This novel is based on a family in America. The father, James, is a good looking charming church deacon with plenty of women at his feet. The son, Darnell, is opposite to his father when it comes on to the ladies. He has one woman who he intends to love and spend the rest of his life with. The daughter, Jamie, is the darling of the family, is in her early twenties and is the woman of the house, keeping a close eye on her father and brother. The book explores the dysfunctional dynamics between the three in a soap opera style.
My favourite character was Darnell at the beginning of the book. I admired his determination to be a good man to his partner but as the book went on the actions of the son became highly questionable in my opinion. The character development of the son was good and relatable to many who have experienced the highs and lows of being in love. At times the character development of the Darnell felt dramatic but then again, the does move at a fast pace with a lot of plot twists.
The story gripped me and kept me turning the pages as Carl Weber introduced new characters and plot changes just at the right time! Up to No Good had just enough of my favourite reading themes- the church, family, African-American culture, crime with a hint of terrorism. I would recommend this book to fans of black literature who enjoy easy reads on relationships and suspense. Overall I rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars!