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Hidden Thorns

Marie-Rose Fox

A true story

No one ever fully recovers from the death of a child. Marie-Rose Fox wanted to be someone who was happy—not hiding from the world, or bitter and angry. She knew that forgiveness was the way to peace, but how could she ever forgive her daughter’s murderer?

Though the murder was violent and senseless, Marie-Rose was determined not to be defined by her worst nightmare. How could she live the rest of her life in a way that both acknowledged and transcended this tragedy? Is there any possible compensation to a mother for the loss of her daughter?

Hidden Thorns is the heart-wrenching but ultimately uplifting account of a mother’s journey after the murder of her daughter—how she found both peace and forgiveness.




I was profoundly moved by the author’s courage and honesty. Her story will support and help to heal others. I regard it as an honour that she entrusted me with her heart in these pages.

Professor Newell W Johnson, CMG, FMedSci

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This book ‘Hidden Thorns’ is an encouraging and remarkable story of how a courageous mother coped with the murder of her daughter.
The story describes in detail all the sad travails that life has unfairly dealt the Author. Especially sharing how she handled the tragic senseless murder of her beautiful daughter. No one ever fully recovers from the agony of the death of a child. But this mother wanted to be someone who was happy and not hiding from the world, bitter and angry. Forgiveness was the way to peace—and she knew she would need that, but how could she forgive her daughter’s murderer?
Over time, she came to realize that there actually was a small miracle happening; her daughter was taken from a place of violence, where she was all alone, to a peaceful place in eternity. What this individual did was horribly wrong, but did she want to be defined by her worst nightmare? How is that any kind of compensation to a mother for the loss of her daughter? And did she want that to be the way she lived for the rest of her life?
What the Author has shown us is that the most important thing anyone can do in life is what God has given us to do here, now or whenever. She has demonstrated clearly that she has been more courageous than anyone I know in letting God write her story. So, my congratulations go to her for being a faithful obedient servant, as painful as it was.
This book of diversity in the face of tragedy makes for compelling reading.

D.C. Harris-Hughes, B.Ad. Voc.Ed - RN

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I read your book as soon as it arrived. Great read. You have a powerful testimony of forgiveness. I trust your story will go far and wide to help many to chose to forgive. Well done!

I enjoyed the memories (Mr Biscuits, Prince etc) and grieved for your loss of Michelle, once more. I know you will develop your voice (i.e. telling your story) and it will be as powerful as your written word. I pray for His continued blessings to you, a mighty woman warrior!

Pastor Vicki O*
Shellharbour Village, NSW

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I received my copy of ‘Hidden Thorns’ yesterday, and finished it today. I’ll start by saying, it was a difficult read as I felt your pain. Especially, about your beautiful girl. It’s one of those things you can’t truly understand, unless you experience it yourself and God willing, I will never have to. I fully understand how scary it gets and how hard it is to come out of that dark hole, which I call the bottomless pit of despair.

The one thing I really envy is your faith, which as I read your book I realise how important it is to you and your whole family. In as much as your faith doesn’t remove the problems, but it certainly helps you through the darkest times. Thank you for your honesty.

Maria D*
Wattle Grove, NSW

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It’s addictive, extremely well written and insightful. As your niece, it’s quite a unique and special experience, reading about your family like this. Thank you for opening your heart and sharing.

Awesome achievement and purposeful. I’m proud of you Auntie, as Michelle would have been...

Amanda M*
Bronte, NSW


About the Author

Marie-Rose Fox

Marie-Rose Fox was born in Portugal. She relocated with her family to France, where she spent most of her teenage years. Whilst there, she developed a great love for languages as a challenge (Portuguese, French, Spanish, Italian and English). At just eighteen she immigrated with her family to Australia, where they lived in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. She resided within this community for most of her adult life until she met and married Stephen. Circumstances led them to live on the Gold Coast of Queensland, where they met with tragedy in 2007 when her only child, Michelle was brutally murdered.
As a consequence of this horrific ordeal, she suffered deep depression, so given the need for change she and her husband chose a country lifestyle for a season. As a reader of this ‘all telling book of her life’ you’ll be glad to hear she climbed out of her ‘black hole’ of depression through her faith and love for God.








Hidden Thorns by Marie-Rose Fox
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ISBN: 978-1-925846-38-6
Format: Paperback C 229mm x 152
Extent: 168 pages
RRP: $21.95
Publisher: Vivid Publishing
Category: Non-Fiction -- Autobiography
Distribution: Contact Vivid