This isn't only a book you read, it's a book you feel from the beginning. Honestly, after reading the first 20 pages I had to turn it down for a day.
This is the sad story of Gayle, similar b8ut even worse to Dave Pelzer, she suffered from seeing her mother beaten and in the end killed by her father. Gayle has been raped and beaten by him, too.
During her journey to a life she creeps out of her inner darkness after multiple suicide attemps, the loss of her whole family which did not stand behind her and offered no help. She tells about the anxieties she had that her father would come one day to get her, feelings of guilt, her wish about being dead, her love for a mother who wasn't capable to feel enough for her to save Gayle and herself and died because she finally found the strenght to do something and get away.
A girl, a teenager and as a women with lots of friends, Gayle was always alone with herself and her feelings and could not open up to people who tried to help her.
Encouraging and heartbreaking she lets us know how helpless she was and how helpless the people around her, social services, psychiatrics, were.
Today Gayle Sander's working for and with families where domestic violence is the order of the day.
I am reading it at this moment, and contrary to JoD.'s opinion who says that the author fabricated this story...I beg to differ. Jo D., that's your opinion. Gayle's story is too close to the truth to be fictional. Domestic crimes happen all the time, globally. If you don't believe Gayle's story, that's your prerogative. She writes what she saw; if her father wrote his own one-sided view of "the day I killed my wife", it's only for the purpose of taking the spotlight off him. I have reached page 63 and it's an earth-shattering story that should be told. I take my hat off to Gayle Sanders, for being open about a brutal childhood. She is brave, and perhaps more women would be encouraged to come forward.
The book is full of lies. This book cannot be bought in bookshops because the authors father sued the publishers, stoughton and hodder, for libel. To read the the accused side of the story google, 'THE DAY I KILLED MY WIFE; TOM SANDERS'. Books like this should not be published. It is a money making exercise at the detriment of others. It is alarming that someone who makes up such atrocious lies is working with vulnerable people. The author should have been sued for libel and defamation.