The Good Son


Carolyn Huizinga Mills

Carolyn Huizinga Mills began her career by writing short stories and in 2017, her story “Finders” placed second in the Alice Munro Short Story Competition. Carolyn’s first picture book, The Little Boy Who Lived Down the Drain, was chosen as a 2018 Blue Spruce Honour Book. The Good Son, her first novel, was published in 2021 and Grandpa’s Stars, her second picture book, was published in 2023. A grade seven teacher, Carolyn loves to share her passion for reading and writing with her students. She grew up in Calgary, Alberta, and now lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband and two children. In addition to reading and writing, Carolyn loves playing soccer, camping, travelling, and eating dark chocolate.


“This book surprised me. Based on its cover, and its publisher (Cormorant Books), I was expecting a very literary novel, something with drawn out descriptions and hidden meanings, usually a bit slower in pace. Instead, I found a page-turner of a novel in The Good Son by Carolyn Huizinga Mills, something I raced to finish, excited to see if my theory was true or not.”
– Anne Logan

The Good Son is a well-crafted, compelling, ‘holy cow I can’t believe this a debut’ story about complicated family dynamics and how one incident and an obsession changed the course of a woman’s life. … Carolyn Huizinga Mills is a wonderful addition to the Canadian author community and I eagerly look forward to reading more from her.”

“A dark, tense, and brilliantly crafted family mystery.”

“Carolyn Huizinga Mills’s The Good Son (Cormorant Books) is a debut but no less masterful, blending the emotional complexity of family dynamics with page-turning suspense.”

“A well-crafted, compelling story about complicated family dynamics and how one incident and an obsession changed the course of a woman’s life.”


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296 Pages


March 20, 2021


Cormorant Books



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