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From the author of The Stephen Hawking Death Row Fan Club, named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2015, comes Model Child - a psychological thriller. Author R. C. Goodwin tells the story of a tormented father and the path that led him to take a life.

James Shannon, a middle-aged widower with no criminal background or history of mental illness, commits a heinous crime. Shann
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Paperback, 267 pages
Published March 24th 2018 by Side Street Press
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Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Publisher supplied ARC. This page turner was a perfect way to kick off a new year of reading. We look forward to hosting author R. C. Goodwin HERE to talk about Model Child, his first novel, in April 7, 2018!
Jessica Allard
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Psychological thriller" doesn't even begin to describe this book. Not only is it intensely thrilling, but it is also brimming with themes such as love and acceptance, guilt and heartache, and every nuanced shade of gray between good and evil. Goodwin, in his very first novel, achieves a superb balance between exciting plot twists and complex, profound character development. The characters truly come to life with all of the emotions and subtleties of real people. I believe that is what transform ...more
Terry Willliams
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a great read! Hal Gottlieb, forensic psychiatrist, tackles the most difficult case of his career when he struggles to learn why a good guy, Mr. James Shannon—a person without the typical mental health or criminal baggage associated with folks he's seen over his illustrious career—has decided to kill his daughter in cold blood. But more than a fast-paced psychological thriller, this is a story about Hall Gottlieb, a guy who struggles with his own insecurities—about his marriage, his relation ...more
Randomiris
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Received ARC from publisher.
Eileen
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Read an advanced copy of this book. Great psychological study of good & evil.
Kathryn
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
Thriller is my favorite genre and I expect a lot. MODEL CHILD by R.C. Goodwin did not disappoint. The first paragraph grabs you and by page two you know the details of the horrific crime, the victim, and the unlikely perpetrator. The rest of the story delves into WHY. I found the characters to be well-developed and believable, and I soon became caught-up in their daily true-to-life struggles even while the all-consuming case unfolded. If I had to criticize one picky, common oversight it would be ...more
Penny Goetjen
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Set apart from most mysteries—a whydunnit instead of a whodunnit—MODEL CHILD is a compelling story that imperceptibly wraps a firm grip around your wrist and refuses to let go. It was the first book in a long time I found difficult to put down. There’s an eloquence in R. C. Goodwin’s style of writing, allowing you to slip easily into the rhythm of his words. My next read will be his THE STEPHEN HAWKING DEATH ROW FAN CLUB.

Daphne Cochran
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book. This is a different thriller, you are not figuring out who did it but why. Loved it. This book had me on the edge of my seat.
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