The Good Father

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What to expect

Who makes us what we become?

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.

What follows is a powerfully emotional and suspense-filled quest that keeps you guessing to the very end.

‘Monsters don’t just become monsters, after all.’

(P)2012 Random House Audio

Critics Review

  • Brilliant and heartbreaking, The Good Father is a thriller, a mystery and above all else a savagely contemporary, hugely important story . . . it will haunt the reader for a long time.

    Tony Parsons
  • It is rare that a novel so considered is also so gripping. Intense and utterly humane, THE GOOD FATHER is a book, the moment you finish it, you just know you will want to read again. A tremendous achievement.

    Simon Lelic
  • Riveting, moving, unique. This novel deserves to become a classic.

    Sophie Hannah
  • I read THE GOOD FATHER into the small hours. It is that rare gem: a genuine literary thriller, as deep as it is wide. A beautiful, moving and important novel.

    Erin Kelly, author of The Poison Tree
  • An unblinking look at the ills of modern America, and a conclusion: love might address them in a way that wealth cannot.

    Justin Webb, presenter of the Today programme on BBC Radio 4
  • This debut . . . explodes like a hand grenade with a force that drives the breath from your body. But, like every great story, it starts from a simple premise – what if your son assassinated a presidential candidate in the United States? Could you believe it? Would you blame yourself? . . . This isn’t only a forensic examination of modern fatherhood; it’s also a brutal attack on U.S. gun culture, and a reflection on the country’s appetite for assassination. Haunting, terrible and yet utterly real, it’s superbly written with a marvellous feel for the American landscape and its soul. It’s also a tantalising thriller.

    Daily Mail

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