Sara Payne : A Mother's Story, Paperback
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'Thank God we have found her.' Sara Payne's words as she announced that the body of her daughter - snatched and murdered by paedophile, Roy Whiting - had finally been found.

In this memoir, Sara tells her personal story. She describes the numbness as she waited for seventeen days, desperate to hear news of her missing daughter, and the terrible moment when her worst fears became reality.

She explains how her family tried to cope with their grief and the stress placed upon them by the media campaign for Sarah's Law.

As the family tried to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of tragedy, they found that each reminded the other of the child they had lost.

Guilt and anger pushed Sarah's marriage into a spiral of alcohol abuse and violence.

This is the ultimate story of a family's journey through hell, but Sara's strength is an inspiration as, despite everything, she and her family slowly found a way to go on.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages, b/w photo sections
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: True crime
  • ISBN: 9780340862780



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The autobiography of Sara Payne, mother of eight year old Sarah Payne who was abducted and murdered by a paedophile in the UK in 2000.The down-to-earth tone of the book does nothing to hide the sheer devastation of such an experience on all members of the family. At times, this pragmatism emphasised the depth of emotion that was being held in (I was reduced to tears by several of the sections of the book.)Throughout her recounting of the family's journey, from normality to horror and finally back to a new reality without their daughter Sarah, Sara Payne is searingly honest in her assessment of the toll that this horrifying event took on herself, her family and her marriage. Her calm, non-dramatic approach highlights the strength it must have taken to search for the positives in this traumatic life event, and turn it into an opportunity to make something good come out of something evil (the Paynes were instrumental in fighting for changes in the British laws relating to paedophiles; they fought for "Sarah's Law".) By the end, one is left with admiration for both the Paynes and their whole family, who typify the quintessential British fortitude.

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