Based on a True Story
When Mandy, 23, learns her much-loved Grandpa is dying, she readily agrees to stay at her aunt's house to help nurse him. She used to visit her aunt regularly as a child, to play with her cousin Sarah, and often stayed overnight. Her visits were abruptly stopped 10 years before because of what her father refers to as 'the situation'. Mandy has never been told the nature of 'the situation' and it remains a taboo subject.
Although the journey to her aunt's is familiar, from all her visits as a child, when Mandy arrives she finds she can't remember any of the house; her mind has completely blanked it out. Then she starts to experience strange and disturbing flashbacks - distressing images of her as a child. Mandy learns that the housekeeper was dismissed at the same time as her own visits stopped, and she becomes convinced the two are linked.
Against a backdrop of nursing her dying Grandpa, Mandy starts to delve beneath the surface of her respectable family to try and find out what happened 10 years ago, and why she is being haunted by images from her past. What she discovers, the night before Grandpa's death, is so shocking that she understands why it has never been spoken of, and why it lay buried in her sub-conscious for all those years.
Cathy has been a foster carer for over 25 years, during which time she has looked after more than 150 children, of all ages and backgrounds. She is a specialist foster carer, also referred to as a level three carer, which means she often looks after children with complex needs or those with very challenging behaviour. Much of her inspiration for writing comes from fostering. She was awarded a degree in education and psychology, as a mature student.
Cathy has always combined fostering with writing, rising very early every morning in order to write, before the day begins with her ever changi...
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