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The Good Son by Michael Gruber
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May 08, 2010

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I read and loved Gruber's The Forgery of Venus: A Novel and The Book of Air and Shadows, and was very much looking forward to The Good Son. I was surprised at just how disappointed I was in it. My goodness, what flaws! Yes, the main characters have depth, but they're completely unbelievable. The set-up is very clumsy, and much of the background information the reader is given is provided in very stilted conversation (more like monologue, actually). The plot is largely predictable, somewhat ridiculous, and a plot twist at the end makes no sense whatsoever. The novel's only redeeming quality is that it's got a few interesting things to say about the Muslim mindset, but as this is from a Western point of view I'm not sure how valid Gruber's conclusions are. Overall, I wish I hadn't wasted my time reading what boiled down to a second-rate thriller.
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