Book review: The One Who Got Away by Caroline Overington

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 Permalink

What I particularly love about Caroline Overington’s work is that she’s not afraid to tackle controversial issues – not to mention the fact that her books are contemporary and very timely.

In No Place Like Home Overington wrote about refugees and asylum seekers. And in 2014’s Can You Keep A Secret, she ventures into the virtual world and has readers pondering how much they should be sharing online and how much of what we read is true.

Her latest – The One Who Got Away – is a little different, but no less powerful.

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four-stars

Book review: Can You Keep a Secret?

Thursday, August 21, 2014 Permalink
by Caroline Overington
Published by Random House Australia
Source: NetGalley
Genres: Psychological Thriller

I really enjoyed Caroline Overington’s last novel No Place Like Home, the first of hers I’d read. As well as an entertaining read, it provided some thought-provoking social commentary on topical issues – immigration and cultural stereotyping.

Her latest release, Can You Keep a Secret, similarly directs our attention to a range of current concerns, such as how much of ourselves we expose online.

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Book review: No Place Like Home

Sunday, October 6, 2013 Permalink
by Caroline Overington
Published by Random House Australia
Source: NetGalley
Genres: Literary Fiction, Thriller / Suspense

Here in Australia, the issue of refugees is a biggie. Well… particularly in the minds of our politicians, mainstream media and those who listen to talkback radio. Unfortunately much of what people believe about refugees and asylum seekers is based on scaremongering and misinformation*.

In reality, our intake of refugees pales in comparison to many countries. We rank 69th on the list of refugees per capita (taking 1 per 1000 people). Wow, no wonder we have to worry about all of those asylum seekers and refugees clogging up our hospital waiting lists and causing traffic problems. (Yes that was sarcasm Sheldon. #obscureBBTreference)

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