Van Booy’s last book, The Illusion of Separateness, was a good read-well-written with a great “aha” moment; however, the same can’t be said for his most recent work. A six year old girl named Harvey is adopted by her Uncle Jason, an ex con with a violent temper, after her parents are both killed in a car accident. Fast forward twenty years, and Harvey is a successful illustrator living in Paris. Jason comes to visit the week of Father’s Day, and each day Harvey presents him with a gift that is a symbol of an incident in in their past.
I found the plot, characters and “aha” moment in Father’s Day disappointing. For me, the story line was not engaging, the characters had no depth, and the aha moment was predictable.