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Shortlisted for 2017 Ned Kelly Award.'A chilling novel of our time, with a trulyshocking twist' Australian Women's Weekly When teenage bullying spirals out of control who is to blame?Blogger Lizzy's life is buzzing, happy, normal. Two gorgeous children, a handsome husband, destiny under control. For her real-life alter-ego Beth, things are unravelling. Tensions simmer with her husband, mother-in-law, her own mother. Her daughters, once the objects of her existence, have moved into teenage-hood - their lives increasingly mysterious to her.Relocating from the US to Newcastle, she feels more distant than ever. Then a schoolmate is callously bullied and the finger of blame pointed at one of Beth's girls. As a child lies suspended between life and death, two families are forced to question everything they believed about their children, and the answers are terrifying.A potent mix of The Party, The Slap, and the digital age.PRAISE FOR THE GOLDEN CHILD'This is domestic noir at its most intelligent and sharp' Sydney Morning Herald/The Age'It takes 48 hours to pulse through Wendy James' rollercoaster 21st century about parenting' Australian Women's Weekly'The suspense author's seventh novel, THE GOLDEN CHILD, deals with a conscientious mum'sgreatest fear - raising a bully in the digital age' Who Weekly'a gripping psychological thriller' Courier-Mail'This an engaging and intimate read ... 4 Stars' Australian Bookseller and Publisher'Brilliant. Such a clever plot, and such real characters, and so very, very well written' Danielle Hawkins, authorPRAISE FOR WENDY JAMES'S OTHER BOOKS'A wonderful, unputdownable story by a great Australian author' Liane Moriarty, Australian Women's Weekly'A penetrating picture of our life and times . . . a knockout' Canberra Times'Cunning psychological portraits and clean prose make for an absorbing domestic thriller' The Age
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Wendy James is the mother of two sets of siblings born eight years apart, in the digital and pre-digital ages. She is the author of seven novels, including the bestselling The Mistake. Her debut novel, Out of the Silence, won the 2006 Ned Kelly Award for first crime novel, and was shortlisted for the Nita May Dobbie award for women's writing. She works as an editor at the Australian Institute of Health Innovation.

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