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When Daddy Comes Home

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  2,488 ratings  ·  262 reviews
She finally thought she was safe…

Toni Maguire, author of Number One Bestseller ‘Don't Tell Mummy’, takes up the story of her tragic childhood where she left off, revealing the awful truth about what happened when her father, sent to jail for abusing her, was released, and came home…

Toni Maguire's father abused her from the age of six, and was only found out when she fell p
Paperback, 352 pages
Published December 3rd 2007 by HarperElement (first published January 1st 2007)
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I thought this book was shockingly poorly written and structured. I read Maguire's memoir,Don't Tell Mummy and I found that book compelling and reasonably well-written.

The sequel, When Daddy Comes Home is just a shocking mess. Although it's a memoir, Maguire writes in the third-person which is incredibly distancing for the reader. She also fails to write in detail about her adult romantic relationships (if any) and her attitudes to sex in light of the awful childhood rapes she suffered. I felt a
Jan 11, 2010 rated it it was ok
This is the most poorly written book in the history of poorly written books. Wow.
I read 'Don't Tell Mummy' and was totally engrossed in it. It was a wonderfully told story of horrific abuse. Of course I went on to read 'When Daddy Comes Home' because I needed to know what happened after her father went to prison.
I don't know what changed, but it almost seems like this book was written by another person. It's confusing as it jumps from third person to first person, something I didn't understand a
Jan 12, 2009 rated it liked it
I have to say this only got 3 stars from me because I was not as impressed with this as i was her first one. DON"T TELL MUMMY was written much better. This book for me at least sounded like it was written in her words and then at points it sounded like someone was talking about her. This confused me very much..Now that just might be me. Do not really have much to say about this one....I lended up skimming a few chapters twards the end out of pure bordom. ...more
Nov 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: true-stories
This was an excellent read. Not the usual abuse stories, this went into depths of how the abuse had an affect on her mind, the stays and trauma's in a mental hospital. How she came through at the end and understanding her parents, and realizing her Mother was not all she thought she would be. ...more
Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've not read the first book which must have gone over the horrific sexual abuse that Toni received from her father since she was six years old. This picks up just as her father is sentenced to a pitiful 4 years in jail.

Toni told her mother when she was six and her mother did nothing. I honestly can't even comprehend how a parent could ignore something like that. Maybe I'm lucky as I know both my parents would fight to the death if I was in danger. But poor Toni was not as lucky as me. It must
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having read Toni Maguire's first book "Don't Tell Mummy", which is a shocking story of the abuse her father put her through, I was quite keen to read this follow up and find out how she managed to get on with her life. This is definitely a tale of survival! Which is not to say that things were easy for her - far from it! I rad once that there are laws for everything, except the damage a family can do. Which is so true here! I can't believe how her mother behaved. She must have had undiagnosed me ...more
Apr 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a very sad story of child abuse, which was a sequel to 'Don't Tell Mummy'. Toni Maguire has a wonderful way in how she writes such a harrowing story. This is a must read for anyone who is interested in reading about abuse. ...more
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
I'm 16 and 3 years ago I'd started reading books about child abuse. I read 'Helpless', 'Don't you love your daddy?', 'A Child Called It', 'The lost boy', 'A brother's journey', 'A teenagers journey','Nobody Came', 'Child C', 'Betrayed','Don't tell Mummy' and 'When Daddy comes home'. Just recently read 'A Child Called It' and 'Don't tell Mummy' again for book reports. I was shocked at how well written 'Don't Tell Mummy' was. I'd found Toni wrote the story very well, not going into graphic detail ...more
Nov 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
I didn't enjoy this book very much at all, I found that she kept repeating herself and I felt as if she didn't have much to say about certain areas. As the book got further to the end, she repeated herself more and more and I found myself looking forward to finishing the book.
I thought that Toni might talk about something different at some point and in more detail and I thought that the book just stayed at the same pace the whole way through.
Although I haven't read her other book 'Don't Tell Mum
Aug 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the sympathetic way in which this book was written. It`s similar to Silent Scream but having been written from a retrospective stand point makes it far more readable and enjoyable. Her father reminds me of my own and that is in itsself tragic but she finds a way out and ultimate happiness. Some of her portayals of events are well constructed to give the reader the best understanding of what was really happening to her at that time - A really good read.

Donna xxx
Jan 18, 2010 rated it liked it
This follow-up from "Don't Tell Mummy" follows Toni's life after her father gets released from prison, and the emotional and physical torture he and her mother put her through, and how she comes out the other side. Something I particularly liked about this book was the narration. That the author could think of herself, and the child she was as two seperate entities. A very moving story also, which had me in tears many a time. A must read. ...more
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mary Abu Ghattas
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Deeply moving. The book delicately dissects the inner workings of the psychological damages inflicted by childhood abuse, with a focus on healing. This is not about the father's abuse, nor society's rejection, as much as it is about understanding, coping, and learning to forgive a negligent mother. ...more
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
In this one the writer seperates Antoinette the child from Toni the successful grown up, as a coping mechanism. In a way, both no longer belonged to the same person. I had so much empathy for Antoinette, the abused silent rejected child, who only craved protection and love. I now understand to whom refered the 'Ultimate betrayal' on the cover. It was not her father's; it was actually her mother's betrayal by knowing & doing nothing about the abuse once, and forcing her fantasy of happy families ...more
Aug 22, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: true, 2013
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May 25, 2011 rated it liked it
The cover of this book drawn me to think the father was violent, not sexually abusive. The first few pages took me by surprise to find out that the abusing started when she was only six years old. It got me really engaged in the first chapters but after awhile it got really confusing. It jumped from present to past out of nowhere, sometimes I had to re-read some pages all over again to understand what I was reading. The author described somethings longer then she should of have, at those parts i ...more
Feb 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gritty and disturbing second memoir from the author - having plucked up the courage to complain about her father's abuse, from the age of 7 until he makes her pregnant at 14, Antoinette is relieved when her father is jailed for his crimes, but only for a comparatively short time. Making a new life with her mother, she thinks her terrors are behind her, only to find that her mother plans to reunite with her father on his release. Forced to leave home by her father's attitude to her, Antoinette fi ...more
May 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
this book is very good on showing you parent rejectiion and what it is to leave with a father that has abused you..she has to deal with rejection of family and the guy she starts to fall in love with leaves her after he learns of her past and that she was sexually abused by her father..everything changes when he comes back fro m prison she ends up moving to london..and later is addmitted to a phyacatric hospital where she sees what happens to perment residents..and she sees an opld friend who he ...more
Isa Cerqueira
Sep 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
I would have liked it better if it was written in the 1st person like the first book. It was confusing, it didn't seem like it was written by the same person. Anyhow, this is a touching, heartbreaking story, Toni has suffered so much throughout her life and as I read I felt so upset, so angry with her mother for taking that pig back, for treating Toni that way, for treating her like it was her fault, for never caring, never helping when she was the only one who could really help her. I recommend ...more
Aug 06, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I read this book a while ago and can't really remember it, what I can remember was the ending was very sudden and it wasn't very explanatory. The first couple of chapters are good enough to read on but most of the book was a but of a ramble. I did not read the first book as I bought the book thinking it was a single book, with no sequels or anything, it's definitely a heart touching book, but I don't think it's worth the read.... ...more
Sarah Goins
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this book as well as her first book "Don't Tell Mummy." The ONLY problem I have with this book is that there is a lot of repetition from the first book so I found myself skimming over a lot of the passages. Other than that it was great to find out about the missing years that the first book didn't address. Toni Maguire is truly a remarkable woman and my heart breaks for her lost childhood. ...more
Sep 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
A story of an abused girl who overcame her horrid past.
I liked the story in a way that she was able to go through a very difficult phase in her life, even to the point of choosing a scary life outside the comforts of the mental institution.
I think the author could have chosen a different title for this book.
Jul 20, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: only someone who really thinks they want to read it
Recommended to Jeannie by: no one really, I am just interested in these type of books
the writing in this book was not very good, she flucuated between first and second person narrative throughout which was very distracting especially at the beginning of the book. about 3/4 of the way thru it really got interesting but all in all not that great of a book in my opinion.
Larissa Mattix
Aug 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is the second to a another very good book. This was another one that pulled at my heart. I gavethis book four stars because the Author made me feel really close and in the story with all the other characters. She just pulled me in.
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
The follow on from "don't tell mummy", brilliant! As sad as the book is, you can't help but wonder y she never moved out n left the parents that she clearly met nothing to...then all is revealed, it's very gripping and a other year jerker! Another good read! ...more
Nicola Neary
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I found myself totally engrossed in this book and I now feel compelled to go out and buy Toni Maguire's other book.
A gripping read and written with pure honesty and completely soul bearing.
Hard to read at times but well worth it!
Patricia Kaniasty
Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a thoroughly depressing story. Could things get any worse for Toni? I feel so bad that she had such a tough time moving past her parents. And her father........what an a**hole. I'll hate him for her. ...more
Steacy Morris
Its a really sad book. I was a little confusing at times, the timeless kind of meshed together a little bit. regardless it was nice to hear her 2nd story! I felt bad when se wrote about her dog.... and her time in the mental institution was quite hard to read. Regardless the end was happy!
Carmel Carmel
Jun 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a continuation to Toni's other book 'Don't tell Mummy' and shows her Mothers true colours, no parent would ignore or put their child true the torture these parents did. ...more
Sharon Singh
Jan 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This was one child who moved out of the abusive home instead of just taking the abusive and living with it. An admirable story of coming into her own.
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“Don’t tell Mummy”, my memoir of my own childhood abuse, became a UK best seller in 2007. Writing about my experiences was hard emotionally, but in retrospect it has helped me deal with my past and realize that there is no shame in being the victim. It is never the child’s fault, whatever the abuser makes them believe at the time. How can it be? I then wrote a sequel, “When Daddy Comes Home”, whic ...more

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