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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This author manages to discuss issues in life that not many other authors write about. Med is the one telling the story here, and what a story it is. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Random House Australia Availability: As a reader you witness the unfolding of the story through his eyes, knowing it is beyond accurate. Med is a bush Australian man, not overly educated, worked hard to bring home the money for his family, give his wife everything that she wanted and stepped in as mother and father when she took off.

I Came to Say Goodbye by Caroline Overington – Sam Still Reading

View all 3 comments. Med is an uncomplicated Australian way. I very nearly gave this book 5 stars, but the ending took that half star away. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.


I personally really liked the style it was written in, it was very personable and I thought it was unique. Dec 03, Olwen rated it it was amazing.

Return to Book Page. Part One is then written by a man, Med Atley, father to three children Oveirngton finished this book last night with tears in my eyes. The infant didn’t wake when the woman placed her gently in the shopping bag she had brought with her.

This was a book that grabbed me with both hands and did not let go. When the Stephen-Hawkingesque-Kindle-voice reads dialogue that lacks expression, it can be brutal!

‘I Came to Say Goodbye’ by Caroline Overington

The remainder of the story is told from the perspective of Kat and from that of a nursing-home aide. As far as I could tell, the cover art on this book has nothing to do with the story. The other main correspondent is Kat, who is far more articulate.

Caroline Overington’s bestseller is a heart-breaking, utterly compelling novel of a family ripped apart. I even stayed at a place that Med mentions in the novel! It was four o’clock in the morning. Whatever her reasons for choosing to portray her stories through the eyes of a third party involved in the story but not the main protagonistit is a literary device that works fantastically for her.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. I don’t know enough about the system to comment on the accuracy of the facts portrayed – however it certainly comes across as very believable.


I really do like local settings, but have only just stumbled across some Aussie authors so I’m happy about that.

I Came to Say Goodbye

In the novel, there are descriptive passages that reveal the author understands many things: The lead voice is a man named Med, short for Meredith. Of course, you can guess how the story will unfold but I like more clues to bring me back to the opening hook.

The book starts off with the description of an abduction that takes place in a hospital,of a baby girl,without the nurses even realizing it because they were playing solitaire and security paying no attention. Hard to belief the author is a journalist. 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.

I would highly recommend it.

I didn’t want to yell at her, or to ground her too much. It cuts both ways – this DoCS system and others like it in many Western jurisdictions. View all 10 comments.

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