Split into three books, Twenty Years a Stranger, is the uniquely well-documented true story of escape from domestic violence, with all the battles before, during and after. Narrated by Sam Cooke, in his role as a psychotherapeutic counsellor.
Evidence includes, photographs, police logs, social services reports, transcripts of actual recordings of abuse, emails, text messages, medical and contact centre reports.
To protect identities, names and locations have been changed or redacted.
Book 1: Monster in the House (out now on Amazon)
From when Richard met Jade in 1999 until her final removal, under arrest, in March 2013 – never to legally return. Includes the arrests of both Richard and Jade, attempted murder and a 2012 intervention by social services that almost gave the children to the abuser.
Book 2: Rages in Court (coming in 2020)
Criminal and family court proceedings, along with social services interventions and further arrests and imprisonment of Jade, from March 2013 until April 2014, when multi-agency advice instructed Richard to move away with the children, on safety grounds.
Book 3: Aftermath (coming in 2021)
The reality and difficulty of moving to a new, unknown area with two young children and no support network, while having to remain off the grid in the face of promised pursuit by Jade’s private detectives and on-going threats from HMP Peterborough. On-going criminal and family court battles, a computer hack, family therapy and Jade’s new fraudulent claim in 2019 – thrown out by the judge but not before the death of a loved one due to the stress of it all. The arrest warrant for Jade remains live.
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