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The Ones You Trust

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  1,167 ratings  ·  137 reviews
The new gripping psychological thriller from bestselling author Caroline Overington, author of The One Who Got Away.

Someone has taken her little girl ... Emma Cardwell, host of top-rating morning TV show Cuppa, is beloved by audiences and only occasionally stalked by crazy fans. She seems to have it all - fame, money, a gorgeous family - but when her tiny daughter
ebook, 352 pages
Published August 20th 2018 by HarperCollins
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“No knees after forty. No cleavage, ever, including toe cleavage (no open sandals.) Hair not too short but not too long either. One set of earrings only and none that dangled. No T-shirt slogans.”

Even worse, no sleeping in and having brekky with the family. Emma has to get up at 3 am to get to wardrobe and makeup in time for her star turn as co-host of ‘Cuppa’, the most popular breakfast show on Australian television. Well, it was, until Emma has been outshone by a rival network’s show, ‘Brew’,
In this novel Caroline Overington takes us behind the scenes of a breakfast TV show to the PR teams that control the lives of the presenters and what the public sees. Australian readers will easily recognise the type of show complete with male and female hosts bantering on the couch, cooking and product demonstrations, giveaways and some feel good news to counteract any bad world news. Unflattering shots by paparazzi and nasty comments on social media are all part and parcel of being a morning ...more
3.5 stars.

This was a good audio read. I was guessing throughout and was happy that I got it wrong. The shiny land of television breakfast was the back drop, and of course one could not help but draw parallels with Koshie, Armatyge and all the rest of the Aussie tv stars that wake at such ungodly hours. Throw in some kidnapping and backstabbing and this is a pretty good offering. I only liked one character though, but this makes it more interesting I think, especially when he ended up
Mandy White
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have found myself a new Australian author in Caroline Overington. Wow.. what a book... I stayed up late finishing this one last night and it was so worth the extra coffee this morning. This was the first book by Caroline that I have read but I will be checking out her other books without a doubt. I love reading local writers and this one was fantastic. Definitely on my go to list from now on.

Emma Cardwell is a celebrity mum of 3 young children and the host of breakfast TV show Cuppa. She has
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Ones You Trust is the twelfth novel by award-winning Australian journalist, editor and author Caroline Overington. Little Fox-Piper Cardwell-Cole has been collected from Crayon and Clay daycare, located in the Gallery Main Street mall, by an unknown woman. She's just seventeen months old and her parents are frantic. Her mother, Emma Cardwell is the Stellar Network’s morning TV co-host on Cuppa, and a mix-up means that Fox has been missing for seven hours before it is discovered.

Brooke - One Woman's Brief Book Reviews

The Ones You Trust by Caroline Overington. (2018).

Emma is a celebrity mum and host of a morning show. One day her little girl disappears from daycare and Emma's world is turned upside down. Is it a kidnapping? Is someone out for revenge? Or is this something closer to home? How much do we really know about those who care for our children...and about the people we love?

I've seen this author's books and always intended on reading them
Dale Harcombe
Two and a half stars.
Emma Cardwell, mother of three is also a co-host of Cuppa, a top rating morning TV show. She appears to be one of those who can have it all, a career, fame, family and wealth. That is until Fox-Piper, Emma’s little girl of 17 months, goes missing from day care. Emma’s world is rocked. Police and the media become involved trying to find out the truth of what has happened to Fox-Piper. Suspicion falls even on her husband Brandon who works from home and was supposed to pick the
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
Questions of trust, ambition, protection and family are all placed under the microscope in popular psychological thriller novelist, Caroline Overington’s latest novel The Ones You Trust. Overington presents what she knows best, delivering a read that strikes both at the heart of family life and the media world, both are areas she knows like the back of her hand. The Ones You Trust is a page turner that delivers a tense read until the final breathtaking
Sep 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
Absolute pile of shite. Story went on and on for too long without any movement or suspense, and the ending was just ridiculously unbelievable. The premise of this book had the potential to turn into something quite good, but it just lost its way. How this got published is a mystery. This is the third book I’ve read by this author and likely to be the last - the others I read were poorly thought out as well. Thankfully I didn’t waste money buying it and borrowed it from the library - the one ...more
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love it when I come across books that wrap a current affairs topic into a delicious bun of mystery, finishing it off with a dollop of intrigue and a smear of blood to make the perfect fictional hotdog. Okay, so comparing a book to a hotdog may be stretching the friendship, but this book was just as binge-worthy as comfort food when you’re on the go and too tired to steam some broccoli. And being set in Australia, dealing with current Australian topics and featuring characters modelled on real ...more
Sharon Metcalf
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2018
Wow! Just wow! What a Rollercoaster ride that story was.
The Ones You Can Trust by Caroline Overington was a sensational read and I enjoyed every moment of it.

Talk Show host Emma Cardwell and her husband Brandon have found themselves in the middle of every parents worst nightmare. The youngest of their three children, 17 month old Fox-Piper has gone missing, collected from day care by an unknown and unauthorised person. Caroline Overington did a sensational job of making Emma and Brandons fears
Natalie M
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, contemporary
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel by Australian author Caroline Overington. Having previously read her work I was a little hesitant to try another one and I am so glad I did.
Set amidst a back-drop of Breakfast television this is a fast-paced, gripping thriller with interesting characters, an insightful and realistic perspective of life in the limelight and twists you just don’t see coming. Well worth a read if you enjoy the crime/psychological/thriller genre.
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
5, 4, 3, 2, 1 – you’re ON AIR. Think Georgie Gardner and Karl Stefanovic from the TODAY show doing their bit each day to stave off rival breakfast morning show SUNRISE with rising star, Sam Armytage. Except here we have fictional morning TV shows with Stellar airing Cuppa starring PJ and Emma Cardwell and a rival channel airing Brew with pop star, Cassie Clay.
Getting the scoop, prepping the stars, hiding their flaws, micro-managing their lives, chauffeuring them around for extra-curricular
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've now read quite a few of Caroline Overington's novels (such as The One Who Got Away ) and almost every time I review them I comment on the fact that they reflect current and very contemporary issues.

Her latest, The Ones You Trust, is no different.

I made a note while I was reading this that Overington seems to use some examples of recent happenings involving public figures here in Australia. And she doesn't pull any punches. Male co-hosts that rock up for the morning show still drunk from the
Amy Ferrie
Dec 08, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 Emma Cardwell is the host of morning TV show and from an outsider looking in she seems to have it all - A perfect family, fame, fortune, a beautiful home but is it all as believable as it looks? Then her 17 month old daughter is kidnapped and the hunt for her to be found alive is on. The police and media delve into their lives and ask can you really trust the ones you know? This book was great. I loved the main character Emma and although the ending was a twist I did expect it. As a tv ...more
Sep 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
I should have just given up half-way through. Full of very unlikable characters, ridiculous plot twists, and one of the more stupid endings I've read. Common sense should play a part at some point. I did think that Emma's job as a presenter was well-done, but other than that, I'd give it a pass.
Mel Rawoteea
Review: The Ones You Trust

Title: The Ones You Trust
Author: Caroline Overington
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Australia, 20 August 2018
Pages: 352 pages
How I Read It: ARC book
Genre: Mystery and Thrillers
My Rating: 3 Cups

Emma Cardwell is the host of the top-rating morning TV show ‘Cuppa’. She has it all, fame, fortune, gorgeous family, beautiful house, the perfect life, but is it what it seems? Who can she really trust?
When her 17 month old daughter gets taken from daycare by a
Shell Turner
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
Not great. Quite far fetched actually.
Jade Wright
Sep 08, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

I honestly don't know how I would be able to stomach this book if I was a mother. But it was addictive and unputdownable because I needed to KNOW what was happening!!! I became fully invested in the story and that is a wonderful feeling. The characters felt so real to me and I was totally immersed in the story.

I loved (and hated) the huge commercial element to this book. Our MC is a host on a tv show and she gets picked apart by paparazzi for her body etc and I have been struggling a
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"This is obviously a terrifying situation...we wish we had more information to give you but, at this point, all we can say is a Mum has apparently turned up to collect her little girl from daycare and she's not there..."

Ooft! I read that first sentence and a pit formed in my stomach. This is, no word of a lie, one of my worst fears, even with all of the security at daycare. Some afternoons when I do the initial scan of the outdoor area where the children are usually playing and cannot see my
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
An amazing 4.5!

I’ve always been a Caroline Overington fan, having read most of her books and her latest book did not disappoint! A very quick read which took us through the events of Emma and Brandon’s daughter, Fox-Piper, going missing from her daycare and the moments before, during and after the abduction. As Emma is a high profile celebrity appearing on morning TV, the case became public news in the blink of an eye. It kept me guessing right throughout the book until it was revealed, quite a
Anita Wilson
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
A gripping title but the tale did wane in parts. The level of suspense did not escalate in an engaging manner & the writing seemed more of a monologue/journal as a ‘day in the life of’ at times. The writer causes the reader to stay too focused on Emma, her life at Cuppa as the T.V reporter & the guilt she experiences as a working mother. Yes, her world is quickly turned upside down when her daughter disappears, but any investigation or acknowledgement of real impact is lost or a little ...more
Melanie Worth
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Easy holiday read. Won’t hurt your head!
Lesley Moseley
Sep 24, 2018 rated it liked it
2 1/2 rounded up because I did finish it. Easy reading... VERY soft grip...
Wow another amazing thriller by Caroline Overington her books are so addictive and hard to put down. Highly recommended :)
Maryann Webb
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of fiction that explores family themes and work/life balance.
Overall a suspenseful read, showing the complexity of Emma Cardwell's interactions with those around her - her husband, mother, children, colleagues and employees. As the story progresses it seems possible that someone Emma knows could have kidnapped her daughter.
Overington has an easy writing style that keeps you reading.
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Ellie Cox
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Oct 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
Really disappointing compared to her other works
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book started well. Easy to read, a plot that’s been done over and over but still kept me interested - for a while. BUT then it started to go downhill. The constant News reporting was monotonous and the plot became a little far fetched. Of course in real life this would be big news but for every prime network to run it for hours on end seemed improbable. ( I’ve only ever seen this happen with major disasters). The twists in the end were ridiculous and over complicated what could have been ...more
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Caroline Overington is an Australian author and journalist.

She has worked for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, and is is currently a staff writer for The Weekend Australian Magazine.

Caroline is a two-time winner of the Walkley Award for Investigative Journalism. She won her first Walkley for a series of articles about a literary fraud, and her second for a series about the AWB oil for food