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5.0 out of 5 stars Tic Tacs for breakfast!, 25 Feb. 2012
This review is from: The Good Father (Paperback)
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I enjoyed this book from the first paragraph. It is incredibly easy to get pulled into the story and start caring for the characters. Bella is only just four years old, very cute and I immediately took to her. Her young father is clearly caring for her as well as loving her, yet he is resorting to feeding her Tictacs for breakfast! What is going on? Why are they in this desperate situation? Why is Travis (the dad) about to do something very risky, and why does he intend to leave Bella with Erin. Yet he hasn't actually asked Erin, he just puts a note in Bella's pocket. We don't even know who Erin is yet. As the reader we don't yet know much at all but I want to. I am hooked. This book is almost a thriller because you just have to know what is going to happen.
There are three main characters, Erin, Robin and Travis; who each have their own chapters to tell the story from their point of view. The book not only moves forward through each of them but also goes back in time to explain how each of them got to where they are now.
The Good Father is an easy book to read but not because it's shallow or fluffy.
Diane Chamberlain writes about people first and foremost. Her former career as a clinical social worker and therapist has clearly informed her work and gives her books a very grounded and "real" feeling.
Her books describe complicated situations and the character's responses to them in ways that are very easy to relate to.

Although Diane Chamberlain's books are currently marketed " for fans of Jodi Picoult " I personally prefer Diane mainly because I think she writes more complex characters with her trademark warmth and realism. I also enjoy the way she concludes her stories.
I think Jodi Picoult's books are very much more issue based, and the characters tend to be less rounded out. This is just my opinion. I am sure plenty of other readers will not agree. :-)

I started reading Diane's books about six months ago and have read all the ones I can find. She is an American writer who started having her work published back in the 90's so some of the books are harder to track down.
Also if you like Diane Chamberlain I would recommend Nancy Thayer and Kristin Hannah as two other US women writers that write similarly engrossing books. I wish that a UK publisher would publish more of all their work over here.
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Initial post: 16 Apr 2012 19:16:11 BDT
Thank you for a terrific review!!

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Apr 2012 22:45:39 BDT
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Posted on 16 Apr 2012 22:46:29 BDT
I agree, and I really enjoyed the book too.

Posted on 19 May 2012 20:34:52 BDT
L. Avery says:
Really well said, thank you. Couldn't agree more!

Posted on 18 Aug 2012 17:26:53 BDT
cbf says:
hi - thanks for a super review also for recommending other authors - i am always stuck for new ones

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Aug 2012 19:35:06 BDT
elsie purdon says:
Hi cbf, thanks :-)
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