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Punished: A mother’s cruelty. A daughter’s survival. A secret that couldn’t be told. (eBook)
- Author: Vanessa Steel
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‘Punished’ is the inspiring true story of an unusual little girl, Vanessa, whose childhood was devastated by torture and abuse at the hands of her sadistic mother. Vanessa was nearly destroyed until she discovered a secret that ultimately saved her life.From the age of 3, Vanessa lived in daily terror of her mother's unpredictable rage. If she was 'naughty', her mother would lash out at her – with beatings, torture, starvation and making Vanessa sleep in their garden's pigsty, tied up like an animal. Her mother said her punishments were God's revenge on her for being the devil's child. Her father lived in denial of her suffering.When she was 6 years old, Vanessa's grandfather began to sexually abuse her – to her despair, aided and abetted by both her mother and grandmother. At eight years old, she then discovered that the 'mother' who hated her so much had adopted her as a baby and would never love her as her own.At the most horrific times of Vanessa's abuse, she nearly lost all hope that she would escape her prison, until mysterious things started to happen to her that allowed her to fight back.This is the story of how Vanessa survived a childhood that nearly destroyed her and how her secret led her out of the horrors of her past.
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- Vanessa Steel
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- Jonathan Ball
Very gripping story!! So cruel!! Definitely not for the faint hearted, shocked and saddened me so much i was unable to finish the book!!
Gripping from the start, very descriptive without being boring. The writer has the ability to draw you in, to make you feel the hurt and sadness. Very good!
This book shows that the human spirit, if strong enough, can concur even a mothers hatred and abuse. This girl went through hell, and yet she still came through it. Very good read.
What a book! Such cruelty is unamagainable! This book is a "must read" from the minute i started reading it, i could not stop! She was such a brave child. No person should be put through such cruelty!
Arenda van Wyk
Wonderful read! I cannot believe a Mother can be so cruel. A great survival story. It just goes to show you can change the way you where brought up. You don't have to continue the abuse.
The story is not for the fainthearted, and as a parent I could not beleive this happened. The book is well written and I could not put it down.
This book shocked me tremendously! So sad to read how a mother who are suppose to lover her children can be so cruel.
Very difficult to read, but very difficult to put down, How could these things happen, and nobody did anything..... I am a mother of 3 children, it just broke my heart.
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