Daddy Love

Daddy Love

by Joyce Carol Oates


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Dinah Whitcomb seemingly has everything. A loving and successful husband, and a smart, precocious young son named Robbie. One day, their worlds are shattered when Dinah is attacked and Robbie is taken in a mall parking lot. Dinah, injured, attempts to follow, but is run over by the kidnapper's van, mangling her body nearly beyond repair.

The kidnapper, a part-time Preacher named Chester Cash, calls himself Daddy Love, as he has abducted, tortured, and raped several young boys. He renames Robbie "Gideon." Daddy Love slowly brainwashes "Gideon" 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 aware of just how monstrous Daddy Love is. Though as a small boy he as terrified of what might happen if he disobeyed Daddy Daddy Love, Robbie begins to realize that the longer he stays in the home 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 young boy lies a spark of rebellion, and he will soon discover just what lengths he'll go to to survive.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802122247
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 02/11/2014
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 974,166
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Joyce Carol Oates is the author of such national best-sellers as The Falls, Blonde, and We Were the Mulvaneys. She has been nominated for six National Book Awards, winning for Them.


Princeton, New Jersey

Date of Birth:

June 16, 1938

Place of Birth:

Lockport, New York


B.A., Syracuse University, 1960; M.A., University of Wisconsin, 1961

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Daddy Love 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Gram948 More than 1 year ago
JCO always intrigues and startles. This is a despicable story, but occurs more often than we wish to believe. The back ground story of /the parents is sad and disturbing. This book is not for everyone to be sure, but I love Oates' style. What an ending!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. I was a bit confused by the ending but JCO is sometimes not one wrap everything up in a neat bow.
scarlett77 More than 1 year ago
Joyce Carol Oates does it again. This book is tense, continually engaging with a surprise ending. No matter what you think the end will be while reading - that will not be the ending. Her books are always well developed, with great characterization, intelligent and a surprise as each book is completely different from her other books. She has no "formula" despite her prolific writing. Read this one - expect to be disturbed...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Poorly written in a rambling after thought kind of way. The ending, or lack of, was just ridiculous. Will not purchase anything by this 'author' again. Very disappointed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a dumb book. It was neither titillating, suspensful, gory or scary. It was a story about a child abduction. None of the characters were believable or even that likeable and the storyline was slooooow. Don't waste your money
acorley84 More than 1 year ago
This Audio CD was provided to me by HighBridge Audio courtesy of Audio Jukebox in return for an honest, unbiased review. This was my first Joyce Carol Oates book and definitely won't be my last. I found the writing to be concise and well-developed with what seemed to be great detail to each of the characters. I enjoyed that the main characters were more taboo than your regular main character! The story seemed like an actual story straight out of the headlines which is exactly what caught and kept my attention! I also really liked how the ending worked out! The narrator did a wonderful job of reading this story! She was able to really capture my attention and maintain it throughout the entire story.  Overall, I really enjoyed listening to this book and will not hesitate to seek out more Joyce Carol Oates books in the near future!
BrandyGirl More than 1 year ago
I never read this author before but I really enjoyed this. I like good drama stories and this was one. I will be reading her new book.
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I am a big JCO fan but this was not my favorite book by her, thus the 4/5 stars. I found it to be more deeply disturbing than some of her other novels and although I am really not worthy to critique her writing I did not feel that this book was as well written as a typical JCO novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Daddy Love. What ever compelled JCO to write a novel like this? I found it sickening. I did not finish this book. Don't waste your time or money on this one. Ms. Oates, really could you not have done any better? A sick mind writes of sick and perverse themes. F
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very sick &disturbing read. Could not finish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was not a very good book. The information listed on the back said it was "thrilling and suspenseful." I found it to be redundant and less than enjoyable. I had the audiobook and and found the narrator to be  dull but some of it may be that the material wasn't that great. I'd like to give this author another chance  and read other books. We'll see. I would not recommend this book to others....sorry!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago ending......not worth $2 let alone the $13 i paid!
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