Review: Original Sin by Beth McMullen

Original Sin: A Sally Sin Adventure (Sally Sin Adventures)

Overview – Original Sin

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: July 2011
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Format: Hardcover , 304pp



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 Thoughts:

Well, I enjoyed the story and the interesting facts about the history of Sally Sin, now known as Lucy.  I did have a really hard time with the writing style of the book, however.  The trouble was that each chapter included flashbacks to Sally’s (Lucy’s) time as an agent with the  UDS.  Each of these flashbacks were written in present tense which was difficult to figure out what was happening at what point in her life.  There were a few times that I had to go back and reread sections of the book to ensure that I had a clear understanding.  I also wish that there was more opportunity to really get to know Lucy in her present life as opposed to Sally in her previous life.  I felt like most of the book focused on the past rather than the future.  I just had a pretty hard time with the style of the book other than that it was pretty good.

My Rating:

Good story just the style was not for me.
*I was given this book as a gift from a non-blogger friend.  This in no way affected my review.

2 thoughts on “Review: Original Sin by Beth McMullen

  1. I started to read this one but I really struggled with it! 🙁 I might try again at some point because I wasn’t entirely in the mood for it, so that might have made a difference.

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