4 out of 4 stars
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The battle between a mother and her daughter can be gruesome, especially when they have a clash of interest. What length can they go to get their desire? That is the premise on which House of Dads by June Gillam is written.
The book can be summarized in three words "clash of interest." Violet grew up to always take instructions from her mother, Maggie. However, her life goal was to become the CEO of her grandfather's company. It happened that neither her grandfather, father, or mother wanted that for her. After her father and twin brother died, the mantle of leadership fell on her until an appropriate male comes of age to inherit the company. Maggie was eager to do anything to make sure her daughter or any other female didn't inherit the company. Violet, on the other hand, would go to any length to seize the mantle of leadership.
The author gave us access to the thought patterns of the characters. She described what it was like to be in each character's mind and made it as real as a typical person's mind. The book was written from the different characters' points of view. That way, I could see things the way they saw it and understand their different personalities. This aspect of the book appealed to me the most.
The author's descriptions in the book are both detailed and graphic. It feels like she is carefully doing a painting, but instead of using a brush and paint, she uses words. She is truly a gifted writer, very skilled with words, and a natural at the use of figurative terms.
I loved how the author was informal in her writing. The author employed a simple writing style, and her use of contracted words also proved that the author wanted to relate to her readers on a plane they could easily understand.
The book's title suggests a mysterious and horrifying narrative. Well, the book combines investigation with a hint of horror. It is quite engaging and thrilling. And most of all, it is educational.
I love how the author ends the book. It is not conclusive; a lot of things are left unsaid and a lot of areas untouched. This suggests that the author has a plan for a continuation, and it also leaves some level of suspense in the reader's mind.
I must commend the editors for doing such a fantastic job. I found no errors in the book. Frankly, there was nothing to dislike about this book — it was exceptionally written and professionally edited. Therefore, I'd give it a four out of four stars rating. Lovers of good fiction would enjoy this book. There was also an explicit description of sexual activities. Hence, I wouldn't recommend this book to a young reading audience.
House of Dads
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