Through Father Paul's voice, you learn the background not only of Ali but of each of the hostages and how they came to be in Surf City on that fateful morning. And as the story moves towards its conclusion the threads come together to a truly heartbreaking conclusion.
I am always amazed at the way Caroline Overington can take a complex social issue and break it down into an easily understandable story - a story focusing on "everyday" people. This focus forces the reader to realise that we all have a responsibility to be informed and involved in the things that happen in our community and not just leave the more difficult problems for others to solve.
No Place Like Home is a compelling and tragic story that is also very easy to relate to. Although you know the outcome cannot be good, it draws you in and keeps you engaged right until the conclusion.