The Good Father
by Noah Hawley
IT’S been dubbed the bloke’s answer to ‘We Need To Talk ABout Kevin’ - Lionel Shriver’s masterpiece on how far can a mother’s love go when your son becomes a mass killer.
Now paternal responsibility, and all its shortcomings, come to the fore in this superb novel.
Daniel is a young man from what the Daily Mail would call a broken home. He spends much of his childhood shuttling between parents, but is unremarkable until he assassinates the next president of America.
The good father in the title is probably not that good but all too real.
He relocated and started a new family, and somehow ‘lost’ Daniel - and that drives him to frantic attempts to clear his son’s name regardless of the cost others around him.
As lives are changed forever, and Daniel’s execution date looms large, his father also has to face the realisation that maybe - just maybe - his - son is guilty all along.
Hawley’s writing style is under-stated, almost calm, as he flips between the stories of the father and the son, but he draws you in chapter by chapter.
And he finishes it quite beautifully.