Crying for Help by Casey Watson

Crying for Help

By Casey Watson

  • Release Date: 2012-02-01
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 124 Ratings
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The second book from Sunday Times bestselling author Casey Watson.

Two weeks after saying farewell to her first foster child, Casey is asked to look after Sophia, a troubled 12-year-old with a sad past. Sophia’s actions are disturbing and provocative and, before long, Casey and her family find themselves in a dark and dangerous situation.

Two years ago Sophia’s mother had a terrible accident. Sophia has been in care ever since.

Right away, Casey feels something isn’t right. Sophia’s a well-developed girl, who looks more like 18 than 12. She only seems to have eyes and ears for men, and treats all women with contempt and disgust. And she has everyone around her jumping through hoops.

Over time, as more details begin to emerge about Sophia’s past, it becomes clear that her behaviour is a front for an early life filled with pain and suffering. But although Casey feels she is gradually breaking through to Sophia and getting her to open up about things she has never spoken about before, her violence is threatening the safety of the whole family, forcing Casey to question whether she can really handle this lost and damaged girl.

Both shocking and inspiring, this true story will shed new light on the extreme and sometimes dangerous nature of foster care.

Includes a sample chapter of Little Prisoners.

About the author

Casey Watson is a specialist foster carer. She has been working in this field for six years after giving up her position as a behaviour manager for a local school. During this time she has welcomed 14 difficult to place children into her home.

As a specialist foster carer she works with profoundly damaged children, seeing each child through a specific behavioural modification programme, at the end of which they will hopefully be in the position to be returned either back to their family or into mainstream foster care.

Casey combines fostering with writing, usually late at night when the rest of the family is sleeping.

Casey is married with two grown-up children and three grandchildren.

The name Casey Watson is a pseudonym.


  • Good read

    By pruelc123
    I thought this book was written very well, I found it really hard to put down!
  • Wonderful work

    By Fleroy53
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and Casey's first book the boy no one loved. It's so wonderful to read her stories of helping these children. What incredibly strong, loving and committed people they are. I will definitely keep reading her books :)
  • Crying for help

    By Caz.731
    I have now read all three of Casey Watson's books, I have enjoyed reading them and following the ups and downs of fostering as she does with her family, Can't wait for the next adventure with Casey in her fostering journey
  • Crying for help

    By Princess011077
    Casey & your whole family should be praised everyday for the amazing gifts you bring to these children in foster care. The world needs more families like yours. Congratulations and your books are a pleasure to read.
  • Crying for Help

    By Sasha10_14
    I've now read both of Casey's books and loved them. She has a way of drawing you in and keeping the reader engaged. I love her honesty and transparency in her writing. Highly recommend.
  • What a eye opener

    By gaggle_g
    Thank you Casey for the work you do and for sharing thers stories with us.
  • Love Casey Watson's Books

    By Kimmy155
    After reading "the boy that no one loved" I was very happy to find this new release. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. I enjoyed the boy that no one loved better, but this was still a fantastic read. I have no idea how people have the strength to look after troubled kids like this. I felt that parts or this was like watching the exorcist!