A Margin of Lust (The Seven Deadly Sins Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Lurking in the background is a mysterious madman with a serious grudge against a father and family he feels has rejected him. When his father's cliff-side home overlooking the ocean in North Laguna Beach goes on the market, he's determined to recover what he considers his inheritance at any cost! And the listing is Gwen's, a sale that could lead to elite realtor celebrity. The pace and danger ramp up when a murdered real estate agent is discovered in the house. The police attribute it to a break-in, and Gwen attempts to brush off the threat.
As circumstances drive the couple further apart, the author reveals the inner workings of the personalities in a high-end real estate business as she jockey's for super-stardom at her agency and the political machinations of St. Barnabas Lutheran School's administration that Art is dealing with. Adding fuel to the fire are mysterious bank account withdrawals and suspicions of infidelity. Gwen faces a surprise enemy who threatens her with the ultimate price for her jealousy and ambition. With her unknowing husband on a weekend camping trip to Big Bear Lake with their children, who will be there to save her?
Gwen Bishop, wife, mother, and struggling real estate agent, has two big fears: claustrophobia and being buried in suburban obscurity. When she signs her dream listing, a multi-million dollar beachfront property in Laguna Beach, California, she’s sure her problems are behind her. And they would be, if it weren’t for the secret in the basement and the body of a female real estate agent in an upstairs bedroom. When the crime scene tape comes down, Gwen enlists the aid of a handsome co-worker with a background in construction to help her ready the house for sale for a commission. But every time they’re ready to put it back on the market, something goes horribly wrong. She must face old fears and new ones, temptations and buried truths. Gwen is determined to sell the dream house—or die trying.
The story is told in 3rd person except those chapters when it is in first person - in the mind of a killer. He is the son of a dead father who goes through the house he had been forbidden to enter all of his life. He spied a treasure in the basement which is formed into the caves beneath the neglected multi-million dollar house on Laguna Beach. And he lusted for it!
This edgy mystery tale revolves around the identity of the killer; why he kills only real estate agents; and why he does not want this particular house to be sold. It is fast-paced with fresh setting descriptions such as: “The fig tree mantled the courtyard like a vulture.”
A Margin of Lust by Greta Boris has a great story line. However, I give it a 4-star rating because the tension between Gwen and her husband, Art, is not explained, the revealing of the killer should have been closer to the end, and the killer could have been more diabolical – he seemed almost like a nice guy rather than the cold-blooded killer he was.
I recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys murder mysteries that hold one’s attention to the end.
Review by: Rita Kroon, author of novel “Kiss Your Mommy Goodbye” and “Letters from the Past.”
A Margin of Lust was an enthralling and well-written story. With the many twists and turns, this story had a believable plot. Greta Boris did a superb job writing a story that was full of action and suspense while touching on the hardships and suspicions of Gwen’s marriage. The author really knows how to build up the suspense and keep your attention to the very end. This story kept my interest piqued from the beginning to the end. I didn’t even have a hint of who the killer was until it was revealed. The characters were well developed and interesting. The author brought some real issues into the characters that made them appear real and easily relatable. Life is not always easy and things sometimes are not as they appear, throwing a killer into this mix makes for an intriguing and captivating read.
This is the first book that I have read by Greta Boris and will certainly not be my last. I was not disappointed at all. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. I recommend A Margin of Lust to anyone that enjoys reading a suspense/thriller that will keep you entertained all the way to the end.