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Who is left behind when a family falls apart?
It was four o'clock in the morning.
A young woman pushed through the hospital doors.
Staff would later say they thought the woman was a new mother, returning to her child - and in a way, she was.
She walked into the nursery, where a baby girl lay sleeping. The infant didn't wake when the woman placed her gently in the shopping bag she had brought with her. There is CCTV footage of what happened next, and most Australians would have seen it, either on the internet or the news.
The woman walked out to the car park, towards an old Corolla. For a moment, she held the child gently against her breast and, with her eyes closed, she smelled her.
She then clipped the infant into the car, got in and drove off.
That is where the footage ends.
It isn't where the story ends, however.
It's not even where the story starts.
PRAISE FOR I CAME TO SAY GOODBYE
"Brilliant, original, heart-breaking. I couldn't put it down." - Mia Freedman
About The Author
Caroline Overington is a two-time Walkley Award-winning journalist who is currently a senior writer and columnist with The Australian. She is the author of two non-fiction books, Only in New York and Kickback which is about the UN oil-for-food scandal in Iraq. Since then she has had her first novel Ghost Child published in October 2009 to great acclaim.
From the minute I read I Came to Say Goodbye, I knew that it was a treasure. This story has such broad appeal, across ages, genders and genres of fiction, and its story works in the way of the very best of the Jodi Picoult novels, but fortunately put very squarely in the Australian context and Australian vernacular.
I had no hesitation in making this my first Buzz Club selection and the response has been huge. You can join the club discussion and read my full review here as well as read our interview with the author. Meanwhile, I know you are going to want to take advantage of our great price on a book that is going to get everyone talking.
The author has covered many such stories as an investigative journalist, but uses this novel to explore the concern we feel for the children left behind after such traumatic experiences. A thoughtful approach to troubling real-life events
Australian Women’s Weekly
A gripping debut novel...Taut writing helps rachet up the tension between the voices of each of the people involved, until all the layers are stripped away to finally reveal the truth
Better Homes and Gardens
The novel resonates with realism. It’s impossible not to think of real life cases that have made the headlines and wonder whether those who experience it can ever get past their trauma, and whether the truth .always emerges
It is powerful and engrossing and will keep you guessing right until the end. - Townsville Bulletin
Child protection is the real issue here, and while it’s not pleasant subject matter, it’s hard to look away.
Published: 1st October 2010
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.6 x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.42