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The Good Father by Noah Hawley
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Mar 30, 2012

it was ok

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Do you know exactly how much I love the idea of a reputable doctor raising a psychopathic, cold-blooded murderer? The answer is – a lot, and I was really looking forward to reading this book. Unfortunately, the author executed this idea very poorly. Somewhere, within all the superfluous facts and details, there is an excellent story to be told, but this novel just seemed like a mess of loosely related thoughts – like ordering a pizza and the waiter telling you how cheese is made. I just wasn’t a fan of The Good Father. The story had its moments and the writing was fine, but I didn’t care about 70% of the content.

The main character, Paul Allen, is also quite annoying. At first, he’s likable and obviously concerned with proving his son’s innocence, but then he goes all Jason Bourne on you and starts analyzing a ton of other assassinations that really don’t need to be mentioned at all. It didn’t create suspense; it literally made me want to skip huge chunks of the book because I simply didn’t care about being force-fed a history lesson.

My opinion: skip this book.

Reviewed by Brittany for Book Sake.
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Michele You hit the nail on the head . I agree with your review and wanted to give up on this book several times because of all the info about other murderers. It seemed as if he needed to fill in pages to meet a requirement to get the book published. I liked the initial premise of the story line - it got bogged down in unnecessary and I thought irrelevant information.


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