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No One Listened: Two children caught in a tragedy with no one else to trust except for each other

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When Isobel and Alex came home from school to find their abusive father had brutally murdered their mother, their world was thrown into chaos. Plunged into a care system that neglected them, Isobel and Alex were expected to come to nothing, and had only each other to rely on. Isobel and Alex’s mother used to do everything with them. A full-time teacher, she dedicated hersel When Isobel and Alex came home from school to find their abusive father had brutally murdered their mother, their world was thrown into chaos. Plunged into a care system that neglected them, Isobel and Alex were expected to come to nothing, and had only each other to rely on. Isobel and Alex’s mother used to do everything with them. A full-time teacher, she dedicated herself to her children, partly in order to give them every possible opportunity in life, and partly to keep them out of the way of their increasingly eccentric, erratic and unpleasant father. Their father, a violent and frightening man, spent most of his time locked in his bedroom, a room the rest of the family never ventured into. He became increasingly bitter and angry at the outside world in general, and at his wife and children in particular. The local community feared his outbursts as much as Isobel and Alex did, but the neighbours saw far less of him as he became increasingly housebound. No one came to the Kerr’s house to visit. When Isobel was 15 and Alex 13, they came home from school to find police everywhere. Their father had stabbed their mother between fifty and sixty times with a sharpened chisel. As far as anyone could tell the attack was unprovoked and of incredible savagery, but the children were given the minimum amount of information. No one wanted to upset them unnecessarily. Their mother had been an only child and they had never been in contact with their father's family. There was no one else for them to turn to - except each other. This is an inspiring story of a brother and sister who only had each other, and a powerful testament to what can be achieved through courage and love.


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When Isobel and Alex came home from school to find their abusive father had brutally murdered their mother, their world was thrown into chaos. Plunged into a care system that neglected them, Isobel and Alex were expected to come to nothing, and had only each other to rely on. Isobel and Alex’s mother used to do everything with them. A full-time teacher, she dedicated hersel When Isobel and Alex came home from school to find their abusive father had brutally murdered their mother, their world was thrown into chaos. Plunged into a care system that neglected them, Isobel and Alex were expected to come to nothing, and had only each other to rely on. Isobel and Alex’s mother used to do everything with them. A full-time teacher, she dedicated herself to her children, partly in order to give them every possible opportunity in life, and partly to keep them out of the way of their increasingly eccentric, erratic and unpleasant father. Their father, a violent and frightening man, spent most of his time locked in his bedroom, a room the rest of the family never ventured into. He became increasingly bitter and angry at the outside world in general, and at his wife and children in particular. The local community feared his outbursts as much as Isobel and Alex did, but the neighbours saw far less of him as he became increasingly housebound. No one came to the Kerr’s house to visit. When Isobel was 15 and Alex 13, they came home from school to find police everywhere. Their father had stabbed their mother between fifty and sixty times with a sharpened chisel. As far as anyone could tell the attack was unprovoked and of incredible savagery, but the children were given the minimum amount of information. No one wanted to upset them unnecessarily. Their mother had been an only child and they had never been in contact with their father's family. There was no one else for them to turn to - except each other. This is an inspiring story of a brother and sister who only had each other, and a powerful testament to what can be achieved through courage and love.

30 review for No One Listened: Two children caught in a tragedy with no one else to trust except for each other

  1. 4 out of 5

    mois reads

    Isobel and Alex Two young children put into the care system as there mother was killed by there father they didn't fall apart but they were let down but because there mother had strived to get them a good education they made sure they carried on to university in there mams memory .5 STARS . Isobel and Alex Two young children put into the care system as there mother was killed by there father they didn't fall apart but they were let down but because there mother had strived to get them a good education they made sure they carried on to university in there mams memory .5 STARS .

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cassandra

    I loved this book! BUT it wasn’t what I expected. I thought it was going to focus more on the dad and his influence. That being said this was very gripping.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    This is a biography about a sister and brother, who go through a life of uncertainty and violence. I like her last paragraph “It is much easier for the world to forget about inconvenient children like Alex and me. But if children in care received better treatment, all sorts of other problems once they are in the outside world might be avoided. “

  4. 5 out of 5

    Joss

    A non-fiction heart-wrenching story of how two young children managed to survive the UK Legal system after their father murdered their mother- causing them to live as a Department of Human Services "number". I found this to be a shocking story about how the government bureaucracy treats our "system children", the gaps in foster care and the potential crisis towards support (mental, emotional, financial) for children in the system. As a potential foster parent (rules are very different here in Aust A non-fiction heart-wrenching story of how two young children managed to survive the UK Legal system after their father murdered their mother- causing them to live as a Department of Human Services "number". I found this to be a shocking story about how the government bureaucracy treats our "system children", the gaps in foster care and the potential crisis towards support (mental, emotional, financial) for children in the system. As a potential foster parent (rules are very different here in Australia than the UK), my heart ached for the young Isobel and Alex, especially about with the huge challenges that consistently appeared with every corner they turned. Any other person who would have experienced what they did, would surely have led to a breakdown or being "beaten" but it was inspirational to read about Isobel and Alex's ultimate triumph over everything that was sent their way- including the injustice of the prison time of their father, with their dogged determination. I just hope with books like this, it will shed some light on what actually happens to children in the department of human services. Children are only victim of the circumstances that occurred and we (adults) should be doing all we can to protect, nurture and support them. In the face of adversity, the Kerr children managed to beat the expectations of the human services system and if I ever get to meet either of them, it would be an honour to shake their hand.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    How on earth do you review a book like this?! That said, I’ll give it a go. The story itself is very shocking; two young children who come home from school to find that their father has murdered their mother. It was fascinating, yet truly sad. I was pleased to see the chapters alternate in perspective from Isobel to her brother Alex. The book did drag on a little though, and I felt it could have been shorter in places. Also, when the book reaches its conclusion, Alex and Isobel are still only jus How on earth do you review a book like this?! That said, I’ll give it a go. The story itself is very shocking; two young children who come home from school to find that their father has murdered their mother. It was fascinating, yet truly sad. I was pleased to see the chapters alternate in perspective from Isobel to her brother Alex. The book did drag on a little though, and I felt it could have been shorter in places. Also, when the book reaches its conclusion, Alex and Isobel are still only just into university. I would be interested in reading more on their life once they’ve perhaps reached their 30s and we are able to see how they fare going on to have their own partners and / or families.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jeanette

    Incredible True Story Amazing story about 2 siblings experience of losing their mum in the most horrendous way, massive respect to the siblings for all they have achieved, hope there is a follow up book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Pamela Holland

    I really enjoyed it had to keep reading to see what happened to alex+isobel so glad they was strong enough to fulfil their mothers wishes a good auther to write that story I would recommend people to read it

  8. 5 out of 5

    Janet East

    No one listened. I liked this book. Such a sad story although it really does show how resilient children are when adults and society are failing them. These two young people suffered huge trauma in their lives at the hand of their father.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Hazel

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. All the more moving as it is a true story.

  10. 4 out of 5

    S-j

    Horrific story which was interesting to read about. Shame to her what these guys went through at the hands of bad parents and a care system that failed them

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jacqui Leckie

    . Well written heartbreaking story. So glad you both triumphed over such adversity. Really highlights the all too familiar failings of the social care system.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jessie

    These books are so sad and make you want to cry and scream. Ah they are perfectly written and it's horrible to think that this happens It really will make you cry and just want to hug them :( These books are so sad and make you want to cry and scream. Ah they are perfectly written and it's horrible to think that this happens It really will make you cry and just want to hug them :(

  13. 5 out of 5

    Joyce Ellis

    I have mixed feelings about this book. I was interested in the case and tried to find details on line, but could find nothing about it every happening. It does say at the end that some names have been changed, but I would suggest that a LOT of names and details have been changed, including the names of the two people who wrote the book, their parents, foster parents and social workers! I eventually found the court details online and many things in the book were completely untrue. The fact that t I have mixed feelings about this book. I was interested in the case and tried to find details on line, but could find nothing about it every happening. It does say at the end that some names have been changed, but I would suggest that a LOT of names and details have been changed, including the names of the two people who wrote the book, their parents, foster parents and social workers! I eventually found the court details online and many things in the book were completely untrue. The fact that their father had not worked for many years, but locked himself in his room drinking whisky. He actually worked as a storeman up to 12 weeks before the murder took place, when he was made redundant. I also did not like their harsh criticism of their foster parents, who took on two ungrateful teenagers. So they enjoyed a glass of wine, they were overweight? So what! The authors actually came across as two rather unpleasant children, even before the murder took place. Ok, they has a tough childhood, but no worse than many, myself included. The whole book just left a bad taste in my mouth.

  14. 5 out of 5

    angela bestwick

    Hard to believe Isobel and her brother have an horrendous time, they are met stressing I'm sure that they will have Lamotrogine Thought your new Lamotrogine Thought to me this week allowance of them at Milne d and was quite as she's I will do o storm i boots joined the same pastoral Hard to believe Isobel and her brother have an horrendous time, they are met stressing I'm sure that they will have Lamotrogine Thought your new Lamotrogine Thought to me this week allowance of them at Milne d and was quite as she's I will do o storm i boots joined the same pastoral

  15. 5 out of 5

    J Heyes

    A lesson to all A sad and thought of my true journey of how a terrible tragic trauma in their young lives can be not only survived but ride to meet lives challenges. A totally thought provoking and inspirational book, written in a positive and sincere way.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cindi Rosby

    An enlightening look at those children who through no fault of their own enter into the foster home and social services system. The loneliness, inability to fit in and the lack of any support once they reach emancipation (18 yo). A troubling view of a shortcoming within society.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jeanine

    Well written, thoughtful book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Faye

    What a horrible father and what a beautiful mother. Well done to both Isobel and Alex for making something of their lives no doubt their mother would be very proud

  19. 5 out of 5

    Gail Danks

    So sad but very interesting topics covered too

  20. 5 out of 5

    lynne hodge

    My book I just read Very interesting book looking into how the care system worked nothing changes no further help or advice more or less left on the wayside

  21. 4 out of 5

    Emma Newnham

    Great read Loved this book, the enthusiasm is an inspiration to us all. Well done Isobel and Alex. Your mum would be so proud

  22. 5 out of 5

    Iris Hannis

    Very sad

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mohieddine

    A touching story about two young fighters. Respect to both Isobel and Alex, I know that it is not easy to open up to the world and share your story! I would have preferred if a third person narrated the story. The book has all the facts, it kind of lack emotions. I can't really hold it against them, it's not so easy to talk about your past! A touching story about two young fighters. Respect to both Isobel and Alex, I know that it is not easy to open up to the world and share your story! I would have preferred if a third person narrated the story. The book has all the facts, it kind of lack emotions. I can't really hold it against them, it's not so easy to talk about your past!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    What Isobel and Alex went through is heart breaking and their courage to get out of the foster system is truely inspiring.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Hans Melgaard

  26. 5 out of 5

    Arthur Hendry

  27. 5 out of 5

    margaret skipper

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

  29. 4 out of 5

    will jones

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ann Still

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