The eagerly awaited second novel to follow Noli’s highly-acclaimed and controversial debut, THE MOTHER’S TALE.
Clair lives in the leafy suburbs and has worked hard to create the perfect life for her husband and two children. She knows it’s a big bad world out there and her beautifully painted garden fences keep that world out. While her children are young, Clair is determined to do everything she can to keep them safe. But then a new family moves in next door.
The first time she sees Chelsea, Clair has her pegged as a spoilt only child who is used to getting her own way from her doting parents, beautiful yet spiteful. As Chelsea befriends Clair’s children over the fence, Clair’s unease increases. The girl is not a good influence, and she has Clair’s son in her sights. Soon the children are running in and out of each other’s gardens. But then events take a tragic turn. A terrible event shatters the cosy suburban community, proving Clair was right to remain vigilant.
To protect her family, Clair tightens her grip on her children. The more she reins them in, the more they rebel. And the less control she has. Teetering on the edge of madness, Clair will do anything to save her family, and in doing so risks destroying all their lives.
Powerful, compelling and utterly unflinching, Camilla Noli again explores the darker sides of a mother’s love.