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Summary

At 8.00 a.m. on Monday 18th June 2001, Danielle Jones left home dressed in her schoolgirl uniform - and promptly vanished.

The 15-year old’s body was never recovered, but Danielle’s parents soon learned that her ‘Uncle Stuart’, a close family friend, had concealed a decades-long history of sexual violence against teenage girls. Despite the absence of a body, Stuart Campbell was sentenced to life in prison for Danielle’s abduction and murder. But what set him on his path as a violent sexual predator? And how do you come to terms with his actions if he’s your own flesh and blood?

In My Brother the Killer, Stuart’s older brother, Alix Sharkey, chronicles the violent childhood and troubled teens that helped shape a bright and handsome little boy into one of Britain’s most notorious killers and led to one of the UK’s most unusual murder trials. Sharkey also poses several terrifying questions: what happens when you discover a deadly sexual predator in your family? Is it possible to trace the root of his heinous crimes? And with the clock ticking towards his possible parole, can Stuart Campbell be convinced to reveal the location of Danielle’s remains?

A devastating hybrid of true crime and family memoir, My Brother the Killer examines the true cost of keeping dark family secrets.

©2021 Alix Sharkey (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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"A hugely impressive achievement." (Hadley Freeman, author of House of Glass)

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Exceptional

First off. I have usually found books narrated by the author are usually not what they could be. I don’t know why, maybe they come across as being ‘me, me, me and some more about me…’. This book was an exception to that rule. In fact I feel it enhanced the whole experience.

This book kept me fully focused and enthralled by the whole sad and sorry scenario that played out for Alix, his mother, the young Danielle, her family, Alec (Alix’s father) and ultimately Stuart.

A first class novel about how lives can be ruined ultimately by sexual deviants and also by alcoholic fuelled violence.

Thoroughly enjoyed, thankyou Alix.

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raw, real and sad

from start to finish no stone left unturned
worth a read, devestating for danielles family that they still don't have there baby home.
Alix writes his life story with care and kindness for the jone's.

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More about Alix then his brother Stuart's crime

I felt quite let down by this story as it detailed too much about Alix then about Stuart and his crime. It gave the impression that the brothers were never really close from the begining. I would have liked to learned more about all the Jones family including Debbie and her parents as well as Danielle and her parents.

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Superbly written…

Not familiar with Alix Sharkey as a journalist but this book brilliantly written. He describes the mixed emotions of someone in his position & his annotates his youth with warmth & brutal honesty. Very nicely narrated too.

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Honest account

This Audio book is a very honest account of an extremely difficult subject that was thrust upon a family.

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Amazing read!

Alix has an immaculate command of the English language.
This is a very powerful and informative read. I would reccomend to anyone.

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Meh.

I didn't find this an interesting read, got pretty bored to be honest. if its free then give it a go but don't pay for it like I did.

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A very well written true story

Although this story has horrific undertones, it's good to see someone punished for this terrible crime. It is a well told story that needs to be told. Brilliantly narrated by the author .

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Not really about the murderous brother...

I found a lot of the story drawn out and somewhat boring to listen to. It's way more about the non murderous brother's life growing up, rather than from the potential perspective of the murderous brother.

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How a family member becomes a killer!

A very honest and open account of what it feels like to be related to a murderer. very well written and very well performed for Audible.