Sins of the Father by Sharon Bairden #bookreview @sbairden @RedDogTweets

On my blog today, I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts on the debut novel by Sharon Bairden, Sins of the Father.


Lucas Findlay thinks he has struck gold when he marries Rebecca, but she married him for one reason only – to destroy him.TRAUMA RUNS DEEPWhen 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 OUTWith her world unravelling around her, Rebecca clings to her determination to make Lucas pay, whatever the cost.FORGIVE HIS SINSBut someone must pay for the sins of the father…
A chilling page-turner from a sharp new Scottish voice.


Sins of the Father by Sharon Bairden is a very dark book. It was a read I was really looking forward to, and it did not disappoint.

The novel covers some tough themes, but it is very gripping, and Sharon’s writing is really immersive. I wanted to read on and find out more about the characters in the book. Sins of the Father is Rebecca’s story, a young woman who has suffered horrific abuse since childhood. Sharon Bairden explores how the abuse she suffered in her early years has impacted her as she grows into a young adult.

I thought it was interesting how my perspective of Rebecca changed as the novel progressed. During the scenes covering her childhood years, I really felt sorry for her. In her adult years, she is fixated on revenge. I can’t say that I blame her for choosing this path. I can imagine anyone in Rebecca’s position would want to let the people who hurt them, know how it made them feel. Her anger comes across very strongly in the book. I felt I warmed more to Rebecca when she was a child. I really wanted her to escape. I felt so angry for her that her mother couldn’t seem to see the danger she was putting her child in. It also makes you think about the people who are going through situations like this in real life, which is all the more disturbing.

Another thing which drives Rebecca is the voices she hears in her head. Sharon Bairden made these voices feel like they were people. It really was chilling seeing how they could easily control Rebecca, and it did make me fearful for her. It made me wonder if they were going to persuade her to do something terrible. You can see just how much they have an impact on her. It makes it quite upsetting to read about at times. These are some very powerful scenes. It shines a light on the topic of mental health, which has been covered a lot recently in the media. It’s a subject that needs to be spoken about more.

There some hard-hitting and shocking twists as Sharon Bairden wraps everything up in an explosive finale. My eyes were glued to my kindle as I was reading. I didn’t want to turn away until I had turned the final page.

Sharon Bairden’s first novel is a powerful, highly engaging debut; she is such a talented writer. I’m really excited to see what she comes up with next. Sins of the Father is the perfect title for this book. It comes highly recommended from me if you like dark crime fiction.

Publisher: Red Dog Press

Publication date: 27th November 2020

Print length: 308 pages

Sins of the Father is available to buy:

Amazon UK

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