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His Father's Son

3.42  ·  Rating Details ·  702 Ratings  ·  64 Reviews
Steve Nye's quiet life takes an unexpected turn when he receives a call from his mother. His father attacked her and has been committed to an asylum. The doctor says he's suffering from dementia. But Steve's father seems so calm, clear-eyed, and lucid when he whispers, "I killed her". Is it simply symptom of his father's delusion and madness?

If only Steve were so lucky
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Signet (first published January 1st 2009)
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Nick Cato
Sep 05, 2009 Nick Cato rated it it was amazing
Steve Nye's father is sent to a psychiatric ward after assaulting his mother. While Steve has never been close to either of his parents, he still feels the need to visit them and find out what's going on. The doctors think Steve's dad is losing his mind, especially when he starts saying strange things that make little sense. When Steve's dad dies, he begins to dig into his family's past and discovers that his old man has left a trail of bodies in every town they had lived in.

For its first 100 pa
Oct 27, 2009 Tressa rated it really liked it
I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I couldn't wait to get back to it to see just how far Steve would progress in his killings.

Steve Nye is an ordinary joe working in a cubicle of a alumni company. He gets a call one day telling him that his father has tried to kill his mother. His father is in a coma, and during one of Steve's visits his father confesses that "I killed her." Join Steve on a rollercoaster ride as he delves into his father's murderous past and makes assump
Sep 01, 2009 Bridget rated it it was amazing
Steve has just received the shock of his life. His mother phones him at work, which never happens, to tell him that his father tried to kill her. Steve feels as if he's falling down a black hole. How could this happen? His parents aren't the lovey-dovey type but they don't even argue. When Steve realizes that this incident took place the day before, his conflicting emotions begin their disagreement. He can't decide if he is more angry or hurt that his mother didn't think he should have known abo ...more
Oct 23, 2009 Craig rated it liked it
This novel is quite a bit different from any of Little's other novels, and not just because of the departure from his penchant for one-word titles. For one thing, it's a bit more subtle than his previous works, with less over-the-top wholesale sex and gore. It's a first-person narrative, and virtually all of the characters are completely negative and unlikeable, but eventually it's revealed that that is due to the viewpoint character's problems and perceptions. Some of the plot points hinge a bi ...more
Scott Nicholson
May 30, 2011 Scott Nicholson rated it really liked it
one of the bleakest, darkest Little books I've read
Sep 27, 2015 Alex rated it did not like it
One of dumbest stories I've ever read in my life. This has been the fourth Bentley Little book I've read (the other three being The Resort, The Mailman, and The Ignored), and will likely be the last. Every story by Little I have read thus far has been completely devoid of anything creative and/or memorable. And not to mention logical.

It is clear that Bentley Little has very little imagination. (Yeeeeaaaaaahhhhh!!!!!)

I was intrigued by this story because I thought it seemed to be a better receive
William M.
Jun 29, 2011 William M. rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
This latest chiller by Bentley Little is certainly in the top half of his better work, but nowhere near my favorite. It has a great premise and actually manages to pull off most of it very effectively. The steady build keeps you hooked for the entire story. It was a pleasant change to see him working completely in reality instead of his usual supernatural fare. However, I did predict the ending very early on - something I usually do not manage to do. And there were a few threads that were not qu ...more
Kim Smiley
May 28, 2010 Kim Smiley rated it really liked it
I thought this was a decent read. Steve Nye, the main character gets a phonecall at work from his mother stating that his father tried to kill her. From that moment on, Steve's world is never the same. His father is in the mental ward after having a stroke and isn't coherent for more than a few moments at a time. It is then he tells Steve, "I killed her."

Steve goes to find that his father killed his first wife, and others along the way. This book is a definite page turner that keeps you guessin
Mar 08, 2011 Megan rated it it was amazing
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Oct 06, 2009 Margery rated it really liked it
Not what I have come to expect from Mr. Little. Fantastic and eerie. Both adjectives I use often for his work, but more introspective was this book I stumbled on last week. It has prompted me to re-read a few of his others. I am starting with The Resort. I will be unable to re-read "Revelation," however, for it has a scene that conjured up such unnaturally vile pictures I have imagined. Woah.
Jul 06, 2010 Mary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm sorry because I love Bentley Little but this book was painful to read. I was determined to get through it though. Having said that, I must say that it ended exactly how I thought it should and that was a consolation for me. At least I finally was able to sit the book down and I actually had found the last chapter or so rather enjoyable.
Feb 06, 2010 Maicie rated it really liked it
Steve Nye gets a call that his father has been admitted to a psych ward. During a moments of clarity he tells Steve that he has killed. Steve's inquiry into his father's past leads to disturbing consequences.

Not Little's typical horror novel. Much, much better.
Polly Forns
Not being familiar with the works of Bentley Little but knowing. He wrote in the horro genre, I didn't know what to expect. Although I am not a horror fan, this book kept my attention and yes, caused a few bad dreams along the way.
Apr 20, 2011 Glenda rated it really liked it
Great book, Bentley doesn't disappoint!!
Nov 13, 2010 Rodney rated it it was amazing
I just love his books. What can I say?
Feb 07, 2010 Jenn rated it liked it
Not my favourite Bentley Little novel. However, I still enjoyed the large twist at the end. Well, the number of twists.
Mar 31, 2011 Rowan rated it did not like it
i found this book in the hallway of my building. and that is where i put it when i finished. bleh.
Clint Heitz
Jan 13, 2011 Clint Heitz rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror-series
Wow, this guy can write some pretty twisted stuff. I kind of saw the end coming, but I still thoroughly enjoyed each chapter.
Ugh...repulsing. Not to mention, a bore.
Dec 19, 2016 Carrie rated it really liked it
This is my 5th or so Little novel I've read, and have to agree with other reviews, its very different than most of his novels. Not as much supernatural, but with all the same weirdness and creepiness. Once again, reading his books gives me nightmares. The protagonist starts out normal, but we soon realize he's a sociopath. Its an interesting concept because its all from his point of view, and he feels very justified in his actions. Its kind of cool to read the short stories written by the protag ...more
Nov 21, 2016 SSteppenwolFF rated it really liked it
Best horror writer I have read in a long time . I believe this is the third novel I've read of his and they are all great ! Also like many horror writers he doesn't try to mimic Stephen King like so many do these days . And this guy knows that there doesn't always have to be "monsters" for it to be horror ! Sometimes the best monsters are the ones who don't look like monsters but much more like ourselves . This one is a very Goodread !
Mar 08, 2017 Shamina rated it did not like it
This book is the worst Bentley Little has ever written. It is so bad that I forgot that I had already read it years ago! I didn't it realize until 3/4 of the through the book. It was boring and didn't answer any of the questions that I had. I usually like his books for a quick, creepy read, but I suggest skipping this one!
Feb 04, 2015 Elusive rated it liked it
Shelves: review
‘His Father’s Son’ is a departure from what you can normally expect from Little’s books. There’s no supernatural element and he doesn’t use one specific thing to gradually build it up to full-blown horror.

It tells the story of Steve whose father ends up suffering from dementia and after the latter mentions that he killed someone, Steve interprets it in his own way and begins making one bad decision after another. You’d have to be able to just accept that a guy just hears a sentence and is compl
Mark R.
Mar 24, 2014 Mark R. rated it it was ok
Bentley Little's got a good reputation in the horror genre, but so far I've read this one and "The Store" and overall didn't get much out of either. In both cases, an intriguing setup is beaten to death until a wild ending steps up long after my interest is gone. In the case of "The Store," though, the ending was QUITE wild and offered some redemption for the book. In the case of "His Father's Son," the ending was fine but nothing special, and the preceding pages, like I said, wore down my inter ...more
Justin Wiebe
Nov 16, 2015 Justin Wiebe rated it it was ok
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Dan Corley
Nov 23, 2015 Dan Corley rated it liked it
Bentley Little is darker than a raven drowning in a puddle of oil. This novel actually got me wondering what kind of man could make this crap up, and now I know after 3 of his books that Bentley Little is a madman lol. This book appealed to me because it wasn't Little's typical format. Usually he takes something ordinary and puts a sinister twist on it, but here we have a young man with a dying father who tells his son "I killed her" just before death. After his father's death, Steve begins a jo ...more
Robb Bridson
May 20, 2015 Robb Bridson rated it it was amazing
This book is different from most of Little's work. It isn't a surreal supernatural disgust-fest loaded with dark humor. It's a bleak, brutal psychological horror novel with a monstrous protagonist with skewed perceptions. Rather than the semi-parodic what-if of the usual Little novel, this is a book with serious themes-- the excuses we make for ourselves, the way we idealize family, the perils of masculinity gone mad, unfair judgments of others... After reading it, you'll start to wonder how muc ...more
Jul 14, 2011 Amanda rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, standalone
The concept starts out strong--a middle-aged man forced to face his father's mortality via murder both past and present. This plot carries the book in spite of a forgettable writing style for the first 2/3 of the book. However, at that point, the plot takes a nose-dive into typical, cliched territory that read as if it was placed in the novel for a gross-out, shock factor, rather than as a metaphor for....anything really. A disappointing ending to what could have been a memorable book.

I recommen
Joshua Hair
Sep 13, 2016 Joshua Hair rated it it was amazing
Fantastic job, Mr. Little! I have a great love for Bentley Little to begin with, and this book strengthened it to a much higher degree. I was expecting his typical horror satire, scary but clearly meant to jab at some corporate company or everyday annoyance. But this...whew! It was so unlike most of Mr. Little's other work, and yet it still had that uber-creepy flair I've come to love. Enough has been said about the plot already, so I'll just end it by saying that any fan of Mr. Little should ea ...more
Stephen King recommended author. He says: "BEST OUTRIGHT HORROR NOVELIST. Bentley Little, in a walk. Don't know Bentley Little? You're not alone. He's probably the genre's best-kept secret, but at least 10 of his novels are available in paperback; you can pick up three for the price of that flashy new hardcover you've got your eye on. The best thing about Little is that he can go from zero to surreal in 6.0 seconds. My favorites are The Store (think Wal-Mart run by SAYYY-tan) and Dispatch, in wh ...more
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Bentley Little is an American author of numerous horror novels. He was discovered by Dean Koontz.

Little was born one month after his mother attended the world premiere of Psycho. He published his first novel, The Revelation, with St. Martin's Press in 1990. After reading it, Stephen King became a vocal fan of Little's work, and Little won the Bram Stoker Award for "Best First Novel" in 1990. He mo
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