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A harrowing memoir of a young girl who lost her brother and sister at the hands of her killer mother

When Nikkia Roberson was just seven, her mentally ill mother killed her younger brother and sister by scalding them with boiling hot water and asphyxiating them. She thought they were possessed by the devil. While Nikkia's mum was sent to a psychiatric prison indefinitely, Nikkia was left to come to terms with what the woman she’d loved most had done to the little brother and sister she adored.

This harrowing story details how growing up Nikkia slowly learned to love her mum again as they reassembled their relationship through prison bars. Eventually, she came to understand and accept that her mum wasn’t evil, but seriously ill. And, now 13 years on, she has fully forgiven her for taking her siblings’ precious lives.

But along the way the heartache and confusion has made this a daily struggle. How could a woman kill her own children? In such a brutal way? And, why? These questions are all the more difficult to answer when you are that woman's own flesh and blood.

Poignant, moving and challenging, this is the inspirational story of how one young girl managed to overcome the worst kind of heartache to find the happiness she'd always craved.

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    December 3, 2012

    Ebury Press

    320 pages

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    November 22, 2012

    Ebury Digital

    320 pages

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