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Afraid

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating details ·  60 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
At the age of four years old Sharon McGovern knew that her new stepfather was doing something he shouldn't, touching her in the wrong way and threatening her so she wouldn't tell her Mommy. At the age of 10 Sharon was raped by this monster, Michael Garvey, in a bed where her older and younger brother were sleeping. It was an act of unspeakable cruelty. And it was the begin ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published July 17th 2008 by Orion Publishing (first published 2008)
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Tânia Tanocas
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Muitas lágrimas, soltaram-se a ler este livro...
Um relato na 1ª pessoa, (que mesmo que não seja intensão da escritora)consegue sempre pôr-nos do lado dela, perante as atrocidades que vai relatando (atrocidades essas, que infelizmente, ainda existem)...
Ficamos com a ideia de uma mulher cheia de coragem, força e determinação, desviando-se sempre dos caminhos mais fáceis perante a sua história de vida...
Yentil Yvette Flores
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One of the very first books I've ever read. So inspiring and sad at the same time. Truly amazing.
Dan Khan
Jul 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Disturbing, emotional gut punching and rage
Angela
Feb 19, 2017 rated it liked it
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Lady♥Belleza★✰
The abuse started when she was four, Sharon’s stepfather was helping her learn to ‘wash’ herself. It continued for years. At age 10 it went from touching and rubbing to rape. The only one Sharon told was her best friend. He kept her quiet by threatening her mother and also by making her look like a liar. He did such a good job of it that even after he was gone, her own mother didn’t believe her when she told her she had saved a family from drowning.

When Sharon told a social worker what she wante
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Kellie Mackrell
Aug 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I always find it really hard to review books of such topics as it is heartbreaking to hear of what someone has had to endure throughout their childhood and the impact on the rest of their life. This woman is a power of strength to tell her story and I hope that it will help others come forward and fight for their justice. A really well written book and kudos to Sharon for turning her life around and making a positive life for herself and her children of a horrific situation.
Liana
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was gut wrenching and painful to read however I couldn't put it down. Sharon is a survivor, she is truly inspirational. What a trooper!!! I found myself in tears reading this story... Tears of sadness, disgust and relief all at once!
Sonia
Dec 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great book. Very sad and hard to read in parts. But what a strong courageous woman she turned out to be to get through such a tortuous life
Sandra
Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
Very sad and horrific abuse story. I had a very hard time reading it. The whole book was sadistic child abuse and difficult to finish.
Nicola
A well written, heartbreaking book. No star rating due to the nature of the book.
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