Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “How Could He Do It?” as Want to Read:
How Could He Do It?
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

How Could He Do It?

3.34  ·  Rating details ·  47 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
'In many ways we were an ordinary family: mum, dad, two kids, three dogs, one rabbit, two guinea pigs. I stayed at home, studying with the Open University, and dad worked, and the kids went to private schools. We lived in a rather nice semi in a rather nice area of Edinburgh, with a rather nice Volvo in the drive, and took rather nice holidays, wearing rather nice clothes. ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 19th 2008 by Preface Publishing
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Rating details
Sort: Default
Samantha Daniels
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book was extremely sad and highlighted the fact that sexual abuse is sadly very common and is a a crime that doesn't discriminate. My heart ached for Tasmin, what a strong and brave young lady she is. I just felt at times that the way it was written was not so much to raise awareness etc
I understand that it must have been a nightmare and an extremely difficult time for the mother and she certainly did a wonderful job of supporting her daughters. However I lost count of the amount of times
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.3 ★

we often read book on dominal abuse on the victim's pov. this book is about a girl who have been abused by none other than her own father, only it's focused on her mother's pov. no matter how hard the government gave to the mother, she never give up, to neither of her daughters.

no one stood on them, not from the society, not even from the government, or even the so called church who was supposed to give support to the victim.
Mar 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing, brave mother! And Tamsin and Sam are amazing too. I can't believe how much the government let them down!

Tamsin had been sexually abused by her father for 5 years, possibly more. She told her mother, who promptly reported it to the necessary people. The father, Daniel, got off very very lightly, went to jail for only a short period of time and because he couldn't get an income in jail, he was allowed to pay less child support etc. He was put on low risk sex offenders, and what I
Apr 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
Like many ‘human interest’ stories these days, this novel was an autobiographical account, from the matriarch’s perspective, of a family’s darkest days when a mother of two young girls discovers that the man she loves, the father of her children has been abusing their eldest daughter.

Written in a very dignified way, with no ‘gory details’, this book sensitively deals with the way the remainder of this little family stuck together through bad and worse to try and the love between the mother and
Oct 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir
Emma Charles is such an inspiration.
I'm glad I read this book when I did, it has given me hope that I can get through a tough time and find happiness again.
This poor family has really been through the ringer, but she never gave up and fought the good fight the whole way through.
Some interesting points on the failures of both the church and the government too.
Michelle Sibley
Sep 23, 2014 rated it did not like it
I don't like giving my opinion on true stories as your talking about someone's real life but I will say the line about living in poverty was very funny. holidays once a year! That's not poverty. book was full of spelling mistakes and grammar errors.
Mar 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
This is probably the only book of true life abouse that does not actually mention in detail the actual abuse, this was a good read but was more about the mother of the girl that was abused than the girl herself.
rated it really liked it
Aug 30, 2012
rated it liked it
Aug 23, 2017
Lyone Bosch
rated it liked it
Sep 23, 2017
Elissa Fletcher
rated it really liked it
Mar 20, 2016
Fiona MacDonald
rated it really liked it
Aug 13, 2016
rated it really liked it
Apr 02, 2016
rated it it was amazing
Aug 18, 2012
rated it it was amazing
Mar 17, 2013
Karin Ivens
rated it it was amazing
May 18, 2013
rated it really liked it
Jun 13, 2012
rated it liked it
Aug 24, 2011
rated it really liked it
Feb 14, 2013
rated it liked it
Jun 17, 2017
rated it liked it
Sep 21, 2011
Ilene Ranger
rated it it was amazing
Jul 02, 2018
rated it it was amazing
Sep 04, 2016
Charlotte Camer
rated it it was ok
Jul 08, 2014
Margaret Goodwin
rated it really liked it
Jan 08, 2013
Ayten Elyakan
rated it did not like it
Jan 07, 2013
Tracey Byrne
rated it really liked it
May 06, 2013
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »