Sins of the Fathers by Catherine Sue Morgan

Sins of the Fathers by Catherine Sue Morgan
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (230 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Ginger

Voted BoM by LASR Readers 2013 copy

Twenty years ago, Rebecca Bennett’s father raped and killed Jack Conroy’s sister. Adopted and her name changed after the tragedy, Becca is desperately searching for her brother, Kevin, who has vanished. He is, as was their father, paranoid schizophrenic, and the string of rapes that is terrorizing the city started only days after he disappeared.

Jack Conroy, Tulsa Police Department detective, is focused with razor sharp intensity on the hunt for the serial rapist whose violence is increasing with every offense. For Jack, it’s personal; he sees his sister’s face in every victim. Aware of Becca only as a trauma therapist, Jack asks her to aid the investigation by working with the original rape survivors. She agrees, and soon her secrets and her life are on the line.

We inherit many things from our biological parents. Whether it be medical conditions or passed on sins either can be a very heavy burden for some off springs to bare. Rebecca and Kevin are two children that carry their father’s haunting sin every day of their lives. Kevin is being treated for mental illness, the same mental illness that plagued his father. Because of her father’s sin, Rebecca, a clinical social worker, has made it her career to help those that have been sexually violated.

Told in such an intense and gripping fashion, this story moved at such a steady pace that I really didn’t notice how long I spent reading it. The characters were strategically placed about the story but not a clue to who the rapist/killer is. Well maybe Rebecca did give clues when she gave a profile reading of the suspect. I’m just being honest I really didn’t find out until the author actually revealed the name of the suspect. I think the entire plot is very interesting in how the sins of fathers carry on into their children in different ways, and how the rapist picked his victims was a interesting shocker to me. I thoroughly enjoyed the author’s writing style. The way she writes is like a reader’s dream…visual surroundings painted so clear, enjoyable characters and a solid thought out plot. Oh and wow I can’t forget the love scene, it was so poetic. The build up of attraction, the intimate touch; this is how a love scene is suppose to be. I enjoyed this story so I’m inclined to read more from this author.

This is a very suspenseful and entertaining read. The writing created a visual that is easy to place yourself in. The characters were described as if they were actual and true people. I enjoyed the attraction between Rebecca and officer Jack Conroy. The secret between them is a very sensitive one and I often found myself wondering how it would play out. However the author did an awesome job in working their issue out. I felt for Rebecca, she is a woman that has a huge kind and loving heart; she wasn’t looking for happiness but she surely did deserve some. Her concern for her brother, her niece and all the women she met through her work and the time she spent volunteering showed her caring spirit. She didn’t have a life of hanging out with the girls, shopping or vacationing, she spent her time in soup kitchens, feeding and caring for the homeless in the area.

The context of rape, murder and mental illness is unfortunately something we see in our world today, but for the author to intertwine such topics into a novel and still have good to over power these unnecessary evils makes for a good read. I must add that I was a little disappointed that there wasn’t much action as I thought there would be when the rapist was caught. Jack was a one man army that took the perp down with not much hassle.

Catherine didn’t just give us a romance story but she built an entirely bigger story around it. Though the subject matter maybe disturbing for some, this is a winning novel that is definitely worth recommending.


  1. Kathy Hurst says:

    This is a great book…. a real pager turner that keeps your interest to the very end….

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