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Take Them or I Will Kill Them-bookcover

By: Tracey Anne Cox

Take Them or I Will Kill Them

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Diane then said to her aunt and uncle, “Benny told us we are staying with you for a holiday.” Bet looked at Benny, who signalled for the girls to come to him. Looking at the two small girls, he swallowed hard. 

When he had their attention, he said grimly, “No girls, I have brought you here to live with Auntie Bet and Uncle Bertie, because if I had not taken you away, then they would have killed you.”

Diane frowned, “They? Who are they?”

Benny replied, “Your mum and dad.”

Benny explained that when he came to collect them, their mother said, “Take them, or I will kill them. I’ve had enough; I don’t want them in my sight.” Diane gasped and grabbed Jo’s hand.

This is the true story about two small girls who suffered neglect and appalling abuse at the hands of the people who should have been caring for them; their parents.

Tracey Anne Cox has written under a pseudonym to protect identities for the purposes of this book. She was born in 1966 and lived in Bristol all her life. For the past 28 years, she has worked for the local authority. Tracey Anne runs a local Rainbow Guides unit. Tracey Anne has written for fun in the past and produced plays for the Rainbow unit. This is her first book.

Customer Reviews
23 reviews
23 reviews

    “Totally engrossing”
    Thoroughly enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down.
    What these poor girls went through was appalling and it makes the reader want to rescue them from their plight.
    Written with respect and insight. Totally recommend it.

  • Dorothy Burand

    “A tear jerker”
    A very sad true story of two little girls the kind of life they had until they were rescued by their aunt & uncle. couldn’t put the book down a must-read!

  • Paul Mendelssohn

    As a 1950’s child, I am very happy that I did not have the experiences of Diane & Jo!
    This book tells of the very disturbing experiences of a family of 1950’s children, based on true life. To think that 2 exceptional ladies had such a bad start in life but with the support of their amazing aunt & uncle turned their lives around.
    I would recommend this book to all.
    Tracey Anne thank you for writing their story.

  • Mary O'Toole

    This book was very easy to read, I couldn't put it down. It gave an insight into a traumatic childhood.
    Hard to believe these two young girls got through their experiences to lead a good life.
    It's more poignant as I have met these two ladies and it's incredible how they have survived to lead a well-balanced life and fulfilling life.

  • Miss J A French

    This book is an extremely sad, moving and harrowing depiction of two very young sisters experiences, as a consequence of their abusive and neglectful parents. Although the subject of the story is shocking and awful, there is still some humour in parts. How Diane and Jo survived this abuse and managed to turn their lives around with the care of their Aunt and Uncle is amazing and inspiring. I would definitely recommend this book.

  • Lesley Tranter

    Couldn’t put this book down. Brought me to tears knowing the awful things that these young children endured & survived is actually true.

  • Clare Richards

    Once I started reading this book I couldn't put it down, it was sad yet fascinating and I really enjoyed it

  • A. Allen

    The thoughtful and well-written story of Diane, Jo and their brothers surviving the horrors of an abusive and neglectful childhood from their parents who should have loved and protected them. I was fully invested in their story and read this book within a week. Hope there are more books from this great author!

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