Toni Maguire, the author of the best-selling 'Don't Tell Mummy', takes up the story of her tragic childhood where she left off, revealing the awful truth about what happened when her father, sent to jail for abusing her, was released, and came home...
Toni Maguire's father abused her from the age of six, and was only found out when Toni fell pregnant, losing the child from a botched abortion. Called to her father's trial, she gave the damning evidence that put him away, and hoped that with his influence banished, she and her mother could have a happy idyllic life once more. But her mother was unable to face the truth of what her husband had done, and waited patiently for his return.
When Joe Maguire was released, Toni was dispatched to collect him from the station, and from the moment he re-entered the house she knew nothing had changed in his desires. Toni was forced to leave her home, and her mother made it known she was no longer welcome.
Traumatised and alone, Toni was unable to cope, and was admitted to a psychiatric hospital, sinking deeper into despair every day, finally being transferred to the dead-end ward with hope of recovery abandoned. But paradoxically it was when all hope seemed gone that Toni slowly began to improve, by sheer force of indomitable will -- but the ultimate step occurred when she finally admitted to herself that her mother, whom she wanted so desperately to love her, had known all along what her father had done.
- Publication Date:
- 01 / 08 / 2011
- 153 x 234mm