Monday, May 20, 2013

Book Review: Did You Hear Me Crying

       Today's Review is on Did You Hear Me Crying by Cassie Moore

Have you ever read a book based on someone's life that hit's you so hard that you need a little time to mull it over before moving on to another? This book did just that.

A sometimes horrific record of mental, sexual, verbal, and physical abuse, Did You Hear Me Crying will touch your heart as well as your very soul.

Cassie's story begins with the animosity that her mother feels towards her and the verbal and physical abuse she inflicted upon her. She then goes on to talk about the sexual abuse she had suffered at the hands of her stepfather who repeated the offense for years.

More times than not, children that are subjected to what Cassie had at a young age tend to latch onto the first person that shows them love and affection as a teen or young adult, and that's exactly what she did. Sadly though, this first love was just as bad as the parents that abused her. But life goes on and as such Cassie was able to find love once again and of course everything seemed well until he began controlling her, berating her, and beating her.

Finally hitting bottom, Cassie reached out for help and slowly but surely has broken free from the cycle of abuse, but at a great cost. She has no relationship with her mother and stepfather; which I think is actually a good thing, no relationship with her sisters, and her children deserted her.

Now, after 46 years of abuse she is finally in control of her life and is abuse free. Her children have opened the lines of communication, and she has finally found true love and more importantly, she has begun to heal.

A moving story of one woman's struggle that will leave you wanting to reach out to the author. To tell her to keep strong, and to tell her she is loved.

5 of 5 stars
Available at Amazon

Book Description: via Amazon

This is the Book That Should Never Have Had To Be Written Let Alone Experienced. Every child and human being has a fundamental right to a life free from humiliation, fear and violence. Yet the World Health Organisation estimates that up to 40 million children are abused every year and according to Women's Aid, 1 in 3 women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime. In this shocking memoir, Cassie Moore gives a very open and honest description of how she suffered and survived a lifetime of abuse. She describes: • The sexual, physical and emotional abuse she suffered at the hands of her Stepfather and Mother, who then sold her into marriage at the age of 16 • The heartbreak she suffered when she naively left her 22 month old baby behind when she fled to London with the man she fell in love with, only to be abused by him for a further 23 years • The self-loathing, depression and despair she felt during those lonely years • The enormous sacrifices she had to make to save herself and start a new life "After reading 'Did You Hear Me Crying?' you will not ask why Cassie did not leave but rather where on earth did she find the strength and determination to survive? Her tenacity helped her rebuild her life after child abuse and 25 years of domestic violence. She shows us that it is never too late to speak up and that it is possible to move on and find love, happiness and joy in life." Margaret Martin, Director, Women's Aid. "An incredibly honest - heart-breaking account of a childhood blighted by neglect and abuse." Barnados Ireland


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