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Never Tell: A True Story of Overcoming a Terrifying Childhood

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  180 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Catherine McCall's childhood seemed postcard perfect: With well-to-do, cosmopolitan parents, a private education, and two baby grand pianos, she had everything a girl could ever want. But as an adult, McCall began to remember terrible things, revealing that the idyllic childhood she had on paper was nothing more than a facade hiding her father's terrible secrets. Never Tel ...more
Paperback, US re-release of UK 2010 paperback , 354 pages
Published April 2014 by Create Space (first published April 2009)
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I was fortunate to receive a copy of this book through Good Reads in exchange for my honest review.

Ms. McCall's memoir unflinchingly looks back at her horrific childhood which was filled with sexual, emotional, and physical abuse. The descriptions of the rape by her father (alcoholic, bipolar, with no empathy is his official diagnosis) are absolutely heartbreaking and nauseating, I read much of this book through tears.

What makes this book completely remarkable is that it isn't just a rehashing
Mary Wagner
Jun 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Given the childhood horrors that Catherine McCall endured behind a façade of middle-class normalcy--repeated rapes by her brilliant but bi-polar father while her alcoholic mother stayed ineffectively on the sidelines, fragile and soddenly useless to her children--no one would have been surprised if she had died young, drowning her own sorrows at the bottom of a bottle of tequila. McCall survived the odds instead, and her harrowing and brave memoir chronicles both despair and ultimately survival ...more
Rebecca Allard
May 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Catherine McCall has sent out a personal call-to-arms with her vivid, insightful and instructive memoir, NEVER TELL. Memoirs typically focus on the story the author wants to tell. McCall has told her story of horrific sexual abuse and dogged journey to a hard-earned healing. She has also done something more through her epilogue. Here she has widened her story to include us all in her quest to enlist the reader to become proactive to "contribute to the safety of children, the healing of sexual ab ...more
Roberta Dolan
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Catherine McCall’s courage to face a childhood of sexual abuse is parallel only to her courage to tell the story. In a candid account of living with an incestuous father and dysfunctional family the reader watches as Catherine emerges from victim to survivor. Beautifully written, her words open our eyes to the destruction caused by sexual abuse and leave us with the hope that with courage, determination and faith healing can happen. Catherine’s story is a true testament.
Natasha May Anderson
A now adult's memoir on her childhood where she was sexually abused by her Father. Both of her parents were alcoholics. This is how she overcame her childhood, and how the abuse had reflected well into her adult years, her own children & her siblings; one in which received AIDS due to abuse. An interesting read indeed.
Shirley Taylor
Feb 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A story well told.
Dec 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is an amazing read, its the most amazing book i have ever read i could not put it down she is such a strong willed little girl its a tear jerker from start to finish

Lynda Atkinson
Aug 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing story.
Pauline White
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Harrowing account of mental illness, alcoholism, child abuse and coercion. Sad , so sad that some children live with this kind of scrap in their lives. This book is a testament of the help that can help you heal but it's a lifelong project.
Jul 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway, and I'm glad I did. It was an interesting read that opens your eyes to the horrors that are all too common in this world, and the author offers up ways to help, either yourself or others, at the end of the book. It was a difficult book to get through at times as the author doesn't shy away from detailing the horrific sexual abuse she endured at the hands of her father. This book takes us through the long and difficult struggle that the author we ...more
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Patricia Kaniasty
This story primarily talks about the adult life of a woman who suffered at the hands of her father as a child. She talks about her therapy and religion and how they both helped her alot. The story took us through her life as an adult with kids of her own and how her life affected raising them. Overall, I thought the book was a bit long winded and had a difficult time finishing it. It became repetitive after a while.
Jun 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
This author withstood terrible abuse as a child but has managed to use her dark past and stolen innocence, to grow and become a better person. She has provided a gift to many, through her strength and resilience, by helping others to cope and to overcome their traumatic experiences. Well written and fast read. I applaud Catherine McCall's extraordinary bravery and wisdom!
Jun 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really well written book that takes you through the abusive childhood suffered but also the impact and ongoing issues that result from this throughout the remainder of a victims life. Kudos to the author for sharing her experience.
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Started off ok but too long thought it was never gonna end. Almost gave up but carried on and it was written very badly, got really muddled with it
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Catherine McCall is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with 30 years of clinical and community education experience. She is a Clinical Fellow in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, a member of the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health, and a member of the Speakers Bureau of the Rape and Incest National Network (RAINN). She is also a regular blogger for PSYCHOLOGY ...more