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Publisher's Summary

Debra Newell is nothing if not a survivor. By the time she met John Michael Meehan online, she lived through a near-fatal childhood illness, an attempted rape in her 20s, the traumatic death of her sister at the hands of her brother-in-law, four failed marriages, and a litany of dating disasters. But despite those tragedies, she seemed to have it all: adoring children, a successful business, a fabulous penthouse apartment. 

But there was something missing: the blinding, all-consuming love she first read about to occupy her time in her childhood sickbed. And she thought she found it with John Meehan.

More than a tabloid-ready true-crime expose, Debra's story is one of trauma, denial, and deception. But it is also a relatable, inspirational, and hopeful story of forgiveness, and, most of all, love. The lengths to which a woman will go to find - and keep - love; the boundaries children and parents cross to protect and save the people they love; the love one must find for oneself; and the ways the illusion of love can be used to manipulate and hurt.

©2021 A Voice for Women LLC (P)2021 Tantor

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  • avid reder
  • 04-11-21

SO frustrating!

I wanted to get the real story. She tells the real story. I almost stopped listening solely because of the narration. Her style was very uneven and did not flow. Listening was awful for that reason.

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  • cheri lambert
  • 07-10-21

Excellent

This is an excellent book and tells the full story in Debbie's own words. She is an amazing, strong, beautiful, special lady. I wish her nothing but the best in life. Her children are so lucky to have her and she is just as lucky to have them. The bond between a mother and a child can never be broken. Best wishes to this amazing family.

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  • carol wasz
  • 06-12-21

Narration needs work

Very poorly narrated. Choppy and slow. Sounded like a uneducated person. Storyline interesting but lacked fliw

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  • dawgystyle
  • 30-11-21

It was just ok

The reading was terrible. I sometimes wondered if she was able to read some of the larger words. Delivery made the story more uninteresting than the more dramatic public renditions, but I figured it would be different than those shows and the podcast.

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  • Chris hillman carousel
  • 15-11-21

Monotone as hell and zero accountability

In no way does anyone deserve to be abused... With that said when it happens over and over at some point we do need to look at our own actions. This lady has a buttload of warning and chose to ignore it. The second this man laid hands on my daughter it would have been over. Period end of story. I've been in an abusive relationship as a young scared girl with no money and felt no way to escape. That is until the night he threatened my child, that was it, I was out. I sure as hell didn't have the money and resources to get out that this woman had.
Again no one deserves to be abused, but damn it take some responsibility instead of I don't know how many times she said it's not her fault in this book.

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  • Rancol
  • 30-10-21

Horrible Truth

Although my heart goes out to Debra, it was choppy pronunciation, some conceit and lots of talk about money all this made it hard to listen to. I am not victim shaming, because I myself am a victim, but feel her childhood made her the victim first and foremost. The first time my children were treated badly that would have been the end. I pray for healing for this family.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-10-21

Interesting story, terrible narration

I’m familiar with this story from the podcast and tv series. This book provides additional information from Debra’s perspective, though repeated a lot and added unimportant details making the book drag on. Debra seemed to brag about her business, money, many cars and homes, which did not add to the story. And she spent a lot of time defending herself against public scrutiny she had received following the release of the podcast and tv show, rather than simply presenting the story from her point of view. I’m not sure why she chose to narrate the story herself, but it was a poor choice. Her narration was halting and distracting from the story itself.

That being said, I did listen to the whole book and it was very interesting and horrifying. I’m glad that Debra and her family were able to survive the horrors that John inflicted on them.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-10-21

Terrible!

Listening to this book is like listening to nails on a chalkboard! This is sooo bad. The narration is halting and unlistenable!

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  • Anna Askew
  • 19-10-21

The Book tells the whole story

I absolutely loved this book! I saw the movie and have watched the netflix special but nothing tells the story like hearing it from the person who lived through it! I learned things through the book that were never brought up in the movie! It is amazing that Debra was able to come out on top ahead of all of this. She is an extraordinary woman and an amazing mother. I would highly recommend this book! I love audiobooks so if you are able to listen instead of reading the book, you will be pleasantly surprised!

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  • Mila
  • 19-10-21

The Narrator is soooooooo boooooring!

Goodness gracious! I could not bear her voice for 2 more seconds! I’m not sure if she is the actual victim but please have mercy on your customers!!!
Do not buy! I had to return mine! 😴💤🥱

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-10-21

Amazing lady and mom

The incredible story of the strength of women. Thank god he did not survive.
Extremely well written and easy to listen to, so sad the police did not take your situation seriously and how much you all suffered.

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  • Lyn McLeod
  • 17-10-21

Brave and courageous

It’s hard to imagine there are people like Dirty John around, and it’s good to know that women are fighting back. Well done with bring your story to the world. And we’ll done you, you are very brave to put everything out there, warts and all. I’m proud of you