"I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found it to be a much better story, and a great deal more engrossing, than "The Lovely Bones". Also, my take on the parents is different than that of others who have written reviews here.
There is no doubt that the mother suffers from a mental illness. However, I do not believe the father also has a mental illness. My thought is that those who think this is the case have misunderstood the actual implications.
The actions of the father (and his inactions), in my opinion, simply illustrate what may inevitably result from living with someone who suffers from a mental illness. The sacrifices and adjustments made in order to placate someone like the mother in this tale would surely have serious effects on those around her. When this is considered, the narrative is, in fact, realistic.
This book was a great read, and I highly recommend it."
"I had a hard time getting into this book. Ted Binion is not portrayed in a manner that makes the reader care for him. Although the murder of Mr. Binion is a terrible thing, the reader is left with a feeling of "so what?". Nothing in this book grabs the attention of the reader. Actions throughout are very predictable. A rather boring book and tedious read."
"I was extremely disappointed in this book. While the writing itself is very good, the story is incredibly depressing. Everything that happens to the characters is sad. Just about everything the characters do is sad, and everything they think is sad.
Also, the relationships between the characters is very blury. It took me a very long time to determine who was related to who and in what way (brother, sister, daughter, son, etc), and by the end I was still fuzzy about a few.
I live in Wyoming and I can tell you, life in Wyoming is not nearly as depressing as this book would lead one to believe. If you should read this book, please don't let it form your view of life in Wyoming, because I personally love it here."
"An "ok" book. Quite unbelievable and requiring a further stretch of the imagination than reasonable in my opinion, I still found it hard to put down at times. I much preferred the first in this series (Odd Thomas), but am still glad I read this one."
"Incredibly well-written, 'Child of God' will remain in your memory for quite some time. Containing a unique plot, this novel has proved to be so much more than the description on the back cover. Picturesque, thrilling, haunting, and even horrifying at times, I am so glad I read this. Quite a memorable experience."
"I enjoyed this book as much as the first. I thought the story was entertaining and had a hard time putting this down. The ending was satisfying and left me wanting more. I understand there is supposed to be a third and final book in this series."