The Golden Child by Claire Adam - Blog Tour
Father Malachy folded his arms, leaned them on the table; Clyde felt his heart thudding in the silence before the priest spoke. “Look here”, he said. “Look here. I don’t think you understand the kind of child you have on your hands.”
The Golden Child by Claire Adam is the second release through Sarah Jessica Parker’s imprint with Hogarth, and once again the reader is presented with a novel that leaves you an emotional wreck when you turn the last page. This time, the reader is transported to Trinidad to follow the story of twin brothers, Peter and Paul. Peter excels in academics - so much so that it is obvious to his parents and his school that he will be able to leave his town and pursue a college degree in America upon graduation. Paul experienced a traumatic birth and was claimed to be mentally retarded mere minutes after he came in to the world. This observation seals Paul’s fate. No one ever deviates from it, no one ever challenges it. It is accepted as truth and his whole life is framed around it. In actuality, Paul just struggles with learning disabilities and processes things differently, but everyone around him fails to see this.
Things come to a head shortly after their home is broken in to by a gang, and though I got the sense of what was going to happen very early on, I hoped that I was wrong and the story would take a turn in a different direction. Paul’s father, Clyde, is a character I will never forget. His lack of remorse, his complete unfeeling when it came down to the decisions he made regarding his sons was just appalling to me. He claimed all through out the book that he did the things that he did so that his family would have a better life. But the truth of the matter was, he did the things that he did so Peter would have a better life. I was so angry when I finished this book, I messaged my friend Megan to vent about it. Golden Child is definitely a story that will provoke very strong feelings from those who read it. But to me, this one lacked the depth and the heart that I loved so much from the imprint’s first book, A Place For Us. Many thanks to TLC Book Tours and Hogarth Publishing for providing a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. 3.5 stars.