“Raw, heartbreaking and powerful”
Amazon reader review
“He manipulated me by making me feel special … then duped me into thinking I was to blame.”
Hayley was just 12 when she met Mr Willson, the new drama teacher at her school. Good-looking and charismatic, he was classic schoolgirl-crush material. Hayley was flattered by the attention he gave her, and he soon befriended her parents. Little did they know they were all being groomed. Hayley allowed Mr Willson to do unspeakable things to her, and after the relationship ended it took almost 20 years of guilt and crippling self-esteem issues before a complete breakdown prompted her to tell her parents, and they went with her to the police.
This is the shocking true story of a schoolgirl groomed by her teacher, and her courageous journey to heal the wrongs of her past.
“Raw, heartbreaking and powerful.”
“Very well written, couldn’t put it down, every emotion beautifully captured. I laughed with an excited teenage girl who had a crush and cried out loud.”
“I read the book and the whole time, I felt as if Hayley herself was sat there reading her story to me. She took me into her past and bore her soul. This book is not an easy read... The pure emotion she gave us readers hit me hard. This book should be given to every schoolgirl and boy.”
“This book is both a powerful tale of courage, and a wake-up call to all of us to be more vigilant and aware. It stands as testament to the spirit of its author, and a beacon of hope. Would be an ideal text in schools and colleges to focus discussion on the important topics of grooming and abuse of trust. Highly recommended.”
“Could not put this book down. Excellent book... totally readable and compelling. I have never read a better account of grooming.”
“A very emotive and well-written book that shows the devastation abusers can wreak on a victim’s life... I read this in one go, a very powerful and honest book.”
“Totally unputdownable! I loved it. It was beautifully written and truly inspirational. Hayley is such a very strong lady. And should be so proud of herself. Amazing!”
“One of the best books I have read in a long time. I genuinely couldn’t put it down. It is honest and genuinely thought-provoking of how easy it was for this man to abuse his position of trust. All teenage girls should read this to fully understand what grooming is and how well it can be passed off as ‘love’.”
“A gripping, thought-provoking account by an inspirational survivor... A must-read... From the very first page she had me hook, line and sinker and I found her prose to be honest, informative and highly relatable. This book is truly eye-opening and although I have read many books of a similar subject matter, I have to commend this engaging and well-written novel... Although her tale is harrowing, this book is an absolute must-read, especially for those who work within the childcare or social services sectors... I have awarded this book a firm 5 stars from a possible 5 as anything less would be a real injustice.”