Debra V. (Kenosha, WI)
Loved this quick read and can't wait for future installments about Sally Sin -- A California style mother/housewife/spy!
Joan V. (Miller Place, NY)
The Spy Who Comes in from the cold
I wasn’t expecting to like this book very much. The shocking pink cover screamed “chick lit.” At first I thought Ms. McMullen was trying too hard to be funny/cute. The premise of the book – a former undercover agent who has been a stay at home wife/mother for nine years is pulled back into the world of espionage did quickly lure me in.
Once I got into the book I really did enjoy it! Ms. McMullen is an excellent writer. She makes the transitions from "Sally’s" current life to her past seamlessly. There is no problem for the reader to follow the story. It is a fast read, perfect for vacation, plane or beach reading. Not particularly suited for a book club, but lots of fun.
Would I read any sequels? Possibly titled "Venial Sin", "Mortal Sin" or "Deadly Sin"? Probably. However, I would love for her to write something a little more weighty to showcase her talent. I am really looking forward to reading more books by this writer.
Portia A. (Mount Laurel, NJ)
A good choice
On Tuesday we had 14 inches of snow on the ground and I had a virus..the sofa and a book were in order. "Original Sin" was the perfect choice. A fun book with an interesting twist, it helped restore my good humor. Now for snow and in July for the beach, this is a good book to have.
Joyce S. (Tyrone, GA)
Getting into this book was a little difficult for me. Lucy Hamilton seemed a flippant and totally self absorbed stay-at-home mom of a 3 yr old telling a 1st person story that was a bit boring. As insights into her past life unfold she becomes a bit more interesting. The development of her back-story through jumps to tales from the past was not especially smooth and sometimes a bit confusing. Eventually the past and present start intersecting and things move more quickly. By the end of the book I liked her a lot but found myself feeling that too many of the things that happened seemed a little too unbelievable to make me take her and her story seriously.
Dorothy M. (Maynard, MA)
She's a Bird - She's a Plane
Lucy Parks Hamilton is a suburban stay at home Mom with a 3 year old son and a husband who is saving the world one tree at a time. But when she was Sally Sin, she was an agent for the U.S. Agency for Weapons of Mass Destruction - saving the world by eliminating one terrorist at a time. In her novel "Original Sin" - with a plot straight from a comedic action film- Beth McMullen has written a perfect page turner beach book as Sally - or Lucy - tries to keep the fall out from her old life from destroying her new one.