Muna and her three sisters were happy children, growing up in Newport South Wales with their English mother and Arabic father. But in 1972 her mother disappeared, setting in motion a chain of events which would forever shatter her seemingly loving family.
A Fathers Betrayal is the heart wrenching true story of Muna, who along with her sisters are taken back to her father’s home country and subjected to years of physical and mental abuse.
Even though Muna’s father was quite strict, especially with their mother, overall their time in England was a happy one. That is until their mother disappears. Their mother is never found but their father is still sent to prison for foul play.
Even though the girls are taken into care, luckily theirs is a happy experience and they grow to love their foster parents. Unfortunately when their father is released, he has other plans for them.
Knowing only to well how girls/ women get treated in some middle eastern countries, I knew that what would be in store for Muna and her sisters would not be pleasant.
From here on in Muna’s journey is very much a bitter sweet one. There are a few moments of happiness but unfortunately those precious few moments are over clouded by the abuse that she has to suffer from the hands of her husband and her dad.
How I would have loved to have got hold of some of the men in this book, the way they treat their women and in some cases their children, really shocked and appalled me. In one part Muna has been pushed to her very limits and loses it with her dad, a big fight ends up taking place between them. I felt like I was on the side line shouting and cheering Muna on to thrash the life out of her father.
My heart really went out to Muna and also to Yas her sister. I just hope that one day the government in these countries start making a stand and stop allowing children under the age of sixteen to be married off and to be treat with respect. Women should have just as much rights as men regardless of which country they live in and I find it appalling that it is still going on right up until this day and no doubt for years to come.
A Father’s Betrayal is a harrowing story but one that deserves to be told. My only little niggle is that I would have liked some sort of epilogue as I was left with lots of questions, otherwise than this it really is a must read.
Many thanks to Rachel at Authoright for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.
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