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The Silent Cry

There is little Kim can do as her mother's mental health spirals out of control
Written by: Cathy Glass
Narrated by: Denica Fairman
Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
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The heartbreaking true story of a young, troubled mother who needed help.

The 16th fostering memoir by Cathy Glass.

It is the first time Laura has been out since the birth of her baby when Cathy sees her in the school playground. A joyful occasion, but Cathy has the feeling something is wrong. By the time she discovers what it is, it is too late.

This is the true story of Laura, whose life touches Cathy's in a way she could never have foreseen. It is also the true stories of little Darrel, Samson and Hayley, whom she fosters when their parents need help. Some stories can have happy endings and others cannot, but as a foster carer Cathy can only do her best.

©2015 Cathy Glass (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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  • Thomas
  • 2016-04-09

Okay, but not as good as her first book.

So far I have listened to three of Cathy Glass's books; I started with "Girl Alone" based on a recommendation and really liked it, so I decided to read her others in chronological order. So that meant I read "Cut" next, and then this one "The Silent Cry".

Unlike the other two books, Cathy never actually fosters a child for any period of time in this book -- instead she takes in some kids in "respite", meaning they are just in her care temporarily, such as a weekend. So you don't really get to know them very well, with the exception of Samson, who constantly misbehaves and stands out from the others.

Instead the book mostly deals with a family down the street, and a mother (Laura) who is suffering severe postpartum depression. I just found this part of the book somewhat boring. But I can't really blame the author, she is writing down true stories and this is apparently what happened during this period.

I will bestow praise to he narrator Denica Fairman (who does all of the Cathy Glass books); she is just amazing in how she is able to convincingly do voices for toddlers, preteens, teenagers and adult women and make them all unique. She also does a good enough job of adult male voices that it doesn't distract from the story.




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  • Randi shelton
  • 2016-03-28

Excellent!

Cathy Glass has given us another excellent memoir! I love her books and can't start once I start!

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  • Marnie West
  • 2016-03-09

A fantastic book!

If you could sum up The Silent Cry in three words, what would they be?

Compassionate, touching, realistic

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

I love the way Cathy draws her readers into the story. She expresses herself in a way where the reader feels like he/she truly gets a glimpse into the characters in the book.

Which character – as performed by Denica Fairman – was your favorite?

I would have to say Sampson because he made me laugh and I could picture him so well.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

We never know what other people are going through so it is not our place to judge.

Any additional comments?

I would highly recommend this book, it is a hard one to put down once you start reading.

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  • Myfriendsjesus
  • 2016-03-04

such a wonderful auther

loved this book as much as all of Cathy Glasses books. would strongly suggest all the books

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  • Carletta
  • 2016-03-03

Good book

I love all Kathy Glass books, and this one is a little different from her normal stories, but I enjoyed this one too.