Read The Good Father Online Free - An intense, psychological novel about one doctor's suspense-filled quest to unlock the mind of a suspected political assassin: his twenty-year old son.
As the Chief of Rheumatology at Columbia Presbyterian, Dr. Paul Allen's specialty is diagnosing patients with conflicting symptoms, patients other doctors have given up on. He lives a contented life in Westport with his second wife and their twin sons—hard won after a failed marriage earlier in his career that produced a son named Daniel. In the harrowing opening scene of this provocative and affecting novel, Dr. Allen is home with his family when a televised news report announces that the Democratic candidate for president has been shot at a rally, and Daniel is caught on video as the assassin.
Daniel Allen has always been a good kid—a decent student, popular—but, as a child of divorce, used to shuttling back and forth between parents, he is also something of a drifter. Which may be why, at the age of nineteen, he quietly drops out of Vassar and begins an aimless journey across the United States, during which he sheds his former skin and eventually even changes his name to Carter Allen Cash.
Told alternately from the point of view of the guilt-ridden, determined father and his meandering, ruminative son, The Good Father is a powerfully emotional page-turner that keeps one guessing until the very end. This is an absorbing and honest novel about the responsibilities—and limitations—of being a parent and our capacity to provide our children with unconditional love in the face of an unthinkable situation.
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December 09, 2016
This is not a pleasant book at all, and I loved it. The story is both poignant and fascinating, but if you happen to be a divorced father, it may hurt a bit to read this. If your own dad is out of the picture, as mine was growing up, a sense of discomfort may find you too.
Then again, this novel...
June 27, 2012
a respected rheumatologist paul allen experiences the shock of a lifetime one evening when he sees a news bulletin: someone has assassinated popular senator jay seagram at a political rally, & it looks like his disaffected son daniel is the assassin. paul can't believe that his son would kill...
March 30, 2012
Book Review (ARC)
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 supe...
April 18, 2012
“The Good Father” by Noah Hawley is one of those books that I’ve been trying to find for a while. First off, the story itself is brilliant and the main character, Dr. Paul Allen completely sneaks up on you. The author is able to make this main character so quiet and so unassuming that it is able...
July 17, 2012
This is the kind of book that I will keep thinking about for a long time. It was a great read. Part suspense, part history, part family trauma...all around fantastic. From the very beginning of the story, the plot pulls you in and I found it hard to put down. I could sympathize with the character...
December 04, 2011
Whenever I hear a story of senseless killing, my first thought is always for the victims. But the thought that follows close behind is a thought about the parents. Not just the parent of the victims but also the parent of the killer especially if it’s a young person. I always wonder how I would r...
June 29, 2013
This is not the type of book I generally read. I love character-driven books with poetic, lyrical language, quiet dramas that take place in the silent space between people. This book is almost a whodunit... and appeared at first to have nothing in common with the books I generally love. But it ca...
March 06, 2013
This is a 5-star read.
Well researched and constructed - fast-paced and never, never sentimental.
Reads like a TV thriller but treats the subject with respect.
February 15, 2012
The blurbage suggested that this was going to be like We Need to Talk About Kevin or Nineteen Minutes: how does a family cope when a child has done the unthinkable? And to some extent the plot does live up to that premise. Dr. Paul Allen's life is turned upside down when his son Daniel kills Sena...
May 01, 2014
A canny psychological thriller, a cut above average in terms of both writing and content. Hawley has, in a sense, written the father’s version of We Need to Talk About Kevin. Our narrator here is Dr. Paul Allen, a rheumatologist who fancies himself a bit of a Dr. House, putting together clues to...