Lindas Book Obsession Review for “Golden Child” by Claire Adam Published by SJP for Hogarth, an imprint by Crown Publishing Group, January 29,2019
Claire Adam, Author of “Golden Child” has written an intense, heart-breaking, emotional, riveting, captivating, and suspenseful novel that takes place mostly in Trinidad. The Genres for this novel are Fiction, with a touch of Historical Fiction, and Suspense. Sarah Jessica Parker has chosen “The Golden Child” as one of her picks, as she likes “bringing stories from far away closer” The author describes her characters as complex and complicated, perhaps due to the circumstances.
The author vividly describes both the poor and rich sides of Trinidad. Symbolically there are elements of good and evil, and jealousy and betrayal that is devastating. In Rural Trinidad, Clyde, and his wife Joy live a simple life. They live near the bush, and often go without water. The happiness in their life is when they have twin sons. Peter and Paul are born, and their family surrounds and helps them. Peter seems to be the “good” baby and Paul is “fussy” and has more problems. As they grow up, Peter is extremely smart and called a genius. Paul has a knack for getting into trouble, and causing his parents to worry on more than one occasion. Joy wants both boys kept together in school so Peter can keep an eye out for Paul.
Paul goes walking in the bush one day and never returns. The family is devastated. Clyde is given news that crushes him. Clyde has to make sacrifices and choices. No father should ever be presented with such decisions. I would highly recommend this novel for those readers who enjoy an intense, and emotional story.