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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I Came to Say Goodbye

Having read other titles by Caroline Overington, I knew that it would take some time to get to the storyline described on the blurb of this book. I borrowed this book from the library, and someone who had read it before me had circled the many typos – this book is littered with them. Eventually Fat and Haines produce a child, Seth, but Haines shows no interest, indeed is annoyed that the new-born is disruptive of his lifestyle.

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Motherhood and family relationships are the central themes of this novel. Notify me of new posts via email. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. The narrative is somewhat awkward and trite. Slowly the reader is able to put parts of the jigsaw into place.

It feels in the moment, and I kept urging Med on, willing him to get to the point. This book put my heart through the works. This site uses cookies. The social workers get a bloody big serve in this book, which suits me fine on many counts. Part One is then written by a man, Med Atley, father to three children who describes his marriage, bringing up his children and the past slowly making his way forward in to the present. I found this a very sad story and it made me wonder just how many young women have been in a similar situation as Donna-Faye and how many children have been awarded to the State over recent years.


When the Stephen-Hawkingesque-Kindle-voice reads dialogue that lacks expression, it can be brutal! The voice of Kat also came across as somewhat false at times — like she is restraining herself, distancing herself from the family issues but all the same being a big part of them! Sep 18, sue rated it it was amazing Shelves: Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Th I devoured this book quickly due to its simplistic language and compelling subject matter.

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caroine Nov 11, MaryG2E rated it it was amazing Shelves: If you liked this, try: Sad, yet compelling and very readable, I Came To Say Goodbye will has left a lasting impression on me and opened my eyes to just what is happening everyday in the family court system.

This story is primarily told through the voice of fifty nine year old, Med who grew up in a little town of Forster on the New South Wales Central Coast.


You get the Father telling a story, telling it to the Court, except, its told in such a way you feel you are the judge. View all 6 comments. Email required Address never made public.

I Came to Say Goodbye by Caroline Overington

The creation of the other characters in the story are similarly spot on although only described through Med camw from his long absent wife Pat, to the no-hoper son-in-law Paul and ambitious elder daughter Kat. I thought it was excellent and will definitely read more from this Australian author.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. He could never understand how a mother could walk away from her own children, but that’s exactly what his wife did.

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Having said that 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 remainder of the story is told from the perspective of Kat and from that of a nursing-home aide. Her second, Kickback, was about the UN oil for food scandal.

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