Only the Innocent (DCI Tom Douglas #1)
But when somebody appears to be considerate, never raises his voice, and appears to have your every interest in mind, how can that possibly be abuse?
Each time he came he would twist my defenceless body into a different pose, as if I were his very own doll
ignore his obvious displeasure, and
I know nowadays were all encouraged to bare our souls at the drop of a hat, but I dont entirely subscribe to that theory.
I never know what to do with people who just let their hands drop into yours, do you? Are you supposed to squeeze them reassuringly, pump them frenetically, or match like with like and let both hands hang lifelessly together for a few seconds?
In retrospect, I would rather have been with one parent who was genuinely happy than with two who had so many axes to grind you could almost hear them being sharpened.
it, and to keep my nose out of
I think children need that joy in their lives. If they exist in a world where they are forever watching their parents tiptoeing around each othereven if theyre not arguingit gives them a false set of values.
looked up from where he
much further than that,
Mum. I know you never liked Hugo, and whilst I
She searched her mind for a single day when it had felt good to be alive. There must have been one, surely?
Since we now know that the fathers death
supporter where Imogens concerned. Alibi or no alibi, I dont
thats it. Well send one of the locals to the ex-wifes
The door opened and Bruce popped his head round.
The quiet but inexorable breaking down of self-esteem is much more sinister - its violation of the soul.
The slow, relentless destruction of self-confidence is something that is impossible to explain.
things out about
think children need that joy in their lives. If they exist in a world where they are forever watching their parents tiptoeing around each othereven if theyre not arguingit gives them a false set of values. In retrospect, I would rather have been with one parent who was genuinely happy than with two who had so many axes to grind you could almost hear them being sharpened.
Today is the day after my wedding. And nothing is the way I expected it to be.
was way off the Richter scale,
Well Im sorry, but Im not prepared to leave it at that. I need to understand what you meant. Annabel sighed. This was evidently a story she
Whats the point of a husband if all he does is bring you grief?
When shame is your own, its hard enough to bear. When other people are witness to it, it becomes intolerable.
You have to understand what its like when you live with somebody whos controlling. Theyre clever.