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"When I hit her, which isn't often, I am careful not to go too deep around her cheekbones because her cheekbones are a great feature of hers."


Des is a good husband, a good father - a good man.

He encourages his wife's artistic endeavours. He holds down a well-paid, if unfulfilling, job. He is manager of his sons' Under-11s football team. He reads bedtime stories to his
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Paperback, 288 pages
Expected publication: April 23rd 2020 by Penguin Ireland
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Peter
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, crime, thriller
Disturbed
An unsettling family drama that illustrates the destructive nature of jealousy, self-regard and a crushing dominance on everything in a home and family. A Good Father, is a well-crafted novel that draws the complexity of human relationships and how damaged personalities can wreak havoc on those around them.

The story is told through Des’ eyes over two timeframes – 1995 and 2017. Firstly how he met, wooed and developed his relationship with his future wife Jenny. Amongst other
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Ceecee
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This debut has exceeded my expectations. It’s a grab you by the throat, shake you about a bit and leave you a bit breathless kind of a book. The story of Jenny and Des is told through Des’s eyes and in two timelines. It looks at when they meet in 1995 and at the developing relationship and how it grows and blooms with the odd hiccup along the way and the comparison to 2017 where the cracks are showing which become great chasms. Jenny is an artist and Des is a very reluctant life insurance ...more
Amanda
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well that first sentence got my attention and just like magic the real world disappeared as I plunged head first into this book.

“By the end of next summer, before the kids go back to school, I will kill my family.”

The story is told from Des’s point of view in two timelines, we go back to 1995 where Des meets his wife to be, Jenny and the present day 2016 where they are married and have 3 children.

We see how they first met, optimistic with their new love. How Des wanted to support Jenny so she
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Lisa Campbell
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Disturbing and compelling, gripped from the first word to the last. Unique take and view on the thought process of a controlling and abusive character and how the darkest thoughts may be hidden from those closest to them.
Betty

“By the end of next summer, before the kids go back to school, I will kill my family.”

Based on the strength of the first sentence, I felt confident I would enjoy reading this book. Despite the wow factor of the opening line, I would quickly come to realize it was a mistake to assume the rest of the book would be equally captivating.

I have certain expectations for domestic thrillers; the main expectation being that it evokes the usual emotions one has when reading thriller novels. This book,
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Susana Rio
Jan 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Firstly I would like to thank @netgalley and @penguinrandomhouse for the opportunity to read this book prior to its publishing date on 23.04.2020.
This book is mainly about Des and his attempt to be a great father, supporter and husband whilst also struggling with control and obsession.
The books starts with a bang but is mostly quite slow paced and follows Des account of what happened before and after he got married and had kids with his wife.
It is hard to like Des as a character or even
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Miss R
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Penguin Books and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

‘A Good Father’ is an accomplished domestic thriller from Catherine Talbot. It tells the story of Des, husband of Jenny, and self-professed family man. But Des is an abuser, and plans to kill his family.... From this point I am at a loss with how to proceed with this review. To say I enjoyed this book would be disingenuous. Yet it evoked feelings in me that I had not experienced before upon reading a mere work of
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Vikkie
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a book guaranteed to leave you a little breathless. This is an unsettling family drama which shows the destructive nature of jealousy. This has been a fantastic debut novel and definitely was better than I had expected ...more
Chrissie
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a story about Des who is struggling to be a good Father but he is controlling ,obsessive and jealous .Told through Des I found the story very slow going and it is very hard to like Des,I would have liked to have heard from Jenny though she was no more likeable.This is a good family drama with the inevitable ending .Many thanks to the Publisher the Author and NetGalley for my review copy in return for an honest review .
Helen
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
V different and interesting take on family homicide
The dear u feel with every page as his need to controll gains momentum and his possiveness and jelousy boils away .
The female character is interesting how she has pattern right from start and attracted to the ones who see her as something to own ,
Heart breaking at points and I was so invested in her paintings and her work as her only way to express herself and maybe find solace.
The husband destroys her slowly and then daily and u can feel
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Bookaholic
Feb 24, 2020 rated it did not like it
Unfortunately I did not like this book. I did not like the main character and did not finish
Victoria
Feb 01, 2020 rated it liked it
It took me a little while to decide my rating for this book. Initially, I was going to go with two stars as I absolutely hated the main character, Des. However, I feel this is a credit to Catherine Talbot's writing which is why I eventually chose to go for three stars.

The novel had me gripped from the first sentence however, as it progressed, the narrative became very repetitive and rather flat. Des is a very unreliable narrator and I feel the story would have benefited hugely from hearing his
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Catherine Talbot lives in Dublin with Dara and their two young children. Catherine is a recent graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, where she completed an MPhil in Creative Writing. She has had several short stories published, in Banshee Literary Journal and the anthology Still Worlds Turning. A Good Father is her first novel.
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