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The Less People Know About Us

The Less People Know About Us

A Mystery of Betrayal, Family Secrets, and Stolen Identity

eBook - 2019
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In a powerful memoir, identity theft expert Betz-Hamilton tells the shocking and unsettling story of her family, betrayal, and deceit. Convinced that the thief had to be someone they knew, Axton and her parents completely cut off the outside world, isolating themselves from friends and family.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781538730270
Branch Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource (viii, 306 pages) : illustrations
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Sep 29, 2020

This book - WOW! Mind blowing! She's a really excellent writer and her life story is just so fantastical that no one could make it up. If you like The Glass Castle or Educated, this is one to put on your list.

Sep 09, 2020

Once the author realizes who was behind the identity theft, the writing really picks up. I felt like the author took time to detail places and things that didn't necessarily seem relevant - such as the historical setting of places she was living.

Apr 03, 2020

This was a riveting read with a bizarre and unexpected turn of events.
The author, Axton Betz-Hamilton, shares a personal account of her experience dealing with personal identity theft and the adverse effects it has on the victims including her family. A must-read for anyone studying or dealing with underlying mental health issues themselves or in members of their family.

Jan 24, 2020

Definitely a debut book. The overall story is okay but I was frustrated for the first 3/4 of the book because the author was absolutely clueless about who had stolen her identity. It was absolutely ridiculous. I stuck with the story because I wanted to see at what point the author finally got it, but dang, it was tedious getting there. I did find the ending of the story about what the family member had been doing all those years much more fascinating. I agree with the other commenter who said that this book was oversold.

Jan 10, 2020

This is a personal story of discovering her mother's mental health issues.

Dec 14, 2019

Story was vastly over-sold by reviewers. Definitely a debut, could have used an editor, clearly written with thesaurus in hand. How often do real people use the word "reticently"?

Theoretical_Onesie Nov 05, 2019

This reminded me of the time I said hi to my dad and he replied "Who are you?" Classic dad given the fact that I may not have a father despite all the evidence I have collected over the years that proves he's real. Sure everyone else has told me I have wasted my life trying to prove to the world once and for all that fathers exist but I feel that there is a deeper meaning to their constant critique of my life choices. I may not be the bravest man in the world but when it comes to the scientific theory I have courage where it counts.


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Apr 03, 2020

"Sometimes when I think about what I have lost, I rage against the unfairness of it all. In many ways the financial impact of my family's identity theft was the least of the damage. You can rebuild your credit; you cannot rebuild your childhood."
Axton Betz-Hamilton


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