• Rachel Penate

GOLDEN CHILD by Claire Adam

Updated: Apr 10, 2020


★★ / 5 (Standard)

★★ / 5 (Mama Scale)


Quick novel about family loyalties set in Trinidad and Tobego.


I’m not going to sugar coat it: I did NOT like this book. I picked it up because I was intrigued by the relationships portrayed and the conflict that ensues when one sibling is valued more over the other — herein exists the opportunity for some great conversation. But, overall, I was overwhelmingly underwhelmed.

While the attempt at an intriguing plot is there, the character development was lacking, along with the use of effective imagery. This led me to be frustrated with the book as I struggled to really be swept up by the setting and characters. I simply was never really convinced to care for them. I know that writing a book is no walk in the park and I commend Claire on her accomplishment, but I didn’t care for the telling of this story. It all felt very juvenile.

  • Loved: Was really grateful for a priest character that was portrayed well especially in this current climate in the church. That was probably this book’s only redeeming quality.

  • Disliked: Reading this book was totally a frustrating experience. And I will admit I definitely skimmed the last 70 pages.

  • Overall, this book was (unfortunately) not worth my time.


Eh. Maybe to someone simply looking for an easy read.

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