WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT
Henry Gilman has spent years trying to separate himself from his father’s legacy of murder and insanity. Now he has the chance – all he has to do is figure out who’s been killing people in Innsmouth. Then he’ll be a hero and win the heart of the woman he loves, Flora Marsh. But soon he’s caught in a web of danger, with the undead stalking the streets at night, a terrible monster lurking below the city, and a prophecy of destruction about to come true. In the process, his actions cause unwanted consequences and to save Flora he has to do the very thing he’s spent his life trying to avoid – follow his father’s footsteps into madness.
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WHY YOU SHOULD READ THIS BOOK
A TROUBLED HERO
“Not you, ma’am. I’m here for him.” Flannery pointed at me.
“Appears the apple don’t fall far from the crazy tree.”Sins of Father by JG Faherty
The precise words the protagonist, Henry, does not want to hear. However, he has been carrying the weight of these words his whole life. Thus, begins Sins of the Father by J G Faherty with the main character buried under the sins of his father.
FAST-PACED AND THRILLING
The opening chapter is gory, action-packed, thrilling, and lays the foundation of a town gripped in the embrace of fog and a deadly plague. It is also fast-paced. To his credit, Faherty maintains the frenetic pace till the last page which helped me make short work of this book in three days.
The first half of the book unravels the burning question: what did Henry’s father do which made him a pariah among the people of Innsmouth? On the other hand, the second half deals with Henry’s dilemma when he is forced to choose between personal happiness and greater good resulting in a captivating story.
I wish I could tell what evil Henry is up against (as that would be a spoiler). However, the lead up to its revelation is suspenseful and laden with clues for the reader to draw her conclusions while Henry puts two and two together to realize the magnitude of horror he is up against.
SO MANY TWISTS
At first, Sins of the Father seems like a story of a son paying for his father’s crimes. However, the author soon springs a surprise. What’s more, the unexpected twists, sometimes tragic, keep on coming making the story better and darker.
The book charts Henry’s descent into madness, just like his father, the very thing he loathed to become. While he starts as a good guy with a firm set of beliefs, by the midpoint of the book, his character transitions into the grey zone, thereby, increasing the mystery quotient of the story. Will Henry go down the same path as his father, or will he make different choices? The story ends in a cliff-hanger hinting towards the possibility of a sequel which I look forward to reading.
AN ODE TO LOVECRAFT
The book is entertaining from start to finish. Even if I did not always agree with the protagonist’s actions, I could not help but be glued to the pages to find out what is next. Moreover, the Lovecraftian creatures in the novel are very well-described, enough to give the faint-hearted readers nightmares.
I will confess I am vaguely familiar with Lovecraft’s works. However, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and had no difficulty in escaping to Innsmouth, the town where this story is set.
J G Faherty’s Sins of the Father is perfect for fans of Lovecraft; however, those who are not, or even those who have never read Lovecraft will love reading this darkly atmospheric cosmic horror tale.
There are many gory scenes, so, pick it up if you have the stomach to handle these.
Many thanks to Anne Cater @Random Things Tours for organizing this blog tour. Many thanks to the publisher for my copy of the book. This does not affect my opinion on the book. I opted to provide an honest review on my blog.
Genre: Thrillers / Suspense || Pages: 256 || Price: £20.00 || Series: Fiction Without Frontiers || Imprint: FLAME TREE PRESS
A life-long resident of New York’s haunted Hudson Valley, JG Faherty is the author of 7 novels, 10 novellas, and more than 75 short stories, and he’s been a finalist for both the Bram Stoker Award® (The Cure, Ghosts of Coronado Bay) and ITW Thriller Award (The Burning Time). His latest novels are Hellrider and Sins of the Father. He writes adult and YA horror, science fiction, dark fantasy, and paranormal romance, and his works range from quiet, dark suspense to over-the-top comic gruesomeness.
He is actively involved in various professional writers’ organizations,
including serving as a mentor and library liaison, and he conducts writing
programs for young adults at local libraries and schools.
As a child, his favorite playground was a 17th-century cemetery, which many
people feel explains a lot.