The Problem Children

Fiction - General
247 Pages
Reviewed on 02/27/2014
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Author Biography

Barb McIntyre was born in Montreal, Quebec and now lives in Kingston, Ontario. A mother, grandmother, and retired occupational therapist, she writes to legitimize her favourite hobby - daydreaming.

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    Book Review

Reviewed by Eileen Johnson for Readers' Favorite

The Problem Children by Barb McIntyre opens in 1972 as the Miller parents watch their daughter Samantha (Sam) try to master a cartwheel. In the short prologue, we learn that Sam has two brothers, Steve and Mike. Steve seems to be a troubled child who veers between happiness and rage often in a split second. Mike seems to be better adjusted and much happier. Fast forward 22 years to 1994 where we see the Miller siblings as adults. The oldest son, Steve, has finally inherited the family business after his father is found dead with two bullets in the head. Since their father is found dead in Mike’s car, Mike is on the run as a suspect in his father’s death. Just as the unhappy Steve is reveling in his success, Sam shows up with a disheveled, confused, and homeless Mike.

The Problem Children by Barb McIntyre is a compelling look at three siblings in one family and the mysteries that bind them together – and ultimately tear them apart. The bulk of the book examines the course that has brought each of these children to their current situations. McIntyre weaves a compelling story that draws the reader into the lives of the three main characters. The relationships of the siblings are rich in history and are realistic and believable. The twists and turns in the book will keep you turning pages as the problems of the children unfold. The Problem Children by Barb McIntyre is a wonderful read and highly recommended.