Punished by Vanessa Steel


By Vanessa Steel

  • Release Date: 2008-07-01
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 124 Ratings
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‘Punished’ is the inspiring true story of an unusual little girl, Vanessa, whose childhood was devastated by torture and abuse at the hands of her sadistic mother. Vanessa was nearly destroyed until she discovered a secret that ultimately saved her life.

From the age of 3, Vanessa lived in daily terror of her mother's unpredictable rage. If she was 'naughty', her mother would lash out at her – with beatings, torture, starvation and making Vanessa sleep in their garden's pigsty, tied up like an animal. Her mother said her punishments were God's revenge on her for being the devil's child. Her father lived in denial of her suffering.

When she was 6 years old, Vanessa's grandfather began to sexually abuse her – to her despair, aided and abetted by both her mother and grandmother. At eight years old, she then discovered that the 'mother' who hated her so much had adopted her as a baby and would never love her as her own.

At the most horrific times of Vanessa's abuse, she nearly lost all hope that she would escape her prison, until mysterious things started to happen to her that allowed her to fight back.

This is the story of how Vanessa survived a childhood that nearly destroyed her and how her secret led her out of the horrors of her past.

About the author

Vanessa Steel was born and brought up on the outskirts of Birmingham in the 1950s. She survived her childhood ordeals and developed a psychic gift (as a young child she foresaw the assassination of Kennedy in 1963 oblivious to who he was), and started working professionally as a medium. She is now one of the most sought after psychic mediums in Britain with a long list of private clients including many celebrities, both in the UK and abroad.


  • Punished: A mother's cruelty. A daughter's survival. A story that couldn't be told.

    By Carnthecats
    Difficult to say that I loved this book as I wish the story had never written itself in life. The tears I shed as I turned the pages were heartfelt as the reading of this book made me want to take as much of the pain from the author (and hero) as I could. Thank you for sharing your life with us in such an eloquently written memoir. I pray that such stories do not occur ever again and if I could, I would do whatever it took to prevent one child going through it.
  • Riveting.

    By Jezkarrr
    At some points I just couldn't put it down, at others I could barely bring myself to keep reading. Such an emotional story which makes you feel like diving into the book and helping the little girl. Her courage is truly inspirational.
  • Punished

    By Cheeky addy
    Amazing read.You cannot put this book down.
  • So sad

    By Daalley
  • Punished

    By Ducca66
    By far the best book I've ever read in my life!! I feel so much for this beautiful woman & thank her from the bottom of my heart for sharing her story with me.... It must of been so hard for her to do, cause I cried on every page for her... Happy & sad tears!! I just want to give her a massive hug!!! J
  • Very touching

    By beccstar
    Great read,
  • Punished

    By Anne Legg
    This book is very powerful. I cried most of the way through it. Had it finished in a day. What Vanessa was put through and survived to tell her story, was amazing. You are one very strong lady. I am so glad to ear that things are going great for you. I wish you all the best. Anne
  • Heart wrenching!

    By Aweinger
    Beautifully written. I couldn't put it down! It was extremely sad, it's amazing how she came through all that, I cannot imagine what she must have gone through, I had to skip over a few parts because they were so awful it made me sick to think that people could be so cruel. An amazing story.
  • Punished

    By DanielleMac
    What a moving story. One that shows that you can survive and break the cycle of abuse.
  • Punished

    By Moresnat
    What a life! So glad she was brave and still had people that loved her