This book is about a very frightening topic as a parent - the narrator's son is accused of murder. I spent the whole book hoping the kid would be exonerated. The problem with this novel is the mom isn't totally believable. When it comes out that the 14 year old son has a history of violence, can't empathize and steals, the dad minimizes it and says the kid is normal. This is believable. The dad is in denial and won't discipline his son. He's an ineffective dad, but believable. The mom on the other hand, sees the same behaviors, gets no support from the husband and throws up her hands. When she says he steals she says, what can you do? You can't cut his hands off. If this were a real mom who's verbal as this character is, she'd make sure the family went to therapy. The kid is portrayed as beyond help, and the only solution is for the mom to kill him as a loving act. This is horrible. The family never did anything to try to help the kid, and the message is that it's okay to give up and kill some kids. I sure hope the author doesn't have any kids - he may be dangerous.
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