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Caroline Overington - Author

About the Author

Caroline Overington is a bestselling author and journalist who has worked for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian. She is the mother of delightful 13-year-old twins and lives in Bondi with her family, a blue dog and a lizard.

Featured books by Caroline Overington

Ghost Child

Ghost Child

Author: Caroline Overington Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/09/2014

This book is from the bestselling author of I Came to Say Goodbye. Can you ever escape the secrets of your past? It is perfect for fans of Susan Lewis. The photograph shows four smiling children. But look closer and you can tell that one of the boys has been crying. Weeks later, that little boy is dead. His mother and her boyfriend are in prison for his murder, and his brother and sisters have been fostered to separate families. No one knows for sure what happened that day, except, possibly, the three remaining children, and they're not talking. But the past cannot be buried forever, and years later, when the truth about what happened is revealed, will it bring a final healing? Or will the legacy of fear that the children have lived with for so long, finally destroy them?

I Came to Say Goodbye

I Came to Say Goodbye

Author: Caroline Overington Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/09/2013

It was a crime that shocked the world. The CCTV footage shows a young woman pushing through the hospital doors. She walks into the nursery, picks up a baby and places her carefully in a shopping bag. She walks out to the car park, towards an old Ford Corolla. For a moment, she holds the child gently against her breast and, with her eyes closed, she smells her. Then she clips the baby into the car, gets in and drives off. This is where the footage ends. What happens next will leave a mother devastated, and a little boy adrift in a world he will never understand.

Other books by Caroline Overington

Last Woman Hanged

Last Woman Hanged

Author: Caroline Overington Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/12/2015

Two husbands, four trials and one bloody execution: Winner of the 2015 Davitt Award for Best Crime Book (Non-fiction) - the terrible true story of Louisa Collins. In January 1889, Louisa Collins, a 41-year-old mother of ten children, became the first woman hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol and the last woman hanged in New South Wales. Both of Louisa's husbands had died suddenly and the Crown, convinced that Louisa poisoned them with arsenic, put her on trial an extraordinary four times in order to get a conviction, to the horror of many in the legal community. Louisa protested her innocence until the end. Much of the evidence against Louisa was circumstantial. Some of the most important testimony was given by her only daughter, May, who was just 10-years-old when asked to take the stand. Louisa Collins was hanged at a time when women were in no sense equal under the law - except when it came to the gallows. They could not vote or stand for parliament - or sit on juries. Against this background, a small group of women rose up to try to save Louisa's life, arguing that a legal system comprised only of men - male judges, all-male jury, male prosecutor, governor and Premier - could not with any integrity hang a woman. The tenacity of these women would not save Louisa but it would ultimately carry women from their homes all the way to Parliament House. Caroline Overington is the author of eleven books of fiction and non-fiction, including the top-selling THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY psychological crime novel. She has said: 'My hope is that LAST WOMAN HANGED will be read not only as a true crime story but as a letter of profound thanks to that generation of women who fought so hard for the rights we still enjoy today.' Praise for LAST WOMAN HANGED 'The story she tells ...is a useful challenge to any tendency to simple moral indignation' - Beverley Kingston, Sydney Morning Herald 'This is a fascinating book, a terrific read, and an excellent reminder of who tells the stories, and whose stories are forgotten' - Frances Rand, South Coast Register '...what's ...interesting is Caroline Overington's even-handed appraisal of Collins's alleged crime(s) that led her to become the last woman hanged in New South Wales in 1889' - Launceston Sunday Examiner

Ghost Child

Ghost Child

Author: Caroline Overington Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/09/2014

This book is from the bestselling author of I Came to Say Goodbye. Can you ever escape the secrets of your past? It is perfect for fans of Susan Lewis. The photograph shows four smiling children. But look closer and you can tell that one of the boys has been crying. Weeks later, that little boy is dead. His mother and her boyfriend are in prison for his murder, and his brother and sisters have been fostered to separate families. No one knows for sure what happened that day, except, possibly, the three remaining children, and they're not talking. But the past cannot be buried forever, and years later, when the truth about what happened is revealed, will it bring a final healing? Or will the legacy of fear that the children have lived with for so long, finally destroy them?

Can You Keep a Secret?

Can You Keep a Secret?

Author: Caroline Overington Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2014

How well do you really know the one you love? With her customary page-turning style and potent themes, this is Caroline Overington at her thought-provoking best. 'Why do some people decide to get married when everyone around them would seem to agree that marriage, at least for the two people in question, is a terrifically bad idea?'The year is 1999, and Lachlan Colbert - Colby - has the world at his feet. He's got a big job on Wall Street and a sleek bachelor pad in the heart of Manhattan. With money no object, he and his friends take a trip to Australia to see in the new millennium. And it's there, on a hired yacht sailing the Whitsundays, that he meets Caitlin. Caitlin Hourigan has got wild hair and torn shorts - and has barely ever left the small patch of Queensland where she grew up. But Colby is smitten and for Caitlin, a girl from the wrong side of the tracks, a blissful future awaits - marriage, a big house, a beautiful little boy.But nothing is ever as perfect as it seems. And for Lachlan and Caitlin the nightmare is only just beginning.

Secrets and Lies

Secrets and Lies

Author: Caroline Overington, Jaye Ford, Sara Foster Format: eBook Release Date: 02/06/2014

The ultimate suspense collection: find your own escape in three nail-biting bestsellers, all for the price of one!Beyond Fear by Jaye FordAt seventeen, Jodie Cramer survived a shocking assault at the hands of three strangers. Now she is a teacher and mother of two - and her past is a horror she's buried deep. So when she sets out for a weekend in the country with three friends, all she has in mind is a relaxing break. But the isolation reawakens Jodie's terrifying memories. She is convinced they are being watched yet no one will believe her. Until two strangers knock at their door ...I Came to Say Goodbye by Caroline OveringtonIt was a crime that shocked the world. The CCTV footage shows a young woman pushing through the hospital doors. She walks into the nursery, picks up a baby and places her carefully in a shopping bag.In the car park she holds the child against her breast, then clips the baby into the car, gets in and drives off. This is where the footage ends. What happens next will leave a mother devastated, and a little boy adrift in a world he will never understand.Come Back to Me by Sara FosterWhen Mark introduces his date, Julia, to Chloe and her husband at a London restaurant, it's obvious something is very, very wrong. Alex and Julia pretend not to know each other, but the shocked expressions on their faces tell another story. As the mystery of Julia's identity unravels, a terrible tragedy from ten years ago gradually comes to light. And Julia must decide whether to finally confront Alex with the whole truth about what happened all those years ago.

No Place Like Home

No Place Like Home

Author: Caroline Overington Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2013

From bestselling author and award-winning journalist Caroline Overington comes another thought-provoking and heart-rending story, that reaches from the heart of Bondi to a small village in Tanzania.Shortly after 9.30 in the morning, a young man walks into Surf City, Bondi's newest shopping complex. He's wearing a dark grey hoodie - and a bomb around his neck.Just a few minutes later he is locked in a shop on the upper floor. And trapped with him are four innocent bystanders. For police chaplain Paul Doherty, called to the scene by Senior Sergeant Boehm, it's a story that will end as tragically as it began. For this is clearly no ordinary siege. The boy, known as Ali Khan, seems as frightened as his hostages and has yet to utter a single word.The seconds tick by for the five in the shop: Mitchell, the talented schoolboy; Mouse, the shop assistant; Kimmi, the nail-bar technician; and Roger Callaghan, the real estate agent whose reason for being in Bondi that day is far from innocent. And of course there's Ali Khan. Is he the embodiment of evil, as the villagers in his Tanzanian birthplace believe? Or just an innocent boy, betrayed at every turn, who just wants a place to call home?

I Came to Say Goodbye

I Came to Say Goodbye

Author: Caroline Overington Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/09/2013

It was a crime that shocked the world. The CCTV footage shows a young woman pushing through the hospital doors. She walks into the nursery, picks up a baby and places her carefully in a shopping bag. She walks out to the car park, towards an old Ford Corolla. For a moment, she holds the child gently against her breast and, with her eyes closed, she smells her. Then she clips the baby into the car, gets in and drives off. This is where the footage ends. What happens next will leave a mother devastated, and a little boy adrift in a world he will never understand.

Caroline Overington 2 in 1

Caroline Overington 2 in 1

Author: Caroline Overington Format: eBook Release Date: 01/05/2013

Two novels from the author who gets everyone talking!'The sort of book you read in two days, then talk about for weeks afterwards' Australian Women's Weekly on I Came to Say GoodbyeEnjoy Caroline Overington's critically acclaimed debut Ghost Child and her bestselling I Came to Say Goodbye.GHOST CHILDIn 1982 police were called to a home on a housing estate an hour west of Melbourne. There, they found a five-year-old boy lying on the carpet. There were no obvious signs of trauma, but the child, Jacob, died the next day. Few people were surprised when the boy's mother and her boyfriend went to prison for the crime. And yet, for years rumours swept the estate that there had been a cover-up. The real perpetrator was the boy's six-year-old sister, Lauren... Twenty years on, Lauren struggles with the ghosts of her childhood. And it seems only a matter of time before the past catches up with her.I CAME TO SAY GOODBYEIt was four o'clock in the morning. A young woman pushed through the hospital doors. Staff would later say they thought she was a new mother, returning to her child. 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. That is where the footage ends. It isn't where the story ends, however. It's not even where the story starts.'Overington has a real gift' Sydney Morning Herald

Passage

Passage

Author: Caroline Overington Format: eBook Release Date: 01/03/2013

A captivating short story of one man's journey into a cult and out the other side by bestselling author, Caroline Overington...Paul Bannerman is the newly elected deputy premier of Victoria, and he has a story to tell.For politics hasn't always been his life. Thirty years ago he was a young university student without a sense of purpose or any real ambition.Until a chance meeting one morning with the infamous Brother Ruhamah gives him the direction he seeks - straight into the cult of the Jesus People...

Sisters of Mercy

Sisters of Mercy

Author: Caroline Overington Format: eBook Release Date: 01/11/2012

Sisters of Mercy by Caroline Overington is the haunting crime novel story of two sisters - one has vanished, the other is behind bars...Snow Delaney was born a generation and a world away from her sister, Agnes. Until recently, neither even knew of the other's existence. They came together only for the reading of their father's will - when Snow discovered, to her horror, that she was not the sole beneficiary of his large estate. Now Snow is in prison and Agnes is missing, disappeared in the eerie red dust that blanketed Sydney from dawn on September 23, 2009. With no other family left, Snow turns to crime journalist Jack Fawcett, protesting her innocence in a series of defiant letters from prison. Has she been unfairly judged? Or will Jack's own research reveal a story even more shocking than the one Snow wants to tell?With Sisters of Mercy Caroline Overington once again proves she is one of the most exciting new novelists of recent years.

Passage (Storycuts)

Passage (Storycuts)

Author: Caroline Overington Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2012

A captivating short story of one man's journey into a cult and out the other side by bestselling author, Caroline Overington...Paul Bannerman is the newly elected deputy premier of Victoria, and he has a story to tell.For politics hasn't always been his life. Thirty years ago he was a young university student without a sense of purpose or any real ambition.Until a chance meeting one morning with the infamous Brother Ruhamah gives him the direction he seeks - straight into the cult of the Jesus People...

Matilda is Missing

Matilda is Missing

Author: Caroline Overington Format: eBook Release Date: 28/09/2011

A heart-breaking story of two warring parents in a child custody case - and the innocent little girl caught in the middle. Garry Hartshorn and Softie Monaghan were never love's young dream. Not even on their wedding day. Softie was sophisticated, a career woman, who owned a nice apartment overlooking St Kilda Beach. Garry had a few rough edges, plus one failed marriage and an assortment of jobs under his belt. But Softie's body clock was ticking, and Garry wanted children ... So they got married, and produced the only thing they ever had in common. Matilda. Now, two years later, their golden-haired child is at the centre of a bitter divorce and custody battle. Both parents insist that her well-being is the only thing they care about. Yet, in truth, Matilda was always the one most likely to become lost.

I Came To Say Goodbye

I Came To Say Goodbye

Author: Caroline Overington Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2010

Caroline Overington's bestseller is a heart-breaking, utterly compelling novel of a family ripped 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.

Ghost Child

Ghost Child

Author: Caroline Overington Format: eBook Release Date: 01/05/2010

Caroline Overington's stunning fiction debut is a multi-voiced novel centred around a child's death and its terrible repercussions.In 1982 Victorian police were called to a home on a housing estate an hour west of Melbourne. There, they found a five-year-old boy lying still and silent on the carpet. There were no obvious signs of trauma, but the child, Jacob, died the next day. The story made the headlines and hundreds attended the funeral. Few people were surprised when the boy's mother and her boyfriend went to prison for the crime. Police declared themselves satisfied with the result, saying there was no doubt that justice had been done. And yet, for years rumours swept the estate and clung like cobwebs to the long-vacant house: there had been a cover-up. The real perpetrator, at least according to local gossip, was the boy's six-year-old sister, Lauren . . . Twenty years on, Lauren has created a new life for herself, but details of Jacob's death being to resurface and the story again makes the newspapers. As Lauren struggles with the ghosts of her childhood, it seems only a matter of time before the past catches up with her.