A Mother’s Story -Sara Payne ****

‘It’s Sarah, I’m so sorry’

In the summer of 2000 a news story gripped the UK, 8 year old Sarah Payne had gone missing on a family holiday. After an agonising wait Sarah’s family were given the devastating news that Sarah’s body had been found and a known paedophile was now being hunted in connection with her murder. After her death Sara’s parents vowed they never wanted this to happen to another family and so they began the fight for Sarah’s law.

The book is in no way an easy read and I would in no way recommend it to anyone who can not handle harsh details, for example a part about the decomposition of the body, I had to stop reading and skip over as well as the court case. This shock however makes the book even more valuable and Payne’s point even more prominent. I completely agree with some of the principals of Sarah’s law, making the public aware of known paedophiles in the area if the country are not willing to keep them imprisoned. I will not mention the name of Sarah’s murderer on this blog as I don’t want that filth mentioned, however I will say he was a repeat offender and registered paedophile. His conviction was not only justice for Sarah but also another little girl who got away.

I have to admit that Payne doesn’t always paint herself in the best light, of course anyone who reads this book sympathises with her and no one would wish this scenario on anyone. That said however it seems to have won with the public, Payne is frank when it comes to speaking about the effect it had on not only her marriage but also her family life.  She speaks openly about her battles with depression and alcohol and the effect this has had on her children.

Overall I give the book four stars, for Sara Payne to write this in the first place takes a great amount of courage. I feel at points that she is doing it because she feels she owes the public for their support and I hope she no longer feels that pressure. I was only 4 years old when Sara went missing and have grown up with her picture in the press, I now understand her importance. I am one of those people who believe a paedophile should either never be released or if they must, they have to be closely monitored and kept well away from children. This book is the stuff of nightmares but unfortunately it became reality.