"Sins of the Mother" By August Norman: Review/Giveaway

 Review by Sandra Murphy

 Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of the book and links to purchase it.

Caitlyn Bergman knows who her mother, Maya, was/is but never knew the identity of her biological father. She’s shocked to get a phone call from a sheriff in Oregon asking her to identify remains of a woman, possibly her mother, found in the woods. Viewing the body, there’s no way to tell for sure. They’ll have to wait for DNA results.

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In the meantime, Caitlyn’s job as a journalist is less than satisfactory, so a few days off might be a good idea. It seems the dead woman belonged to what is viewed as a cult. All the members are women, their leader the only man. They live peacefully, are mostly disliked, but if a townswoman is in trouble, she knows the cult will take her in. 

The sheriff has a key to a safe deposit box, but Caitlyn has to be present to open it. Inside is her mother’s journal detailing how she went from low level porn star and prostitute to a Daughter of God, who believes the world will come to a fiery end—and soon.

Also, a vote is on the ballot to decide if California should be divided into three states. The northern towns feel they aren’t being represented as it is now. Caitlyn talks her editor into letting her write about it as an excuse to stay in Oregon waiting for the DNA test results. 

 Larsen is a big name in town. Johnny, of the younger generation, is more into starting his own militia than running the family logging business. He only has three members, but they are heavily armed. He also thinks the Daughters of God kidnapped his thirteen-year-old daughter and he’s going to get her back no matter who has to die. 

If all that’s not enough to deal with, California is on fire, and it’s headed to Oregon.  

This is book two in the thriller series. Book one, Come and Get Me, was reviewed here. Caitlyn is a strong woman, adopted and raised by her cop dad. Her job as a journalist often puts her into dangerous situations, but she’s able to think on her feet and get herself out of most situations. Her sidekick, Lakshmi, of Indian heritage raised in England, now transplanted to Koreatown, California, make a nice foil for Caitlyn. Lakshmi can be rather needy where Caitlyn is distant. Based on the ending of this book, I suspect that will change in future stories. As with all thrillers, the pace will leave readers breathless.    

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Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the Arch in St. Louis Missouri. She writes about eco-friendly topics, pets and wildlife for magazines and reviews mysteries and thrillers for KRL. A collection of her short stories, published by Untreed Reads, From Hay to Eternity: Ten Tales of Crime and Deception can be found at all the usual outlets. Each one is a little weird and all have a twist you won't see coming.

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