Today I am reviewing on its publication day The Good Son by Jacquelyn Mitchard, published by Harlequin Australia.
What do you do when the person you love best becomes unrecognisable to you? For Thea, the answer is simple and agonising: you keep loving him somehow.
Stefan was just seventeen when he went to prison for the murder of his girlfriend, Belinda, a crime he has no memory of committing. Three years later, he’s released to a world that refuses to let him move on. Belinda’s mother, once Thea’s good friend, galvanises the community to rally against him. Neighbours, employers, even some members of Thea’s own family turn away.
Meanwhile Thea struggles to understand her only son and begins to suspect darker forces are at play. If there is so much she never knew about Stefan, what other hidden secrets has she yet to uncover especially the shocking truth about the night Belinda died?
“I was picking up my son up at the prison gates when I spotted the mother of the girl he had murdered”
A drug induced haze, ended in tragedy when then 17 year old Stefan murdered his girlfriend Belinda. After serving a three year sentence, Stefan is released, but still held prisoner within the community. Still grieving and with no memory of committing the crime, all Stefan can do is accept that he was responsible for her death and try to move on, but when his mother Thea starts receiving anonymous calls from a woman stating she was there and knows what really happened that night, she sets out to prove her sons innocence.
Beautifully written, The Good Son is a poignant, complex and compelling tale of family, redemption and a mother’s love. Told through Thea’s eyes, the story is multi-layered and while there are times that is moves at a slightly slower pace, its outcome more than makes up for this. A very thought provoking tale that is well worth reading.
Thank you to Jacquelyn Mitchard, Harlequin Australia and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Good Son, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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Let’s Get to Know Jacquelyn Mitchard
Jacquelyn Mitchard is a journalist and award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of twelve novels for adults, seven novels for teenagers, and five children’s books.
These include The Deep End of the Ocean, the inaugural selection of the Oprah Winfrey Book Club, as well as two non-fiction books, including Mother Less Child: The Love Story of a Family.
She is also a professor of creative writing whose short stories, articles, essays and book reviews have been widely published. A native of Chicago, she now lives on Cape Cod with her family.