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The Good Father by Noah Hawley

Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Language English
ISBN-10: 1444730363
ISBN-13: 978-1444730364

29 March, 2012

A novel too good to miss, Noah Hawley’s The Good Father is a triumph of self-examination, suspense and, above all, emotion that delivers a resounding story of self-worth.

Dr Paul Allen is a well-respected man. He lives a happy, comfortable life with his second wife and their family. Until the night when a knock at the door blows his world apart: a hugely popular presidential candidate has been shot, and they say the young man who pulled the trigger is Paul's son. Daniel, the only child from his first, failed marriage, was always a good kid and Paul is convinced his quiet boy is not capable of murder. Overwhelmed by a vortex of feelings, Paul embarks on a mission to understand what happened and why. Following the trail of his son's journey across America, he is forced to re-examine his life as a husband and a parent, and every decision he ever made.

Hawley’s mastery of creating tension is a joy to behold. Never once during, what is at times a disturbing work, will the reader ever feel the urge to abandon what is being laid out before them or, indeed, abandon the beautifully crafted cast of characters that Hawley has so diligently created.

Conspiracy theories are examined; some mused upon at length, others cast aside yet all are relevant to building the psychological profiles of the protagonists so that the reader can truly delve deeper into the heads of each and every one of them and so examine the motives that lay behind their actions in detail.

This is a quite superb read that is guaranteed to have readers not only questioning the fictional characters but also themselves when asking the question “is for the best always the right thing to do?”

Chris High


 


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