Daddy's Little Girl: A picture-perfect family with a terrible secret by Toni Maguire
Every family has its secrets, but some are worse than others.
'I had learnt to switch myself off from feeling anything when he molested me. Just lie there like a wooden doll and don't give him the satisfaction of allowing one whimper to leave your mouth.'
Lynn's mother wanted the world to see the perfect family. An immaculate house, three well-dressed children and a charming husband. But behind closed doors it was a different story.
Abused by her father from when she was just a baby, Lynn would scream for her mother, who ignored the little girl's cries. Nothing was going to shatter her perfect life. Threatened by their parents, Lynn and her brother never told anyone in fear of being separated, but the trauma of their past followed them throughout their lives, with devastating consequences.
Now as Lynn tries to piece together and come to terms with her past as an adult, she discovers she wasn't the only one with a secret.