was enjoyable.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not at all. Just a lot of heartbreak & genuine compassion for all these girls who were taken advantage of.


Any additional comments?

Kudos to Emily's mother for "finding" the diary & taking action. Eye opening to not be TOO trusting with adults exposed to your beloved children & grandchildren.

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- Pamela Plimpton

An Eye Opener!

I appreciated her story. It was an eye opener not to be so trusting with adult males/females w your kids. We as parents, need to be on guard for our kids.
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- Maria

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-09-2017
  • Publisher: Opal Audio (Child Abuse True Stories)