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Unravelled: The inspirational true story of a journey out of darkness (English Edition) par [Shanks, Vikie, Barrett-Lee, Lynne]
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Présentation de l'éditeur

“September 15th 2007 is a date that will stay with me always. For it’s the day that Paul, my late husband and father to my seven children, decided he’d had enough of the life he had created for us all, and took himself off to the woods on the edge of our property, and fatally slashed his neck and arms.”

When Vikie Shanks met Paul, he seemed to be everything a girl could ever want. Handsome, attentive, caring and musically gifted, he felt like the antidote to all the bad things that had happened in her life. Vikie had had a deeply unhappy childhood, and it had scarred her. Sexually abused by her eldest brother and dominated by a violent father, her childhood ended with the death of her mother when she was just sixteen.

Unravelled is the story of Vikie’s life with Paul. Of the years in which his behaviour and mental state became ever more erratic. Of his casual cruelty, his spying, his inexplicable and sudden rages. Of his growing obsession with having more and more children, and of naming them according to a precise set of rules. How, over a period of years, he all but gutted their family home, tearing down most of the internal walls and removing almost everything but basic furniture, while simultaneously creating a secret home for himself, made out of plywood, in what used to be a shed. Of his secret diaries – the tens of thousands of entries he made, documenting every minute of every day. After his death, it would be these writings that would provide such compelling evidence of what further tragedy might have happened had he not made the decision that he did that fateful morning. Because whatever was wrong with him was like a ticking bomb that even Vikie hadn’t properly heard; it seemed he’d spent time planning to kill the whole family.

Biographie de l'auteur

Vikie Shanks was born in 1958 in Aden ( now South Yemen ), where her father was stationed in the RAF, the youngest of three children, and lived from the age of five in Waterbeach near Cambridge.

At the age of seventeen she left home and moved to London to start work as a trainee buyer in Harrods but left after a year and became a croupier. After two years working in London and a further year in Spain she became a full time model back in the UK.

Aged twenty five she met Paul Shanks, who was to become her husband and father to her seven children, whom it transpired was mentally very ill and he committed suicide aged 51.

Since 2007 she has been a single mother to her seven autistic children - the two youngest also have Cerebral Palsy. She continues to run the Corporate Entertainment business that Paul and she ran together when he was alive.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 2159 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 282 pages
  • Utilisation simultanée de l'appareil : Illimité
  • Editeur : Thistle Publishing (15 juin 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00L1ENC0O
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Par nanny le 9 juillet 2014
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what an amazing story. One not to be missed. I take my hat off to you Vikie..I wish you well you deserve it
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Absorbing 7 août 2014
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I was totally absorbed with Vikie's story.

I found myself asking over and over, 'Why did she stay?'.

I can't fathom living the way Vikie and her children did for so many years.
To be so fearful of your husband or your father and living that fear every day has got to be excruciating.

Ghost writer Lynne did a brilliant job.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 This was a very sad story. I found it hard to believe the ... 9 août 2014
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This was a very sad story. I found it hard to believe the mother, Vikie, would stay with this unfortunate mentally ill man at the risk of her own safety and that of the 7 handicapped children he forced her to bear.I found the book lagged, and not enough details of the kids and Vikie's feelings were revealed. Surely she would have made better plans to get out of this farce of a family life.It was depressing and it's only message was, think carefully before making any commitment to a person as disturbed as Paul.Seven children with autism, two also with cerebral palsy, debts, many doomed pets, and a crazed would-be killer- pathetic and not book-worthy. Social services, yes.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Gripping tragedy 10 juin 2016
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A thrilling, yet harrowing read. We follow the life of someone married to an obsessive and unstable bully of a man, who insists on her having seven children with him – some of which are mentally and physically handicapped. For most of us who have daughters, this is the ultimate horror scenario, but somehow she struggles on until he commits suicide aged 51. The action is nail-bitingly suspenseful, as so many times she nearly mages to escape from her hell, and one cringes with fear at every twist and turn in the saga.
Engagingly written, though in need of a proofread, it’s a story of someone making one bad decision and having to spend the rest of their life living with the consequences, and I soon found myself empathising with the narrator. She comes over as a vivacious, sympathetic person who didn’t deserve her fate.
The book also goes to show that more support is needed in the community for wives and children who are secretly terrorised by their husbands.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 inspirational!!?? 13 novembre 2015
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Sorry, but there is nothing inspirational about a woman who who allows her children to be emotional and physically abused and neglected.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Five Stars 9 août 2014
Par Guy H Parr III - Publié sur
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wonderful book! You feel for this family and root for them.
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