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With masterful nuance and vividly drawn characters, Sonya Hartnett’s novel visits a suburban local the place mental risk lurks under the surface.

Colt Jenson and his more youthful brother, Bastian, have moved to a brand new, working-class suburb. The Jensons are diversified. Their father, Rex, showers them with presents — toys, motorcycles, all that glitters such a lot — and makes them the envy of the local. To the neighborhood young ones, the Jensons are a relatives out of a film, and Rex a hero — profitable, attentive, appealing, constantly there to have the same opinion. yet to Colt he is an most unlikely determine: insufferable, suffocating. Has Colt received Rex mistaken, or has he visible whatever in his father that might damage their fragile new lives? This fantastic and unflinching new novel finds the world over acclaimed writer Sonya Hartnett at her such a lot exciting and psychologically complicated.

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