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There Came A Day

A Child’s Murder, A Mother’s Survival

Patricia Cardy

There Came A Day

A Child’s Murder, A Mother’s Survival

Patricia Cardy


In 1981, just nine years old, Jennifer Cardy was abducted and murdered, her bicycle found standing where she had left it.

There followed dark days for the Cardy family, days of searching for their missing daughter, grieving her death, wrestling with the questions. It would be thirty years before they would find any answers; thirty years before her killer, Robert Black, would face any kind of justice.

Yet, incredibly, through it all the Cardy family found comfort in God. They discovered that God’s love is greater than even the worst tragedy that can befall us and can be our strength through even the darkest of days.


"An extraordinary story of suffering, endurance and faith."

- Gail Walker, Belfast Telegraph

"There Came a Day is neither fiction nor TV drama. This is real life in the raw. Each chapter is filled with the unimaginable: a monstrous paedophile, a child murdered, a family devastated. Yet the darkness is pushed back by the unexpected light emanating from the broken heart of a remarkable mother – a light put there by a loving Savior. Beautifully written, Patricia Cardy holds nothing back in this page-turner. She gives us her heart to hold for a while, and we can feel it beating… beating with love for her murdered child and remaining family, but also beating with an unshakeable trust in the Savior she has found faithful in the worst of days. Thank you for the privilege, Patricia."

- Catherine Campbell, author of Broken Works Best and Journey with Me

"Patricia Cardy has written a moving account of her tragedy. Anyone who has been the victim of extraordinary suffering can find encouragement by reading this. The kind of suffering Patricia describes does not come to most people, but it did to her. If you have been faced with severe suffering, or know someone who has, do read this book and pass it on."

- R. T. Kendall, former pastor of Westminster Chapel, London, and author of over 50 books

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    There Came A Day

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