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Through a Mother’s Tears: The tragic true story of a mother who lost one daughter to a brutal murderer and another to a broken heart

When Cathy Broomfield’s youngest daughter Kirsty disappeared, Cathy hoped she had gone to stay with friends, to escape her brutal and bullying husband. But as the days passed with no word from Kirsty, a loving daughter who spoke to her mum every day, Cathy became increasingly anxious, until the day the police arrived at her door to tell her they had found a body, when she knew her worst fears had been realised...

Through a Mother’s Tears is the poignant and heartbreaking story of how Cathy lost not only Kirsty, her youngest daughter, but Kirsty’s big sister Hayley, who died of heartbreak when the agony of her baby sister’s loss became too much to bear.


“A true story written bravely by Cathy Broomfield. If I could not read anything so sad again, I would be quite content. This book haunted me. Sometimes reading a sad true story leaves you feeling devastated for the pain this family endured. Sometimes it can make us feel that our own problems are not so bad.”

Karen Murphy (Reviewer)

“Bleak and haunting this is a sad tale of the aftermath of murder and the ripples it causes over the years. Cathy Broomfield should never have had to write this book, the death of her daughters was tragic.”

Julianne Freer (Reviewer)

“A heartbreakingly honest novel of loss and grief.”

Kate Ellis (Reviewer)

“Such a sad recollection from a brave mother. I commend the bravery and strength of this family. A book I read in one sitting.”

Clare Matthews (Reviewer)

“A harrowing tale that had to be told… it kept me hooked immediately.”

Reilly Cook (Reviewer)

“This is a heartbreaking true story… As a mother this really affected me. I do not know how Cathy Broomfield found the strength to carry on and write this.”

Angela Hunt (Reviewer)

“Cathy Broomfield is a brave loving mother and I have the utmost respect for her and her family.”

Mary Thomas (Reviewer)

“What a heartbreaking read. Cathy, you say you are weak but in my eyes you are one of the strongest women I have ever read about.”

Adele Shea (Reviewer)

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