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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However, one has to think about the general picture. It’s not even where the story starts.

With his typical mindset, Med thinks no government official should have any rights over his family and takes legal action. Nov 14, Rambling Reviews rated carokine really liked it. April – I Came to Say Goodbye. Having said that it was a brilliant analysis of the “system” if it can be overingtton considering the lack of research in other areas and where it continues to let down the very people it supposes to protect, and I especially enjoyed the style of writing.

Quotes from I Came to Say Goo This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Having read the back of the book, I was expecting an action packed thrill ride, but it isn’t like that, it’s a slow tale through the history of a family which eventually culminates in a tragedy. I didn’t want to yell at her, or to ground her too much.

I Came to Say Goodbye by Caroline Overington

It starts with his childhood in Forster, New South Wales, a pretty coastal town, goes through his marriage and sudden departure of his wife, Pat.

Finally, there is a vulnerable baby only weeks old, with a tenuous grasp on life. She walked into the nursery, where a baby girl lay sleeping. There was so much potential to explore the human psyche, yet this book does not delve deep enough. She lives with her kids, her husband, a blue dog, and a lizard, in Bondi. Notify me of new posts via goocbye.


I Came to Say Goodbye

Oct 15, Renita D’Silva rated it it was amazing. I devoured this book quickly due to its simplistic language and compelling subject matter. This is a brave book for Caroline Overington to have written. The lead voice is a man named Med, short for Meredith. He tells us how frustrating such a name is for him but it doesn’t stop him from nick naming his chubby daughter “Fat”.

But Donna-Faye is not that easy to understand. Staff would later say they thought the woman was a new mother, returning to her child – and in a way, she was. I would highly recommend it. There is CCTV footage of what happened next, and most Australians would have seen it, either on the internet or the news.

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. Be the first to ask a question about I Came to Say Goodbye. I thought it was excellent and will definitely read more from this Australian author.

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 finished this book last night with tears in my eyes. This story told through the eyes of Med and in a letter form was emotional and thought provoking. It is set in the Family Court, and it is about a couple’s war over custody of their two year old daughter, Matilda.

Seth is the victim of shaken baby syndrome and is taken into care. She does things that are unpredictable, inconsistent and dangerous. You are commenting using your WordPress. For example there is no Sydney Children’s Hospital at Parramatta – its at Westmead, a paediatric registrar is not the head honcho but junior staff.

The whole idea that anyone would, in Australia, give their child Long winded rambling story, which seemed more of a vendetta against the government, welfare departments and the family court. He could never understand how a mother could walk away from her own children, but that’s exactly what his wife did. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Just a small issue, but still a great overingtonn.


‘I Came to Say Goodbye’ by Caroline Overington

You get the Father telling a goodbyd, telling it to the Court, except, its told in such a way you feel you are the judge. Carlline a mother I was horrified at some of the events, moved saay tears and scared out of my wits about this job of raising kids during this novel. A tightly, skilfully written book which I read in two cwroline – and that’s exceptional.

It is quite interesting from my point of view to see him be on the receiving end of rigid, narrow-minded thinking, and dogmatic political correctness as he experiences the tribulations of the welfare and court systems. Will be reading all the books by this wonderful author. It was a little annoying how we never actually found out what really did happen to Seth. It isn’t where the story ends, however. He treats his wife very poorly, due to his lack of empathy and understand A very powerful story, cleverly told, full of complex, difficult issues and emotional tugs.

She knows the city and country towns and the ways of people, police, welfare workers, doctors, and faroline public. Please email webmaster fantasticfiction. Random House Australia Availability: View all 5 comments.

After reading the story it is the cover that disappoints me because it broadcasts the designer did not read the book. Added by 2 of our members. The novel centres around a woman named as Fat.