Mummy Knew: A terrifying step-father. A mother who refused to listen. A little girl desperate to…

Paperback | October 1, 2013

byLisa James

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Four-year-old Lisa's world turned upside down when her step-father moved in. Most of the time he was just violent but then he started making her do things she knew were wrong. Soon he was visiting her at night. Lisa begged her mother for help but she just shrugged, telling Lisa he would have his way. It was the greatest betrayal of all.At first Lisa's step-father would just make her stroke and massage his feet, hitting her if she stopped, but he soon wanted more. Much more. By the time she was 12 he was regularly abusing her. One day, when Lisa turned 16, she came home to discover that her mother had swapped bedrooms with her. 'You're my girlfriend now', her step-father told her. Lisa turned to her mother for help, but was met with a shrug. She wouldn't hear a word against her husband. 'Don't blame me,' she said. Her step-father's abuse was horrific but what completely tore her apart was knowing her mother knew and encouraged it.Trapped and increasingly desperate, Lisa tried to find a way out. But her isolation was complete. Several months later her mother told her she'd arranged for Lisa and her step-father to move into a flat together down the road. It was too much for Lisa to bear. 'Please don't make me, please,' she sobbed. But her mother just ignored her. Lisa was marched around to the flat with her possessions and her nightmare was complete.Alone with her step-father, Lisa's life became even more unbearable. Then one day, finally, she got the chance she'd been looking for to escape. Lisa bravely struck out on her own, petrified her mother would find her and hand her back into the waiting arms of her step-father. But Lisa's mother had no idea how determined she was to break away.

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Four-year-old Lisa's world turned upside down when her step-father moved in. Most of the time he was just violent but then he started making her do things she knew were wrong. Soon he was visiting her at night. Lisa begged her mother for help but she just shrugged, telling Lisa he would have his way. It was the greatest betrayal of all...

Lisa James is married and lives with her husband and six children in the north of England. In 2005 she reported her step-father to the police and three years later, when the case came to court, he was convicted.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pagesPublished:October 1, 2013Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0007325169

ISBN - 13:9780007325160

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I read your book in 2 days and felt as if i was there with you and i was trying to tell you that there is people who care and will help you. I have the greatest respect for you, you are one of the people in this world that will make a difference to people's lives.
Date published: 2015-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mummy Knew .... and did nothing What this poor girl endured no child should have to suffer through, the fact she managed to survive everything that happened to her and build a life of her own is a testament to her strength and courage. There is a special place reserved in hell for her evil stepfather and poor excuse for a mother.
Date published: 2015-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Fantastic book, disgusting to think someone could be so cruel and violent, was quite sickening at times, made me cry, but so glad she was a fighter and to it further.
Date published: 2014-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mummy knew Shocking and sad what a terrible life to live eye opener
Date published: 2014-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mummy knew Sooooo sad. Evil does walk amongst us all.
Date published: 2013-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mummy knew Oh my gosh Lisa what a horrific child hood you had. Evil parents spring to mind. I am so glad you have found real love and support now and having a better future now. I hope you continue to be happy you deserve it.
Date published: 2013-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mummy Knew A Heartbreaking story of an innocent child, brutalised by the Disgusting Stepfather and an excuse for a mother who was well aware of the poor innocent child's suffering as She Herself knew what was happening.Even lying to her other children Years after divorcing him.So pleased that Lisa is now a Happily Married Mum.Should be So proud of Herself.An excellent example of what we can achieve.
Date published: 2013-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow... How I got through this book without throwing up I'll never know. I cried every time I picked it up. This woman is the strongest person I have ever heard of, and her 'Dad' is the most disgusting, despicable person ever. I'm glad that in the end, she realized that she worth so much more than he ever told her she was. As for her mother, I hope she rots in hell right along side the bastard. Her sisters and her aunt too. I have a baby girl and there is NO WAY I would ever let this happen to her. I don't even want to think about it because the rage too much. To turn your back on your own daughter, that takes a special kind of evil. I hope she wastes away in agony knowing what she did, and she deserves no forgiveness. No one in the family does.
Date published: 2013-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great It was a great book she has done well bring that evil man down he deseved to be put in jail for ever after wat he done to her well done Lisa u have protected other children from this man x ur so strong after wat he done to u and u have done great by children
Date published: 2013-06-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mummy knew. A great read.you have to read on till you get to the end.
Date published: 2013-03-08

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'Truly remarkable . Lisa's courage is an inspiration to us all.' Shy Keenan and Sara Payne'Her mother was no mother at all. In the face of the ultimate betrayal, Lisa somehow found the strength to rescue herself. Her plight inspired us to fight for a change in the law and her courage inspires victims everyday to speak out. She is and always will be a true Phoenix Hero.'Shy Keenan & Sara Payne MBE