The Boy Under the Table
Tina is a scared young woman barely existing on the streets of Kings Cross. Forced into prostitution to survive, one cold night she breaks all her rules by agreeing to go home with a customer. What she finds in his house will change her life forever. Sarah and Doug are frozen in grief on their farm... read more in Cootamundra, unable to come to terms with the tragedy that has taken over their lives. Pete is the local police sergeant, powerless to stop the slow death of a treasured local family, knowing the odds of their prayers being answered. Every day brings a fresh hell for each of them. Told from the alternating points of view of Tina, Sarah, Doug and Pete, The Boy Under the Table is gritty, shocking, moving and, ultimately, filled with hope. A harrowing glimpse into the real world behind the headlines, this is a novel of immense power and compassion, one which will not fail to move all who read it.
Set in the seediest back alleys of King’s Cross, this is the story of a young woman new to the Cross trying to make a living on the streets. One night, she breaks all her rules and goes home with a customer only to find a situation that will change her life forever. Across the country, on a remote farm, Doug and Sarah are grieving for their lost boy. It was every parent’s nightmare when their son went missing at the Easter Show and they are struggling to survive as a family. Pete is the local policeman who feels powerless that he and his colleagues have been unable to find little Lockie and he’s trying desperately to keep Doug and Sarah together. Told from alternating viewpoints this is a powerful story of love and survival and although the ending was extremely unlikely, I don’t care. Just once, we need to believe in happy endings.
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By Derek Harwood
I loved this book, from start to finish, couldn't put it down. And a nice ending as well. Just loved it.
06 Mar 2013 12:41:22 | Anna Stewart
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