Kurt is a disillusioned case worker struggling in an under-resourced child protection system. When he takes on the case of Gecko, a sixteen-year-old with a traumatic past and a shaky future, he is determined to make a difference. But the best of intentions are not enough.
Meanwhile Libby, a creative and intelligent girl in her final year at school, grapples with the obstacles that life places in her path.
Set in Melbourne and brimming with memorable characters whose paths cross in unexpected ways, The Best of Intentions is a sensitive and compelling portrayal of young people at risk and of the well-meaning but often ineffective child protection and mental health professionals charged with their care.
“Highly engaging … an intelligent and moving novel.” Kate Ryan, Writers Victoria
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About the Author
Gilbert F. J. Van Hoeydonck is an Australian writer based in Melbourne. He grew up in Belgium and studied Dutch and English at the University of Antwerp. In 1978 he took up a limited tenure lectureship in Dutch Language and Literature at the University of Melbourne, where he taught for six years. After he became an Australian citizen Gilbert worked for the Victorian Government as a policy adviser and project manager in child protection and public mental health services. He participated in some high–profile child death inquiries and helped implement clinical outcome measurement across Victoria's public mental health services. Gilbert now works as an independent writer. He has published a number of short stories. The Best of Intentions (2018) is his his first novel. Sign up for Smashwords author alerts on this page to receive an update when Gilbert releases a new book.