PS3605.V366 G66 2007
United States of America
| 3.4/5 |
22 May 2007
José Guadalupe Posada
| Thriller, Horror fiction, Suspense|
The Little Stranger, The White Devil: A Ghost Story, The Haunting of Hill House, House of Leaves
A Good and Happy Child is a 2007 horror thriller novel by author Justin Evans and is his debut novel. The book was published on May 22, 2007 by Crown and concerns a new father's growing horror over his own childhood memories and possible brush with the supernatural. Film rights for A Good and Happy Child were to Paramount Pictures in 2012.
A Good and Happy Child Wikipedia
Thirty-year-old George Davies can’t bring himself to hold his newborn son. After months of accepting his lame excuses and strange behavior, his wife has had enough. She demands that he see a therapist, and George, desperate to save his unraveling marriage and redeem himself as a father and husband, reluctantly agrees.
As he delves into his childhood memories, he begins to recall things he hasn’t thought of in twenty years. Events, people, and strange situations come rushing back. The odd, rambling letters his father sent home before he died. The jovial mother who started dating too soon after his father’s death. A boy who appeared one night when George was lonely, then told him secrets he didn’t want to know. How no one believed this new friend was real and that he was responsible for the bad things that were happening.
Terrified by all that he has forgotten, George struggles to remember what really happened in the months following his father’s death. Were his ominous visions and erratic behavior the product of a grief-stricken child’s overactive imagination (a perfectly natural reaction to the trauma of loss, as his mother insisted)? Or were his father’s colleagues, who blamed a darker, more malevolent force, right to look to the supernatural as a means to end George’s suffering? Twenty years later, George still does not know. But when a mysterious murder is revealed, remembering the past becomes the only way George can protect himself–and his young family.
Critical reception for A Good and Happy Child has been positive. Reviewers have called the book "ambitious", frequently praising the usage of psychology in the book as an outlook for the book and as a possible way of explaining the events in the novel. The book's ambiguity over whether the possession was real or imagined was also a point of discussion for some reviewers, with the Washington Post citing it as a highlight.
A reviewer for the Charlotte Observer commented on the book's similarity to Hamlet, while Dread Central and the New York Times compared it to The Exorcist.