#TheGirlInTheDark by Angela Hart

Melissa is a sweet-natured girl with a disturbing habit of running away and mixing with the wrong crowd. After she’s picked up by the police, and with nowhere else to go, she is locked in a secure unit with young offenders. Social Services beg specialist foster carer Angela to take her in, but can she keep the testing 12-year-old safe? And will Angela ever learn what, or who, drove Melissa to run and hide, sometimes in the dead of night? The Girl in the Dark is the sixth book from well-loved foster carer Angela Hart. A true story that shares the tale of one of the many children she has fostered over the years. Angela’s stories show the difference that quiet care, a watchful eye, and sympathetic ear can make to those children whose upbringing has been less fortunate than others.


[‘How can we refuse?’]


(Pan MacMillan, 1 June 2019, 320 pages, ebook, copy from @panmacmillan via #NetGalley)




I’ve read a few of the author’s books and have surprised myself by really enjoying them. This book falls into the misery memoir category but is different than the usual titles you come across. This book contains a lot of tension and action and isn’t just a repetition of a routine or similar events. It really tugged at my heart strings which I cynically wasn’t expecting. I’ve never been a foster carer. I don’t have the right attitude so my hat goes off to Angela and her husband. It can’t be easy to do what they try to do for the children they take care of. This memoir is also easy to read. I’ve read similar books and have found them quite dense at times. This is well worth a read.

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