The Official Blurb…….

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

Trauma runs deep
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.

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

Forgive his sins
But someone must pay for the sins of the father…

My review

This is a story of one woman’s fight against her “others” who have existed in her head following years of childhood neglect and trauma . The story follows Rebecca through a turbulent and tragic childhood through to the present day where she is a successful manager working in the third sector, but, all is not well. The author expertly describes the torment caused by the multiple voices in her head…they even have names, Samantha being the most menacing “other”. It’s often difficult to know whether the “real” Rebecca is present or if her “others” are driving her behaviour and actions, which are often disturbing and shocking. Just when you think Rebecca’s life can’t get any more complex, it does.

The plot is intertwined with some other key characters who at first seem harmless but all turn out to have a vested interest in Rebecca and a link to the horrors of her childhood. The story describes how Rebecca and more importantly how her “others” react to each of these people, how they define her and the terrible toll they have on Rebecca. This book is intense in every way and not for the faint hearted, from the plot to the characters, to the implications and social issues described throughout. It is very different to many of the police procedurals or psychological thrillers that are on the market these days, and this is the book’s strength. Different is good, different is exciting, different is thrilling.

The author, expertly, takes us into a very troubled mind that is both intriguing and disturbing.

This is a story of childhood abuse, mental illness, revenge with twists and turns woven throughout that will shock the reader to their core. The characters are difficult to warm to given the subject matter and nature of the story line, but you will find yourself empathising and rooting for Rebecca despite her disturbing personality.

Buy the book

You can get your copy of Sins of the Father directly from Red Dog Press, or on Kindle, at the links below:

Red Dog Press

Kindle version

About the author

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 over at Chapterinmylife and is delighted to be crossing over to the other side of the fence to become a writer. Sharon’s debut novel, Sins of the Father, is out November 2020 and is published by Red Dog Press.

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!

It’s been a pleasure

Thank you to Red Dog Press for including Ally’s Book Reviews in the blog tour, I very much look forward to seeing what’s next from Sharon Bairden who is definitely an author to watch out for.



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