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Friday, 17 January 2014

No Place Like Home by Caroline Overington

No Place Like HomeNo Place Like Home by Caroline Overington
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I requested this book to read from Random House Australia Pty Ltd Via Net Galley and was so thankful to Random house for granted this for me to read, I am a huge fan of Caroline Overington, although we cannot access some of her books here in the UK I was so grateful I could access another of hers via Net Galley.

This book didn't disappoint me either. It was written from the angle of the Chaplain who works alongside the police, for the police, but not as you would imagine.

There has been a lot said about the story in several reviews, so I won't add to them as it would give all of the story away, so what I am going to write about is how the author is so good at bringing out topics, humanity and evoking emotions in the reader.

The last couple of chapters had me in tears, I was a little frustrated, but not at the story, just at what was happening.

This is a story that will stay with you long after you read the final page.

Would I recommend it? Oh yes! definitely.

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?

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