A Good and Happy Child George Davies has an unusual problem: For some reason, he won't — can't — pick up his newborn son. A shrink dredges up memories from… A Good and Happy Child George Davies has an unusual problem: For some reason, he won't — can't — pick up his newborn son. A shrink dredges up memories from… 2007-05-22 Fiction Shaye Areheart
Book Review

A Good and Happy Child (2007)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: May 22, 2007; Writer: Justin Evans; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Shaye Areheart

George Davies has an unusual problem: For some reason, he won't — can't — pick up his newborn son. A shrink dredges up memories from when he was 11, a plump outcast at school whose professor dad died suddenly. That's when his visions began, with hints of demonic possession. Justin Evans seems less concerned with things going bump in the night than in possible bumps to the head in A Good and Happy Child, exploring psychiatric rationales for George's condition as thoroughly as supernatural ones. Relating his otherworldly suspense story with the cool, calm eye of a skeptic, Evans makes the propulsive final chapter all the more horrifying. A-

Originally posted May 18, 2007 Published in issue #935 May 25, 2007 Order article reprints