Sins of the Father: A gripping edge-of-your seat thriller (DI Matthew Adams Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Attending a wedding should be a joyous occasion, not the prelude that it will be for the Adams family. Life will never again be what it was before this day is ended.
If you’ve read After She’s Gone and believed that the ultimate evil was embodied in Patrick Sullivan – you are very mistaken. I’ve used the words “chillingly brilliant” to describe this story to a friend – and I stand by those words. Matthew does what the good guys do, he saw a situation and stepped in to do the right thing… not knowing it was all a trap and he has just crossed over the threshold of his own personal hell. If there is ever a character who is the precise description of evil incarnate it is Jasmine. This woman has not a shred of human left in her. She is cold, calculating, ruthless, totally bat-crap crazy and she has an agenda, one that will deliver devastation to one family. Matthew will have everything stripped from him – his family, his career, his sanity as slowly, consistently, unendingly one horrific event after another is done to him, his family and his friends. Jasmine does not do subtle. She will mentally and physically torture Matthew and his family beyond what one believes a mind can handle. There will be reviews, I’m sure, that will give you every tiny detail of what is done to Matthew, Becky, Ashley, and Mia – but you won’t find that here. Sins of the Father is one of those stories that if you know too much going in to it you will not get the absolutely terrifying effect of the story flowing over you as the decent into madness and pain gains momentum.
I wars captivated by this story. Of how one human could possibly be so despicable without any feeling of doing something wrong, how every torture was justified in a truly sick mind is truly beyond me. I’m certain such people exist in our world, I hope to never meet one. Sins of the Father is difficult to walk away from until you’ve finished the last line. Just when you cannot imagine anything worse that can be done to this man – you are proven wrong. You will feel during this one. Tears will flow at times, although they may be tears of anguish or pity, or even sadness at how anyone could endure what this family will face. By the ending when everything is revealed (although you may guess some of it before then) you will have been through such an emotional wringer, have witnessed a truly chilling artwork of writing and discovered that you have the capability of utterly hating a fictional character with every part of your being. That says a lot.
On a slightly light note in the midst of this frightening review … I saw what you did there Sheryl *grin* In the middle of being frightened out of my skull I found myself bursting out in surprised chuckles when I read sweet Mia’s baby pronunciation of her favorite sweet treat… “choclit”. *glances up at the publishing house information and chuckles once again* I do not know if that was meant or just happened. But I noticed, and in the middle of all this I smiled and that mattered to me. So… well done.
If you are looking for a Mystery Thriller that will scare the socks off you, get your heart pounding and the emotions on their highest level – then have I got a book you should be reading. I would highly recommend Sins of the Father to any reader who enjoys a good mystery, and isn’t afraid to look evil right in the eye. Chillingly brilliant, so fast paced you’ll get whiplash and a look into the devious mind of someone who is truly evil and crazy with not one redeeming quality left in them… that all equals one pretty amazing, completely captivating story.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
Having got pretty much back on track after the events of the last book, with the evil Sullivan finally gone from their lives, three years later, the Adams family are at a wedding when they bump into one of Matthew's niece's friends Jasmine. The initial meeting is uncomfortable enough but the events in the car park mean that Matthew is reluctantly forced to accompany her home for her safety. Next thing, Matthew wakes up in a strange hotel room with blood on his hands and little recollection of what happened. Then a video appears online making his situation even more shocking and he even starts to doubt himself. As things slowly start coming back, it appears evident that he has to try and get to the bottom of things himself before he can face the authorities. And so begins a really rather frenetic roller coaster ride which kept me completely rapt throughout and left me totally satisfied at its conclusion.
Boy did I love this book. I thought the series opener was brilliant and I was wondering how on earth the author would manage to even match it let alone top it, but top it she well and truly did. Poor Matthew, just as things were starting to go good for him, Becky, their daughter Mia and niece Ashley someone rears up, intent on taking all from him. Hitting him every which way, undermining his job, his marriage, his family and his liberty in oh so deliciously evil ways and, for the majority of the book, for no discernible reason. Well, I say that, with hindsight there were quite a few clues that I obviously missed. Some great sleight of hand by the author there, well done! In my defense, I must have got so emotionally involved in what was happening to the lovely Matthew that it all just passed me by really! I did start to cotton on eventually but it wasn't until just before all was revealed and the true nature of Jasmine was uncovered.
All in all, a cracking follow up book to a series opener that I also really enjoyed. I have book three all lined up and ready to go but I think i need a little more time to recover before I see what the author does to Matthew next time.
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