This is another one of those true crime books that I've been meaning to pick up for a while. It's about the death of a woman who was initially thought (by some) to have jumped off The Gap in Sydney. Connections to Rene Rivkin, the length of time the investigation took, and the eventual finding of guilty against her boyfriend made the case quite a talking point, although mostly in New South Wales.
On a bleak, moonless winter night in 1995 beautiful Sydney model Caroline Byrne died, her body embedded head-first into a crevice at the bottom of The Gap at the entrance to Sydney Harbour.
How did she get out so far, almost 12 metres from the base of the sheer sandstone precipice? Did she jump, as so many had done before at the notorious suicide spot, or had she been thrown in a fit of rage?
What began as a sad Sydney ritual of retrieving the shattered bodies of shattered lives turned into one of the nation's most extraordinary murder investigations, leading to the dark heart of a city gripped by greed, pandering to its powerful, and exposing a police force whose lack of imagination and resources was surpassed only by the doggedness of its finest officers to right an unforgivable wrong.
This is a journey to justice, the astonishing inside story of Caroline's father Tony Byrne's determination to find the truth of his daughter's death and, in doing so, test the justice system to its limits.