What if you’d been accused of one of the worst crimes imaginable?

Detective Inspector Matthew Adams is slowly picking up the pieces from a case that nearly cost him the lives of his entire family and his own sanity too. On the surface, he seems to be moving on, but he drinks to forget – and when he closes his eyes, the nightmares still come.

But the past is the past – or is it? Because the evil Patrick Sullivan might be out of the picture, but there’s somebody who is just as intent on making Matthew’s life hell, and they’re doing it in the cruelest way possible.

When Matthew finds himself accused of a horrific and violent crime, will his family stand by him? And will he even be around to help when his new enemy goes after them as well?

Titles in the DI Matthew Adams series include:  After She’s Gone – Sins of the Father

Title:  Sins of the Father
Series:  DI Matthew Adams #2
Author:  Sheryl Browne
Genre:  Mystery, Thriller
Published:  February 28, 2017
Publisher:  Dark Choc Lit
My Rating:  5 stars

Even after tragedy and the actions of a madman have touched one’s life – life does move on, simply differently than it might have been.  For Matthew and his family things may have settled after the death of the vile Patrick Sullivan, but they certainly aren’t perfect.  They’ve been blessed with a daughter, Mia, a sweet toddler and their niece, Ashley is settling in to the drama of the teen years but Ashley will always be more adult than teen, she’s been through too much in her young life to not be considered grown at this point.  Matthew and Becky have not fared so well.  Matthew’s inability to talk to anyone about what’s happened, not even to Becky is affecting not only his marriage but his career as well.  His need to protect his family from any possible danger, even himself, will be the downfall to his marriage if he doesn’t change.

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.*

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