I was sent Golden Boys by Sonya Hartnett a while ago but it wasn’t one that jumped out at me at the time. I tend to be quite mood-based in my reading choices. Reviews have been good with descriptions like “unsettling”, “thought-provoking” and “highly skilled”; the reviews from Australian media are even more glowing. Having started it, it’s clear that this is a novel with a slow build-up, one that focuses more on what the characters are thinking and feeling, than on what they are doing. For those who like action, this might not be for you.

Book Cover:  Golden Boys

Here’s the teaser:

She wrinkles her nose, shakes her hair. ‘Those people were strange.’

‘How come?’

‘Well. He talked and talked, but the lady hardly said anything, and those boys just … stood there.’

‘Not rude,’ Freya judges. ‘Just strange.’

Marigold flies her palm above the peaked top of a brick fence, thinking about this. She’s young, but she is clever. ‘They were like those people in Mum’s knitting magazines.’



And here’s the blurb:

With their father, there’s always a catch . . .

Colt Jenson and his younger brother Bastian have moved to a new, working-class suburb. The Jensons are different. Their father, Rex, showers them with gifts – toys, bikes, all that glitters most – and makes them the envy of the neighbourhood. To Freya Kiley and the other local kids, the Jensons are a family from a magazine, and Rex a hero – successful, attentive, attractive, always there to lend a hand. But to Colt he’s an impossible figure in a different way: unbearable, suffocating. Has Colt got Rex wrong, or has he seen something in his father that will destroy their fragile new lives? Sonya Hartnett’s new novel for adults is an unflinching and utterly compelling work from one Australia’s finest writers.

Sound good? Would you read this book? You can buy it here.


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!



Monique Mulligan

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