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Each time my mother laid a finger on me...it was another step into the jaws of hell. Her abuse, more so than any other, destroyed me. It was the ultimate betrayal.

Abused from the age of eight by her older brother and then her step-father, Maureen Wood quickly became numb to the constant suffering. But Maureen’s world crumbled when her own mother started to abuse her too....

A Family Secret is the harrowing true story of how one little girl survived sickening abuse by the people who should have loved her most and how an innocent baby finally saved her.

©2021 Maureen Wood (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Bravery in Spades

The author shares her life with brutal honesty and reveals the darkest of taboos. As someone who has suffered similarly, her story of justice provides hope. Please be aware that this book is filled with triggers and survivors should proceed with caution.

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Amazingly written

It’s difficult to say I enjoyed this book. The trauma inflicted on the author for so many years was horrifying and sad. It was well written, but hard to read. There are some really graphic descriptions of the abuse that I had to take a break from time to time so I didn’t cry. However I am glad that Maureen and people like her speak out and bring abuse like this to light. I only hope that we could help all children who are in such dire situations.

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Excellent

It was an AWESOME Read and I’m so glad you saw it through and your parents and brother got what they DESERVED!!!!

The social services was a DISGRACE!!!!!

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Beyond the scope of one's mind

I was horrified yet thoroughly entranced with this story. humans can be so evil. Luckily to the victor go the spoiled thankfully. Read beautifully.

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very graphic , great book but very triggering.

Struggled to finish due to by own PTSD. Very sad and traumatic but very well written.

*edit* finally finished this book, listened to it all within 24 hours. The ending is the outcome we all prayed for. Maureen is so full of strength and is so brave. Great read.

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A well told story

I enjoyed this book. The author did a wonderful job. As awful as her situation was she rose above and was able to find justice in the end.

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Brilliantly wrote.

Absolutely Horrible things this poor child had to endure growing up. Very well written. considering the painful story it was an awesome book.

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heart break and tears

loved it .But was so sad .Yet glad she stood her ground and won at end.

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this story is crazy!!

loved it but at the same time can not believe someone lived through that , i can not imagine the trauma.

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Wow

I don’t know where to start. Ms. Victory 😉 you have survived incredible horrors, I thank you for sharing your story. In hopes that others will find this and speak out/up. I can’t even put into words the feelings I have after reading your story.

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  • 06-15-21

justice

A courageous lady to bring her abusers to justice. Giving hope to many victims suffering in silence.
The guiltier person in my mind was the Mother in which I use the term loosely.
Her stepdad was a predator making Maureen an easy target.
What confused with the brother they were once so close protecting her yet changed so dramatically I think encouraged largely by the mother I think once he had committed the awful act he too become the monster.

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  • Ross cooper
  • 12-19-21

Captivating and devastating

Maureen’s story shouldn’t exist. It’s hard to listen to at times a tale told with such honesty and raw emotion. The strength held within is the most amazing takeaway from this book

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  • joseywailer
  • 11-24-21

Amazing

I have no words to describe this book it was extremely graphic My heart went out to Maureen I thank God with the support of her 1st child Christopher that she was able to hold the evils accountable for what they had done to her. the family that you should trust to protect you done the evils. In the end Justice was served I wish Maureen all the best in her life nothing but happiness with her children. Moral to the story: what evil you do in the dark will always come out in the light in the end

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  • Jen
  • 10-25-21

Remarkable story!!

The narrator is fabulous and the writer very skilled. This is a harrowing account of the entire life story of an absolute survivor of sexual abuse and tornent at the hands of not one but three family members including her mother and a system that failed her from the start .... an incredible insightful and inspirational read - highly recommend!

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  • Ina Margrethe Gabrielsen
  • 09-04-21

A horrific and thrilling tale.

So horrible and gruesome story about bravery, endurance and dissociation. The author's experience is the worst a young girl can be exposed to, and she tells her story incredibly well. How she endured, and how she survived

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  • Willow Phoenix-Murphy
  • 06-11-21

One of the most amazing audiobooks I've ever heard

I don't really have the right words for this book. It's amazing, heartbreaking, heartwarming. Such a strong, brave child that went through it all. An absolute inspiration to us survivors.
This will always be a favourite.

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  • LKnott
  • 06-06-21

Unsettling yet engaging listen

Very sad listen of a poor child who never really experienced what it truly should feel like to be a child.
No child should suffer in the hands of those who should love, care and protect you.
Thank you for your bravery in sharing Maureen and Rachel for fab narrative.

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  • Nalts
  • 06-01-21

Although A harrowing factual story A Brave Victim

As my review title stated it’s a very upsetting story which Maureen Wood as had to persevere with throughout her very young age right up until a young woman and what’s upsetting for me is the small amount of years that Maureen own Brother, Mother and Step Father’s as been sent to Prison for, and why oh why where they allowed to live very near to where Maureen and her brave supportive family lives.
I was pleased to find out that Maureen was awarded a substantial amount of money from the local council which runs social services.

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  • L. M. Harrison
  • 05-18-21

What a brave strong woman

A true life story I never thought would be possible. When you think your having a bad day you should listen to this book and thank your lucky stars. Definitely very grounding, written from the heart.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-11-21

Amazing strength and determination

Absolutely heartbreaking story, a truly courageous lady to fight back a horrific childhood To protect her children and set herself free😉😊

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  • Jo
  • 05-20-21

heartbreaking

Was a very sad story but had a good ending. She was very strong. xox

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  • Jenna Medlen
  • 10-24-21

Heartbreaking

Unbelievable story well narrated, left me feeling like I was hearing Maureen tell the story herself.

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  • karly d.
  • 09-05-21

I wish this book was never written, a devastating story of broken trust and heartache.

I so sorry there was ever a reason to put pen to paper.
Devastating story of trust broken, relationships and future bound by secrets.
Bless little Christopher for the gifts of freedom!
While the story is heartbreaking it’s one of truth and substance, I feel like I could feel what she went through. Well performed and written.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-05-21

Shocking

Very sad true story of beautiful young girl being abused by her own family, including her own mother! Evil, evil people. I’m so glad you survived and finally brought these monsters to justice! Well written and narrated.