The Unexpected son was unexpectedly well. I was surprised how well-woven the story was. It is an Indian-American tale and so that contrast in cultures was quite visible in the premise. What I liked about the book was its realism even when the plot bordered on being unrealistic. The characters have normal behaviourism and they weren’t idealistic. I loved how the protagonist could be irrational and super-emotional at times, unlike the usual female characters in books. The old lies and past history that turned up to make the story intriguing is really what saved the book from being boring. The story revolves around a middle-class family living in Jersey but one day, Vinita, our protagonist gets a letter that her son is dying. The interesting part is that she only has her husband and daughter in her family. As for the prose, I didn’t find anything too magnificent but it was a good enough book for some light reading. The book is fast-paced and not too big so it can easily be finished in one sitting. The cover, I believe could have been better but that is because I am generally against having models in book covers. I would much rather imagine what the characters look like.