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Ghost Child

By: Caroline Overington
Narrated by: Tai Hara,Zindzi Okenyo
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Publisher's Summary

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 begin 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.

©2010 Caroline Overington (P)2021 Audible Australia Pty Ltd.

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Fantastic.

Of all of her stories, this is my favourite. Totally enjoyed the narration by Zindzi and Tai.

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Couldn't wait to finish it, but so sad it ended.

Such a sad story, but with heart filled love. The cast reading it were on point.

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Unforgettable.

I was three days away from my next Audible credit and wanted something free to listen to until I could get something from my wish list. This isn’t typically the type book I’d have chosen to buy, I’m more into horror or thriller type books. However, after listening to this story, I will be searching for more from this author and will gladly use credits or even pay separately for more of her work. After I’ve written this review, I’m heading to audible to add anything else she’s published to my wishlist.

This book blew me away, Caroline Overington has a new fan! I got this free with my membership (not sure if if it’s an Audible Original or from the Plus Catalogue), but in retrospect, I’d have been happy if I’d paid full price for it.

Please give this book a listen, it’s well written, the story is riveting and the ending is unexpected and incredibly moving.

Amazing book!

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Weird at times, but over all a great book!

Caroline Overington is an award winning investigative journalist, and that history really shows in this book.

Ghost Child explores the aftermath of a horrific tragedy shrouded in mystery, and the different perspectives and life paths of those affected. Although it is fiction, it is painfully realistic, at times reading more like an exposé than a crime fiction.

The story itself is told from the perspectives of multiple characters, including a detective, a journalist, and children ageing through the foster care system. As such the political comments are varied and occasionally distasteful. I found it unclear at times whether I was meant to dislike a character, or if the author was actually expressing some pretty gross views. For example, the was a moment where the narrator comments on postpartum bodies in a weird way, and positions white people in Australia as ‘the Australians’ while all other groups are specified as ‘aboriginal’ or by ethnicity.

All in all, while there a few odd things, the story itself is very interesting and the writing style is engaging. The voicing by Tai Hara and Zindzi Okenyo was excellent!

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Both heartbreaking and heartwarming

This story was so well told it felt like it could have been true.
Having the events told from each persons perspective was brilliant. I loved the Australian accents and genuine Aussi slang.

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Loved this novel set in Melb Australia it was sad, but beautiful loved the fact you were able to know intimately the main characters and their individual stories.

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A few laughs, some honest dialogue and a sad story

This was a good book to listen to. The interviews with various people and perspectives kept me engaged and focused on the story. It had some very honest dialogue which felt like a real reflection of some Australian slang and attitudes, some of them quite negative but undoubtedly the reality for some. The story itself was quite moving but it ended a little abruptly for my liking.

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Excellent

Beautifully written in the saddest possible way. The violence at the end was difficult to listen to, but integral to the story.
Narration was excellent except one of the accents. It was a small portion tho, so didn't detract from overall book.
Def recommend.

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Beautifully Narrated and a well written story

A story told I'm a unique way with amazing narration. Worth a listen. Awesome

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Unexpected plot but gripping

The book didn’t go as I’d quite expected. Opens your eyes to how children from broken homes may feel and turn out. Loved it. Definitely recommend
Great narrators

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