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Shannon: Betrayed from Birth

3.3 of 5 stars 3.30  ·  rating details  ·  82 ratings  ·  17 reviews
On February 19, 2008, Shannon Matthews disappeared while making her way home from a school swimming trip in the UK. The 999 call made by her mother, Karen, alerted the police to the nine-year-old's disappearance and sparked a massive search across the north of England. The story dominated newspaper headlines and television news for the weeks that followed and there was eve...more
ebook, 276 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by John Blake
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♥ Marlene♥
The face of the woman on the cover I knew I had seen before (hello,who can forget such a face?)

but when reading this story, it did not ring a bell. Guess I just looked at some headlines of newspapers back then.

So because I did not know anything, I did not appreciate the writer spoilering from the beginning, what would happen. Yes It is true crime but that does not mean we all know what has happened. I prefer my true crime books in order from how things happened. youth, marriage, what made this...more
sorry but this book is very badly written all based on the authors heresay and things that anyone could have gotten from the press at the time of the crime.

I felt most points the author tried to make had nothing to do with the crime and the author also assumed alot of what she felt people were feeling and thinking at the time

On 19 February, Shannon was no doubt particularly quiet after a huge row in the house the previous night. As she wandered silently downstairs, holding on to the slightly sti...more
Yorky Caz
not to belittle what was a horrific situation and a terrible ordeal for shannon but this book is awful! saying that i read it cover to cover but its terribly written and the descriptions of karen matthews and craig show the disgust of the author from the start. all that said it was interesting and good to see that for all the bad things to say about the people of dewsbury there was also a brilliant sense of community.
I can remember this happening like it was yesterday sat at the table with my morning coffee and watching as the breaking news about Shannon Disappearance was reported. I don't live to far away from Dewsbury and was concerned that there was a child abductor around as I have a daughter just a couple of year older than Shannon

Rose Martin has done a good job at describing the environment the Shannon Matthews was growing up in. The book it self give a detailed description of what happened from the da...more
This is nothing but a glorified daily mail article. If you read that paper and believe every word - then you'll enjoy this. If you have better things to do with your time and prefer to have reliable unsensationalised information I recommend you avoid this at all costs
Sarah Knowler
Rose Martin has worked hard to give a fair account of the events and to describe but not demonise Karen Matthews and Michael Donovan. I think it's really hard to relate the circumstances of a family like the Matthews' and convey the horror without taking a preachey or superior tone and Ms Martin succeeds. Her description of the good and bad of life on a 'sink' estate is very accurate in my experience.
I chose to read this book because it happened in my local area. And because of this fact there wasn't really much in the book I didn't already know.
It is however, an interesting and disturbing book for anyone who is unfamiliar with the story of how a mother of 7 children from a run down council estate, staged the kidnapping of her own daughter.
This book follows the abduction plot of Shannon Matthews by her mother and stepfathers uncle. It's believed that others must have been involved in the plan as neither were intelligent enough to plan it on their own. The poor girl was missing for nearly a month and was found hiding inside the bottom of a bed. It wasn't particularly well written.

A detailed account of the disappearance of Shannon Matthews, the young girl who went missing in 2008.

I hope that Shannon never gets hold of this book. I felt uncomfortable reading this. It was very judgmental and unnecessarily derogatory at times. It could have been written with less of a moralistic tone.
Ruth Turner

Someone should have drowned this woman at birth!

A lot of conjecture, at time repetitive, but overall a good read.
Princess Melanie
A fascinating insight into the lives of the people of Dewsbury Moor and how strong community spirit is in the face of adversity.
Clare Holohan

Can't believe how cruel this mother is! Very interesting read x
Elaine O'connell
An interesting look in to what seems like a different world.
I enjoyed reading this book. It was well written and informative.
Unbelievably hideous.
Not the best book I've read but only took me a few days. I found it was more of a long newspaper article than a proper book. still an interesting read. title was a bit misleading for me. As there main focus was on Karen & Michael.
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