Fiction · Jean R

Untouchable | by Scott O’Connor

Untouchable by Scott O’Connor
(Tyrus Books, 2011, 384 pages)

Untouchable by Scott O’Connor was a “Free Friday Nook book” from Barnes & Noble which I decided to download. Untouchable is the story of a father and son who are still dealing with the loss of their wife/mother. The son, known as The Kid, hasn’t spoken since his mother died. The father is a trauma-site clean-up technician who can’t accept his wife’s death and move on.

For me, reading Untouchable was like watching a train wreck happen. You don’t really want to see the trauma and destruction, but you want to know what’s going to happen. The characters in Untouchable start out dysfunctional and become more dysfunctional. It’s not really clear as the book progresses if the ending will be tragic, really tragic, or happier than expected.

Untouchable was not my normal choice for reading material. Sometimes, it is worthwhile to step outside your comfort zone as it was for me with this book. The characters in this book will stay with me long after I return to my usual choices in reading.

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