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KERI Part 1: The Early Years (Child Abuse True Stories) [Kindle Edition]

Kat Ward
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Book Description

From the outside, there was no reason to suspect the family life of young schoolchild Keri was anything but unremarkable. Two loving parents, a backdrop of 1960’s Britain; life had provided for her, at least with the riches of modesty.

Keri herself however, would often confound teachers with her erratic behaviour, which was at best sullen and withdrawn; at worst violently disruptive. When challenged, she would only exacerbate her growing reputation as a fantasist; weaving terrible tales about the “abuse” she was suffering at the hands of her very creators.

But it was the much-celebrated age of innocence; the childhood of our modern culture. Big brother had not yet been born and Nanny was only looking out for her dearest, as opposed to the entire State. Who would take the word of child on such matters? After all, she was just a bad egg… wasn’t she?

Well, no. She wasn’t. She was indeed, for over a decade, the victim of an abuse so staggering that merely to read about it is enough to freeze even the thickest of blood. “Keri” is the story of what happens when truth is imprisoned in a little glass jar and buried deep within the Earth, condemned to a sentence of eternal silence. For truth may be repressed, but never supressed. It will always find light eventually. And, in this gut-wrenching account of her early life, author Kat Ward takes the reader through every shade of darkness, whilst never allowing the candle of hope to fully extinguish, so as that truth may indeed find its rightful freedom.

DISCLAIMER: This is a true story of child abuse, and as such, reader discretion should be advised. Names have been changed to protect the innocent.

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About the Author

Kat Ward is fifty something and lives in the United Kingdom in an ex-coal-mining village on the border of England and Wales which is beautiful and whilst rural, close enough to nearby towns so as not to be too isolated. Stress, anxiety and trauma have been so much part of Kat's life, right from the beginning that she has continued to survive everything life has thrown at her as if surviving has become a habit she absolutely cannot break. Kat gave birth to 7 children but, having been set up to fail, it would surprise no-one to learn that she only managed to parent three of them. The three boys, the youngest of which is just about eighteen at the time of writing, and Kat is enormously proud of them all. Nine cats and two dogs share Kat's home and are probably spoiled rotten, although being fur-babies, they don't realise this. Kat has a great many tattoos, none of which she regretted until she became old and then only because they've faded somewhat and the wrinkles rather spoil the effect! Given to rambling somewhat to anyone patient enough to listen, Kat has unlimited interests, opinions and complex views on very nearly every subject under the sun but thinks, in general, most of the human race is pretty nasty.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1635 KB
  • Print Length: 745 pages
  • Publisher: Child Abuse True Stories (March 20, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007MUKZ1K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,183 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must read April 8, 2012
By bob
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i have read many child abuse stories and i havent had an emotinal breakdown until now. in fact two emotinal breakdowns and im a guy. keri tells her story with very much detail which makes it long and the story all makes sense. keri was surely living a nightmare in her childhood and no child should ever go through this. i am really glad she survived if it wasnt for her nan. this book is a must read and make sure you bring a lot of tissue because you are about to read a memoir about an innocent child living in real hell and it is really hard to believe it. to know that a lot of children are probably suffering the same way keri did. i pray to god to help the innocent souls in this world because no child deserves this.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keri June 3, 2012
By Tracey
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Keri if you read these reviews, I can only say how truly sorry I am that so many people failed you. I think you are so amazing, and any person in their right mind would be so proud to call you Daughter. Your Mother and I use the term very loosely, is the most despicable thing imaginable. I would love to get my hands on her and as for the Step Father, the vile sick pervert, well I hope he rots in hell. I can not wait for your next book. I so hope you find some happiness, you deserve every happiness. Tramp, what a beautiful soul, I totally fell in love with him and Mam, they are good kind souls and I'm so happy you had them in your life. Very disappointed in Nana, can't even imagine your dismay, as to her actions or lack there of. Though it is clear she loved you, she also failed you. This book broke my heart, but it also made me fall in love with a down trodden, kind beautiful child that is Keri. Totally worth the read, but prepare to have your heart broken, many many times.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read May 16, 2012
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Does anyone else want to find this so called mother and beat her? I can;t believe any mother would treat her children this way. I really want to know how she turned out!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I read this when it was first being written. June 22, 2012
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This is a true story. It breaks my heart that anyone would doubt her now, again, when she only wanted to write it so she could heal from her early torment. Ever hear the phrase "truth is stranger than fiction?" People who've gone through as much as Kat Ward has, they know why that phrase exists.

I read this book as it was being written, as Kat Ward and I connected through a writers' website several years before anyone knew of her writing. She is a woman of complete integrity who had once refused a high compensation for this book because a publisher wanted her to soften it - to fictionalize its ending. To change her reality! She refused because as she told me, this is her life and this is how it happened.

I'm using my real name in this review because I stand behind Kat's bravery and behind her honesty. Remember folks, only recently did the government, police departments and schools start taking children's abuse stories seriously. Child abuse - including sexual abuse - has been around since the beginning of time, but only in the past 20 years has it become discussed and addressed.

Kat, your story still rests in my heart. When I first read it, I remember the tears that were shed. I remember the admiration I felt for you as you dared take the next difficult step in remembering the torment you lived through. I know this book wasn't easy to write, but look at the people reading it! You are helping to open so many eyes.

I tell people your story when I teach writing classes, because you are one of my true heroes. Keep writing. Keep sharing your truths.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OMG!!! June 4, 2012
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I could not put this book down. I read it well into the night. I can't wait for the next one. I believe her completely. Is there anyone else out there who would like to thrash that scum of a mother, the lazy and stupid social workers and the criminal rapists? What a strong woman she is. I don't think I could have survived this kind of treatment. God bless her and her children. I want so much for Keri to finally be happy. I do pray that her mother and the so called care givers finally get caught and are sent to jail.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really great reading! Heart breaking story March 31, 2012
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I rarely give any book 5 stars and might have given this one 4 and that would only be for a couple small formatting issues. They will not keep you from really enjoying this book though. It is very long and since I can not find how many pages this is and I was having problems with my Kindle while reading it I will just say its long. This is a really detailed account of a terrible case of child abuse but you will also read about the things that do bring her joy too. I believe there there is a book coming along to continue this story. I will definitely read that one too. If you are a very sensitive person you might find this hard to read simply because the abuse is so terrible.You will be affected by this book!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable story May 16, 2012
By Terri B
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I thought this book was going to be similar to all the other abuse books I've read. I had a pretty awful childhood myself and a lot of the books I've read dont really shock me too much. This one was different, it was so awful it was hard to believe, and I certainly believe every word.

In the beginning I found it to be a bit predictable and I nearly stopped reading it, I kept thinking "after today thats it, I've read enough and its all the same". Then something changed in the book and all of a sudden I couldnt put it down, I spend every spare minute reading Keri's story.

I ended up loving the book and would highly recommend it but it is very graphic and the things poor Keri endures are terrible so dont start it unless you are prepared for that.

At the end of the book she says she has written or is writing the next book. I'm keen to read the next part of Keri's life but doesnt seem to be released yet.

I read loads of books cause I have time on the train to read everyday and this is one of the best true stories I've read in a long time. (and what a bargain price too, gotta love Amazon!)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars please read this series
couldnt put it down, had to go on and buy the next in series to see what happens next to poor Keri, alot of what happened to her i went through and cried almost the whole time as i... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Jennifer Cline
5.0 out of 5 stars Mommie Dearest, Indeed
***** Spoilers *****

This is a review of Part I and II (on Amazon), previously sold as Book 1 .... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Steve King
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I've read
i could not put this book down,it keeps your going and I finished it in 3 days,im excited for the next part 2 of Keri.One of the best books I've read.
Published 19 days ago by deborah beechinor
3.0 out of 5 stars so sad.
Well written, amazing story. I couldn't put it down! Can't wait to start book 2. Kat Ward has written a truly great story of amazing survival.
Published 21 days ago by Levi Hazen
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps me awake!!
I love and hate this book! It makes me cry and keeps me awake at night! But I can't put it down I have to finish it!!!
Published 24 days ago by Nicole Hoselton
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking yet to close to home
I felt my own memories comparable, not quite as physical though there was plenty of all abuses through my life.
Published 26 days ago by Jacqueline Burgin
5.0 out of 5 stars Keri
I really liked this book, but it is heart breaking to think anyone could actually treat a child like this. As I read it I wanted to strangle everyone that she had told . Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sandra Black
5.0 out of 5 stars So sad
This book was written very well and was very sad to read. I will be reading the rest of her story.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Caution: Reading the first installment of Keri's story will whet your appetite for more!
Published 1 month ago by HannaH Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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More About the Author

Kat Ward is a survivor. Having overcome a seemingly star-crossed early life - in which she endured extreme sexual and physical abuse - she now writes professionally.

The five books in her "KERI" series - in which she lifts the lid on her tormented childhood - are top Amazon Kindle sellers, and she has also released a good-humoured and insightful account of her struggle with bowel cancer, entitled "A Life on the Toilet".

Away from the laptop, she enjoys tending to her garden (health permitting) and showering affection on her 7 "adorable" cats. She extends her heartfelt gratitude to all who've been inspired by her writing.

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