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Ghost Child by Caroline Overington. In Victorian police were called to a home on a housing estate an hour west of Melbourne.

There, they found cyild five-year-old boy lying 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.

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: As Lauren struggles with the ghosts of her childhood, it seems only a matter of time before the past catches up with her. Paperbackpages. Published October 1st by Bantam first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Ghost Childplease sign up.

Carolune with This Book. May 25, Rikke rated it really liked it. It actually took me a while to figure out this book was fiction. Find ovwrington brilliant to write a book like this – I wish I had thought of it. I really liked this book – the characters are so interesting and the whole story could very well have been a true crime. I think the semi bad reviews on this side about the book is mainly by people who began reading it, expecting the crime and Jacob to be the main focus.

The book is more about what happens to the remaining members of the family and why. I lov It actually took me a while to figure out this book was fiction.

Jan 06, Suzanne rated it really liked it Shelves: Caroline Overington’s writing style is really easy to read. Again she’s written chapter by chapter from different characters’ perspectives. She nails the voices of various Aussies – the cop, the foster carer, the underprivileged and abused.

I enjoyed the voice of the police officer, very salt of the earth, and also I think she captures the essence of the ‘s as well. It just all sounds real. The way she writes guost, you seem to just fall into the peoples minds and I think it really works. I do r Caroline Overington’s writing style is really easy to read. I do recommend this, and am looking forward to another. As always, quite dark themes though.

I get the feeling she’s seen a lot if this stuff in her career as a journo. Again a lot of issues relating to DOCS and ovedington a mum to four young kids, wow there’s a lot of this stuff in real life too, but thankful I am that I live a good life.


View all 8 comments. Feb 27, Jenny rated it liked it. Although this is still a worthy read, I must admit that I was expecting to like it more than I did. I found the ghlst narrator something I usually like to be a distraction from the story.

I also thought that the original victim in tbis story quickly became a bit second hand to the stories of the other characters However at the end of the book it becomes evident chidl there are many “victims” in such situations.

Jan 03, Chloe rated it it was amazing Shelves: Amazing story – I loved it. The different voices and different vhost are so well written. It’s all s Amazing story – I loved it.

In fact, you could be forgiven for mistaking this book as non-fiction instead of a work of fiction. It’s so real and believable and no doubt, albeit unfortunately, echoes real life events. It’s a story of the helpless and the hopeless and the struggle to leave a past behind that will forever haunt the future.

I carolinr put this book down! Jan 03, Deborah Biancotti rated it liked it Shelves: This is a smart, suspenseful story, plainly told. When a young boy is found dead, his family is split up: For one of them, this is a kind of salvation, though he later takes to drinking. And oddly, the sister without any parental love fares better than her younger counterpart, which I guess goes towards the idea that some people are born with it, that survival instinct, and some aren’t.

The format of the book is intriguing: Some of these narratives add to the throughput of chhild story – particularly the early ones, which detail the immediate after-effects of the crime.

And okay, by the time I started Part Two, I was growing just a little bored. The chapters, collected together, seem sometimes to miss the narrative or travel tangentially to it. There’s no word on the trial itself, for example. The mother eventually dies ‘off camera’ without ever earning her own narrative. I would’ve been very interested to hear her side of the story. Large events happen in the lives of the survivors which seem to have little impact though this could be the point.

And, most notably, of course, the use of first-person past tense does occasionally make the novel feel more like a summary than a story. When one character comments that ‘this next bit will be hard to read’, I wondered who the audience was, in the minds of the characters. Was the novel meant to be a historical record, had they all been called into a Royal Commission, were they putting together their memoirs?

Or was it something else again? I guess, now that I think about it, I didn’t really care about any of the living characters. They’re ciphers, really, vehicles for expressing pain. The Big Reveal at the end didn’t work for me, I admit.

But I got the idea of what the author wanted from her ending.

Review – GHOST CHILD, Caroline Overington

Not a lot of books can do that. Ggost won this book in a comp! May 14, Helen McKenna ghot it really liked it Shelves: Back in a five year old boy dies after apparently being bashed by strangers on his way home from the shops. Immediate suspicion is cast on the story being told by his mother and her boyfriend and much speculation and scandal haunt the Barrett housing estate, west of Melbourne for years to come.


Although the case is gradually forgotten, it is suddenly thrust back into the spotlight almost 30 years later when the sister of the victim faces court on an unrelated manner.

Will the real story fin Back in a five year old boy dies after apparently being bashed by strangers on his way home from the shops. Will the real story finally be revealed after all these years?

In some ways Ghost Child is almost like a non-fiction book, as it tells the story through the veiwpoint of multiple witnesses – eg the investigating police officer, journalists, social workers etc. In saying that, it didn’t detract from the story – in fact it worked quite well as you got a sense of the crime from many different perspectives. The writing itself is good – well paced and fairly tight. Many themes are explored in the novel – the welfare ‘sub-class’, child abuse, fostering of children and the many shortcomings of the child protection system in Victoria although it could be any Australian state in the s.

Ghost child: Caroline Overington

You do get the sense that all these topics have been well researched and present a true account of what happened to many children.

In terms of time and place, the author really gets the era and location spot on, with the many voices in the novel backing this up very well. The suspense throughout is gradual, building towards the end when carolien know the real story is hopefully going to be revealed. By the time you reach the conclusion it is a real page turner. Despite the sad yet realistic theme within the book, there is still a sense of hope that life can turn out OK sometimes with a bit of luck and a lot of determination, even if you’ve had an horrific childhood.

Jul 12, Karen rated it did not like it Shelves: Short commentary as this was read for our face to face bookclub meeting yesterday. Lovers of this book will be pleased to know I was very much in the minority because I really did not like this book. Partially it’s because there was so ghostt telling it felt like there’d be an exam to pass Short commentary as this was read for our face to face bookclub meeting yesterday.

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Partially it’s because there was so much telling it felt like there’d be an exam to pass at the end. Mostly it was because read the prologue, you’ve pretty much read the whole book. View all 3 comments.

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