Hodder Headline, $14.95 pb, 220 pp
by Melissa Lucashenko
UQP, $12.95 pb, 230 pp
I am sitting at my home desk high up in the mountains overlooking the border ranges to New South Wales and then to the left, the strip of highrise, the Gold Coast, and the sea beyond. Hathorn and Lucashenko have both set their recent youth novels in an imaginary location not far from me. The sea and the hinterland is a territory I am beginning to know well and I have enjoyed exploring it a little further in my reading.
Libby Hathorn, well known for her award-winning but bleak children’s picture book Way Home has once again explored the darkness of humanity. I found it chilling.