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Sometimes when you have clear expectations of a book based on its blurb, and then you get an utterly different story, it can be frustrating. While I think. I Came To Say Goodbye – Kindle edition by Caroline Overington. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like. I Came to Say Goodbye by Caroline Overington is a work of fiction however there are so many elements of the story that are chillingly familiar.

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You are commenting using your Facebook account. I did not like him because of his rigid, narrow-minded thinking, and his chauvinistic behaviour. I very nearly gave this book 5 stars, but the ending took that half star away. As time goes by, Haines slips further into idleness, dope smoking and heavy drinking, leaving Fat to be the bread-winner, while he tends his illegal marijuana crop.

However, can you imagine what might have happened for Seth if those rigorous investigations had taken place before the baby was shaken almost to death by the vile Paul Haines?

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: I didn’t want her telling me she hated me, not even when I knew she didn’t mean it. I even stayed at a place that Med mentions in the novel! She then cme the infant into the car, got in and drove off. Med is a bush Australian man, not overly educated, worked hard to bring home the money for his family, give toodbye wife everything that she wanted and stepped in as mother and father when she took off.

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I loved this book so much I read it in one sitting-4 hours! Is ignorance an excuse? They have a baby, but the violent partner, Paul Haines, shakes it vigorously, inflicting permanent mental j on the child.


This is my favourite so far out of ‘Matilda is missing’ and ‘Sisters of Mercy’. I kverington sure I liked the new voice at the end, but I do realise that 4.

I didn’t want to yell at her, or to ground her too much. Having said tk it was a brilliant analysis of the “system” if it can be believed considering the lack of res ok I’m going to say right off that I loved this book! The woman walked out to the car park, towards an old Corolla.

The ending is both satisfying and disturbing – you’ll see why. It’s an interesting mix for a novel: Email required Address never made public.

Faced with bringing up three young children alone, Med does the best he can, but he finds it a struggle especially as the children get older. Categories Fiction Non-fiction Children’s books Authors. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Sep 18, sue rated it it was amazing Shelves: Dec 25, Helen McKenna rated it really liked it Shelves: Characters seemed to just vanish and were never heard of again, whilst others vanished and then suddenly popped up again.

I do recommend this book and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did if you chose to read it. The child exists on life-support, but they all expect it to die within days or weeks. He thinks Fat is doing well until the social workers tell him that not only is Fat pregnant, but the father is a Sudanese refugee who may or may not even be 18 yet.

Dec 10, Karyn rated it really liked it. The storyline did take awhile to get going though, and I’m not too sure about the format of how the story was written in letter form. The entire book is written as a letter from Med and Kat to a Court judge.

All soon becomes clear with the majority of this book taking the form of a letter to the judge thereby telling the story in reverse. Overington employs two particular techniques to tell this story — reverse storytelling and multiple narrators. It all builds to make an excellent novel. Caroline Overington is an Australian author and journalist. There was so much potential to explore the human psyche, yet this book does not delve deep enough.


Loved how the author discussed the topic of mental illness This author manages to discuss issues in life that not many other authors write about.

I Came to Say Goodbye

I have to admit, I have a real soft spot for novels that are set in a well-known place, especially when that place evokes good memories.

Notify me of new comments via email. The style in which it is written is also effective, having been written in a letter overinghon. I had a real feel for the character personalities and the story was face paced and drama packed so I really just wanted to keep reading.

Part Two is written by one of Med’s daughters, Kat, as saay picks up a specific part of the tale before returning to Med.

This for me helped to develop the character of Med and Kat Atley as we could read their thoughts and see their honesty more clearly than if Overington had just described them. She does things that are unpredictable, inconsistent overingon dangerous. When I couldn’t decide what I was in the mood cwme read I picked up ‘I came to say Goodbye’ and that was it it I couldn’t put it down.

It smashed my heart, wadded it up, stomped on it, tore it in pieces, and put the pieces back together, scattered them again, and on and on. Th I devoured this book quickly due to its simplistic language and compelling subject matter.