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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
The Father: A Novel by Andrés Cruciani is the story of Savage, a man who kidnaps his own daughter to save her but ends up losing the dream of a life he’s always wanted. Told by a narrator who encounters the protagonist, Savage, in a bar, the story is powerful, filled with pathos and characters that readers will root for. The narrator meets a man in a bar, a salesman, and while he is grieving the loss of a friend and a novel, the man curiously offers to share a story. The reader is pulled into a tale that is emotionally moving and psychologically disturbing. Savage takes their money, their baby, and jumps onto a bus when he comes home to find his girlfriend, Sarah, holding the baby over a bath of steaming water. It is the beginning of his nightmare and the girlfriend threatens to call the police if he contacts her again.
There is a simplicity in style that absorbs the reader as they open the first pages of The Father. The beginning is somewhat simple, self-explanatory, but it is filled with intrigue as what starts like a curious, somewhat awkward encounter in a bar quickly develops into the story of a man faced with difficult choices. Andrés Cruciani pulls the invisible strings of the reader’s heart and succeeds in grabbing and keeping their attention as they follow the emotional journey of a man protecting a daughter and losing the love of his life. The Father is poignant, psychologically rich, and filled with moral questions that readers will struggle to answer. Savage is a well-developed character and his humanity will speak to readers in a unique manner. You will feel a deep compassion for him and will root for him, wanting to see how his story ends.