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Publisher's Summary

A gothic thriller exploring rural Australia's simultaneous celebration of harsh country and stoic people—a tension that forces its inhabitants to dangerous breaking points.   

On a remote property in western NSW, eight-year-old Parker fears that something is wrong with his brain. His desperate attempts to control this internal chaos spark a series of events that gallop from his control in deadly and devastating ways. 

Years later, Parker, now a father himself, returns to the bushland he grew up in for a camping trip with old friends. When this reunion descends into chaos amid revelations of unresolved fear, guilt and violence, Parker must finally address the consequences of his childhood actions.

©2022 James McKenzie Watson (P)2022 Penguin Random House Australia

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Wow

Some of this story was shocking and took me out of my comfort zone, but I couldn't put it down. At the end I was saddened by how confronting it was. Congratulations for winning a literary award for this story, it is truly deserved. You have me hooked on your writing style, I just want more.

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Confronting and thought provoking

A confronting and thought provoking read that is hard to put down. Thanks for covering these challenging topics

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Jane Harper on roids ..

I want to sob now ... very dark .. mental ill
Health examined well . Well done to the first time author

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