BBNYA Finalist: Sins of the Father by Sharon Bairden

Sins of the Father: A disturbing and heart-stopping debut by Sharon Bairden
Published by Red Dog Press on November 27th 2020
Genres: Thriller

"A dark, haunting tale of secrets, betrayal and the devastating price of revenge." —T.M. Logan, author of The Holiday and The Catch.

Lucas Findlay thinks he has struck gold when he marries Rebecca, but she married him for one reason only – to destroy him.


When her past comes back to haunt her, Rebecca begins to disconnect from herself and the world around her. As secrets are unearthed, she begins to fear for her sanity… and her life.


With her world unravelling around her, Rebecca clings to her determination to make Lucas pay, whatever the cost.


But someone must pay for the sins of the father…

A chilling page-turner from a sharp new Scottish voice.

Thank you to The Write Reads and the author for a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. This post is part of the finalist tour for BBNYA. Sins of the Father won second place in the competition.

I hardly read any crime or thriller books so I was hesitant about signing up for this tour but decided to do so anyway. All of the BBNYA finalists are great and since I’m always looking to expand my horizons, I thought I’d give it a shot. Sadly, I didn’t get too far into the book before I couldn’t read on anymore. There are a lot of content warnings for Sins of the Father and I overestimated how I’d cope with them. So I only read the first part of the book, about Rebecca’s childhood.

When I was a teen, I read the book Het Verrotte Leven van Floortje Bloem by Yvonne Keuls. It’s a Dutch literary work that follows Floortje in her descent and many of the same topics are discussed. Drug usage, prostitution, desperation, love, and loss. Sins of the Father reminded me heavily of that, but I’m not at a place in my life right now where I have the strength to read about these topics without feeling too much.

It was well written and the young Rebecca actually sounded like a young girl, instead of an adult voice talking about her past experiences. I haven’t read on after this.

If crime/thriller is your genre, and you don’t mind reading about difficult topics, you should definitely check it out.

About Sharon Bairden

By day Sharon Bairden is the Services Manager in a small, local independent advocacy service and has a passion for human rights; by night she has a passion for all things criminal. She blogs about books at Chapterinmylife and is delighted to be crossing over to the other side of the fence to become a writer. Sharon lives on the outskirts of Glasgow, has two grown up children, a grandson, a Golden Labrador and a cat. She spends most of her spare time doing all things bookish, from reading to attending as many book festivals and launches as she can. She has been known to step out of her comfort zone on the odd occasion and has walked over burning coals and broken glass – but not at the same time!

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