Peggy H. (North East, PA)
Stephanie Plum, look out!
When I received the book, I was a bit put off by the vibrant pink ModSquad cover. I was afraid that instead of being funny and interesting that the book was just going to be stupid. But I was not disappointed--the writing is sharp and funny, and the character interesting...makes me want to read the next adventure. Good to see a female character that can take care of herself!
Andrea L. (Cottonwood Heights, UT)
Exciting Debut Novel
What an exciting debut novel! The storyline in fun, the heroine is quirky and strong, and the complexity of the storyline will allow for an entire series! I simply cannot wait for more. This fun book will make you wonder about that neighbor of yours, you know, the one who had mad judo skills and perfectly manicured nails, who seems really well versed on obscure third world governments and their access to yellow cake uranium. Yeah, that one. Sally Sin, ex-spy must protect her new family from her hidden past, save the world, and clean applesauce from the ceiling. When her ex-boss starts playing his old games and using her as bait for the bad guy, Sally knows she must beat the 'bad' guys as well as the 'good' guys at their own game if she wants to have a chance at a normal life.
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Carm D. (Omaha, NE)
This book was a very good first book. It took me a while to get into it but then it was read to the end. Sometimes Sally Sin is a little too clever with the jargon for my tastes, but most of the time it was an enjoyable read.
Liz M. (Fair Haven, NJ)
The female version of Mitch Rapp?
I love Sally Sin. If Mitch Rapp had a younger sister it would be Sally Sin. Beth McMullen's "Original Sin" is a great story. I very much enjoyed McMullen's style of writing. Filling the reader in with flash backs keeps the story fast paced and crisp. Sally Sin is a great character. She is believable. Sally's dialogue and actions are well worked out and are quite believable. I loved her. She is smart, she has understated beauty, she is funny and a symbol of a new kind of wonderful motherhood.
Simon is everything you would imagine as a "boss of spies." He has an appearance of coldness but you do sense that he does care for and about Sally. He is also believable and well drawn.
I can picture Ian Blackford in my mind. His character is so well thought out and developed. You can feel the tension through the story between Ian and Sally. The differences between Will and Ian are strong. You can see Sally wanting both men. The men, to me, represent the two different lives that Sally yearns for. It is very well done. You don't even have to think about what McMullen is trying to get across to the reader....her writing gives it to you in a highly enjoyable way.
I think that Beth McMullen has written a fantastic book. Great story supported by great,believable characters. My biggest hope is that "Original Sin" is the first in a series for Sally Sin, Ian Blackford, Simon Still, Pauline, Will and The Blind Monk.
Denice B. (Fort Bragg, CA)
The promising premise just didn't deliver. "Original Sin" (same title as a P. D. James mystery) was a bit witty, but mostly it was tedious. The perils recounted in hindsight by the main character were repetitive and didn't lead me anywhere. I was hoping for a more strongly portrayed connection between Mother/ex-spy and toddler, who seemed kind of annoying and one-dimensional.
Sue S. (Saratoga, CA)
Slightly out of focus
Yes, I would recommend this book. I'm sending my copy to my sister. What was good: interesting plot, dialog, and characters. What needed more work: Sally's son was the only character that I could "picture" in my brain. For me, novels like this should be like watching an action flick, where you can "see" the characters. I wish there had been more description of the characters so that I could see them--in my imagination, they did not have clear faces and forms--they were slightly out of focus.
Kathleen W. (Appleton, WI)
Sally Sin Book One
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, despite not all of it being "believable". I had a hard time deciding how to rate the book: I wanted to give it a 5 for sheer fun and reading pleasure, but it simply doesn't have the quality of a 5-star b00k. That being said, I am totally looking forward to the next book in the series, and hope that the author will be able to add character depth without sacrificing the easy flow of the writing. I predict that this series will be wildly successful!