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A Friend of the Family by Lauren Grodstein
In A Friend of the Family, Dr. Pete Dizinoff is living a controlled life defined by his clear sense of right and wrong. He's a successful doctor, happily married, and his son, Alec, has gone off to college, even though it's not a prestigious college, as Pete would have preferred. When Alec flunks out, pursues a career in art, and then takes up with Laura, Pete can barely control himself. Laura is the daughter of Pete's friend, is 10 years older than Alec, and she had committed a shocking crime as a teenager. Confident of having right on his side, Pete undertakes a series of decisions that causes his life to unravel. Lauren Grodstein's second novel has received positive reviews with BookReporter.com saying, "A Friend of the Family is a gripping novel with a mystery at its core. Lauren Grodstein has written a compelling story with unforgettable characters in unenviable situations. A story of love, control, friendship, courage and the sacrifices fathers make to protect their children, this engrossing book grabs you and doesn't let go."