A Good Man
‘Our lives were good – great, even. We were happy and secure. We had everything we needed. There was no way for anyone to know – least of all me – that it would all end the way it did.’ Thomas Martin is everything a man is supposed to be. He has a beautiful wife and a loving daughter, a good house on Long Island, a flourishing career at a prestigious Manhattan advertising firm. He’s a good son and brother, taking it upon himself to support his ailing mother and adult sisters. He knows it’s his God-given duty to shield them, his girls, from the everyday horrors of the world.But he has failed, and unspeakable tragedy has befallen his family.Now, Thomas struggles to come to terms with what has become of his life. If only he can tell the story as he saw it, he believes he might find out how and why things unravelled so horribly; how he failed so disastrously.Because Thomas Martin is a good man.A Good Man is a dark and gripping novel of psychological suspense about a family man, in the wake of an horrifying, trying to work out where he went wrong. It is the debut of a bold and brilliant new talent.

A Good Man Details

TitleA Good Man
Author
ReleaseJan 16th, 2020
PublisherWilliam Heinemann
ISBN-139781785152221
Rating
GenreFiction, Mystery, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

A Good Man Review

  • Liz Barnsley
    January 1, 1970
    I started “A Good Man” thinking I’ll read a couple of chapters, get a feel for the story, then suddenly, almost without blinking it seemed, I finished it. I fell into Thomas Martin’s story and followed it with an ever growing sense of unease, that off kilter sense that tells you it’s going to hurt. Indeed I think the very last sentence of this novel will haunt me for the foreseeable future, I had tears in my eyes as I read it.The intelligence of this book comes in its nuances, in a lot of ways I started “A Good Man” thinking I’ll read a couple of chapters, get a feel for the story, then suddenly, almost without blinking it seemed, I finished it. I fell into Thomas Martin’s story and followed it with an ever growing sense of unease, that off kilter sense that tells you it’s going to hurt. Indeed I think the very last sentence of this novel will haunt me for the foreseeable future, I had tears in my eyes as I read it.The intelligence of this book comes in its nuances, in a lot of ways it is an interpretive story. You’ll bring your own experiences and influences to the narrative, we hear solely from main protagonist Thomas and you’ll hear in your own way…An idyllic life, a happy marriage, a beautiful daughter. Escaping the trauma of his youth, Thomas is determined “his girls” will always be protected. To that end he works hard, provides well, loves completely. None the less tragedy will strike, but where oh where could it all have gone so wrong…This was beautifully done, involving and addictive, a poetic flow to the prose that just drags you along in its wake – nothing is given a wider explanation you simply have to be in the moment. How far Thomas may be truthful or deceptive, whether to himself or to the reader, is all in the eyes of the beholder. You get a real feel for the lives being lived on the page but you can never really know all the players given the narrow view through a glass darkly.Extremely disturbing but equally extraordinarily fascinating, this is far and away one of the best psychological character drama’s I’ve read in a long time.I won’t forget Thomas that’s for sure. Neither will you.Highly Recommended.
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  • Emily B
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to netgalley, the author and the publishers for an advanced copy of this book.I read this in about two sittings which shows I found it pretty fluid and easy to read. It was an interesting character study particularly as I do enjoy an unreliable narrator. I think as a narrator Thomas could have looked slightly deeper into his past, his actions and feelings and how all these things combined to lead to the horrifying conclusion. However I guess that this is exactly what the intended Thank you to netgalley, the author and the publishers for an advanced copy of this book.I read this in about two sittings which shows I found it pretty fluid and easy to read. It was an interesting character study particularly as I do enjoy an unreliable narrator. I think as a narrator Thomas could have looked slightly deeper into his past, his actions and feelings and how all these things combined to lead to the horrifying conclusion. However I guess that this is exactly what the intended readers role is. Reading definitely left me intrigued to know what happened after the event that the book revolves around.
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  • Kathleen
    January 1, 1970
    A profoundly disturbing and deeply unsettling story of a man struggling to reconcile himself with the horrifying act he has committed. Katz deftly embodies her narrator, giving voice to his self-serving recreation of the past and presenting him as he sees himself: a provider, a protector, a patriarch. Richly drawn and laced through with dread, this bold novel is an unflinching examination of what it means to be a man, and how easily a man can become a monster.
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  • Alyssia Cooke
    January 1, 1970
    Warning: If you plan to read/watch Twilight steer clear. Full explanation below, but it's worth noting that the author has been uncouth enough to write in full spoilers for another author's series here.Otherwise. Eh, good but not superb. A Good Man is a tale told from an undeniably unreliable narrator; Thomas thinks he is a good man and told from his perspective, there is much to back this up. Except there are some inconsistencies which even he can't cover up from his own mind. Looking back on Warning: If you plan to read/watch Twilight steer clear. Full explanation below, but it's worth noting that the author has been uncouth enough to write in full spoilers for another author's series here.Otherwise. Eh, good but not superb. A Good Man is a tale told from an undeniably unreliable narrator; Thomas thinks he is a good man and told from his perspective, there is much to back this up. Except there are some inconsistencies which even he can't cover up from his own mind. Looking back on this, it's actually quite cleverly revealed in snippets and snatches that you don't necessarily think all too much of at the time but when you come to review it as a whole, they all add up to something a little more sinister, a whole lot darker.Katz does quite well with slowly building up a sense of tension and underlying sense of foreboding. Everything seems relatively normal if you take out some of the distinctly dysfunctional family relationships, but there is a gnawing edge that hints at something unseen lurking behind the surface. Some of Thomas' behaviour sets off alarm bells very early on, even with the distorted narrative view on things and you can't help but feel uncomfortable. However, it is difficult to tell exactly how honest Thomas is being, even to himself. When I started reading I took it all at face value, but it doesn't take too long to realise that you won't get the whole story that way.My main complaint with the novel I suppose it that for the vast majority of the narrative it is all too ordinary. It seems as though you are trundling along an ordinary life and the hints that something isn't quite right could be easily missed. Whilst some of the characters are portrayed well, much of the background and details of the relationships is left up to your own imagination which results in a lot of loose ends hanging. Because of the slow, meandering pace the ending therefore seems unbelievably sudden and whilst you can see some of the build up leading to it, there is still a direct sense of unfinished business. I think with a little more depth to the foreshadowing, this would have managed to maintain a really ominous tone that would have served it well. As it stands, I was happy enough reading it, but never felt truly hooked.I would also add that the spoilers given for an entirely different series very early in this novel are just poor play on the authors and publishers part. It is almost worth taking an additional star off. It is enough to say that if you haven't read or seen the Twilight franchise and have any plans to, stay well clear of this. Contemporary references in a novel are fine; disclosing a huge plot point of another authors novel is really bad taste, even when I have no interest in reading the series in question. Other readers might and you would think an author might have enough sensibilities to refrain from such cheap ploys. And I changed my mind.The more I think on this, the more undeserving it seems and a star has been duly knocked off.Many thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC copy of this novel.
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  • Hazel
    January 1, 1970
    My thanks to NetGalley and publisher Random House UK, Cornerstone, for the ARC.This is a story of a Good Man - Martin - he adores his wife Miriam and their daughter. He has a good job in Manhattan at an advertising firm; consistently promoted and able to provide for his family - private school for his daughter and continuing provision for his two sisters and ailing mother. He does what is right - he has responsibilities.That's the face of it - underneath there are currents of concern, discontent My thanks to NetGalley and publisher Random House UK, Cornerstone, for the ARC.This is a story of a Good Man - Martin - he adores his wife Miriam and their daughter. He has a good job in Manhattan at an advertising firm; consistently promoted and able to provide for his family - private school for his daughter and continuing provision for his two sisters and ailing mother. He does what is right - he has responsibilities.That's the face of it - underneath there are currents of concern, discontent and psychosis, which gradually surface into an horrific conclusion.His ostentatious childhood home where his 2 sisters, now in their twenties act like nymphs with complete disregard to 'normality'; his mother who long-ago determined that her daughters could be 'free-spirits'; the memory of a dead older Sister Evie; the subject of abuse and degradation by his father. But, he's a good man - he financially supports his sisters and mother as well as his adored family.But something has to give. And it does.Martin tries to tell his own story throughout the book. It's loving, adoring, sad and confusing at times. It seems his recollection of memories may differ from everyone else's.Then, everything starts to disintegrate. He's done his best - he's been the provider, a good husband, a good father, then how did it all end this way?OK, this is an intriguing read but you do have to have quite a mental work-out to understand what's going on.
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  • Tara O'sullivan
    January 1, 1970
    This is very well written, with some of the best character description I've come across in a long time. The author has a great economy of style, able to use just a few words to paint a vivid picture. The book is told from the point of view of Thomas, who is determined to be a good man - a good husband, a good father, a good brother and a good son, as well as a good employee. He considers it his duty to take care of all the women in his life, often calling them 'my girls'. But as the story This is very well written, with some of the best character description I've come across in a long time. The author has a great economy of style, able to use just a few words to paint a vivid picture. The book is told from the point of view of Thomas, who is determined to be a good man - a good husband, a good father, a good brother and a good son, as well as a good employee. He considers it his duty to take care of all the women in his life, often calling them 'my girls'. But as the story progresses, we see that Thomas's hold on his life is not as firm as he would like to believe, and the book becomes about control, power and ownership. Something that really struck me was that, as Thomas's situation and state of mind unravel, he stops calling the women in his life by their names in his narrative - they become 'my wife', 'my daughter'. A subtle but effective change, constantly reframing them not as people in their own right, but possessions. The book picks up speed and rattles towards a devastating conclusion, making it a very pacey read.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Wonderful writing. Great story. I found the characters really relatable and became emotionally invested in their journey very quickly. Crazy ending. Totally taken aback! Great book from beginning to end. 100% recommend.
  • Oliver Clarke
    January 1, 1970
    Review coming soon on Sci Fi and Scary
  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    I read this in one sitting without really meaning too. The writing style is lovely, the story is captivating and I could really picture every scene just from the writing and descriptions. A man makes a terrible decision that we spend the whole book waiting to uncover. I hadn't guessed the ending.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Perhaps if you’ve never read ‘Gone Girl’, nor any other of the many unreliably narrated psychological novels that have flooded the market over the past few years, you might remain gripped by ‘A Good Man’. It is well written and the detail that makes a story come to life – descriptions of place, individual mannerisms, back stories etc. - are all there. However, it’s pretty clear from the outset that, Thomas, the devoted husband/father/brother/son has a way of presenting the truth that’s anything Perhaps if you’ve never read ‘Gone Girl’, nor any other of the many unreliably narrated psychological novels that have flooded the market over the past few years, you might remain gripped by ‘A Good Man’. It is well written and the detail that makes a story come to life – descriptions of place, individual mannerisms, back stories etc. - are all there. However, it’s pretty clear from the outset that, Thomas, the devoted husband/father/brother/son has a way of presenting the truth that’s anything but truthful. We are even told in the first chapter, ‘That’s what I did for a living. I spun stories, made things like death seem clean and manageable – attractive even.’ Surely the whole point of using an unreliable narrator is to keep the reader wondering just how much they can believe of any interpretation of events, and why he or she sees the world in that way.It’s pretty clear on both accounts that Thomas, the great protector of his ‘girls’ – another clue about his controlling nature – is not to be trusted and is also badly damaged. I enjoyed the portrayal of his dilapidated childhood home, lived in now by his eccentric twin sisters and fragile mother, and more could have been made of their interactions. We are given very little about his relationship with his wife, Miriam, other than that he coercively controls her from the outset; his penchant for violent sex, for example, and the fact that he uses her trust fund to buy a home that she’s not keen on flag this early on. In general, what could have been really interesting is underdeveloped.Thus, the end of the novel, presumably meant to mimic one of the extravagant conclusions so typical of his beloved Germanic operas, is not only inevitable but also lacking in emotional punch. My thanks to NetGalley and William Heinemann for a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review.
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  • George1st
    January 1, 1970
    France's Patrick Modiano is one of my favourite authors and in much of his work he explores the vagueness of incomplete memory when trying to determine the actuality and significance of events. Can you trust a narrative when it may be incomplete and less than truthful? Modiano came to mind after reading this wonderfully disturbing, haunting and gripping novel that sees a man giving his account of his life up to now while struggling to make sense and ultimately justify his actions. The more we France's Patrick Modiano is one of my favourite authors and in much of his work he explores the vagueness of incomplete memory when trying to determine the actuality and significance of events. Can you trust a narrative when it may be incomplete and less than truthful? Modiano came to mind after reading this wonderfully disturbing, haunting and gripping novel that sees a man giving his account of his life up to now while struggling to make sense and ultimately justify his actions. The more we read of his story the more a sense of foreboding and dread overtakes the reader. We know all will not end well. Thomas Martin is "The Good Man" of the title. He sees himself as such. After being brought up in a dysfunctional family with a drunken and abusive father he now financially supports his frail mother and eccentric adult sisters. He also has a beautiful wife and a loving daughter, a well paid career in advertising and a fine house on Long Island. Thomas Martin is a" Good Man" but how much of his narrative can be trusted and what psychological damage has been caused by his childhood and the subsequent suicide of his sister? We find out for example that his rather charming account of how he first met his future wife is later contradicted by her own version, the same contradiction goes for events concerning a work colleague. I personally really liked this book and managed to read it more or less in one sitting but it may not appeal to all. If you are looking for something a bit different then this is certainly worth a try.
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  • Barbara Rohde
    January 1, 1970
    Thomas meets Miriam and they are blissfully in love. Eventually, Thomas takes Miriam to meet his family but only after Thomas has insisted his mother and 20 year old twin sisters avoid mentioning their past. Thomas thinks of himself as a good man, a loving and responsible father, son and husband who works for an advertising agency climbing the ladder and providing for his family. And it's easy to go along with his view of himself and gloss over the subtle instances that demonstrate the Thomas meets Miriam and they are blissfully in love. Eventually, Thomas takes Miriam to meet his family but only after Thomas has insisted his mother and 20 year old twin sisters avoid mentioning their past. Thomas thinks of himself as a good man, a loving and responsible father, son and husband who works for an advertising agency climbing the ladder and providing for his family. And it's easy to go along with his view of himself and gloss over the subtle instances that demonstrate the unreliability of his perspective. His mother and sisters are weird, living in this strange bubble where his sisters were home schooled in a haphazard way leaving them without skills or a sense of independence and keeping them in a childlike state despite being young adults. Originally Thomas had a sister Evie, close in age to him, who died shortly after she left home. And initially the reader may think this is the cause of Thomas's strange family. But as the novel progresses, further expositions show that Thomas's view of the world is not quite right. Then Thomas's life really starts to unravel in a very dramatic way. He struggles to keep his image as a good man and provider eventually culminating in shocking climax.This was a great read especially in the way Katz used subtlety to lure the reader into a false sense of security regarding Thomas's character. A true psychological thriller that successfully fulfils the brief.
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  • Sid Nuncius
    January 1, 1970
    I’m afraid I struggled with A Good Man. It’s a bold idea and Ani Katz certainly writes well, but I got very bogged down in a slow, oppressive narrative.The book is narrated in the first person by Thomas, a man with an apparently idyllic family life with his wife and daughter and a successful career. We can tell that something dreadful is looming, but it takes a very long time indeed for anything approaching an event to occur. Thomas’s narration is plainly unreliable – and very well done, to be I’m afraid I struggled with A Good Man. It’s a bold idea and Ani Katz certainly writes well, but I got very bogged down in a slow, oppressive narrative.The book is narrated in the first person by Thomas, a man with an apparently idyllic family life with his wife and daughter and a successful career. We can tell that something dreadful is looming, but it takes a very long time indeed for anything approaching an event to occur. Thomas’s narration is plainly unreliable – and very well done, to be fair – and through his eyes and interpretation we get a lot of history of his marriage and of his rather creepily dysfunctional mother and sisters as he becomes increasingly disturbed by things in his life. The trouble is that for me it just went on and on being oppressive and foreboding with little to really draw me in and, frankly, I found it a real struggle after a while. As a result, I’m not sure I really learned much about what Katz is really trying to tell us.I applaud the book’s ambition, I think Ani Katz is a good writer and others have plainly derived far more from A Good Man than I did, but personally I couldn’t really get on with it.(My thanks to Random House for an ARC via NetGalley.)
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  • Renee
    January 1, 1970
    A Good Man is told from the perspective of Thomas Martin. He is by all outward appearances, a good man who works diligently to provide his family with everything they need. He is a husband, father, son, and brother, who has a solid career and a nice house on Long Island. Why then is he telling a story about what went wrong in his perfect life? Is Thomas a reliable narrator, or is his version of the truth flawed?Seeing everything that happened through his eyes, provides a unique window into the A Good Man is told from the perspective of Thomas Martin. He is by all outward appearances, a good man who works diligently to provide his family with everything they need. He is a husband, father, son, and brother, who has a solid career and a nice house on Long Island. Why then is he telling a story about what went wrong in his perfect life? Is Thomas a reliable narrator, or is his version of the truth flawed?Seeing everything that happened through his eyes, provides a unique window into the tragedy about to unfold. It is almost impossible to say much more without entering spoiler territory, but I will say that when I read the final page, I was simply stunned. I can't say that I ever empathized with Thomas, but I found his descent into darkness compelling, like a train wreck that you just can't take your eyes off. I could not put A Good Man down until I knew how it would end. A dark, twisted, tragic tale of a man and the havoc he creates.I know that this book won't be for everyone, but for fans of psychological suspense, this one would be hard to beat. 4.5 stars.I received a DRC from Penguin Books through Edelweiss +.
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  • Lorraine Woodall
    January 1, 1970
    A very different style of writing to what I am used to but that made the impact that I think was intended. Everything is viewed and recounted through the eyes of Thomas. It is up to the reader to interpret whether he is a good a man as he believes. He is a good provider and wants the best for his family but emotionally he is not as good a support as he thinks he is. I would love to know what a psychologist would make of him. I enjoyed picking up on the nuances of his narrative and this is where A very different style of writing to what I am used to but that made the impact that I think was intended. Everything is viewed and recounted through the eyes of Thomas. It is up to the reader to interpret whether he is a good a man as he believes. He is a good provider and wants the best for his family but emotionally he is not as good a support as he thinks he is. I would love to know what a psychologist would make of him. I enjoyed picking up on the nuances of his narrative and this is where the book excels. I felt sympathy for Thomas initially given his childhood experiences but that soon changed into a sense of foreboding as the story progressed. An intriguing and clever book. I loved the subtleties and the fact that it wasn’t all spelled out for the reader but allowed us to see how Thomas viewed events and then let us work out the significance of it all. My only negative was the many operatic references which went completely over my head.
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  • janine
    January 1, 1970
    Another strange one for me to rate!I'm torn between the negatives & positives. Negatives..... The repetition of the mundane bored me senseless, the constant references to opera..BORING!The characters just dont connect, the main character is bloody horrible. Yes I know that's what the author wants BUT there isnt one likeable character in the book.The narrative is just to normal and ordinary, it just plods along and the little hints that are dropped throughout ould so easily be missed because Another strange one for me to rate!I'm torn between the negatives & positives. Negatives..... The repetition of the mundane bored me senseless, the constant references to opera..BORING!The characters just dont connect, the main character is bloody horrible. Yes I know that's what the author wants BUT there isnt one likeable character in the book.The narrative is just to normal and ordinary, it just plods along and the little hints that are dropped throughout ould so easily be missed because it just never gives any 'oomph'.The ending.... because of the slow pace the ending just happens very suddenly without any warning, wheres the tension???Positives.....In all honesty the only real positive I can give is the description of the characters and the surroundings. I dont think I've read a book in a long time that brings them so clearly to mind as this novel did!Hmmmmm.. nope.. just not one I'd recommend. 1.5*Thanks to netgalley and Random House Uk for the ARC.
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  • Nicky Maunder
    January 1, 1970
    Meet Thomas. Husband to his beloved wife Miriam, and doting father to his daughter Ava, his “girls”. He is a good man. He provides for his wife and daughter. He protects them. But he has done a bad thing, a horrific thing. And before he’ll tell you what he’s done, he wants to tell you his story. The story of his parents and rather dysfunctional family, how his father and sister died very close together, and how there’s always more going on behind closed doors. How he provides for his family, and Meet Thomas. Husband to his beloved wife Miriam, and doting father to his daughter Ava, his “girls”. He is a good man. He provides for his wife and daughter. He protects them. But he has done a bad thing, a horrific thing. And before he’ll tell you what he’s done, he wants to tell you his story. The story of his parents and rather dysfunctional family, how his father and sister died very close together, and how there’s always more going on behind closed doors. How he provides for his family, and feels the burden of failure but cannot admit to that weakness. And then there’s that horrific act. ‘A Good Man’ is written in a rather unique style; all prose and full of intellectual references showcasing Thomas’ intelligence and lifestyle. Thomas as protagonist is likeable, but his honesty and trustworthiness are called into question frequently throughout the book. His story draws you in; and when you learn of the horrific act - it’s all the more shocking and unsettling.
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  • Corinne Sparks
    January 1, 1970
    It's difficult to review this without giving any spoilers - any information would absolutely detract from this wonderfully tense and gripping novel that takes you down a path and thought process you'd never imagine possible. The writing is skillfully taut, and I felt my actual stomach clench as the events in the book began to spiral out of control and to what seems like an impossible ending. A wise selection for anyone that still believes in the American Dream, or wonders exactly what stress and It's difficult to review this without giving any spoilers - any information would absolutely detract from this wonderfully tense and gripping novel that takes you down a path and thought process you'd never imagine possible. The writing is skillfully taut, and I felt my actual stomach clench as the events in the book began to spiral out of control and to what seems like an impossible ending. A wise selection for anyone that still believes in the American Dream, or wonders exactly what stress and pressure does to people - we all have fault lines, and Ani Katz presses insistently and unforgivingly upon our poor protagonists. Highly recommended for those that enjoy thrillers, but also, perhaps conversely, recommended for people like me who always, always empathise with female characters.
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  • Cynthia Herzog
    January 1, 1970
    I won this book from GoodReads This is a creepy book. The narrator thinks he is a good man, or at least tries to be. In reality he's a control freak with no insight into his behavior. This is not really giving much away, as we know from the beginning that he has done something that he is trying to explain and the author starts giving hints early on as to his lack of insight. The narrator has a beautiful wife and young daughter and a successful career, but gradually you come to learn that all is I won this book from GoodReads This is a creepy book. The narrator thinks he is a good man, or at least tries to be. In reality he's a control freak with no insight into his behavior. This is not really giving much away, as we know from the beginning that he has done something that he is trying to explain and the author starts giving hints early on as to his lack of insight. The narrator has a beautiful wife and young daughter and a successful career, but gradually you come to learn that all is not what is seems.The story is well paced and the author definitely gives hints along the way as to the narrators true personality, making the end not entirely unpredictable, but not entirely expected either. In retrospect, I wonder what really happened to Evie.Great read for those who like suspense and exploration of personality.
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  • Chaya Nebel
    January 1, 1970
    This novel is about a man and the demons that keep him up at night: protecting his wife and daughter, taking care of his unstable sisters and mother, keeping his job, etc. The author foreshadows the truth about his life from page one (I won't reveal any spoilers, but it suffices to point to Chekhov's gun as a narrative principle here). The author builds up a great sense of tension, and an ominous mood; something is very wrong with the pieces of Thomas' family, and it's that disturbing This novel is about a man and the demons that keep him up at night: protecting his wife and daughter, taking care of his unstable sisters and mother, keeping his job, etc. The author foreshadows the truth about his life from page one (I won't reveal any spoilers, but it suffices to point to Chekhov's gun as a narrative principle here). The author builds up a great sense of tension, and an ominous mood; something is very wrong with the pieces of Thomas' family, and it's that disturbing uncertainty about the truth underlying it all that propels the reader to keep reading.My main problem here is that even in a novel such as this, the author must establish a rapport between the protagonist and the reader, and I never felt that sympathetic towards him, making the conclusion of his story miss the mark emotionally for me.
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  • Eloise Robbertze
    January 1, 1970
    A Good Man by Ani Katz is a delightfully surprising novel that grabs hold of you, taunts you, saddens you, disturbs you, then spits you out and turns it’s back on you and you’re left thinking, What WAS that?Ms. Katz effortlessly weaves a trail of dread and foreboding from the very first page. Themes of abandonment, abuse, masculinity, redemption and how differently we see ourselves to those around us pervades the pages through beautifully constructed prose.The real and perceived demands that A Good Man by Ani Katz is a delightfully surprising novel that grabs hold of you, taunts you, saddens you, disturbs you, then spits you out and turns it’s back on you and you’re left thinking, What WAS that?Ms. Katz effortlessly weaves a trail of dread and foreboding from the very first page. Themes of abandonment, abuse, masculinity, redemption and how differently we see ourselves to those around us pervades the pages through beautifully constructed prose.The real and perceived demands that western society places on men to be protectors, providers and defenders of their communities is artfully and thoughtfully presented. I loved this book and highly recommend it!#netgalley #agoodman #anikatz #randomhouse
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  • Linda Bond
    January 1, 1970
    What does it mean to be a good man? Does such a thing exist? Even Christ supposedly told his follows that he was not “good” – that only God was good. But that doesn’t stop Thomas Martin from trying. He has a perfect family with a beautiful wife and daughter. He takes care of his mother and looks after his brother. His career is as good as it gets, which means he can afford a nice home on Long Island. But things are about to change. We know all this because Thomas is telling the story himself and What does it mean to be a good man? Does such a thing exist? Even Christ supposedly told his follows that he was not “good” – that only God was good. But that doesn’t stop Thomas Martin from trying. He has a perfect family with a beautiful wife and daughter. He takes care of his mother and looks after his brother. His career is as good as it gets, which means he can afford a nice home on Long Island. But things are about to change. We know all this because Thomas is telling the story himself and being inside his head, we gain an unusual perspective on what it means to go slowly, inexorably mad. Hang on because this one’s got some rough spots, but oh, my, what a great read for thriller lovers.
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  • Lethmi
    January 1, 1970
    This book was just too much “dark” for me at the moment. It is Intriguing and quite interesting in style. I felt there may have been times when the prose was trying to be too clever and I had to reread sections to decipher what was being communicated. Perhaps it’s because during a busy time in my life I just need a simple read (which is not always the case with my reading) and so this review is all about the context. If you want something to ponder, this is the book for you. If you want a lazy, This book was just too much “dark” for me at the moment. It is Intriguing and quite interesting in style. I felt there may have been times when the prose was trying to be too clever and I had to reread sections to decipher what was being communicated. Perhaps it’s because during a busy time in my life I just need a simple read (which is not always the case with my reading) and so this review is all about the context. If you want something to ponder, this is the book for you. If you want a lazy, light-hearted read, avoid. One final thing- I did thing the end was clear from fairly early on and rather abrupt.
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to NetGalley for my copy of A good Man.This is a very dark and chilling story that becomes increasingly sinister as the plot unfurls. The characters are well delineated and believable, if mostly a little odd to say the least. Even so, it was only the daughter I felt any significant sympathy for at the end.Although the book had a modern setting it seemed more 1950's to me, but I can't really explain why. I, personally, could have done without all the operatic references as they meant Thanks to NetGalley for my copy of A good Man.This is a very dark and chilling story that becomes increasingly sinister as the plot unfurls. The characters are well delineated and believable, if mostly a little odd to say the least. Even so, it was only the daughter I felt any significant sympathy for at the end.Although the book had a modern setting it seemed more 1950's to me, but I can't really explain why. I, personally, could have done without all the operatic references as they meant nothing to me and so I just skipped over them.Overall it was an engaging read.
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  • Gloria Zak
    January 1, 1970
    Received this book through Goodreads giveaway program.I didn’t find anything to like in this book. Overly descriptive throughout the book, sometimes less is the better path. The book seemed to ebb and flow with no consistency in storytelling. One dysfunctional family to another dysfunctional family- were there no normal people in this author’s vision? No character that was likable, therefore interest waned for me pretty quickly.The gist of the story has great possibilities; it just needs an Received this book through Goodreads giveaway program.I didn’t find anything to like in this book. Overly descriptive throughout the book, sometimes less is the better path. The book seemed to ebb and flow with no consistency in storytelling. One dysfunctional family to another dysfunctional family- were there no normal people in this author’s vision? No character that was likable, therefore interest waned for me pretty quickly.The gist of the story has great possibilities; it just needs an overall rewrite to make the story credible.
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  • Nic
    January 1, 1970
    A deeply disturbing and well written story about an apparently decent father, husband, brother and son whose life and mind slowly unravel to reveal a shocking conclusion. On paper I should have enjoyed this but I found it a little jarring and disjointed; regularly meandering into dialogue that added a limited amount to the narrative. I suspect for many this will be a terrific read enlivened by the unreliable narration of the main protagonist. With many thanks to Netgalley and Random House A deeply disturbing and well written story about an apparently decent father, husband, brother and son whose life and mind slowly unravel to reveal a shocking conclusion. On paper I should have enjoyed this but I found it a little jarring and disjointed; regularly meandering into dialogue that added a limited amount to the narrative. I suspect for many this will be a terrific read enlivened by the unreliable narration of the main protagonist. With many thanks to Netgalley and Random House (Cornerstone) for an advance copy in consideration of an honest review.
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  • 4rachel
    January 1, 1970
    I like a book to either grab me from the start - simmer along nicely -or have the tension build up as you go .I'm afraid this book did none of those things . It's not often I post a bad review but I just could not get into this at all . I didn't like the characters and after reading over half - I still wasn't sure what it was trying to say.Sorry -just not for me Thank you NetGalley for an ARC in return for an honest opinion.
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  • Alison Richardson
    January 1, 1970
    Thomas believes he’s a good man, he has a good job, lovely wife and daughter a beautiful house on Long Island and family close by.His comfortable existence is shattered by events that can’t be undone, he feels he is the victim and everything begins to unravel around him.This is a dark psychological story told from Thomas’ point of view - I didn’t sympathise with him, but you might.
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  • Debra Johnston
    January 1, 1970
    On paper this sounded like my kind of book but I found the style of writing difficult to read. Another reviewer put it as " I found it a little jarring and disjointed; regularly meandering into dialogue that added a limited amount to the narrative" and I'd agree with that. The story and the concept are good but the way the book was written put me off unfortunately.
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  • Nikole English
    January 1, 1970
    3.0I won this advanced reader's copy in a Goodreads giveaway by Penguin. Even though the book felt a little disjointed and chaotic at times and a little bizarre, I still found myself intrigued and invested in this quick read. I felt there was great character and setting developments that allowed me to very clearly create an image in my mind,but the repetitive mentions of opera got old; fast.
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