I received this book as a gift.
A rundown of the characters:
John – the dad. He’s not a nice man and what he did to his
children, or at least tried to do, while it made for some interesting reading,
it’s not for the faint of heart.
JP – the mild-mannered oldest son. JP is full of conflict
between his dad’s beliefs and his own.
Jack – the middle child. He’s the quiet one. The one who
Julien – the third child, the one who was molded.
Sophia – the mom. Sophia has her own story to tell.
The Panel – the voices.
Cap – the neighbor. We all need someone like Cap in our
life. Cap is what I would call a beacon, of sorts, for JP.
This book is dark, probably one of the darkest I’ve ever read, and yet the bizarre family dynamics kept me turning the pages. I have to put trigger warnings on this one – there is a lot of abuse, mental illness, and quite a gruesome scene. If you are squeamish be prepared. In the end, I am left wondering what the final chapter of this family’s story will be.