Damaged : The Heartbreaking True Story of a Forgotten Child, Paperback

Damaged : The Heartbreaking True Story of a Forgotten Child Paperback

4.5 out of 5 (7 ratings)


The Sunday Times and New York Times Bestseller. Although Jodie is only eight years old, she is violent, aggressive, and has already been through numerous foster families.

Her last hope is Cathy Glass...Cathy, an experienced foster carer, is pressured into taking Jodie as a new placement.

Jodie's challenging behaviour has seen off five carers in four months but Cathy decides to take her on to protect her from being placed in an institution.

Jodie arrives, and her first act is to soil herself, and then wipe it on her face, grinning wickedly.

Jodie meets Cathy's teenage children, and greets them with a sharp kick to the shins.

That night, Cathy finds Jodie covered in blood, having cut her own wrist, and smeared the blood over her face.

As Jodie begins to trust Cathy her behaviour improves.

Over time, with childish honesty, she reveals details of her abuse at the hands of her parents and others.

It becomes clear that Jodie's parents were involved in a sickening paedophile ring, with neighbours and Social Services not seeing what should have been obvious signs. It's clear that Josie needs psychiatric therapy, but instead Social Services take Jodie away from her, and place her in a residential unit.

Although the paedophile ring is investigated and brought to justice, Jodie's future is still up in the air.

Cathy promises that she will stand by her no matter what - her love for the abandoned Jodie is unbreakable.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Memoirs
  • ISBN: 9780007236367



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An horrific true story of child abuse and the amazing patience and love of a foster carer. Makes you realise that you aren't such a bad parent after all. Sad because there is no fantastic outcome for the child - her life is better but she remains severely dysfunctional.

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Though this book was hard to read, I AM glad I read it. A heartfelt look at a British foster carer who takes in the toughest case of her life. They way the author is determined to help the child is beyond admirable. Hard, but good on the heart.

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yes i'm already finished with the book, and considering the time i started yesterday and the time i finished today, i finished in about a day. the first book i remember reading on these subjects was 'one child' by torey hayden and from that moment i was hooked on these types of books and for some reason i like books where there are stories of struggle, or sadness and hardships.i don't think i completely know why, but i do know i like them because when there about children like the little girl Jodie in the book good does come out at the end.i did struggle reading parts of this book, but i also couldn't put it down. each turn of the page either brought more trouble and heartbreaking moments, or laughter and tears of joy. Jodie was a very damaged girl,with all the rejection she went through Cathy was able to help this damaged little girl and give her a chance of hope!

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Everyone should read this book. Everyone should know what happens to children. Then maybe more will be done to stop it. Thank you Cathy for sharing Jodie's story and being the amazing woman who heard those cries. They now reverberate in me.

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Cathy Glass is an amazing person and an amazing writer. This book, as all of her books, is difficult to put down. I find myself saying "Just one more chapter....." Glass keeps the reader interested and eager to read more. I have shed tears and had a chuckle or two while reading this book. Most of all, Glass shows the desperate need for loving and devoted caregivers for children who's parents are unable, for whatever reason, to care for them properly. She also shows the reader the problems with social services. Although this true story takes place in England, the events could just as easily take place in the United States or any other country. I recommend this, or any other book by this author, especially if you are considering becoming a foster parent or a social worker.

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