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My Sister Milly

4.66  ·  Rating details ·  800 ratings  ·  95 reviews

This is Gemma Dowler's powerful account, as seen on The One Show and This Morning . . .

'My name is Gemma Dowler. On 21 March 2002, a serial killer named Levi Bellfield stole my sister and sent our family to Hell...'

Everyone thinks they know the story of Milly Dowler.

Haunting headlines about the missing schoolgirl splashed across front pages. The family's worst fear

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Kindle Edition, 582 pages
Published June 29th 2017 by Penguin
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Elyse  Walters
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Audiobook...narrated by Ruby Thomas

I never heard of this story until listening to this audiobook. My god....heartbreaking!

Gemma Dowler explains why she waited 15 years to write this book - tell her family’s story —her sister Milly was 13 years old when she was brutally murdered. Milly was first taken in 2002. There are many thoughts I have about ‘the wait’ of the 15 years to tell this complete story. I have sooooo much respect for Gemma Dowler for ‘waiting’. People who have lived through ‘any’
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Jo Blair
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Heartbreaking

Genuinely heart breaking and moved me to tears on more than one occasion. Such a brave family especially Gemma - thank you for sharing your story and RIP Molly xx
Chris Steeden
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gemma Dowler is Milly’s sister and she wrote this book with Michelle Lovric. Most people in England will know the story of Milly Dowler. Not just her killing but the aftermath as well. She was killed at the age of 13 by Levi Bellfield on 21-Mar-2002. Gemma says ‘My sister was also a victim of police incompetence, of criminality in the press and of cruelty in the so-called justice system, which puts victims on trial alongside killers.’ The family have been through hell. It was not until 2015 that ...more
Sarah  Loves Books and tea
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this a while ago but was reminded of Milly by a recent television drama here in the UK which depicted the hunt for her killer. 'My sister Milly' is written by Milly's older sister Gemma Dowler and truly this was one of the most difficult and heart breaking books I have ever read and it made me so incredibly angry; especially angry at the police whose erroneous obsession with the idea that her father was involved prevented them from properly investigating her initial disappearance allowing ...more
BAM The Bibliomaniac
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Audio #127

Heartbreaking story of a family's loss but so well written
Sami Mae
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Despite this being over 500 pages, I read it in a day. It was just that compelling.

Anyone who remembers this case will find this book fascinating. It brings you in with the story of before, brilliantly evoked so you feel that you know something of Milly and the family she was a part of, making it even more devastating to hear what happened to her. The emotional rollercoaster the family went on becomes the reader's, with blow after blow from the police and the media as hope is lost and the terrib
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Asim Qureshi
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
[Trigger alert: this post may be difficult for some to read]

Yaa Rabb…this is such a painful book to read. The story of Amanda ‘Milly’ Dowler, the thirteen-year-old raped and murdered by Levi Bellfield told by her sister Gemma Dowler. Some might wonder why it took the family so long to write this book, but really once you finish reading the book, you realise that their lives were severely traumatised by the entirety of the process.

I want to mention that Milly by all accounts, loved and was loved
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Rae
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Where to begin with this book? Oh man...

First and foremost, my heart goes out to the Dowler family. Listening to their story through Gemma's eyes was harrowing. I listened to this audiobook on a 1000mi drive from Kentucky to Vermont and that drive went quicker than I thought with this book to keep me awake.

Secondly, it makes me sick how the authorities treated the Dowler family. It's definitely a testament to their strength and resilience in this troubled time.

RIP Milly Dowler. You were and stil
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Mrs S Ruck
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Heartbreaking A must read

A courageous woman Gemma Fowler has told Milly's story with such determination and courage. I was crying all the way through with frustration that Surrey Police had caused such pain to the Dowler family and for the torment that Millys suffered at the hands of that evil bloated monster. Milly shone throughout as a beautiful sassy young lady. Gemma thank you for sharing Millys and your story with the public.
alison blackwell
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Heart wrenching

I saw these 2 lovelies in the concert they did for Hatton Operatic Society and I know their Uncle Pete.
I had to put it down a couple of times due to the tears flowing
Janet
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is 5 stars, not because of what happened, obviously, but because of the writing. I really don’t know where to start.
This is a very passionate, well written account of the tragic events leading up to and following the abduction and murder of Milly Dowler. The first part, describing her childhood and her personality is “lovely” and gives everyone an insight into the very happy and normal family life that the Dowlers had.
What follows is completely heartbreaking and in some parts harrowing and
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Katrina
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Admittedly it took me a while to read this book, because after some chapters/after reading some parts of it I felt I had to put it down for a day or two to properly process it all.

This book is an extraordinary contradiction: beautiful, yet at many times dark, haunting and harrowing. It was heart-wrenching to read about what happened to the Dowler family during and in the years following what happened to Milly - who you come to feel close to as you read all about her, her quirks, her mischief, he
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Allie
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A very emotional read which made me smile in a few places (hearing about Milly's favourite shark!) and cry in a lot. The treatment the family received at the hands of the Police and in the so-called justice system was appalling, and the fact that they managed to come out the other side shows what a strong family they are, even if they lost sight of that for a while. Incredibly brave of Gemma to embark on the project of writing the book, and I hope that the family can now continue to heal, and th ...more
Judith Coote
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
an extremely excellent book written about love, loss and a family's heartache
Becca Bennett
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I feel like absolutely everyone needs to read this book. You hear so many lies in the media and it must be incredible for Gemma to be able to set the record straight.
Emma Dickens
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you Gemma for letting us hear your story, of loss, grief, trauma, and most importantly, love.
Jayne Anderson
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, it's very hard to find the words to describe exactly how this book made me feel. By the end I was an emotional wreck. It's a rare book that can leave me sobbing into soggy tissues at 1 am in the morning but sobbing my heart out I was. I could barely read the end due to the constant misting up of my eyes.

Most people will know the story of the teenager Millie Dowler who was tragically murdered 17 years ago. What I failed to know was that the police didn't take the original reports of her miss
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Suzanne
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A very sad read but compelling.....highly recommended.....
Amy Westgarth
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I've read a few of these true crime books now, but I was particularly keen to read this one as I remember the disappearance of Milly Dowler very vividly.

I was the same age as Milly when she went missing, and I'm afraid I do remember being led by the news speculation that she had run away. I remember a conversation with my mum where I said something like I can't wait til she comes back again, I wonder where she's been. Hopefully we'll get told. I thought maybe Milly had run away with a fit male
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Mj
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
OMG! What this family was put through, mostly by the horrible British tabloids. The press treated the serial killer better than this family. How long a serial killer got away with murder in a small town on the Thames is confounding.
Luis Adriano
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Complete and utter admiration for the author of this book and her family...

I live in Walton On Thames and have always had massive respect for the Dowler family. Like so many, I know of them through the harrowing events in their life that have been played out in public. I've been sickened by the actions of a local serial murderer, the failure of the police and legal system plus the outrageous way the press added to the family's living hell for their own gain. Having a teenage daughter attend the
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Rachel
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
What an incredible and beautifully written book and a fitting tribute to Gemma's sister Milly. I found this book incredibly hard going due to the subject matter raised which meant it took me some time to read, but I'm glad it did as it meant I really took my time in reading about the events of Milly's life. I have nothing but admiration for the Dowler family who endured so much in the many years after Milly's death. The situation would have broken many but I loved that the family stayed united t ...more
Cathy
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a heart wrenching read, but also extremely valuable. It is not just the story of an abduction and murder, but even more so, the story of a family’s emotional journey through trauma, and the steps they took to survive it all. A touching tale, but not for the faint of heart. If you are interested in the strength of the human spirit, and willing to withstand the emotional pain of a life cut short, this may be the book for you. Worth reading, but if you are the extremely sensitive sort, bett ...more
Alison
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well worth reading even though it is absolutely heartbreaking. What an ugly, disgusting, despicable monster Bellfield is. Well done Gemma, you brave girl, for sharing your story with us and what really happened to Milly; how you were so appallingly let down and hurt by those you needed and trusted. What a little ray of sunshine Milly was and how proud she would be of her lovely adoring family. Bless you all, RIP Milly
Lostwithoutabook
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was so heart wrenching and unbelievably emotive - not much makes me cry, but this did several times. Gemma has written a beautiful book about her sister, first painting a vivid picture of her character and then tracing every moment from her disappearance to the imprisoning of her killer and their involvement in the phone hacking scandal. Really well written and very thought provoking.
Rosemary Cooper
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant

My heart goes out to this remarkable family. Such a harrowing but honest account of the loss of their beloved Milly . I have cried buckets but only one thing remains is that Milly was a wray of sunshine in this loving family. Well done Gemma you brave,brave woman.
J Wood
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put this book down. That poor poor family. I've been sad, angry, frustrated, all the emotions I rarely get reading. Best book I've read in years. Well done Gemma, you did your sister Milly very very proud.
Tracey Cain
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
How difficult this must have been for Gemma to write.
The pain the Dowlers have felt and still feel to this day ... losing a loved one in the awful circumstances that they did you feel a sense of there pain in Gemma's writing.
R.I.P Milly
Barbara
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Please read this book. There are no words I can say except that nothing can ever extinguish love.
An amazing and courageous family.
Elaine
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very emotional. Recommended.
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