The true story of a terrified child whose silence spoke volumes.
Casey has been in her classroom behavioural unit post for six months when thirteen-year-old Imogen joins her class, who has selective mutism. Life at home is also hard for Imogen. Her mum walked out on her a few years earlier and she’s never got on with her dad’s new girlfriend. Now living with her grandparents, there’s no physical explanation for Imogen’s condition. But after months of silence, Imogen utters her first, terrified, words to Casey: ‘I thought she was going to burn me.’ Dark, shocking and deeply disturbing, Casey begins to uncover the reality of what Imogen has been subjected to for years.
Published 19 Jun 2014