'Brilliant . . . I couldn't stop reading' Jo Spain
'Exceptional . . . Deeply chilling' Jane Casey
Des is a good husband, a good father - a good man.
He encourages his wife's artistic endeavours, reads bedtime stories to his children every night, and holds down a well-paid, if unfulfilling, job.
But appearances can be deceptive. Lately, his wife seems to be forgetting that her art is for his eyes only. And rumours at work are threatening his reputation as a devoted family man. And he can't help but feel that his kids don't seem to need him as much as they once did.
Des is afraid.
Afraid of the world encroaching on his home.
Afraid of past mistakes catching up on him.
So afraid of losing control over his family that he is contemplating the unthinkable.
A Good Father is a dark and gripping psychological suspense novel that will take you into the twisted mind of a man on the edge.
'This intricately made novel marks the debut of a writer from whom, and of whom, we shall be hearing much in coming times' John Banville
'Captivating . . . Readers will come for the premise and stay for its clever unpacking' Irish Times
'A devastating new voice in Irish fiction . . . Magnificent' Joe Duffy
'A great read, it's gripping, at times disturbing' Miriam O'Callaghan, RTÉ Radio 1
Exceptional ... Deeply chilling, it paints a dark but compelling picture of a family existing in the shadow of fear
An exceptional portrayal of domestic violence and psychopathy ... A brilliant, courageous novel ... I couldn't stop reading
Powerful, assured and a devastating new voice in Irish fiction ... Magnificent
This intricately made novel marks the debut of a writer from whom, and of whom, we shall be hearing much in coming times
Captivating . . . Readers will come for the premise and stay for its clever unpacking. What makes an ordinary man kill his family? In this multifaceted story, we come close to comprehending the incomprehensible
A marvellous book, sharp and chilling, compelling and frightening. I gulped it down in hours . . . I have never read anything like it
A great read, it's gripping, at times disturbing
Psychologists always identify the cowardice of such men, who would hurt the ones who love and depend on them the most. Talbot absolutely nails this element, deftly unpicking the psychology of this damaged father