I have to admit that it was the cover that attracted me to this book initially. And although the landscape definitely isn’t Scotland in midwinter, the spilled glass of wine is relevant to the storyline.
EXCERPT: ‘The eulogy was just right – well done.’ He paused, and when his father made no comment said tentatively, ‘Are you coming back to the sitting room? People will want to speak to you.’
‘They’re (his) friends, not mine,’ (his father) said expressionlessly, ‘and they’d want nothing to do with me if they knew I’d killed him.’
‘Dad!’ He stared at him in shock. ‘What are you talking about? Of course you–‘
‘I killed him,’ his father continued over him, ‘as surely as if I’d strung him up on that shower rail.’
ABOUT THIS BOOK: Three families, separate yet joined by the sins of the fathers; sins that will ultimately lead to tragedy.
Mark Richmond’s trip to York takes a surprise detour when he runs into Helena Crawford and ends up accompanying her to her parents’ ruby wedding anniversary in Drumlee, Scotland.
Six months earlier, Mark attended Peter Kingsley’s sixtieth birthday party – the father of his now-estranged wife, Sophie – where Peter was unexpectedly taken ill. Mark’s father, Charles, has been friends with Peter for forty years, but how well does he really know him?
As Peter’s health continues to deteriorate, it seems the Richmonds and the Kingsleys are inextricably entwined by devastating secrets, resentment, betrayal and deceit. And who is Ellie, the girl in the hooded anorak, who appears on the cliff path in Drumlee, pale and shivering from the cold?
MY THOUGHTS: Sins of the Fathers by Anthea Fraser is a quick and easy read, one that is more family drama than mystery. Don’t be put off by the list of characters in the front of the book. There seems to be a lot of them for such a short book, but I had no trouble in keeping track of who was who.
And for such a short book, the author has packed a lot in! The characters are a varied and interesting lot, not always likeable, but interesting. Fraser has a good grasp of family dynamics and friendship, and how demonstrating loyalty can get people into tricky situations not entirely of their own making.
While Sins of the Fathers may lack some of the plot twists and ‘hype’ of the psychological thriller, it is a quietly good read, and there are a few little surprises in the plot. I would definitely read more by this author.
THE AUTHOR: aka Vanessa Graham.
DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Severn House via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of Sins of the Fathers by Anthea Fraser for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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