Trigger Warning - Sins of the Father contains triggers including and not limited to child abuse, substance abuse and physical abuse.
An idyllic childhood is a fantasy. Every child has gone through one event or another to know some sort of trauma. One insecurity or another has crept in, self-doubt endured and confidence failed. All these and more are things that every child goes through. It still amazes me that, despite all these, there are compassionate, empathetic, and kind people in the world.
Sins of the Father by Sharon Bairden is a story of how events of the past shape the future. Rebecca’s childhood is anything but idyllic. Horror after horror is heaped on her with the first decade of her life. Sharon Bairden is skilful in her writing. She alludes to the kind of abuse Rebecca endures without being outright ghastly. Yet, the implications and images that arise in the readers’ minds are horrific. The power of the written word is something Bairden has shown exemplary skill with in Sins of the Father.
Part one of Sins of the Father is all about Rebecca’s childhood and her survival. Part two is all about her life as an adult – a life she dedicates to exacting revenge. Once again in these portions, Sharon Bairden is succinct yet powerful in her writing. Managing to draw a picture that seems simple yet complex.
With the return of old acquaintances, the plot unravels. At about 60 per cent through the book, the reader can imagine where the plot leads. Bairden teases the reader and keeps them hooked throughout the book.
Sins of the Father is a tale that is anything but joyous. One can enjoy the writing, the reader can be engrossed in the plot, but it is not something that is light and airy. Sins of the Father is dark. It reminds the reader of the simple luxuries of childhood that one took for granted and to be grateful for them.
Sins of the Father may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it definitely has got a lot to recommend it for.