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Damaged: The Heartbreaking True Story of a Forgotten Child

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For as long as it lasts, Martyn, his son, has no idea that his father is having an extramarital affair with his girlfriend (and later fiancée), and Anna does not seem to mind being a young man's partner and simultaneously his father's lover and object of desire. I would be really interested in picking up the book Cathy Glass wrote about one of her three children, Lucy, who she ended up adopting. Our society's rapt attention for reading about or watching news stories related to pedophiles and child abuse seems almost perverted itself. On the day before his wedding to Anna, her stepfather, whom she is close to, has a heart attack, and Martyn while looking for her, finds the address to her secret flat. It is a short terse sizzling little gem of a book about betrayal, passion and what happens when your one wrong choice causes your life to go out of control.

Although Jodie is only eight years old, she is violent, aggressive, and has already been through numerous foster families.This book is so heavily marked by fear of female perverted sexuality it's hard to believe it was written by a woman. It's a sad tale, part Ford Madox Ford's The Good Soldier, part Nabokov's Lolita in its forbidden (age-gap, but not pedophilic) love, deception and existence of a peripheral character with a mysterious pull, and probably several other novels I'm missing. Childhood adversity that is severe enough to be harmful throughout life is one of the biggest public health issues of our time, yet health care systems struggle to even acknowledge the problem.

Chi si aspettasse contenuti ad alto tasso erotico resterebbe però deluso, in quanto il tema predominante del racconto – contrariamente a quanto si potrebbe pensare – non è la storia di sesso, morte e disperazione vissuta dai due protagonisti, bensì quel “danno” che dà il titolo al romanzo. While we do everything in our power to ensure your books arrive in excellent condition, sometimes accidents happen. Even though I suspected what had happened to Jodie, when it was revealed in the book, it sent not only dread but shivers of fear through me to know that this happens and is happening to children all over the world as we speak. But it was well written and told a necessary story of a child who went through unspeakable abuse by her parents. When Jodie arrived, Cathy had no idea what lay beneath Jodie's shocking behaviour, which included smearing faces all over the house, erupting into violent rages and even cutting herself.Damage is Shakespearean in nature, and the drama that plays out in the pages is impossible to turn away from. A second screen adaptation has been released in April 2023 as a four-part limited series for Netflix, under the title Obsession.

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