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Original Sin Review

Goodreads Description:

On the surface, Lucy Hamilton looks just like all the other stay-at-home San Francisco moms. She takes her three-year-old son, Theo, to the beach, to the playground and to the zoo. She feeds him organic applesauce and free-range chicken. She folds laundry and plays on the floor with Matchbox cars until her knees ache. What no one knows about Lucy, not even her adoring husband, is that for nine years Lucy was Sally Sin, a spy for the United States Agency for Weapons of Mass Destruction. And that’s just the way she wants to keep it – a secret. But when Lucy’s nemesis Ian Blackford, a notorious illegal arms dealer, hits the USAWMD’s radar, the Agency calls Sally Sin back to action to lure Blackford out into the open. Racing against time, Lucy must fight to save herself, her loving family – and, oh right – the world. Hilarious and resonant, ORIGINAL SIN is the story of one woman’s quest to find that most elusive work-life balance in the face of danger, intrigue, and proper recycling habits.

My Review:

I found this book to be a fairly enjoyable read, and it sets itself up for a series very well.

I love how Lucy handles motherhood even in a post-spy paranoid mental state. Her interactions with her son always made me laugh, as did several other scenes. Lucy’s voice as a narrator is so sarcastic and humorous that it can make you smile even when her life is in danger.

The flashbacks were a very useful tool when it came to describing the history between Lucy and Blackford, but I felt that in the end they distracted me from really understanding what was currently going on. It took me forever to realize that Blackford and Blind Monk were working together instead of against each other – in fact, I knew only when Lucy stated it herself. If there weren’t so many flashbacks adding back story, I feel like I would have caught on sooner. I don’t know if that is a negative thing or not, just an observation.

I like how this book clearly sets itself up for a series, or at least a sequel. Will still doesn’t know the truth about his wife. Blackford isn’t dead. Lucy hasn’t found out about the Group her parents worked for or what they were doing, just that they knew Director Gray. She hasn’t told any of her friends about having worked for the USAWMD, though one has admitted to her that he is ex-CIA. I also want to know what happens to Avery and her husband, who is apparently cheating on her with another guy. And what about the neighbor who is no longer mentioned by the end of the book? Hasn’t he noticed things going on at Lucy’s?

I am definitely looking forward to more books about Lucy. Or Sally, whichever you want to call her. But I know she prefers Lucy.

Rating: 4/5

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June 23, 2011 - Posted by | Reading

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