AUTHOR Ani Katz delivers a compelling story that is told entirely from the viewpoint of protagonist Thomas Martin.
The story begins with Martin telling the reader that something bad has taken place and that he is responsible for it.
Just how bad the situation is will be something you discover as you read this book. Flipping through the pages you find out more and more about Martin, who tells us about how he met his wife and what attracted him to her.
We learn about his eccentric mother and twin sisters who never left the family home because of a tragedy that occurred in the past.
As the story progresses we only see things from Martin’s point of view, seeing him as the voice of reason, the keeper of secrets, the responsible husband and father, and as the successful ad agency executive.
Essentially Martin is the ‘good man’ of the title – or is he just too good to be true?
By all accounts he fits into the traditional role of what a man is supposed to be.
The big twist is what happens towards the end of the book when we start seeing the cracks in his story.
Initially we are drawn into the story from only one person’s point of view but things get dark somewhere in the middle when we learn more about his childhood, and the secrets that Martin has carried with him for years.
What makes this book stand out is the way the story is unveiled. There is no real explanation given for some of the events that take place.
Martin is just telling you his story and like many of us, Martin sees himself as the pragmatic one and not the cause of his problems.
Overall, a very different sort of mystery novel.