The Good Father by Noah Hawley | Book Review


I was reading The Good Father by Noah Hawley in conjunction of Father’s Day.
Q : Do you have any titles about a father?

“I was a man who wanted nothing more than to make amends, to fix what he had broken, and to learn to live with the things that are beyond repair”.

– Paul Allen

My Review

💭20% in, it was gripping, another 60% is boring, and the last 20% is a page turner.

💭I was waiting for some kind of explainations, why Danny did that horrible thing, when he would even cry when asked to kill a fly when he was a kid, but realised, that I don’t need any. Because that’s just how it works. As parents, we can learn and applied all the how-to’s when it comes to parenting, but at the end, our kids would grow to become themselves, as an individual with choices in life, good or bad, the outcome, are entirely their own to face.

💭Noah Hawley’s writing is flawless. I like it. But this particular story just not for me. In my opinion, those backstories about other assassins are unnecessary to be included. I was hoping to read about Danny more in depth. I wanted to know more of his story. Its just dissapointing.

💭But still, I would recommend this for parents especially, to give it a try, because one thing could be learn for sure, is acceptance and self-blaming.


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.

Published by biblio_mom

I am a bibliophile and a mom. Reading has been the biggest passion in my life and I would love to share my reads and my thoughts with all of you :)

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