Sunday, 4 August 2013

What Have I Done - Amanda Prowse

Would you destroy your family to save your children?

Kathryn Brooker seems the very picture of a fulfilled wife and mother. Anyone who peered through the downstairs window at the four figures sitting around her kitchen table would see a happy family without a care in the world. They would envy Kathryn her perfect life.

But they would be wrong. Kathryn is trapped in a nightmare. And she is about to do something to change it. Something only a truly desperate women would do.

Published by:Head of Zeus - Fiction
Year: Paperback 2013
Pages: 323
ISBN: 9781781852149 


Amanda Prowse used to assume that domestic violence was in her own words something that happened within families of booze-addled individuals, who knocked seven bells out of each other in a high-rise tower block. Unfortunately as she has found whilst carrying out her research for this book, this is far from the truth they are only the families that we get to hear about.   Domestic violence is not exclusive to any socio-economic group. There are countless women within  families who are subjected to unthinkable physical and psychological abuse on a daily basis. To all intense and purposes they have the idyllic life and the envy of most of their friends.  My mother had a saying 'street angel, house devil' and this is how she would of described Mark Brooker. This a compelling story of a women's decision to stop her husbands abuse once and for all but in doing so she has to sacrifice her relationship  with her children who are unaware the terrible abuse their father delivers behind closed doors. You see Kathryn Brooker rebuild her life and struggle to rebuild her relationship with her children. This is a story that will resonate with many women.

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