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Anyone can see the place where the children died You take the Princes Highway past Geelong and keep going west in the direction of Colac Late in August 2006 soon after I had watched a magistrate commit Robert Faruharson to stand trial before a jury on three charges of murder I headed out that way on a Sunday morning across the great volcanic plain On the evening of 4 September 2005 Father's Day Robert Faruharson a separated husband was driving his three sons home to their mother Cindy when his car left the road and plunged into a dam The boys aged ten seven and two drowned Was this an act of revenge or a tragic. I am not a big true crime reader but this one has been getting some good reviews As with anything concerning the deaths of young children this one was heartbreaking Would a father just to get back at his ex wife actually stage an accident to murder his childrenRating a book such as this one is hard What am I rating the uality of the case Doesn t seem right somehow The only thing I can say is that this was clearly written easy to understand the trial and the evidence It was presented in as unemotional a way as is possible in such a case Not an enjoyable read but it was interesting seeing how the case was put together and the thoughts of the writer as she witnesses this case that had such a terrible outcomeARC from publisher

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Accident The court case became Helen Garner's obsession She followed it on its protracted course until the final verdict In this utterly compelling book Helen Garner tells the story of a man and his broken life She presents the theatre of the courtroom with its actors and audience all gathered for the purpose of bearing witness to the truth players in the extraordinary and unpredictable drama of the uest for justice This House of Grief is a heartbreaking and unputdownable book by one of Australia's most admired writers Helen Garner's first novel Monkey Grip won the 1978 National Book Council Award and was ada. Disturbing Truth is often stranger than fiction Once there was a hard working bloke who lived in a small Victorian Country Town with his wife and their three young son s One day out of the blue his wife told him that she no longer was in love with him She did not want to go on with the marriage She asked him to move out The kids would live with her she said and he could see them whenever he liked The sad husband picked up his pillow and went to live with his widowed father several streets away But 10 months later just after dark on a September evening in 2005 while the discarded husband was driving his sons back to their mother from a Father s Day outing his old white Commodore swerved off the highway barely five minutes from home and plunged into a damn He freed himself from the car and swam to the bank The car sink to the bottom and all the children drowned I saw it on the TV news Night Low foliage Water misty and black Blurred lights a chopper Men in hi viz and helmets Something very bad here Something frightful Oh Lord let this be an accidentThis house of grief by Helen Gardner follows the trial of Robert Faruarharson an estranged husband and father of three whose car went off the road into a deep dam in Australia We get a uniue look into the courtroom as the witnesses take the stand the experts in their field testify and the evidence is layed out Gardner does an beautiful job of allowing the reader to experience the intimate atmosphere of the room throughout the proceedings I was especially moved by her unaltered descriptions of the body language and facial expressions of everyone in the room effortlessly giving the reader a crystal clear image of Robert Faruharson his family the reporters the council Judge and members of the jury as they endured the lengthy trial I myself had made up my mind early on concerning Robert Faruharson s guilt or innocence only to uestion my decision as the trial progressed This is a profound and moving experience It chilled me to the bone that Robert was even on trial that he could have drowned his three boys on purpose But did he Or was it an accident that he had no control over Truth is often stranger than fiction You decide

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Pted for film in 1981 Since then she has published novels short stories essays and feature journalism In 1995 she published The First Stone a controversial account of a Melbourne University sexual harassment case Joe Cinue's Consolation 2004 was a non fiction study of two murder trials in Canberra In 2006 Helen Garner received the inaugural Melbourne Prize for Literature Her most recent novel The Spare Room 2008 won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Fiction the ueensland Premier's Award for Fiction and the Barbara Jefferis Award and has been translated into many languages Helen Garner lives in Melbourn. This House of Grief by Helen GarnerThis story reads like a work of fiction incredibleit makes me reflect on the absolute fragility of the human condition and how regardless of our culpability things can radically change in the blink of an eyefor better or for worseI find it uite disconcerting to even for a moment entertain the notion that in a flash moment of time life can so drastically alter its direction as to utterly and irrevocably change its courseand how still regardless of actual culpability our everyday behavior or persona prior to and after events can so influence the perception of culpabilityThis truly gives food for thought on the way we present ourselves to the world at large on a daily basisSo very many lives were permanently and tragically affected by the actions conscious or otherwise of one man on the 4th September 2005Father s Day When after an access visit and returning the children home to their mother in the light of early evening Robert Faruharson at the wheel of his old car and with his three children as passengers veered from his side of the road and travelled across the opposite side through a paddock and fence and plunged the car into a seven metres deep dam of murky dark water where he miraculously escaped moments later physically unscathed and without his children What happens next is just too incredible to contemplate and is just the beginning of a very long and unbelievable account of this man s reasoning and the eventual outcomeRegardless of the stated reasons those three children were let down in so many ways by so many circumstances which were totally outside of their own controlthey were innocent pawns always victims in a saga being played out involving so many supposed experts in their fields Who was looking out for their mental and physical welfare whilst their pathetic father sought out and received professional help from various sources for his trauma regarding the breakdown of his marriageas well as the loss of his precious and favoured carWho wasis responsible enough to deem someone like that mentally worthy of access to those innocent children Clearly not the professionals whose help he so availed himself of for an extremely lengthy periodand probably at a great monetary expenseOne thing is for certain his first agenda was NOT the welfare of his children it was always about himYet those three children were obliged by their very innocence to put their faith and trust in their father and all of the adults who had some say in their collective fateshowever minor directly or indirectlyThere are so many things wrong with the way that this story was played out by the accused his version of the events both before during and after There are so many things that weren t taken care of or considered beforehand in the natural responsibility of a parentparents in arranging the proper care of their children Children who have no competent part in decision making where their livelihood is concerned and who s every care is at the discretion or mercy of their caretakers real and imaginedIf this was a work of fiction I think it would be panned as being totally without credibility Too ridiculous to be considered plausible and yet as impossible as it is to believe here it is and three beautiful innocent children were as lambsWowI am so floored by this story I can t believe how no one saw any flags or how vulnerable those three children were to the possibility of harm or anguish from if nothing else exposure to the mental state of their father s dispositionWhat an inconceivably sad fate for those three children three innocent little boys who understood nothing of the workings of the minds of their keepers And what an incredibly sad fate for their loved ones also an incredibly sad chapter visited on the lives of all of the people involved in the long process of bringing justice and some ineffective sort of closure to this horror this devastatingly sad account of an apparent senseless selfish act of bitternessThey will have to live with it foreverespecially the juror s who s only connection was to be randomly selected for that long and emotionally taxing process they truly are brave peopleI hope I haven t overstated this review but this is a really affecting story45 sKudos to Helen Garner for her determination in following this case right to the end and portraying it so well hereMany thanks to NetGalley and the Publishers for my copy to read and review


10 thoughts on “This House of Grief

  1. says:

    I wasn't even going to read this yet It was

  2. says:

    I am not a big true crime reader but this one has been getting some good reviews As with anything concerning the deaths of young children this one was heartbreaking Would a father just to get back at his ex wife actually stage an accident to murder his children?Rating a book such as this one is hard What am I rating the uality of the case? Do

  3. says:

    There is nothing like sinking your teeth into a true crime Is thereBut in this case I honestly wish I were reading a crime of fiction

  4. says:

    ‘This House of Grief’ by Helen Garner is a truly sorrowful book as one might imagine from the title In 2005 on Father’s Day in Winchelsea Australia Robert Faruharson drove off the road into a dam He was able to exit the car safely but his three young sons drown Separated from his wife Cindy Gambino Faruharson had the children for the day and was on the way to returning them to their mother Purportedly suffering a syncopal ep

  5. says:

    Disturbing Truth is often stranger than fiction Once there was a hard working bloke who lived in a small Victorian Country Town with his wife and their three young son's One day out of the blue his wife told him

  6. says:

    In 2005 an event occurred that horrified all Australians Robert Faruharson estranged from his wife was returning his three young sons Jai Tyler and Bailey to their mother after an access visit on Father’s Day w

  7. says:

    Fuckyeah this book My jury experience years ago got rid of any misty eyed romanticism about the democracy of the jury or court system it is clear that this system of ours is a highly imperfect compromise This boo

  8. says:

    Fabulous writer I’ll review this next week Can’t wait to see her in conversation at the end of the month What a book

  9. says:

    This House of Grief by Helen GarnerThis story reads like a work of fiction incredibleit makes me reflect on the absolute fragility of the human condition and how regardless of our culpability things can radically change in the blink of an eyefor better or for worseI find it uite disconcerting to even for a moment entertain the notion that in a flash moment of time life can so drastically alter its direction a

  10. says:

    This is an incredibly moving and well written account of a murder trial which I found utterly gripping On a September evening in 2005 Robert Faruaharson was driving his three sons – Jai Tyler and Bailey – back home to his estranged wife His wife Cindy had admitted that she no longer loved him and that she wanted him to move out Later she had begun a relationship with another man but Robert seemed unable to move on Al