I just finished this yesterday...I won't review it. It's too complicated and too personally relevant for me to comment on.
I will say that this is the first Winton novel that I have read (pub. 2008) that is a simple story, start to finish, with no flashbacks or alternating viewpoints. Of course it's set in Australia, and touches on surfing, friendship, mentors, and how new insight can affect your judgment of a person's value and meaning in your own life.
It also challenged my own preconceptions on what constitutes abuse, and the factors that can alienate us from our own individuality.