Book Review and #Giveaway: The Good Father by Noah Hawley {2 Winners}

Thursday, April 26, 2012 Posted by Dina N

Book Description
An intense, psychological novel about one doctor's suspense-filled quest to unlock the mind of a suspected political assassin: his twenty-year old son.

As the Chief of Rheumatology at Columbia Presbyterian, Dr. Paul Allen's specialty is diagnosing patients with conflicting symptoms, patients other doctors have given up on. He lives a contented life in Westport with his second wife and their twin sons — hard won after a failed marriage earlier in his career that produced a son named Daniel. In the harrowing opening scene of this provocative and affecting novel, Dr. Allen is home with his family when a televised news report announces that the Democratic candidate for president has been shot at a rally, and Daniel is caught on video as the assassin.
   
Daniel Allen has always been a good kid — a decent student, popular — but, as a child of divorce, used to shuttling back and forth between parents, he is also something of a drifter. Which may be why, at the age of nineteen, he quietly drops out of Vassar and begins an aimless journey across the United States, during which he sheds his former skin and eventually even changes his name to Carter Allen Cash.
   
Told alternately from the point of view of the guilt-ridden, determined father and his meandering, ruminative son, The Good Father is a powerfully emotional page-turner that keeps one guessing until the very end. This is an absorbing and honest novel about the responsibilities — and limitations — of being a parent and our capacity to provide our children with unconditional love in the face of an unthinkable situation.

My Thoughts
The Good Father by Noah Hawley recreates one of the worst nightmares for a parent. A young man - little more than a boy - is accused of shooting and killing a presidential candidate. His father, a successful doctor, is convinced his son Danny is innocent. The boy he raised cannot possibly hurt another human being. Yet, his son is arrested and put on trial. Proving his innocence becomes Dr. Allen's quest, obsession, and singular goal in life. He collects information, looks at every detail of his son's life, asks himself the horrible question: what did I do wrong? What lead my boy on the path that ended with a gunshot? In the book, his agony is much worse than what the son, the accused murderer, is going through.

Dr. Allen has divorced Danny's mother years ago, and has another family and a successful career. Although it is clear that not every child of divorce turns to violence, Dr Allen cannot help but blame himself for his son's mistakes. He finds it impossible to reconcile the son he knows with the criminal the world sees. His mission to uncover the truth will take him on a long journey - emotional, moral, and literal. The truth remains hidden in plain sight until the very end.

Mr. Hawley has penned a powerful book about parents and children, crime and punishment, responsibility and what ifs that stays with the reader long after the last page is turned.

The Good Father was published last month by Doubleday.

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33 comments:

  1. gail said...

    i am reading a lauren hillenbrand book 'unbroken'
    gkuroda(at)gmail.com

  2. Anonymous said...

    I just finished Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult. Patricia

  3. Brian said...

    Just started reading Clash of Kings.

  4. Brian said...

    Just started reading Clash of Kings.

  5. Rosita said...

    Reading The Power of Habit.

  6. Terra H. said...

    I'm reading Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. Thanks.
    partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

  7. Connie Black said...

    I am reading the 2nd book of the Hunger Games.

  8. Carl said...

    Well it's out of genre but I'm reading People Who Eat Darkness by Richard Lloyd Parry.

  9. Tore said...

    I am reading Timeless. Tore923@aol.com

  10. Patricia said...

    Bleak House.

    patricia dot mariani dot esq at gmail dot com

  11. Kathy said...

    Fifty Shades of Grey

  12. momma8385 said...

    I am reading A Wallflower Christmas.
    Thank you for this giveaway.
    :)Jeanne, jeannebates_t@yahoo.com

  13. Charity and John said...

    Crunch Time by Diane Mott Davidson.
    Primabee at hotmail dot com

  14. Nancy said...

    FIFTY SHADES OF GREY

  15. Debbie said...

    The Underside of Joy

    alibraryofourown at gmail dot com

  16. mamabunny13 said...

    Matched by Ally Condie

  17. Darcie K. said...

    True Colors by Kristin Hannah

  18. Elena said...

    I am reading Raising Your Spirited Child by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka.
    elena.cacahuete(at)gmail(dot)com

  19. Joy said...

    I just finished Julie Garwood's Ransom and I will be starting a Nora Roberts book shortly.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  20. lag123 said...

    Kiss of the Vampire

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

  21. Anita Yancey said...

    I am reading Finder's Fee by Alton Gansky.
    ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

  22. Brn2lisn said...

    Im reading Gone with the Wind.. an oldy but goody

  23. kitblu said...

    My sister, Lynn, would enjoy this book. I hope she would pass it down to me.

  24. kitblu said...

    I am reading Industrial Magic by Kelley Armstrong. This is the second in a series - I need the first and the the next. She has written other books as well.

  25. Kristie said...

    I'm reading "Sitting on a Fractal Crack of Time" by JC Ryder. She's a local author and this is fiction about the main character interviewing Jesus. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  26. Maureen said...

    I am reading At Your Pleasure by Meredith Duran

  27. Renee said...

    John Connolly's The Infernals.

  28. Renee said...

    John Connolly's The Infernals.

  29. Daniel M said...

    actually haven't read anything in a few months, been busy! - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  30. Lmbrunken said...

    Destiny unveiled by Laura deluca

  31. Debra said...

    the bio of tony iommi

  32. Valerie Taylor Mabrey said...

    I have been reading The Kane Chronicles
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  33. Christie said...

    hunger games at the moment

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