Book 98: ARC Review of ORIGINAL SIN by Beth McMullen

ARC Title:     Original Sin: A Sally Sin Adventure
Author:         Beth McMullen
Publisher:     Hyperion
ISBN:           978-1-4013-2421-6
Release Date: July 2011

Lucy Hamilton is not your typical housewife and stay-at-home mom. She is fluent in over 15 languages and lethal if physically attacked. Lucy is a former covert agent, known as Sally Sin, with United States Agency for Weapons of Mass Destruction or USAWMD. She spent years traveling the world doing whatever it took to ensure global safety. Now she spends her days taking care of her three year old son, Theo. Her husband, Will Hamilton, thinks that she was a government analyst prior to her retirement. Her entire life, prior to her marriage, is fiction. Just when Lucy thinks she is becoming paranoid about someone following her, she finds out that her nemesis, Ian Blackford, is alive and has returned to the US. Then the fun begins.

There are so many twists and turns in this story, it is sometimes difficult to keep track of everything that is going on. We flashback to Lucy’s childhood, her early days with USAWMD, her final days with USAWMD, the early part of her marriage and before you know you’re back to the present. Ms. McMullen does a relatively good job of tying together the main and sub plot lines. The characters are somewhat believable although plausibility seems stretched at times. Lucy is confident and then diffident, self-assured then doubtful and fearful. Her husband is a relatively minor character and we never really get to know him. Theo, their son, has more presence in the story and a better personality than his father. Perhaps this is because a mother is willing to do pretty much anything to protect her children. And Lucy definitely fits into this category. She sits in a coffee shop across the street from Theo’s preschool just to ensure no one goes in that shouldn’t be there.

I became bogged down at times and my reading slowed because of the numerous sub-plot lines. Even though this is not a book that I would have chosen to read, and I doubt if I’d even re-read it, it is a well-written and decent read. I give Original Sin 2.5/5 simply because it didn’t really keep my attention and was too involving with all of the action taking place.

DISCLOSURE: I received this book free through the Early Reviewers Program at I was not paid, required or otherwise obligated to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”