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Anna Kerrigan, nearly 12 years old, accompanies her father to the house of a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family....
Since We Fell follows Rachel Childs, a former journalist who, after an on-air mental breakdown, now lives as a virtual shut-in....
In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son's red coat was fished out of the River Ouse....
Paul Reeves is a successful immigration lawyer, but his passion is collecting old maps of New York, tangible records of the city's rich history in an increasingly digital world....
Agatha is pregnant and works part time stocking shelves at a grocery store in a ritzy London suburb, counting down the days until her baby is due....
Private investigator Liam Taggart returns to his childhood home for an uncle's funeral, only to discover that his death might not have been natural....
How far would you go to protect your family? Single dad Ben is doing his best to raise his children, with the help of his devoted mother, Judi. And then Ben meets Amber....
Ten years ago college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie-scale massacre....
From New York Times best-selling author Michael Connelly, a new thriller introducing a driven young detective trying to prove herself in the LAPD....
A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first....
When a young reporter is found dead and a prominent Philadelphia businessman is accused of her murder, Mick McFarland finds himself involved in the case of his life....
A riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives....
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With unmatched suspense and emotional insight, Harlan Coben explores the big secrets and little lies that can destroy a relationship, a family, and even a town....
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The Good Father is an intense, psychological novel about one doctor's suspense-filled quest to unlock the mind of a suspected political assassin: his 20-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.
Keeps you thinking and wanting more
Well read and well presented
Stayed in the car several times to steal a few more minutes
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Spent too much time reviewing other assassinations in history..started out compelling but eventually lost steam through the middle but the ending was satisfactory. Narrator was very good.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Noah Hawley examines the emotional trauma that twists the lives of family and friends when the unimaginable, if not the impossible, becomes reality. How does a father and mother retain their balance when their child’s face flashes on the screen in a breaking news report as the primary suspect of a possible terrorist attack on a presidential candidate.
Hawley develops his story with sensitivity and compassion within the larger reality of the civil and moral society in which we must live. In addition to the emotional journey which explores the questions of Could he? Did he? and WHY?, political assassinations in the modern world are reviewed.
For parents, the inevitable question becomes a dark shadow. What did I do wrong as a parent? Is this my fault. The author’s development of the process of examining the determined clinging to denial keeps the reader in suspense. There is a hint at another question to be pondered. When does the parent’s continued pursuit of grasping at straws in the name of saving my child become finding a way to exonerate the parent. The book has suspense and tragedy and raises questions of morality in families, politics and society.
7 of 9 people found this review helpful
Too much time spent on previous assassin/attempted assassins. I wasn't looking for a history lesson. A bit of a disappointment.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
I loved "Before the Fall" but this book fell short
Not horrible...and good narrator....but just didn't hold my interest
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Would you try another book from Noah Hawley and/or the narrators?
This is my first time reading Noah Hawley....I might give him another try...maybe....probably not.
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
Disappointed with the last half of the novel - the plot line completely slowed, almost to a stop, and became the narrator's psychological self-examination and ruminations, which were even repetitive down to the same sentence within a few paragraphs at times.
What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?
The performance was average. Perhaps somewhat emotionally distant, which did not help with the plot line either.
Was The Good Father worth the listening time?
I've listened to over 200 audiobooks and this was one of maybe 3 that I've ever considered not finishing.
Any additional comments?
Disappointing. The novel starts off with great storyline premise but gets lost in the father's self psycho-analysis half way through.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful
If you could sum up The Good Father in three words, what would they be?
Almost Really Good
Who was your favorite character and why?
The father and his transition from unbeliever to acknowledgment was really done well, as any of us with children can relate.
What about the narrators’s performance did you like?
The narrator did a good job of being objective in his performance, and keeping an even keel as the story developed.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Any additional comments?
I listened to this book days after the Aurora, CO theatre shootings. Also, I am from Tucson, AZ, where the Gabby Giffords shooting occurred (contrary to the book naming Phoenix as the place of the shooting), so this type of story was especially personal. In addition to the Phoenix error, there were other blatenly incorrect statements (such as the statement that Montana had no speed limits ((they were put in place in 1999)) that I would have thought any first-year editor would have caught and corrected. These types of errors were jarring, and although I liked the book overall, they diminished my enjoyment of it.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
I kept going back to see if I'd missed something because this book seemed to jump all over and too often I felt like the current storyline hadn't quite finished before Hawley parachuted into another. Maybe it is a guy-thing to not notice you aren't parenting but it seemed a cliche to finally notice, "oh, gosh, I was busy and I didn't really act as a parent." There were some really good moments but also some that just didn't ring true at all. Characters not well developed - kind of one-dimensional in most cases.
Liked the cast and fell it was read really well.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
Loved this book start to finish. Seldom have I listened to a book that captures what it's like to be a parent -- what it's like to fail as a parent -- as much as this book.
What I like most about Noah Hawley is how he imbues his characters with their own unique and complex humanity. Their actions do not seem to simply be plot devices as they could, but rather intricate aspects of their personalities. There is more vulgarity than I am comfortable with and the frat house chaos was graphic and seemed more descriptive than necessary. I loved the way that the assassination histories were woven in as "case files". I think they added a richness to the characters.
This could have easily been a book about gun laws, full of anti-firearm sentiments, but I felt as though guns were only a piece in the puzzle of frayed souls of the men and women that took them up with the intent to harm. I left this book feeling a catharsis and a healthy burden to love those around me and express deep gratitude for the resilience of the human spirit and rich power of connection.