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Shannon: Betrayed from Birth

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  746 Ratings  ·  44 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, 278 pages
Published November 2nd 2009 by Blake Publishing (first published November 1st 2009)
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Beth
Sep 19, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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?)
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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, wh
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Sharon
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
In February 2008, a nine year old girl was reported missing from her home in England. Her mother, Karen, appeared on TV more than once begging for Shannon's safe return while the local community rallied around, organising searches and working round the clock to find Shannon.

24 days later, Shannon was found - she had been hiding in the base of a bed at a house occupied by Michael Donovan, a local man. The surprising thing? Michael was related to Craig Meehan, the partner of Shannon's mother Kare
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Andrea Jones
I decided to read this after watching the tv drama and found the book to be even more revealing...however, it's very repetitive and the book is littered with mistakes...could've done with a different proof reader!
Holly
Jun 03, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say, I do judge myself slightly for reading this book, so please feel free to do the same. I know that Karen Matthews certainly does not deserve anymore attention than she has already received. However, I remember watching this story unfold in the news when Shannon disappeared and I was totally intrigued by it, particularly when it became apparent that her own mother was involved.

One problem I had with the book was the motives that were stated. Rose Martin states as fact that Karen wa
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Pip
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many have forgot Shannon Matthews' story today, and it was on a recommendation of a friend that I read this. It was pretty educational in that I learned a lot about the case that I didn't know or had forgotten over the years, and I admit that I enjoyed the fact it fiercely pointed out the inequality of Britains classes. However, it was very repetitive and jumped around a little. A good read if you're interested in the case, although don't be fooled by the title - this isn't really Shannon's stor ...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.
Tam
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Andrea
Feb 28, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A bit basic

Poor quality writing, many typing errors. Basically this is a News of the World version of a story requiring a much better writer and editor.
Debbie Duncalf
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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karen
Mar 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disgraceful woman

Karen Matthews brought shame and disgrace to the town of Dewsbury. Kirklees social services should have had the common sense to intervene sooner regarding those poor children. This was a woman having one child after another with no means to support herself other than benefits and the various men who lived with her . This silly scheme to have her daughter kidnapped with some relative of her latest boyfriend in the hope of extracting reward money can only be seen as ludicrous ! W
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Nikki Mcgee
Feb 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
I read this as I thought it would give me more information for some lessons I was planning on "evil people" and nature vs nurture as the case was in the public mind due to the programme.

The book is very judgemental, in a Daily Mail way although she is a difficult woman not to judge. Coming from this kind of background myself it did remind me that I was lucky to escape.

Not a great read but I don't think it pretends to be.
danielle
Feb 12, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not great

If you want a book full of hyperbole and assumptions regarding people's thoughts and feelings, as well as an almost sycophantic view of Kate McCann, this is for you. If you want just facts, don't bother!
LitaVore
A rather quick read ( if you don't keep getting interrupted like I did ) due to it's easy and well done narrative flow. Shannon tells the story of a mother unfit to be a parent: abusive, negligent and all over just trashy in her parenting. Instead of responsibility she sees only self-serving opportunities. So when she sees a chance to stage her daughter's abduction in order to raise then steal reward fund money she takes it. The true story of a mother's evil heart, the boyfriend who doesn't care ...more
Cleo Bannister
I was slightly disappointed that there was nothing in this book that I hadn't already read in newspaper reports at the time of Karen Matthews trial. This book isn't about Shannon; it is about her mother who for reasons, not fully explained, decided to arrange for Shannon to stay at Michael Donovan's home and then report her missing.

The book gives a time line of events and a narrative about the reporting that occurred at the time of the hunt for Shannon. Nothing is really known about her even now
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Julie
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
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Sarah Knowler
Jan 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
stephen smitten
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Should have been titled Karen and not Shannon.

I enjoyed reading this book but didn't really learn anything more than I had read in the papers. Although having said that Shannon's life should quite rightly be kept private. I wouldn't have said that Karen was Britain's cruelest mother either. Mothers of children like baby p are far more cruel. She deserved her prison sentence though, that's a for sure
d wright
Jun 22, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Transphobic hack account, don't bother

"She found herself living with a child killer and a transsexual.....but preferred it to watching her back every minute" !!!!!! !How dare you Rose Martin????? You compare a child killer with someone who feels they were born in the wrong body? I was reviewing this account as a Criminology graduate for the student library, back into the garbage it goes......
Christine
Aug 10, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction


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.
Ellen May
A horrendous read due to the nature of the story - although I was very aware this is a real life event, I was willing it to be fiction. That poor girl. The writing was actually better than I expected, a simple but shocking read. Nothing ground breaking (in terms of writing style) but easy to quickly get sucked into.
Nathan
Feb 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kim
Sep 18, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, 2013
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.
shannice gittoes
Real insight

I really enjoyed the boom seeing things from Shannon's point of view and reading how nasty some parents can be and how horrible her mum actually was hopefully now sure living a better life
Abigail
Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is basically written however I think it is well worth a read. The story of a deprived ' woman' who has given birth to children and used them for her own gain. I do hope that her children are now healthy happy and safe
Tassha
Oct 04, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Andy
Jun 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this book. It was well written and informative.
Shell
Mar 25, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unbelievably hideous.
Jazz Beckett
I wasn't expecting much from this book but was still disappointed at how badly written it was, and how much of it was made up of rumours rather than facts of the case.
Carol
Jul 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this, but did feel there were a lot of assumptions and was not sure how much was fact and how much the author's view.
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