I love Melina Marchetta, she brings characters to life like no one else does. The Piper's Son is the companion book to Saving Francesca, there is not need to actually read one to understand the other, but believe when I say they are BOTH worth reading. I can't even describe how good this book was. Thomas has definitely grown and he is going through a lot of issues. And I loved that this book wasn't just about Tom, but about his aunt as well. There is so much anger & fear going on in this book, but it's about family & what happens when a terrible tragedy happens. Anyway, I LOVED this book. LOVED it. EVERYONE should read it.