“It’s hard to tear your eyes away from her grimly detailed portrait of Daddy Love . . . Oates has more knives to throw before bringing this harrowing tale to a closebut she saves the sharpest one for the very last page.” The New York Times Book Review
“Haunting, terrifying, disturbing.” The Atlantic Wire
978-0-8021-2224-7 • $16.00 • Paperback • Jan. 2014
Dinah Whitcomb has everything: a loving husband and a smart young son named Robbie. Then one day their worlds are shattered when Robbie is abducted from a parking lot and Dinah is run over by the kidnapper’s van, mangling her body nearly beyond repair. The kidnapper, a reverend named Chester Cash, aka Daddy Love, has for years abducted, tortured, and raped young boys. Daddy Love renames Robbie as “Gideon,” brainwashing him into believing that he is Daddy Love’s real son, and any time the boy resists or rebels it is met with punishment beyond his wildest nightmares.
As Robbie grows older he becomes more aware of just how monstrous Daddy Love truly is. Though as a small boy Robbie was terrified of what would happen if he disobeyed Daddy Love, he begins to realize that the longer he is locked into the shackles of this demon, the greater chance he’ll end up like Daddy Love’s other “sons” who were never heard from again. Somewhere within this tortured boy lies a spark of rebellion … and soon he will see just what lengths he must go to in order to have any chance at survival.
Joyce Carol Oates is peerless when writing about the terrors that lurk right next door, and in Daddy Love she delivers a terrifying novel about every parent’s worst nightmare come to life.