The Dead’s Father Club by Matt Haig

I read ‘The Dead Father’s Club’ when it was released in paperback in April 2007 and decided to have a reread.

Again with most of my rereads I enjoyed the book more second time around. The story is based loosely on ‘Hamlet’ by William Shakespeare with the main character Philip Noble faced with his Dad’s ghost telling him that was not killed in a car accident but he was murdered by his brother and Philip’s Uncle, Alan who according to his Dad’s ghost tampered with the brakes of the car causing the accident.

Philip is understandingly shocked to hear this news and agrees to help his Dad get revenge, something which proves to be difficult for different reasons. Philip’s Dad tells Philip about ‘The Dead Father’s Club’ and the truth about ghosts, a truth that Philip finds somewhat conflicting at times.

‘The Dead Father’s Club’ is full of dark humour, Philip’s thoughts on life are innocent and humorous, and his confusion about his Dad is heartbreaking, he is trying to cope with the loss of his Dad and his Dad’s ghost at the same time.

Philip narrates his story and the book is written in the style of an 11 year old, which at times can be confusing.

I enjoyed ‘The Dead Father’s Club’ but this time around it struck more of chord for me in a lot of ways and even though he was a character in a book, I felt protective of Philip and angry at his Dad.

A funny, sad and insightful book, you will either love it or hate it and it will be make you think.

Reviewed by Paula Mc (Weave)

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