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By Sophia Whitfield

Caroline Overington’s Can You Keep a Secret is her sixth novel and our CS Book of the Week. Overington has not departed from her usual technique of harnessing thought-provoking material for her novels. The theme of overseas adoption, with all its challenges, is pivotal to the plot line in her latest novel.

Lachlan Colbert, known to his friends as Colby, leads the perfect bachelor life. He works on Wall Street and has money to spend at his leisure. With a group of friends he decides to take time off as everyone is concerned about the consequences of the new millennium. In December 1999 he leaves New York behind as he heads to the idyllic waters of north Queensland where, with his mates, he hires a yacht to indulge his passion for scuba diving and snorkelling.

Caitlin Hourigan has barely left her isolated home in Queensland. At the last minute she is asked to assist on a yacht as a group of high flying New Yorkers are in town for a week. Colby is immediately smitten with Caitlin and she soon follows him back to New York.

When 9/11 strikes Colby is lucky to get out alive, Caitlin sees it all happen and in the aftermath struggles to get her life back on track. Her fear of flying prevents her returning to Australia so she stays in New York with Colby. Months turn into years as she dedicates her time to creating a loving home environment for them to share, but her inability to have children begins to threaten the stability of their marriage.

Caitlin convinces Colby that they need to adopt a boy from Russia. Using her own name she blogs about her experiences, publicly offering up private information about her family as things begin to fall apart around her.

Hot topics are what we expect from Overington and she doesn’t disappoint with her latest novel. Can You keep a Secret is a page turner that will keep you guessing until the final pages. I don’t want to give too much away so you will just have to hurry out and purchase the book!


Meet the Author: Caroline Overington

Caroline Overington is a bestselling author and journalist who has worked for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian, and is currently the associate editor of the iconic The Australian Women’s Weekly. She has published nine books, including six novels, and three works of non-fiction.
Caroline has twice won Australia’s most prestigious award for journalism, the Walkley Award for Investigative Journalism.

What are you reading at the moment?

This House of Grief by Helen Garner

Which writer most inspires you?

Cormac McCarthy

If you were sent away to a desert island and were only allowed to take one book with you, which one would you take?

Oh, The Places You’ll Go .. which would be ironic, I suppose.

What would be the title of your memoirs?

Nobody is interested in my memoirs! My fictional worlds are far more fun.

Can you keep a secret?

HA! Yes, I can, but I’m relying on reviewers everywhere not to give away the secret in ‘Can You Keep A Secret’

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