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 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. The story did start to pick up half way through though.

I Came to Say Goodbye

Nov 14, Rambling Reviews rated it really liked it. It left me gutted, heartbroken and utterly furious at both bureaucracy and feminist apologists for female genital mutilation. This is a most outstanding book. Published October by Random House Australia first published The woman walked out to the car park, towards an old Corolla. I look at you and I assume, since you are a working woman, that you are a feminist, and it seems to me that feminists have long been on the right side in this debate, and now it seems to me that you are on the side of child abuse, and dressing it up 4.

I did keep wondering how so many bad things can happen to one family although I acknowledge the fact that some people do get caught in a vicious cycle of mental health and welfare issues, which are at the guts of this book. Wow, all i can say is Wow.


Mar 05, Jolee rated it it was amazing. When I couldn’t decide what I was in the mood to read I picked up ‘I came to say Goodbye’ and that was it it I couldn’t put it down.

They live together in his grotty, ramshackle home, much to the chagrin of the stern, dour, upright Med. 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.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. As a reader you witness the unfolding of the story through his eyes, knowing it is beyond accurate. Overall though, a very emotional book. It then travels forward in time and we meet Med Atley short for Meredith, but Med is a typical salt of the earth Aussie bloke who needs to prepare a statement for an upcoming court case. It feels in the moment, and I kept urging Med on, willing him overlngton get to the point.

How does a baby get stolen from a hospital after hours? It is a sad litany of the realities and failings of the family court and the other associated Government departments that exist to supposedly protect the interests of vulnerable children.

There is CCTV footage of what happened next, and pverington Australians would have seen it, either on the internet or the news. 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.

It’s a superb and haunting read and perhaps one of the best Australian fiction books I’ve read. An easy read on the toughest of subjects.

I Came To Say Goodbye by Caroline Overington – book review

Taking away parents rights etc etc. She puts herself and others at risk and fails to understand the consequences of her actions. This is unputdownable fiction with a surprise in every chapter.


Med is a rambler. Books by Caroline Overington. Dealing with teenagers can be a challenge at the best of times, which Xay is finding out.

‘I Came to Say Goodbye’ by Caroline Overington

Haines has a long history of violence and petty crime, but Fat, totally devoted to him, sees no wrong and defends him to the utmost, even lying for him in court.

I’m so glad my dad recommended this book.

Every now and then you read a book where everything works for you. It is a heartbreaking book though. Amazing that this is written mostly from the perspective of a 60 year old man it is a book that I think women would relate to. Dec 25, Helen McKenna rated it really liked it Shelves: It isn’t where the story ends, however.

Caroline is a mother of delightful, year-old twins. Open Preview See a Problem?

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. I loved reading this Aussie story, written in letter form by the patriarch of the family.

Jun 29, Raewyn rated it really liked it. I would highly recommend it. That is where the footage ends. I have this and Matilda is Missing on my reading list for this year. L have all, only too often, read or seen on the news aspects of the events in this novel.

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