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A Good and Happy Child

by Justin Evans

A Good and Happy Child
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  • Published in USA  May 2007
    336 pages
    Genre: Novels

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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.

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"Starred Review. This stunning novel marks the debut of a serious talent. The intelligence and humanity of this thriller should help launch it onto bestseller lists. " - PW.

"This is an edgy, compelling read--more unnerving than scary--that will slide its hooks deep inside and throttle you more than a few times before it's all over." - Booklist.

"New York City strategy and business development executive Evans delivers a creepy and entertaining story full of perfectly written characters." - Library Journal.

"A haunting story of guilt, denial and the possibility of demonic possession. " - Kirkus.

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