A young woman pushed through the hospital doors. 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.
A disturbing and at times, harrowing read, that was heart-breaking because of its reality. A very well written story that had us turning the pages quicker than an Aldi catalogue wanting to know what else could possibly happen or go wrong for this family.
While we liked the way the writer told the story, in letter form to a judge, some struggled to sympathise with him and other characters. We all felt like they all could have done more or should have done more for each other. This is the first book in a little while that has generated a lot of discussion within our group. Over who did and why they did it. And who was at fault. And if the grandfather had intervened earlier, like he had always intended too, would any of this have ever happened. We wondered where the mother went and why she seemed to have had no contact with anyone after she left. Did some of the blame lay with her for simply disappearing from her children’s lives.
We found it a difficult to rate this book. While we all agreed that while the writing was well done, we found the subject a little heavy and depressing and not something we wanted to scale too highly as to mislead other readers.
Caroline Overington’s latest book The One Who Got Away was released a couple of days ago; and I was so excited. Caroline is one my favourite authors and after reading a sample I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this one.
I must admit to being the tiniest bit biased in my opinion where Caroline’s books are concerned after having been lucky enough to have met her here at Parramatta Library a couple of years ago for an author talk. (Click HERE to listen to the podcast). I became an even bigger fan. Caroline is a very talented writer and a nice person.
I think it’s fair to say I expected a lot from The One Who Got Away and I wasn’t disappointed.
The One Who Got Away tells the gripping tale Loren and David; the perfect couple? When Loren meets David, she falls hard. Although they’re from the same Californian town they come from very different backgrounds … but Loren is not about to let that stop her from winning over her perfect man.
There is suspense with twists and turns all the way through and you wont know what to believe. I loved the way it was told from different perspectives; it really allowed the story to build up gradually to a point where you are practically screaming “I need to know what happens NOW”!
I resisted the urge to skip ahead to the end of the book so I could find out what happened, but let me tell you it was very hard. When I finally read the last page, I was in total shock and went straight back and reread the last chapter to make sure I hadn’t read it wrong. The way the story kept revealing secrets all the way to the very last line was masterful.
Do yourself a favour and read this one, I LOVED IT and can’t wait to talk about it with my reading obsessed colleagues here at the library.
Listen to our third episode, Love in the Library. Listen to Amy Andrews, Shannon Curtis, Ansley Patton. 3 Mills & Boon writers in a special romance panel & hear about their writing & publishing experiences.
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