4.5 out of ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
US Publication – January 14, 2020
A dark and gripping novel of psychological suspense about a family man driven to unspeakable acts, in the vein of The Perfect Nanny and We Need to Talk About Kevin.
Thomas Martin was a devoted family man who had all the trappings of an enviable life: a beautiful wife and daughter, a well-appointed home on Long Island’s north shore, a job at a prestigious Manhattan advertising firm. He was also a devoted son and brother, shielding the women in his orbit from the everyday brutalities of the world.
But what happens when Thomas’s fragile ego is rocked? After committing a horrific deed — that he can never undo — Thomas grapples with his sense of self. Sometimes he casts himself as a victim and, at other times, a monster. All he ever did was try to be a good man, but maybe if he tells his version of the story, he might uncover how and why things unraveled so horribly.
Good Man is told from the perspective of Thomas Martin. He is by all outward appearances, a good man who works diligently to provide his family with everything they need. He is a husband, father, son, and brother, who has a solid career and a nice house on Long Island. Why then is he telling a story about what went wrong in his perfect life? Is Thomas a reliable narrator, or is his version of the truth flawed?
Seeing everything that happened through his eyes, provides a unique window into the tragedy about to unfold. It is almost impossible to say much more without entering spoiler territory, but I will say that when I read the final page, I was simply stunned. I can’t say that I ever empathized with Thomas, but I found his descent into darkness compelling, like a train wreck that you just can’t take your eyes off. I could not put A Good Man down until I knew how it would end. A dark, twisted, tragic tale of a man and the havoc he creates.
I know that this book won’t be for everyone, but for fans of psychological suspense, this one would be hard to beat.
I received a DRC from Penguin Books through Edelweiss +.