on March 16, 2013 :
/I received the book for free from the author through Smashwords/
I loved the intrigue in this book and i just couldn't put it down! I liked most the first chapters, when the tension was just building up and two different centuries were mixing up so well to build one story.
If I had to look for something to criticize, I would say that it was a bit weird not to be preoccupied or at least very surprised that a child that is supposed to be autistic surviving a fire suddenly becomes much more open in a new unknown to him place and with one completely strange person, that he opens up so much that finds a way to communicate his needs and comes out of the stupor, stops rocking himself back and forth and walks around the flat freely.
The other thing that disturbed me a bit was the ending: I would prefer to leave it open and cut the story after Aron's sacrifice, because all the details of the boy's future and happy ending were written in a different style.
But still, I would read any other book by this author without any hesitation and i truly enjoyed it!
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)
on Oct. 2, 2012 :
This is not your typical book and certainly not a predictable ending. It is a great read! I read RJ's first book and loved the ideas and where it went, but I found it quite a difficult book to recommend to others only because, I think, it needed some editing. I was encouraged when I read that this book had been edited and proofed and have to admit, that took the work out of reading it.
This is a book I found difficult to put down with unpredictable twists and turns. It's quite dark and very dramatic, telling the tale of a young preacher unsure of his convictions. He unintentionally plays a huge role in the life of an "autistic" child.
The story of abuse and suffering is heart wrenching and riveting at the same time.
I hope you enjoy this book. I certainly did! I look forward to the next book published by RJ Palmer.
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)
Susan Jean Ricci
on Sep. 26, 2012 :
If you're looking for a scary, paranormal narrative, and one that entertains as well as makes you look over your shoulder in the dark, avoid fire and torture, you've come to the right place with this book.
RJ Palmer bends to no one, and pens her prose via her own style, weaving a modern day histronic, based on her own imagination. For this, she deserves a mighty huge nod.
I've been reading paranormals for more than I care to admit, beginning with The Exorcist. I thought that story was great.
However, after reading, The Sins of the Father, RJ's prose took 'possession' of my mind and swooped me into a completely different level regarding the paranormal and old evils with oh-so-strange histories, combined with the present day.
Without giving away any spoiler alerts, the story begins with a young boy, abandoned to some nasty religious zealots in mid-evil times, centuries ago. The youngster is made to
pay a hefty penance with his very innocence, all because of a terrible injustice done to his older sister, and ultimately caused by The Sins of the Father.
The boy has not known anything akin to kindness, excepting one priest, called Father Jacob...The boy reveres the color purple...
Fast forward to the present day, when Reverend Aaron finds himself scathed into an incredible past and joined with an unspeakable bond with The Boy. Reverend Aaron already has issues, and is questioning not only his faith, but his place within God's realm. When Aaron is introdcuced to an autistic child in a pyschiatric facility, (a child with no known origins or history), Aaron's life is changed forever.
Oh, and one more thing, and this is very important, people: I'm an author. RJ Palmer's book, The Sins of the Father, took me away from my own work for several days. I can think of no better praise than that, from one author to another. An intriguing read and well worth your time.
RJ Palmer has the gift of sharing worlds we know nothing about...Crazy Cool and that's no joke.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
on May 21, 2012 :
I liked this book even though I am still confused about a couple of things. Bowen's plight is heart wrenching. By no fault of the author, I thint I may have to read this again to really understand the parts I am still confused about.
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)
on May 3, 2012 :
I was a beta reader for this and RJ is a friend. Full disclosure aside Sins was a well written and touching story.
The great parts of the story were that the author doesn't spoon feed the plot to the reader, one has to connect the dots on one's own. Bowen is an unfortunate innocent who is the plaything of an ancient power seeking to return to this world. As the title suggests it is due to wrongs and transgressions Bowen was never a part of.
RJ makes you feel and ache for this child and Bowen is the best part of Sins, yet the other main character of Aaron is less sympathetic and didn't take hold of my interest as much as the boy did.
The detractions in Sins are hardly worth mentioning but I wished it could've had a more direct plot. By that I mean there wasn't as much conflict between the two main characters and the ancient evil until the final parts where the story ends.
This by no means makes Sins of the Father a lesser tale it just doesn't quite reach the point I would've had it go as an armchair auteur. Yet the obvious must be stated, I'm not RJ and this isn't my tale, but this is my review, and RJ told the story she wanted to tell the way she wanted to.
In closing RJ writes with a confidence and self assuredness of what she wants to say and how she wants to say it you rarely see.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on May 2, 2012 :
Overall Feedback: To be fair from the start again I will state that this is a book written by my wife and my review may be skewed by this. For this reason I will take away one star from the start so it will be an even playing field.
On to the review…
After her first novel “Birthright” I knew I would be in for a good read and that overall I would enjoy the experience. I however had not expected to enjoy myself as much as I did. As all married couples know, we must be supportive of our spouse and the excursions into what makes them happy. I thought I would do just that and give the token husband “I Love It” speech and that would be that. “Birthright” has not been edited so RJ’s penchant for the overuse of words in her storytelling shined through unimpeded. This time though she went for broke and has had “Sins of the Father” edited and a professional cover created to reflect her growth in both her craft and her understanding of how to publish credible work. I was intrigued by the story and how it transformed throughout the pages. I was taken back when all the small details left in the pages became important in the end. To accurately sum it up, this is RJ’s “here I am” and “I have learned to better my writing” book and I am sure others will agree. I still believe she has more to give and I can only say that it can only get better when the author is still striving to learn more about their craft. Sins delivered far above my expectations of what RJ may have been capable of in writing even before it was edited. She took the reviews from “Birthright” and used that criticism to better her own skills instead of whining and pouting and then quitting. Now after reading the edited version of Sins I would have to say that she is serious about her chosen career and she is doing what she can to be the best. Sins is a great possibility to be her breakout work and I hope it does just that for her. Not because I am her husband but because I am an avid reader (300 books last year) and this has got to be the best I have read since “Indie Chicks”. After reading this book I was actually excited to talk to the author, in person, about what they wrote. I can not believe it but when I look back I was so acting like a fan. So go ahead and at least sample the book. After the sample (50 percent) I am sure you will agree.
Point of View: The story is third person from Bowen/Lucian’s mind.
Voice: In each story we find ourselves relating to the characters in our own way but I really feel that RJ was telling us a little about her feelings as a child in this one. It is only up to us to read between the lines.
Character Development: You find yourself trying to protect Bowen/Lucian through your minds eye and trying to shake Aaron loose from his lost faith. Lena starts off brusk but ends up as your favorite busy body.
Plot: There are things in this universe that defy explanation so this could be true or it could be myth but you will follow along with a dry mouth and panic in your heart for the black is always there.
Dialogue: Seeing that this takes place in the “Midwest” I would have to say the dialogue was spot on for the present day characters. The Welsh dialogue was intriguing to see included as was seeing the author jump back in time and still manage to keep up with the dialogue used.
Pacing: If you are looking for a coffee table read, move on, if not then pull up a comfy chair, blanket and good drink because you will not want to put it down.
Setting: RJ was able to move in and out of past and present settings without disturbing the story. She also was able to keep the descriptions concise but leave room for the reader to imagine where they were without being handheld there.
Continuity: No issues here. RJ was able to lead the reader along and give tidbits here and there but not give away the entire plot. She then ties everything off in the end superbly. The reader will have a moment of “wow” that was why they said this or did this and that is where that came from or that is why that happened. Impressive to the last period.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)