The Second Victim

5.0/5

Critic Rating

Daisy is a black baby adopted into a white family in rural 1970’s England. Alienation and loss of identity dominate her childhood. After discovering she was conceived through child rape, she begins a lifelong mission to find and prosecute her birth father using the only irrefutable evidence left. Her own DNA. But justice isn’t just for her birth mother. She too, is a victim, and when the world around her doesn’t agree, she is forced to reckon with external and internal powers out of her control. Content Warning: There are references to child sexual abuse, suicide and there is also strong language and racist language at times. Listener discretion is advised.


Critic Reviews

Score: 5

Fiona Sturges • Financial Times Dec 10, 2023

"It is rare to find a podcast so visceral, intimate and full of emotional complexity as it puts an unimaginable situation into words. The series itself is immaculately produced, with elegantly unobtrusive soundscapes framing Daisy’s narration which reveals the huge mental toll of her pursuit of justice. Second Victim is both a triumph of storytelling and of one woman’s efforts to come to terms with her own story."

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Score: 5

Hannah Verdier • The Guardian Nov 30, 2023

"...Daisy pieces together Grace’s story in a brave and beautiful series."

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