My first experience reading Terri Fields was HOLDUP. I loved that book. Great characters, enough twists and turns to keep me interested, and alternating view points which I love. Needless to say when I saw MY FATHER'S SON, I snatched it up. It was a great move!
Kevin Windor's life is fairly uneventful. His parents divorced long before he had any memories of them together, so he is used to living with mom during the week and spending most weekends with his dad. Kevin has accepted the fact that his mom gets jealous of his time with his dad, but she's a good cook so at least weekdays he eats well while she nags him about his homework.
Homework and after school pickup basketball games fill most of Kevin's time, but that humdrum daily existence comes to a sudden end the day Kevin flips on the evening news and sees his father's face. The breaking news announcement tells Kevin that his father, Greg Windor, has been arrested. He is the suspected DB25 Monster, a serial killer terrorizing women in a three state area.
How could the man Kevin has spent countless hours playing video games with and eating takeout pizza with, be a serial killer? How could a man like that seem like a normal single dad weekend after weekend?
Kevin's life soon becomes a roller-coaster ride. He learns very quickly who his real friends are and how his normal routine can become the center of attention for pushy reporters and thrill seekers. As much as his mother tries to keep their life on course, Kevin finds it difficult to concentrate and focus in school and ends up suspended several times as a result of his uncontrolled emotions. As much as he wants to help his father, he is met with resistance from his father's attorney and his father himself. The more time that passes, the more Kevin finds himself turning against the father he at first believed was incapable of such crimes. What kind of son has he become?
MY FATHER'S SON is a thrilling ride from start to finish. The action begins on page one and continues with unexpected twists and turns and high emotions. Terri Fields examines the frustration of helplessness, the guilt created by doubt, and the often fragile bond between parent and child. This one is a sure winner for the YA audience.