The Dead Fathers Club - Matt Haig
Genre: General Fiction
Release Date: 1st February 2007
Started Reading: 09/02/2018
Finished Reading: 12/02/2018
'I don't know why people say sorry when they havent done the thing they are saying sorry for. It is like everyone in the world is a little bit to blame for everything.'
Philip's father has just died in a car crash, but he doesn't think it was an accident. His father's ghost comes back and tells him that he must have been murdered because he is part of the Dead Fathers Club - just for murdered fathers. He tells Philip that it must have been his Uncle Alan who murdered him, and tells him that he must get revenge.
In an odd take on Hamlet, The Dead Fathers Club follows Philips hunt for revenge for the death of his father.
It's definitely a disturbing read. Philip is a young boy whose father has just died unexpectantly, and now he sees his father's ghost, telling him to do awful things, to the point where he is listing ways he could kill his uncle.
The novel is written like it was Philips diary, so the childish grammar with the disturbing thoughts that Philip is experiencing work together to create a definitely troubling novel.
I was definitely questioning Philip's mental health throughout the novel and wondering whether his father's ghost was all in his imagination or it was actually happening.
Philip is a misfit with no friends, a girlfriend in part of the novel (which I'm not too sure what that did to the plot) and he's bullied constantly. He found comfort in the fact that he had the chance to change his own life. He knew he could kill his uncle if he tried, and he saw that as the only way ahead. In killing his uncle, he would get revenge for his father's death and stop his father from suffering and finally send him to heaven. He could get everything he needed and at the same time feel like he had a friend in his father's ghost.
It was definitely a good read, but a big change to Matt Haig's usual writing style.
'There are only two things that are true 100 out of 100 times and that is that you live and also that you die and every other thing is not true or false it is a mix. It is both. It is none.'
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