The Golden Child: A gripping novel about a mother's great fear -- raising a bully in the digital age

The Golden Child: A gripping novel about a mother's great fear -- raising a bully in the digital age by Wendy James

By: Wendy James

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When some teenage cyberbullying ends in tragedy, who is to blame? Two families must grapple with the fallout. 'This is domestic noir at its most intelligent and sharp' Sydney Morning Herald/The Age 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 are simmering with her husband, mother-in-law and even her own mother. Her teenage daughters, once the objects of her existence, have moved beyond her grasp and one of them has shown signs of, well, thoughtlessness ... Then a classmate of one daughter is callously bullied and the finger of blame is pointed at Beth's clever, beautiful child. Shattered, shamed and frightened, two families must negotiate worlds of cruelty they are totally ill-equipped for. This is a novel that grapples with modern-day spectres of selfies, selfishness and cyberbullying. It plays with our fears of parenting, social media and Queen Bees, and it asks the question: can bad children happen to good mothers?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's greatest 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, author PRAISE 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
Publication Date:
01 / 02 / 2017
Golden Child
The Golden Child is a new title by Australian author Wendy James. It is a solid book, nothing groundbreaking, but by no means dry and uninteresting. She does a good job creating an atmosphere and environment that most any reader can imagine themselves in, although at times some characters seem a bit"awkwardly" written, for lack of a better word, in particular younger characters of whom she seems to be a little out of touch with. Chapters are broken up with blog posts by our protagonist which are generally quirky and fun to read, a great way of making the reader believe they are apart of this world.I definitely recommend this book to fans of Lianne Moriarty and Jodi Picoult. -QBD ttp.
, 13/02/2017
The Golden Child
I really enjoyed this novel as it bought up a lot of situations I could identify with and took me on a roller-coaster of emotions.I fell in love with Beth and her mad internal dialogue.Her alter ego Lizzy also has an interesting persona.I loved this book for it's sharp focus on everyone's desire to be part of something. The desire to be popular,someone's friend,special or someone's favorite.What would you do or put up with to be that special someone and where would you draw the line? I loved that Wendy James makes you examine your own thoughts and motivations and clever twists totally keep you hooked in till the end but you still want more. If you like Liane Moriarty or Jodi Picoult you will love this book too. Gillian - Australia Fair
, 10/02/2017

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