* Schroder by Amity Gaige


With an intriguing premise of a youthful lie that sets the hero on a catastrophic path and a madcap road trip with his young daughter, whose mother has custody, Schroder could be both fun and deep, but is not quite successful at either. Although the daughter is perfectly captured as alternatively brave and scared, reasonable and emotional, the trip runs out of gas (haha) way before its dramatic ending. And while the lie is entirely believable, its ramifications are not, hence the interplay with the ex-wife is wholly one-sided, and therefore stiff and  forced. The light of the book is the relationship between the father and his daughter. That’s not quite enough to make it a good read.

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