What is the proper response to having your toddler taken? Do you run into the streets, searching? Do you stay at home waiting by the door? Who do you call first? The police? A private detective?
Parents commit suicide due to the overwhelming terror of not knowing if their child is safe, hurting, dead or alive.
In the face of overwhelming fear, how do parents continue breathing?
Marie has taken her family’s pain and turned it into the guidebook they needed. Reaching back to the beginning of her nightmare, she starts from day one and walks parents through the coping mechanisms that not only allowed her family to survive, but thrive in adversity.
Solo medal winner of the 2017 New Apple Literary Award.
Bronze medal winner of the 2018 Readers' Favorite Book Award.
What People Are Saying
Marie's book was personally a godsend for me, I highly recommend this for any parent experiencing parental alienation. -Kevin Teeple, Senior Business Strategist for Tony Robbins
I was unfamiliar with parental alienation until it happened to me. I had no idea how much great stuff was in this book and I want everyone to go out and buy it. I wish it had been around for me years ago. With every page there will be people hanging on to hope, knowing that it happened to someone else, they can get through it. When I first became a victim, I was looking for answers and there was no playbook, now I have a resource to point people to. -Dr. Carlos Rivera
Reading this book is a must for all parents, whether a tragedy has happened or not! As a minister and professor, this book has helped me understand the grieving process even more so I can help others. -Rev. Daniel B. Gilbert, Ph.D., EmPowered Living International Ministries
For all parents going through very severe heartbreak, complex ongoing trauma, and chronic grief, I recommend reading this book to guide you through the morass of emotions that others simply don't understand. -Monica Giglio, Speak Worldwide
Marie makes a connection with your soul, through truth and very raw emotions. It is as if she is reaching out to hold your hand and then saying "Come on, I am walking this journey with you. You are not alone." –Heidi Bond, Author of Who’s the New Kid
After two years of shame, guilt, depression and sadness I finally felt validated. This book made me cry, not because I was sad, but because someone else finally knew and described exactly how I have been feeling through this whole experience. This pain is real! And now I feel hope! –Melanie D.
I worked at the library across from the courthouse and each day a parent would come in looking for a book like this. That's why I'm buying copies for my library branches. -Collection Development Librarian
I'll start with noting that I am a clinical counselor. While this book is about families of abducted children, I found SO much value for ANYONE who has experienced loss or grief. The author does a great job communicating practical ways of surviving that trauma… I especially loved ... the interview with the man who has been rescuing people in a huge variety of ways for his entire career. I also really love the inspirational cutout cards at the back of the book. I love having this book as a resource for any of my clients walking a similar path. –Marcy Pusey, Counselor and Author
As a clinical psychologist, I will certainly recommend it to those who struggle with this issue, as well as those who help them. This is a compassionate book on a parent's worst nightmare. Written from the author's experience of her own missing child, it gives amazing practical guidelines on how to survive the terrifying knowledge of not knowing - for years - what happened to one's child. It is easy to read, and enlightening. -Esly Carvalho, Ph.D., Author of When the Bond Breaks