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For 25 years, the word was Nathan Sitteroff had willed himself to die and gave himself leukemia a year later. But his daughter Lisa, now grown, in her search to uncover the truth surrounding the puzzling death of her brilliant scientist father finds a cache of deep secrets--ones that start to destroy her family, marriage, and sanity. The facts Lisa uncovers are shocking and come at a high cost. More

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Words: 119,290
Language: English
ISBN: 9781466083271
About C. S. Lakin

C. S. Lakin writes novels in numerous genres, focusing mostly on contemporary psychological mysteries and allegorical fantasy. Her novel Someone to Blame (contemporary fiction) won the 2009 Zondervan First Novel competition 2009 (published October 2010). Lakin’s Gates of Heaven fantasy series for adults (AMG-Living Ink Publishers) features original full-length fairy tales in traditional style. Already in print are the first books in the series, The Wolf of Tebron, The Map across Time, and The Land of Darkness, with four more to follow. Her contemporary mystery Innocent Little Crimes made the top one hundred finalists in the 2009 Amazon Breakout Novel Award contest, earning her a Publisher’s Weekly review stated her book was “a page-turning thrill-ride that will have readers holding their breaths the whole way through.”

Lakin grew up collating television scripts for her screenwriter mother. As an adult, Susanne assisted in developing series for television, and while raising two daughters and running a bed and breakfast inn in northern California wrote her first three novels and a cookbook. She currently works as a freelance copyeditor and writing mentor, specializing in helping authors prepare their books for publication. She is a member of The Christian PEN (Proofreaders and Editors Network), CEN (Christian Editor Network), CAN (Christian Authors Network—regular blogger), ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers), and two regional writers’ groups. She edits for individuals, small publishing companies, and literary agents.

In addition to her mysteries and fantasy series, she has also written the first book in a Young Adult sci-fi adventure series: Time Sniffers. She recently completed Intended for Harm, a contemporary take-off on the biblical story of Jacob and Joseph and is developing a swashbuckling dog memoir in the style of Moby Dick entitled A Dog after God’s Own Heart. She lives in Santa Cruz, CA, with her husband Lee, a gigantic lab named Coaltrane, and three persnickety cats.

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Review by: Glynn Young on Oct. 26, 2011 :
In Conundrum, Lisa Sitteroff is watching her marriage fall apart, one brother increasingly bent on suicide, another brother who floats from job to job and relationship to relationship with a seeming dedication to making nothing last. And then there’s Ruth Sitteroff, their mother, who seems a character right out of Mommie Dearest.

Lisa’s father is dead, dying when she was a young child of what her mother describes as self-induced leukemia. It is Lisa’s father who sits at the heart of the story, as Lisa decides she wants to know the man who as her father. Her marriage falls apart and her husband leaves home; she and her mother have a major quarrel and falling out. And Lisa embarks on a journey, both physical and allegorical, to learn what she can about her father. And what she learns strips away both pretence and what has covered over lies and deceit.

Liss grows over the course of the book, She becomes more recognizable, more human and, gradually, more sympathetic and she unfolds the truth about her father, her mother and her brothers. The story ends well, but the reader stays tense getting there.
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Review by: queenofsheba50 on Oct. 24, 2011 :
I love this book!!! Read it in one sitting
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Review by: Ann Lee Miller on Oct. 21, 2011 :
C.S. Lakin grabbed me by the heart and swept me into the lives of her characters. I ached for their brokenness and cheered for their soul-deep relationships. It was one of those books I flew through and wished for more. Intense and satisfying.
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Review by: Catherine Leggitt on Oct. 17, 2011 :
This is not an easy book to read. Most of the time, it's intense and gut-wrenching. But I recognized myself in some of the characters. There's drama aplenty, betrayal, layers of secrets to unfold. After all, relationships are one of the toughest things to do well. What do you do about the unanswerable questions in your own life? Is it really true that the truth will set you free? This is a book that explores important issues in a way that keeps you turning the pages.
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Review by: Barbara Rose Brooker on Oct. 16, 2011 :
This novel is the kind of book that you can't stop reading. When I read it I felt like a voyeur, peeking into a world that I'm not supposed to be in--one that I can identify with, that most people are afraid of. The honesty, the sheer beauty of the writing is breathtaking. I can't stop thinking about the characters in this book, and I believe that Lakin is one of our great writers.
Also, this is a novel that I have underlined, as there is great wisdom and insights in the pain.
Barbara Rose Brooker
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Review by: Lee Miller on Oct. 16, 2011 :
If you love an intense relational drama, literary writing, and a heart-wrenching story wrapped in a fascinating mystery, don't miss this. The book explores a mystery that takes place in the aerospace industry during the Cold War and space race, and the author does a great job in showing how oppressive relatives can be toxic and must be removed from our lives. She also delves into the pain of bipolar illness, and even though so much of the book is heavy, it is also beautifully life-affirming and hopeful in the end. A masterpiece!
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