Why does Stan Garland do nothing while his father starves himself to death? The psychological mystery 'To Starve' explores this question. The only time Stan ever admires his father Jack is when the old bastard decides to commit slow suicide by starvation. Only Stan believes Jack will actually do it - but he desperately needs to understand why. As Stan searches his
amphetamine-damaged memory for answers, he comes to understand that the man he knew as his father was an emotional chameleon - and that behind the chameleon's face, the real Jack Garland stared out at the world with flat, unblinking eyes. Meanwhile, Jack lies curled in a fetal ball on his deathbed, reliving memories of a ruined marriage, a lost career, strange
pickups in hotel bars and an endless string of drunken alibis. At the very end of his life, Jack finally confronts the childhood horror that splintered his soul and shaped his life - and, through him, the life of his son.
Any time I see a novel that says "it explores this question" I want to scream. Novels are stories. They can illuminate and explore all sorts of things but first and foremost you need characters we care about (even if they are bad ass fallen angels like my pal Satan in Paradise Lost) and a plot.
There is no plot here.
This might be a great novel. Dog knows there have been great novels out of weirder ideas, but you're not describing it in a way that makes me want to read it. That's the essence of the hook.