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Girl in the Water: A True Story of Sibling Abuse

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  23 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
When Nancy Kilgore was nine years old, her eleven-year-old sister Sherry led her into the scorching midday sun, tied her to a chair, and taped her eyelids to her eyebrows with electrical tape, leaving Nancy helpless for hours to stare into a blinding blue sky. For years, Sherry physically tortured her younger sister and threatened to kill her if the cruelty was revealed. ...more
Paperback, 277 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by Health Communications
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Cecily Paterson
Aug 04, 2013 Cecily Paterson rated it really liked it
With an ongoing interest in abuse issues, Post Traumatic Shock Disorder and power relationships, I picked up this book in our library van this week.

Girl in the Water by Nancy Kilgore, MS, is a harrowing tale of one little girl's ongoing victimization, bullying and near murder at the hands of her older sister, over the span of her entire childhood, right up until her sister married and left home.

The description of the abuse was terrible. It's as bad as many things I've read about.

Perhaps even mo
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Viga Boland
Jul 11, 2013 Viga Boland rated it really liked it

THIS BOOK MAKES ME GLAD I'M AN ONLY CHILD!

Sometimes it just doesn't do justice to a book to have to read and review it in a short time frame: some books should have, and deserve so much more than a quick read. And GIRL IN THE WATER by Nancy Kilgore, is anything but a quick read.

While its focus is on the psychological damage caused by sibling abuse, and on a larger scale, how sibling abuse fosters bullying both inside and outside the home, both very emotional, important, and rather "hot" topics
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Tammie Calcutt
Aug 14, 2013 Tammie Calcutt rated it it was amazing
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What a book! This needs to be addressed more. Sibling abuse is swept under the carpet and "happy faces" are forced to wear to pretend everything is great when it's clearly not! It's time to speak up and stop this in its tracks.
Tremayne Moore
Dec 30, 2013 Tremayne Moore rated it it was amazing
Girl In The Water: A True Story of Sibling Abuse is a book that will touch you to the very core of your heart and soul. This is a true story of Nancy's childhood. There were many times within my read of this book where I wanted to scream. Nancy Kilgore takes you on a journey of her childhood and details her struggle with her older sister (as she literally tortured Nancy).

What made this story so sad is that the mother had no sympathy as to what Nancy was going through. I had to stop myself and t
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Felicia Johnson
Sep 25, 2013 Felicia Johnson rated it it was amazing
Girl In The Water by Nancy Kilgore, MS is a true story about sibling abuse. In her story, Nancy talks about the abuse she had suffered from the hands of her own sister. I found Nancy’s story of healing and survival to be eye opening. The style of imagery and the openness that Nancy writes with makes really wrapped me into her world. I was able to see and feel her throughout the whole read. I haven’t found many stories told quite like Nancy’s on the subject of sibling abuse. Her prose was ...more
Stephanie
Mar 22, 2013 Stephanie rated it liked it
Nancy Kilgore was systematically abused by her older sister Shelly for all of her childhood, the abuse only coming to an end when Shelly moved out of the family home to marry.

This is a confronting story of sibling abuse, which Kilgore decided to share to illuminate the issue of sibling abuse (said to affect 19 million children every year). The abuse that Kilgore experienced at the hands of her sister is appalling - constant physical abuse (which also veered, on at least one occasion towards sexu
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Sep 10, 2016 Jennifer rated it really liked it
What a heart breaking story of sibling abuse. I am in shock as to how the parents had no idea of what was happening under their own roof.

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I hold a Master’s Degree from the University of Oregon. I have extensively researched PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and Sibling Abuse. I also am a national trainer on Bullying, Sibling Abuse, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

I am the author of Every Eighteen Seconds: Personal Journey Into Domestic Violence and The Sourcebook For Working With Battered Women. My recently published book is
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