The Golden Child

When cyberbullying ends in tragedy, two families grapple with who's to blame. 'This is domestic noir at its most intelligent and sharp' Sydney Morning Herald

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?

Author: 
Wendy James
Ned Kelly Year: 
Judges Report: 

From a completely original angle The Golden Child deals with parental fears; parental judgement and misjudgement; the dangers of social media and cyber-bullying. The novel is cleverly constructed, the characters are extremely well-drawn, the use of social media as a plot device is very sophisticated, and the resolution is a genuine surprise.

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