Year 7, Book 70

70. Daddy Love by Joyce Carol Oates
I got a free galley of this book from Netgalley. This is a fairly quick read especially compared to some of Oates’ other books. It’s about a five year old boy who is kidnapped by a man who calls himself Daddy Love and who is a part-time charismatic preacher. Some of the descriptions of things he does to the little boy are rather horrifying, so I definitely wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone who has issues with reading about children being put in harm’s way. The story follows them and to some degree the parents of the little boy over a period of several years. I wasn’t a huge fan of this book. It was a difficult subject to read about in the first place and it just didn’t do much for me. Plus I wasn’t super pleased with the ending, which seemed rather ridiculous. I give it a 5 out of 10.

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