- File Size: 505 KB
- Print Length: 217 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1519623097
- Publisher: Creativia; 2 edition (January 15, 2016)
- Publication Date: January 15, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01APSEVBU
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #356,286 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Near the very end of the book, the riverboat captain asks Michael what it will serve for him to re-open Pandora’s Box, but by this time, it’s too late. The box filled with treachery has spilled openly out into the Mississippi in “a plot so heinous that the devil would most certainly warm up a special place in Hell for him,” referring to Hardin Westwick, a ruthless developer who pays off the right men to get his way. Roman’s book however contains so much more than just a juicy scandal. Filled with sex, betrayal and the shameful racist behavior that makes mature men talk passionately about their pure bloodlines and how to maintain them, even resorting to calculated, perverse plans that include murder. The author uses names and phrases familiar to life in the South, to pull you into a Bayou shack, even cleverly displaying the colors, sights and sounds, even the smell of cooking to make you feel you are closing in on danger. There are so many intriguing moments that will have you turning pages faster to find out what happens, not to mention, there are shocking and unexpected surprises. If you like captivating and exciting stories, you’ll love Whatever Became of Sin?
Now she turns to espionage and political conspiracies and demonstrates that she is just as comfortable here as in her other venues. She opens her Prologue in 2005 in a church where a priest hears a confession of a kidnapping – ‘“They wanted me to kill her… but I wouldn't do it. I couldn't do it…” The priest shifts his position to attention, and his tired voice reflects alertness. “… to kill? Who?” “The baby girl. They wanted me to kill her. I couldn't bear to, so I hid her away, where no one would ever find her, where she would be safe.” “You saved a child's life? What you did was a good thing, not an evil one.” “No, you don't understand,” the man whispers fervently now. “In hiding her away I took an innocent child from her mother and father. I had no choice. I had to do it to save her.” “You kidnapped a child? How could you get away with this? Weren't there people – authorities, the parents - searching for this child?” “No. They never searched for her, Father. You see, they never even knew she was gone. We… I… replaced her at birth with another newborn, and the parents were none the wiser. Then, sadly, this child, the new child they believed was theirs, died tragically, leaving an unfillable void in their lives. I…” “Wait! Wait! Another newborn? You stole a child from its parents and hid that one away, then gave a different child to these same, unsuspecting parents? You stole two babies from their natural parents and switched their identities?” Even the priest who has heard it all expresses revulsion. He makes the sign of the Cross for his unpriestly feelings about this faceless man, wishing somehow he was identifiable through the blasted opaque screen. “Yes. I stole them both, their identities and perhaps their souls as well. I didn't do it alone,” he replies, as though the involvement of others mitigated the crime. The priest sighs deeply and probes deeper, hoping for a clue of some kind, something that would help him solve this mystery that the man clearly does not want solved. “And what did you do with the other child?” “Please don't ask me. I can't tell you, Father. Not just for my sake but for the child's. If the people involved discover she is still alive, they will kill her. I have no doubt about it.”
With that terrifying opening the story unfolds – ‘On a flight to Washington D.C., the past twelve years of Michael Warren’s life begin to unravel. An environmental lobbyist, Michael is on his way to testify before a Senate Committee, and destroy the plans for a housing development built on land tainted with the same toxic waste that killed his six-year-old daughter, Dominique. A cassette handed to Michael by a stranger on the plane changes everything. Michael is sidetracked to New Orleans, where he learns a disturbing truth and faces the most difficult decision of his life: shall he expose those responsible, or compromise to save another child's life?’
With a keen sense of timing and the ability to build tension to levels not often encountered, Roman shows she is a master storyteller. Grady Harp, February 17
If you like a good mystery or enjoy unraveling a twisted tale of suspense, this would be a good pick for you. Will have to keep an eye out for other titles from this author!