The Bet­ter Son

Kather­ine John­son Ven­tura

Mercury (Hobart) - Magazine - - BETWEEN THE LINES -

Tas­ma­nian au­thor Kather­ine John­son re­ceived wide ac­claim for her first novel The Bet­ter Son, set in 1952 at Mole Creek. It’s one of the hottest sum­mers on record and Kip and Tommy are help­ing their dad out on the farm, but they need a place to es­cape — a safe place, well away from the abuse of their shell-shocked fa­ther. In the hills be­hind the dairy, they find a cave, nam­ing it Kubla af­ter the fa­mous poem, it be­comes their refuge. One day the boys take off again, and this time only Kip comes home. It will be the first of many se­crets, with the truth tak­ing al­most 40 years to sur­face. In a stark yet emo­tional land­scape, The Bet­ter Son is a lit­er­ary thriller, evok­ing love and hate on a sin­gle page and draw­ing the reader in to a small group of char­ac­ters that will leave an in­deli­ble mark long af­ter the book is fin­ished. Get your dis­counted copy of Kather­ine John­son’s The Bet­ter Son us­ing the coupon be­low.

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