Mummy Told Me Not to Tell : The True Story of a Troubled Boy with a Dark Secret, Paperback

Mummy Told Me Not to Tell : The True Story of a Troubled Boy with a Dark Secret Paperback

5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


When Reece arrives at Cathy's door aged 7 years old, he has already passed through the hands of four different carers in four weeks.

As the details of his short life emerge, it becomes clear that to help him, Cathy will face her biggest challenge yet.

The latest title from the author of Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller Damaged.

Reece is the last of six siblings to be fostered. Having been in care for four months his aggressive and disruptive behaviour has seen him passed from carer to carer.

Although only 7, he has been excluded from school, and bites people so often that his mother calls him 'Sharky'.

Cathy wants to find the answers for Reece's distressing behaviour, but he has been sworn to secrecy by his mother, and will not tell them anything.

As the social worker prepares for the final hearing, he finds five different files on Reece's family, and is incredulous that he had not been removed from them as a baby.

When the darkest of family secrets is revealed to Cathy, Reece's behaviour suddenly starts to make sense, and together they can begin to rebuild his life.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Memoirs
  • ISBN: 9780007362967



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Once again, Glass has written a riveting book. This story is about Reece, a young boy who is developmentally challenged. He has gone through several foster families in the short time he has been in care and Cathy is his last hope. Whenever asked about his home life his response is "I dunno." The shocking discovery of who Reece's biological father is will leave the reader stunned.

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All of Cathy Glass' books are wonderful reads and yet troubling at the same time. Her writing is very down-to-earth and matter-of-fact. The stories she writes about are what are troubling. One has no choice but to feel sympathy for the children she has cared for. This book is no exception.

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