Amanda Ortlepp’s second novel Running Against the Tide features a family in crisis. Erin has taken her sons to a small country town on the coast of South Australia, leaving her abusive husband behind. Mike the eldest finds his feet in their new home, but fifteen year-old Ryan misses his father and struggles to fit in at school and elsewhere.
Erin is trying to make a new life for herself and her family, and neighbours Jono and Helen help her and the boys in different ways.
Jono is an oyster farmer and he employs Mike. His rival, Puff, wants to take over Jono’s lease, but he doesn’t want to stop, and he doesn’t want to sell his business to him. And then it is Puff who pursues Erin, being the new single woman in town. An old boyfriend appears on the scene, muddying the waters further.
This is a great Australian family drama/thriller, that will keep you turning the pages until the end.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia
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