- Out now by PJ Byer
This book is the much anticipated prequel to Collision, Book 1, in the Trial Bay series.Collision traces the arc of runaway Stella and her father Paul Lawson’s fractured relationship, to their tentative reunion in Trial Bay, on the Australian mid-north coast. Their story hints at the many lies buried at the heart of their family history.
Now this new book in the series, Corrosion, set between 1958 and 2008 in Sydney and Trial Bay, explores this generational secrecy in alternating chapters. It unravels the story of Stella’s father, Paul, and his mother, Mary.
Paul, a lonely, confused teenager, is desperate to avoid being sent to boarding school by his elegant, career-driven mother. He’d rather risk living with his unreliable, irresponsible father and attend the local high school, than let his mother decide his future for him.
Mary has striven all her life to overcome her desperately unhappy childhood. Born illegitimate, Mary is raised by her grandparents to hide the scandal. She experiences bitter rejection, and is determined her son will never lack the opportunities denied her. Unfortunately, her wealth, ambition and steely control over her son form only a thinly-veiled veneer to hide devastating secrets.
In their final showdown, what does Paul discover? And will it destroy him, and her?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
PJ began to write the day after she retired from English, History and Drama teaching. Inspired by the stories of Trial Bay gaol, where hundreds of World War One Germans were interned, her series has evolved to delve into family generational secrets, and the fall-out from these.Happily married with two adult daughters, PJ lives on the Central Coast near the beach, an hour north of Sydney. Her interests include bushwalking, stand-up paddle boarding, theatre, music and singing, as well as volunteering for ShelterBox, a disaster relief charity.
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