Gemma

  • by Meg Tilly
  • Narrated by Meg Tilly
  • 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Gemma is the story of a child abduction written from two widely divergent points of view: 12 year-old Gemma and Hazen Wook, the 36-year-old man who abducts her. Hazen is a violent pedophile, a sexual obsessive, and Tilly does not white-wash or sanitize his thoughts in any way. This book is scary and not for the faint of heart.

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What the Critics Say

"Tilly achieves moments of raw beauty and genuine fierceness while sustaining the intensity of an X-rated thriller and driving this harrowing story all the way to the courtroom." (Booklist)

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Well Worth a Listen

To begin with I wondered if I should / would / could listen to this book, the subject matter is to say the least a little sickening. However, I found the story although harrowing at times very interesting & the use of having the story from the 2 perspectives was an eye opener. Not a "cuddle up on the sofa" listen, but not a disappointing book.
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A harrowing tale of surviving against all odds.

This audio book, read by the author Meg Tilly is sexually explicit and while it is very graphic, and I cannot stress that highly enough ,it is not filthy for the sake of it. Do not expect it to be titilating. I found it quite harrowing.

Meg Tilly is extraordinary in the way that she reads. When she is being Gemma, the subject of this book, I could really imagine her as a child, and I found myself willing her to breathe before she passed out from being so tearful and distressed. Meg also reads the part of Hasen Wood, the predatory misfit. There is no doubt that he is a disturbing individual, but somehow I felt some sympathy for him, and his situation.

Gemma is a gulible, naive little girl who has already led a difficult life at the hands of her self centred, alcoholic mother and her boyfriend. When she is sold to Hasen Woods for his sexual gratification her life spirals out of her control,and she suffers beatings, humiliation and degradation.

The story goes on to explain how she is liberated from her tormentor and is then helped through the difficult legal system, and the traumas of coping with her experiences, with the help of a female detective and her husband.



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- Emma

Book Details

  • Release Date: 25-08-2008
  • Publisher: Meg Tilly