The Good Father Paperback – 1 Jun 2012
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"Chamberlain puts so much grit, emotion and drama into her books that it's impossible to stop thinking about the plot." (Heat)
"Fans of Jodi Picoult's style will love how Diane Chamberlain writes." (Candis)
'A marvellously gifted author. Every book is a gem.' (Literary Times)
'Emotional, complex and laced with suspense, this fascinating story is a brilliant read' (Closer)
'An excellent read' --(The Sun)
Essential reading for Jodi Picoult fans ' --(Daily Mail)
Fabulous stuff' --(Cosmopolitan)
About the Author
Diane Chamberlain is the bestselling author of twenty novels, including The Midwife's Confession and The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes. Diane lives in North Carolina and is currently at work on her next novel. Visit her Web site at www.dianechamberlain.com and her blog at www.dianechamberlain.com/blog and her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Diane.Chamberlain.Readers.Page.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
At first there are a lot of characters to get to know and the reader is not quite sure how all the pieces in this puzzle of a story fit together. However this becomes more and more intriguing the more you read, as you begin to see where the story is heading and you wonder what choices the characters will make. I thoroughly recommend this book as I was hooked throughout all the way to the dramatic and satisfying conclusion and I will continue to read any books by this author.
As this novel begins, we meet Travis Brown and his little daughter Bella. Travis has had a run of bad luck, losing his regular work in construction and also losing his home. It leaves him in desperate need of a new job, but despite his searches, there is little available, and as a result, he ultimately takes on a role against his better judgement, simply because he sees no other way out, and it will mean he can earn enough money to try and make a difference to their lives. Travis is in his early twenties and raising his little girl alone, without her mother Robin. He is the most prominent good father of the novel's title, and he cherishes Bella; everything he does is driven by his love for her and his need to care for her and bring her up well. When he meets Erin, a kind lady who he deems trustworthy and who takes an instant liking to Bella as they meet each morning in the coffee shop, he decides to trust her with the most precious thing he has.
I really liked the structure of this novel. Three narrators, Travis, Robin and Erin, and the author alternates between them to give us three different views of events. The starting point is a glimpse into the future, and it was interesting to then be taken back into the past, knowing that this scene was coming up, and seeing it from different viewpoints. Gradually, the past is revealed and we find out about Erin's own huge private tragedy, we discover the romance that Travis and Robin shared when they were younger, and we learn how and why Robin couldn't keep her own daughter or be involved in her upbringing.Read more ›
However, i have to say that i was disappointed by this book. I didn't ever empathise with the main character, the 'good father'- i thought that he was irresponsible, and his actions could have been disasterous. I never really got to understand him, and thought that he never really seemed like a real character to me.
I liked the storyline, and i did like the character of Erin, although i found her sudden change of heart later in the story strange and not really true to character. I liked her story though.
There were also just too many co-incidences within the story that just didn't flow right or make sense to me.
I didn't dislike this book, but i would not read it again. I hope Diane Chamberlain's next novel is more like her past books again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Totally loved this book. Although I could have cried at ever written word. Travis and bella completely got under my skin. Would definitely recommend.Published 1 month ago by Michelle
I'm a huge Diane Chamberlain fan and this didn't disappoint. It was tense, thought provoking and brilliantly written as always.Published 1 month ago by Tammy Watt
I'm working my way through all of Diane Chamberlain's books - great story, believable characters, I was hooked from the start!Published 1 month ago by Margaret Borland
Firstly, I'm a huge fan of Diane Chamberlain and have read most of her books but this is a poor effort in comparison to her other novels. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mrs Y M McGregor