Book Review: The Good Children By Kate Wilhelm
My Summary: The McNair family finally decides it's time to settle down and buy a house. But soon after their father dies in a construction accident and the mother becomes so upset she takes it out on the community and her children. Shutting everybody out of their lives and secretly blaming the town for not protecting her husband on the job. Soon the situation gets worse when another disaster hits and the children find themselves alone and trying to hide a secret from everybody. When the town tries to reach out they are secretive and secluded. The older brother and sister of Liz, who tells the story from her point of view, fight over who makes the decisions in the house and BIG decisions must be made. But their mother had a lot distrust of anybody in the community and the children decide to take on all their problems themselves. As they grow, the older siblings develop into their own people and want to go their own way, but what does that mean for Liz and her little brother, who refuses to move from the house which he thinks is haunted. Liz must discover what is keeping him there, and when another tragedy happens, how can they put all of the fallen pieces of their lives right again? Will their secrets ever come out, or will they hide them forever?
My Opinions: It was a good story. I felt sorry for the children, but also felt that it could have been worse, luckily the father had set aside enough money to take care of all of them for years, and had a good insurance plan. I felt the end of the story was the best, of course when all the secrets are tied up and you can finally get resolutions from the questions that build up. It give you a look inside the workings of a mental health facility, and has a very Gothic feel. There is no lack in storyline and moves along at a good pace, and does not leave any unanswered questions. I would recommend it to young adults and I give it 4 stars as far as plot, theme and story go it's a good read.
I would recommend: Tillerman Series by Cate Tiernan. First book is Homecoming.