About the book…
Des is a good husband, a good father – a good man.
He encourages his wife’s artistic endeavours, reads bedtime stories to his children every night, and holds down a well-paid, if unfulfilling, job.
But appearances can be deceptive. Lately, his wife seems to be forgetting that her art is for his eyes only. And rumours at work are threatening his reputation as a devoted family man. And he can’t help but feel that his kids don’t seem to need him as much as they once did.
Des is afraid. Afraid of the world encroaching on his home. Afraid of past mistakes catching up on him. So afraid of losing control over his family that he is contemplating the unthinkable.
A Good Father is a dark and gripping psychological suspense novel that will take you into the twisted mind of a man on the edge.
My thoughts on A Good Father by Catherine Talbot…
A Good Father is one of those books that has an opening so brilliant, you aren’t sure where it can go from there. It really grabs you, shocks you even, and leaves you with no choice but to keep turning the pages.
The downside of this, of course, is where do you go from such a high? In a lot of cases, the answer is down. Thankfully, that isn’t the case here – although, for me, there were a couple of slow moments. This is because everything is told from Des’ point of view, a view I felt I needed a bit of a break from at times.
However, the other side of my ‘reading brain’ knows that that was probably the point – the unrelenting nature of Des’ dark thoughts. If there was no escape for him, why should there be any escape for me? And they really were dark, darker than I’ve read in a lot of books of this genre. Did I enjoy reading it? Yes, but it wasn’t always easy – there were bits that made me uncomfortable and bits that left me wanting to jump into the book and shake Des.
It’s why, in the end, I’m recommending this book. It might not be for everyone BUT it goes to places other psychological thrillers or suspense novels don’t go. And it kept me turning the pages late into the night to see how it ended.
Note: I received a copy of this book in return for a fair and honest review. All thoughts, feelings and opinions are my own.
A great review, Emma – though I don’t think this one is for me…:)
Great review. I do like the kind of book that takes me hostage, lol, with an intensity that doesn’t let go. I think I would be exhausted afterwards, though.. Thanks for sharing.