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The Ones You Trust - Caroline Overington

Paperback Published: 20th August 2018
ISBN: 9781460755822
Number Of Pages: 336

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The new gripping psychological thriller from bestselling author Caroline Overington, author of The One Who Got Away

Someone has taken her little girl...

Emma Cardwell, host of top-rating morning TV show Cuppa, is beloved by audiences and only occasionally stalked by crazy fans. She seems to have it all - fame, money, a gorgeous family - but when her tiny daughter disappears from daycare, Emma is faced with every mother's worst nightmare.

Is this a kidnapping, a product of her high profile, or is somebody out for revenge?

As the hours tick by and the pressure mounts, everything comes under scrutiny, including her own marriage, and Emma is forced to confront a terrifying question: can we trust the ones we love?

Praise for Caroline Overington:

'Overington keeps you guessing until the last' Daily Telegraph

'Caroline Overington has an ability to home in on the darker, unsettling sides of life, seizing upon topics you might see headlining the news and spinning them into gripping page-turners' Australian Women's Weekly

Staff Review
by John Purcell

Caroline Overington has really ratcheted up the tension with her new novel, The Ones You Trust. Page one begins with CCTV footage of a seventeen-month-old girl standing alone and in tears at the foot of a shopping mall escalator, and from that moment on it feels like the story is playing out in ‘real time’. The pace is unrelenting. We are forced to feel the anxiety of parents whose child has gone missing. Every minute counts. Will they find her?

This would be enough for me, but Caroline Overington adds layers of extra complications by making the mother of the missing child a host of the country’s highest rating morning TV show.

And this is where things get really interesting. Because now I am biting my nails worrying about the missing child and hoping the police solve the case quickly – because the alternative is unthinkable – while simultaneously trying to count the times Overington hits the mark when describing the modern media circus performers. Surely they can’t all be this awful? But it rings so true at the same time.

The Ones You Trust has all of the entertainment value of a cracking thriller plus the irresistible temptation of a gossip magazine with exclusive pics of a single celebrity’s baby bump, or a happily married actress kissing an unnamed new beau.

I read The Ones You Trust in two sittings. I just could not put it down. Caroline Overington has been on morning TV so she really knows these people – she knows the ins and outs of that world, and she has let rip. This is a highly entertaining read, perfect for a plane trip or a weekend away.

I can’t wait to see the fallout from Overington’s skewering of some of Australia’s biggest TV names. Ouch.

I also look forward to seeing Overington on morning TV some time soon. (Awkward!)

A brilliant page-turner


The Ones You Trust is the twelfth novel by award-winning Australian journalist, editor and author Caroline Overington. Little Fox-Piper Cardwell-Cole has been collected from Crayon and Clay daycare, located in the Gallery Main Street mall, by an unknown woman. She's just seventeen months old and her parents are frantic. Her mother, Emma Cardwell is the Stellar Network's morning TV co-host on Cuppa, and a mix-up means that Fox has been missing for seven hours before it is discovered. Detective Paul Franklin and his team are very quickly on the scene, checking the location, interviewing daycare staff, reviewing CCTV footage, coordinating with the media. Soon, an Amber Alert is declared, and the state is eagerly watching for developments. Franklin tries to cover all the possibilities, initially giving no one the benefit of the doubt. With good reason: he can tell that no one he interviews is being completely candid, but is whatever they are editing out relevant to the events now taking place? A ransom demand is a long time coming and the family spends an agonising night wondering about the fate of their sweet little daughter and sister. The saturation publicity brings a few weirdos out of the woodwork, serving to distract from the search for Fox. Meanwhile, Stellar's publicity and crisis management Maven seems determined to cash in on the situation for the publicity value. The paparazzi are relentless and the rival network engages in shameless one-up-man-ship. Overington splits the story into three parts, with the bulk covering the hours before and during the kidnap, with the latter part of the story devoted to the aftermath in the ensuing weeks. Readers may, understandably, fix on a certain character as the guilty party, but it seems no one is altogether innocent. Overington gives the reader a number of red herrings to keep them guessing, while taking the plot to its jaw-dropping climax through so many turns there may be an increased uptake in chiropractic appoin



An ordinary read


Non engaging



Trust Me...A Great Read!


A great read, surprising twists around each corner as the tale came to its conclusion.



A must read


This was an excellent read. Kept me guessing til the end. When the end arrived still surprised me. Read it late into the night didn't want to stop.

Central coast NSW


Just as good as the one who got away


Great read. Fantastic characters with a twist you don't really see coming.



The Ones You Trust

4.2 5


ISBN: 9781460755822
ISBN-10: 1460755820
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 20th August 2018
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.4  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.42

Caroline Overington

About the Author

CAROLINE OVERINGTON is one of Australia's most successful writers and journalists.  

She has written eleven books, including the runaway bestseller, The One Who Got Away.  Her 12th title, The Ones You Trust, will be published by HarperCollins Australia in 2018.  

Caroline has worked as a journalist for The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, and The Australian Women's Weekly, where she has profiled many of the world's most famous women, including Oprah Winfrey and Hillary Clinton.  Please see the gallery for some of her clips.  

Caroline has twice won Australiaâ??s most prestigious award for journalism, the Walkley Award for Investigative Journalism; she has also won  the Sir Keith Murdoch award for Journalistic Excellence; Australia's richest prize for business writing, the Blake Dawson Prize; and the Davitt Award for crime writing. 

Her books have earned critical and commercial success: two of Caroline's novels - I Came To Say Goodbye and The One Who Got Away -  were short-listed for Book of the Year at the Australian Book Industry Awards; her book about the UN oil for food scandal, Kickback has been optioned for film. 

Caroline lives in Sydney with her teenage twins and an adored blue dog.

Visit Caroline Overington's Booktopia Author Page