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Above Water by Trish Kearney

Above Water: A Stolen Childhood, An Enduring Scandal, A Survivor's Story

Trish Kearney

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Imprint: Hachette Books Ireland
Publisher: Hachette Books Ireland
Publication date: 18 Feb 2021
ISBN: 9781529333640

'The process of entrapment was quick and, in full view of my family and team-mates, I became a prisoner - bullied, manipulated and abused. So complete was Gibney's control of me, that not only could I not see a way out, it didn't even occur to me to look for one.'

4 stars out of 5
28 Feb 2021

"a crisply told story of surviving abuse"

Above Water is her memoir, a book she had in the works before the podcast came along and destined now to find a wider audience because of its impact. Kearney is a terrific writer, a Swiss army knife of styles and approaches. She is soulful and gentle when writing about her parents and her home (which is a character in and of itself). She is thoughtful and demanding when writing about her inner self and the hole she had to pull herself out of. She is disgusted and brimming with contempt for Gibney throughout.