A Good and Happy Child

  • by Justin Evans
  • Narrated by Mark Deakins
  • 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 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 20 years. 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.
Terrified by all that he has forgotten, George struggles to remember what really happened in the months following his father's death. And when a mysterious murder is revealed, remembering the past becomes the only way George can protect himself and his young family.
A psychological thriller in the tradition of Donna Tartt's The Secret History, with shades of The Exorcist, the smart and suspenseful A Good and Happy Child leaves you questioning the things you remember and frightened of the things you've forgotten.


What the Critics Say

"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)
"This stunning novel marks the debut of a serious talent....Evans subtly evokes terror and anxiety with effective understatement. The intelligence and humanity of this thriller should help launch it onto bestseller lists." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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This might be the only book I've given 5 stars -- and i've been an Audible member for something like four years and have listened to many, many books. This one is un-put-down-able.

The story is riveting and the author is a great talent. Mr. Evans, please keep writing! Can't wait for your next work.

Mark Deakins: Hands-down the best narrator I've had the pleasure of hearing. We need more of you! In fact I'll go seek out anything else you have narrated when I finish this review.

The ending felt slightly rushed and wasn't as satisfying as I had hoped for but left me thinking long afterward. So I guess that's a good thing.

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- BarbieA1

A Bored and Unhappy Listener

There were some mildly interesting and creepy parts, even some moving bits toward the end, but not worth the long listen.
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- Jesse

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-30-2007
  • Publisher: Books on Tape