This compelling memoir of family secrets, murder, sexual assault and domestic violence is also the gripping story of Renee's constant struggle to accept the truth and her true identity, and, ultimately, to forge a life on her own terms.
From the outside, Renee McBryde had a fairly typical childhood - school, working mum, swimming lessons with loving grandparents. But waiting for her was a secret so awful that it would rock her to the core.
Renee's mother was a teenage runaway who found herself pregnant and alone when Renee's father was jailed for killing two men. When Renee discovered the truth, she knew her life would never be the same again. She was a murderer's daughter - but that made her determined to escape the past.
This is her sometimes shocking, often moving, inspirational true story of terrible secrets and tragic lies, and a life of abuse, suffering and survival.
Majoring in Community Welfare at university, Renee McBryde has worked in the community services sector for the last fifteen years, primarily working with disadvantaged children. She currently works in Child Protection for the Northern Territory government. She also teaches various Community Welfare courses in Alice Springs to upskill other professionals within the sector.
Renee grew up in Sydney and has travelled the world extensively, notching up over fifty countries to date. She is passionate about community development and has spent time working in Africa, including volunteering in a remote Internally Displaced Peoples camp in Kenya.
Renee moved to the Northern Territory in 2015, in the final months of her third pregnancy. She and her husband chose Alice Springs because after all their escapades together they still wanted to have a life full of adventure, even though everyone told them it would be impossible with three small children.