The Shack

Mackenzie ("Mack") Phillips suffered physical and emotional abuse as a child at the hands of his drunken father. He witnessed similar abuse of his mother as well. There is the implication that as a 13-year-old boy he attempted to poison his father with strychnine. Whether he succeeded in killing the man is not entirely clear, although subsequent events suggest that he was. But as an adult he has a bountiful life with his wife, Nan, and their three children: Kate, Josh and Missy. Read more on Wikipedia.