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Mummy Knew [Kindle Edition]

Lisa James
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Book Description

Four-year-old Lisa's world turned upside down when her step-father moved in. Most of the time he was just violent but then he started making her do things to him she knew were wrong. Soon he was visiting her at night. Lisa begged her mother for help but she just shrugged, telling Lisa he would have his way. It was the greatest betrayal of all.

At first Lisa's step-father would just make her stroke and massage his feet, hitting her if she stopped, but he soon wanted more. Much more. By the time she was 12 he was regularly abusing her. One day, when Lisa turned 16, she came home to discover that her mother had swapped bedrooms with her. 'You're my girlfriend now', her step-father told her. Lisa turned to her mother for help, but was met with a shrug. She wouldn't hear a word against her husband. 'Don't blame me,' she said. Her step-father's abuse was horrific but what completely tore her apart was knowing her mother knew and encouraged it.

Trapped and increasingly desperate, Lisa tried to find a way out. But her isolation was complete. A few months later her mother told her she'd arranged for Lisa and her step-father to move into a flat together down the road. It was too much for Lisa to bear. 'Please don't make me, please,' she sobbed. But her mother just ignored her. Lisa was marched around to the flat with her possessions and her nightmare was complete.

Alone with her step-father, Lisa's life became even more unbearable. Then one day, finally, she got the chance she'd been looking for to escape. Lisa bravely struck out on her own, petrified her mother would find her and hand her back into the waiting arms of her step-father. But Lisa's mother had no idea how determined she was to break away…

Editorial Reviews


‘Truly remarkable … Lisa’s courage is an inspiration to us all.’ Shy Keenan and Sara Payne

'Her mother was no mother at all. In the face of the ultimate betrayal, Lisa somehow found the strength to rescue herself. Her plight inspired us to fight for a change in the law and her courage inspires victims everyday to speak out. She is and always will be a true Phoenix Hero.'
Shy Keenan & Sara Payne MBE

About the Author

Lisa James is married and lives with her husband and six children in the north of England. In 2005 she reported her step-father to the police and three years later, when the case came to court, he was convicted.

Product Details

  • File Size: 357 KB
  • Print Length: 323 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Element (September 3, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9SM4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,033 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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62 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mummy Knew July 17, 2010
Lisa James had a wonderful childhood living with two aunts, an uncle, and her grandma. Then one day when she was four-years-old her grandma didn't come to pick her up from nursery school. Lisa's life went from one of warm cuddles, and soothing bedtime stories to a real life horror story.
The things that Lisa went through are so horrible it would be easier to believe it were fiction rather than reality. Lisa's life reminded me of that part in the movie NATURAL BORN KILLERS when the main female character's family life is portrayed as some kind of sick and twisted sitcom.
Lisa said she felt as if she were living in some kind of nightmare, and I don't disagree with her one bit. It's a sad and frightening world when mothers and fathers are the real monsters.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to read about such abuse June 10, 2011
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This book made me so mad, I wanted to find that mother and teach her a thing or two..I don't even have the words for this it is beyond words. One of the worst cases of physical and sexual abuse that I have ever come across. I was a good book in that the victim does come out strong but what it took to get her to that point is just so very, very bad. Shame on the family that let this take place and shame on the schools that never took notice. I am not even sure why I bought this book. it was that shocking..I would actually cry in some parts but like I said it was a "good" book just a very bad subject..God bless her
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You know what your getting from the sample February 28, 2011
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This book is exactly what the sample makes you think it will be. It's very sad but moving and you can feel the fight that Lisa went through.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lisa's website is NOT a porn site. GO AND SEE. August 9, 2011
By Blossom
Format:Kindle Edition
A few people have left really hurtful reviews stating that Lisa's website is a porn site.

At first we thought there must be a mis-print in some editions of the book and gave these reviewers the benefit of the doubt. But the publishers have confirmed that everything is correct.

The only explanation is that rather than typing the address in full, people are simply putting lisa's name into Google and clicking on one of the first links (which happens to be a page warning of adult content) - but that page has a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT ADDRESS!!!!

Lisa has been through enough in her life and doesn't deserve to be victimized all over again. Oh, the irony.

EDIT: You know the bit above where I wrote the publishers have confirmed that "everything is correct". Well scrub that! Lisa's website is actually (I hope Amazon don't edit this out as they sometimes do with links). It seems that some editions of the book have indeed missed out the hyphen in the address and this is what is causing the confusion.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I treat sexual abuse -- this book is 100% authentic September 7, 2011
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For readers who implied this book was "pornography," you sadly don't know what you are talking about. This content matches exactly the types of abuse that occur in severely dysfunctional families. What was "pornographic" were the mother who more than enabled, yea encouraged the rape of her daughters, her denying family and the slime that was her "stepfather," though father doesn't apply to this animal in any sense of the word. This woman had courage to come forward with her story. I'm certain it is authentic because I've heard dozens of such histories and some worse than this. The true punishment for what her mother and "stepfather" did will be in the next world. One is no less slimy and wicked than the other.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mummy Knew August 20, 2011
By Steph
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A heart wrenching story. It seems hard to believe that something like this could happen. The book started off really well and I truly felt sick and ashamed that her own mother could treat and do what she did to her, allowing her to be abused by this despicable man. The mother is to be blamed for everything. A mother's love for a child is unconditional. My heart went out to her especially after everyone left her on her own. Shameful!!! In my view I would have loved to hear a little more about her survival after escaping the disgusting family life she led and getting onto the path of recovery. The author should be proud of herself for being a brave and wonderful mum to her children.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heart-wrenching story September 23, 2011
By kellyk
This story ripped at my heart, and I cried throughout the entire book. How a monster can abuse a child endlessly for years and never get caught is absolutely beyond my comprehension. I struggled reading all of the details, but as one reviewer wrote, no abuser is going to censor his words or actions. Lisa was telling her story, in all of its gruesome detail. She did not censor details because it was her life, and her life was not "censored." The contempt and hatred I feel for her mother is as strong as that which I feel for her step-father. How a mother could allow that to happen to her own child, is the question that kept coming back to me as I read, and again after I finished the book. As a mother of three myself, I would gladly give up my own life to save any of my children. This "mother" put her baby in the line of fire every day. How??? It is very apparent she never bonded with her child, and must have hated her from the beginning, maybe because poor little Lisa was the product of a one-night stand. Whatever the reason, it is no excuse for her abandonment of her baby. And that all of the other family members turned their backs on her, as well, broke my heart further. Thank God Lisa has a wonderful husband and children of her own now.

Lastly, I feel compelled to dispute reviewers' claims that this book is fiction. As there are legal records supporting her story because her case was prosecuted in court, I am unsure how a few misguided reviewers can deny its truth. And it seems as though these same people went to the wrong website, simply because they typed in the web address incorrectly. Even something as small as a hyphen can make all the difference in a website address.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read. Can't wait to finish.A page turner.
Leave you feeling very deeply for the writer. It's like going thru emotional rollercoaster. Hope, anger, sad, horror. In the end happy that the writer successfully found closure. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
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Published 24 days ago by tweety
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I hate kids.
Published 1 month ago by Joe Klose
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just reading this book, very interesting!
Published 1 month ago by A. Fried
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very sad.
Published 1 month ago by Yellowss
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
sad, so sad...
Published 2 months ago by angela wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written, how sad that any child is ever abused!
It was hard to continue reading due to the violence and sexual abuse especially to a child. There are some really sick people in this world. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Betsey
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Published 3 months ago by casaundra
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read...
Such a sad..gut wrenching story with a positive ending. Read it in one sitting. It's great for her to get closure from telling her story to those who WILL listen.
Published 3 months ago by Angela
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written and emotional
This must have been a very difficult story to re-live and tell. I wish I could know more about the "after" story - how did the healing take place? Read more
Published 4 months ago by SRB
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