The Dead Fathers Club


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From the Sunday Times bestselling author of How to Stop Time and The Humans

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Aug 12, 2013

Eleven-year-old faces Hamlet's dilemma

In this funny, touching, poignant mystery, 11-yr-old Philip, a working class Brit learns his father was killed in a car crash, only to be visited by ... yes, his dad's ghost and .. yes, Dad says, "It was no accident. Your uncle killed me. You must avenge my death." Poor Philip, what's he to do?
Haig wonderfully captures how a preteen boy thinks and feels. Philip loved his dad but what an assignment. The story is riveting and we enjoy Philip's resourcefulness at keeping his mission secret from both mom, uncle, his teacher. And is the ghost real at all? I'm in my 70s and loved it, but kids will, too.


Oct 6, 2007

Nice Try

I wanted to like this book because I loved Shakespeare's Hamlet. Unfortunately, it proved to be disappointing. The writing style is reminiscint of The Book Thief and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night (both of which I liked) and does a good job of describing the adult world as filtered through the eyes of a child. However, it did not hold this reader's interest. The idea of a child contemplating the murder of his uncle even at the prodding of his ghostly father was disturbing. The ending was unresolved. For these reasons I rate this book only average in spite of the media coverage.


Aug 11, 2007

Great story, much lighter than suggested in the main review above. A little hard to read because the main character thinks in run-on sentences. I've been told that this is a book for teenagers but I really get the impression that adults would understand it more.

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