The Golden Child: sweetness, danger, bullying, shame

by Wendy James

On Sale: 23/01/2017



About the Book

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.


'On par with the thought-provoking nature of Jodi Picoult's works, combined with the rapt

storytelling style of Liane Moriarty, readers will finish the last page wanting more' Erin Holt, Booklist US

'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

'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

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781460752371
  • ISBN 10: 1460752376
  • Imprint: HarperCollins - AU
  • On Sale: 23/01/2017
  • Pages: 352
  • List Price: 32.99 AUD
  • BISAC1: Fiction & related items / Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)


Wendy James is the celebrated author of eight novels, including the bestselling The Mistake and the compelling The Golden Child, which was shortlisted for the 2017 Ned Kelly Award for crime. 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. Wendy works as an editor at the Australian Institute of Health Innovation and writes some of the sharpest and topical domestic noir novels in the country.

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