Chapters 5-8 by Author, Mary

I have read your chapters and I am blown away.

 

It definitely is not boring!

"I’ve read the two chapters you sent me. WOW. I found it very ...I cant think of the right word, but it drew me in and I started getting very ‘into’ the book, and was disappointed that I had no more to read... it definitely is not boring!" - June 

I had to message you

"I felt I had to message you after reading the first two chapters of your book. I knew (Frankie's) abuse happened and it was bad but never realised how bad, and I'm absolutely stunned that (her) mum never stepped in to help. I'm sure you would have, and I know without question I would have - regardless of what might happen to me! Would definitely like to read more." - Sue

Reviews of Chapters 5-8 by John and Joanie

"I can honestly say I felt a strong desire to keep reading, wanting to know what would happen next, always a desirable quality in a book. I also believe one needs to care about a central character in a story such as this if it is to have any impact on the reader. Because of her age, circumstances and the abuse, one cannot help caring about Frankie and feel an emotional involvement in what occurs. Anyone who has experienced abuse will quickly relate to and identify with Frankie. Those who haven't will begin to garner some insight and understanding. Either way, readers will travel with Frankie on the journey and genuinely care about what happens to her." - John

 

 

"You so clearly give insight into a child's mind when they are not told the truth of what is happening. People are inclined to underestimate the child’s understanding of a situation. It can also create mistrust of adults, raise false hopes and have a negative affect on a trusting relationship in future...

You are also very brave in commenting on the pleasure as well as the guilt. That may well come as a revelation to some people - and a relief to other victims, who perhaps have not dared to voice this aspect of their abuse!" - Joanie

Review of Chapters 1-4 by John, Ex Child Protection Social Worker

"The challenge you have is to somehow be factual, whilst also in story form keeping the reader interested ... and caring about what happens. 

Reading the first four chapters together is helpful in ascertaining whether you have managed to achieve this and I believe you have. There is a nice flow to it it all and a real desire to keep reading. There is an awful lot of important background information given in a succinct manner which can be easily understood. You move between time frames in a way that avoids confusion by always explaining context. Obviously more information will follow concerning (Frankie's) parents and siblings, but already I feel I know quite a lot." 

Review of Chapters 1-4 by Ex Probation Officer, Joanie, who worked with perpetrators

"I couldn’t wait for the next bit and read it as I would a book.  And it is a book.  Glo, it’s so well done. You should be proud...  What comes over as a whole, is that if anyone reading this has any doubts about seeing a Counsellor, your story will allay their fears.  That’s an important element of your story I think. It’s a means to, not an end, but a kind of peace."

 

Review of Chapter 1 by Ex Teacher, Kathy

"I have read your first chapter, and have found it an engaging and page-turning read. The use of the present tense adds vividness to the narration, and there's lots of emotion, making it a great read - so well done!"

Review of Chapters 1 and 2 by Author, Mary

I read your 2 chapters and I really like the way your timeline is. I like the way you flashed back to your younger self and the experience that you had. I think it's a good way to go because it really allows the reader to become invested in Frankie's life. There is suspense building already about why Frankie is feeling her experience with this client in a different way and what is it about him that is triggering her to go back to memories that she thought were dealt with to only find out that there's more hiding inside of her than she thought.

Review of Chapters 1 and 2 by ex Safeguarding Service Manager, Marion

You are clearly a gifted writer. Looking forward to Chapter 3.