Denizen by James McKenzie Watson

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If you’ve been looking for a new rural thriller, “Denizen” by debut author James McKenzie Watson is calling YOUR name!

This enthralling story is set on a remote property in western NSW and starts by following Parker, a nine-year-old boy. Young Parker has always feared that something is wrong with his brain, and his desperate attempts to control it seem to spark a series of deadly and devastating events. Years later when Parker returns to his hometown for a camping trip with old friends, chaos, unresolved fear, and violence erupts. Now, he must finally address the consequences of his childhood actions.

Winning the 2021 Penguin Literary Prize, this book explores rural Australia’s simultaneous celebration of harsh country and stoic people – a tension that forces its inhabitants to dangerous breaking points. We highly recommend!

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