A powerful women's fiction novel by award-winning author C. S. Lakin
A mysterious death buries painful, shocking secrets for twenty-five years ...
A happily married man with three small children decides one day he no longer wants to live. He gives himself leukemia and nine months later is dead.
This is the conundrum Lisa Sitteroff is determined to solve regarding her dead father—the tale her mother, Ruth, told Lisa and her two brothers, Rafferty and Neal, throughout their childhood. But Lisa, now thirty and watching Raff suffer from the ravages of bipolar illness, believes if she can solve this puzzle, she might somehow save her brother. For Raff’s pain is intrinsically tied up with feelings of parental abandonment.
What starts as a noble goal for Lisa soon grows into a vicious family war, wreaking destruction on Lisa’s marriage. Lisa discovers details of her parents’ relationship that her mother has long hidden. Shocking clues appear as Lisa reads a letter her father, Nathan, wrote before he died, prompting her to visit Nathan’s former boss, Ed Hutchinson. From him, Lisa learns that her engineer father helped design a generator run by radioactive materials. Ed lets slip that Nathan participated in a dangerous secret experiment, a fact her mother discounts as Nathan’s cause of death. Accusations and excuses fly. Yet, how much of what Lisa uncovers is true? Is truth solely subjective?
Lisa sifts through layers of lies as she journeys into her father’s story, seeking to understand this man she never knew. Meanwhile, her mother responds in fury and tries to destroy Lisa’s life, determined to keep Lisa from uncovering her dark secrets.
Conundrum explores the rocky landscape of betrayal and truth, asking whether a search for truth is worth the high cost. An intense women's fiction novel about love, family, and relationship.
Winner ~ one of the 8 best Kindle books of 2014 ~ Digital Book Today
What some reviewers are saying:
"A story full of intrigue and suspense! A totally surprising ending! C S Lakin can definitely keep one's attention! It's hard to put her books down. This was the first book I read by her and just finished another, Intended for Harm. It definitely won't be my last."
"I found this story very gripping and difficult to put down. The mystery to find the truth about the characters is thought provoking. C.S.Lakin has woven the family dynamics together, yet they are separate. Lisa is an amazing character you love. Once you start this book you are mesmerized. I would highly recommend this book."
"C.S. Lakin tells a perfect story of realism, of a family in shambles barely holding it together. I was able to personalize this immediately. As you join the protagonist on her journey of discovery, prepare to be taken for a ride. As you reach that final chapter thinking you've got it all, the best is yet to come. Leaves you breathless.This is a story of family, this is a story of life & this story is perfection!"
"Wow! This is an intense, can't put down, how will it end drama that is so well crafted, you are sucked into this woman's world in a heartbeat. Action-packed family intense drama that never lets up, from dysfunctional portrayals perfectly done, that would make a psychiatrist drool. 5 Star without hesitation."
"This novel sheds intriguing light on the way we see and blame each other when we should look closer to home. Slow reading is balanced with complex allusions, beautiful language with well-drawn quotes, and dark despair with the choice to make a change, making this a genuinely enjoyable and deeply intriguing novel."