So, today I’m closing the blog tour for Sins of the Fathers by Les Cowan. A big thank you to Amber from Midas for inviting me and providing me with a copy of the book to review.
Let’s jump right in…
Father Ramon was a priest with a problem. How can a normal healthy young man cope with both the demands of the priesthood and his attraction to women? Appealing to the bishop doesn’t help. Do what you must but make sure I don’t find out, was the astonishing reply. Fifteen years later, Ramon comes out of prison. Instead of feeling guilt and remorse, he is now bent on revenge against those who testified against his shocking exploitation of children. Most are easy to find but there is one last piece missing in his puzzle: Andrea has moved to Edinburgh. David Hidalgo continues to pastor his church. Nowadays, this includes an English chat group for the many young people leaving Spain and looking for work in Edinburgh, people like Andrea. As Andrea slowly realises her past has terrifyingly become her present, once again David Hidalgo finds himself in the middle of a problem he wasn’t looking for. Can David help halt Ramon’s revenge or will there be further casualties… – Goodreads –
I believe this is the third book in the David Hidalgo series of which I haven’t read the first two (this seems to be a running theme) however I didn’t feel like that was a disadvantage at all. There are references to the first books however we are given enough substance to understand what has happened previously.
The characters are really well developed and I could definitely relate to them, I enjoyed the diversity among the group of friends who came together when they needed each other.
I really enjoyed being able to travel to both Edinburgh and Spain, they are beautiful settings and definitely add to the book, I’ve never been to those places yet the author managed to make me feel like I was there.
Sins of the Fathers covers a relevant but taboo topic of child abuse being committed by priests, I believe that this was handled really well, there are no graphic scenes or descriptions thankfully. Following this plot we found ourselves in the mind of Ramon who was convicted 7 years ago and has recently been released ready to take his revenge. Which was actually my favourite part of the story.
Even though there was a lot happening in this book I just felt it was missing something, I was left wanting to have felt more.
Overall I found this book paced a little slower than I usually enjoy however the book as a whole is really captivating.
So who is Les Cowan?
Les Cowan is a novelist from Scotland. He graduated from Edinburgh University with a degree in English Language and Literature and has worked in the criminal justice system. Currently based in Orkney, Les has lived in Madrid, Edinburgh and Galicia, all of which are locations brought to life in his writing. His previous novels featuring David Hidalgo include Benefit of the Doubt and All That Glitters.
-Catch Up on the Past Stops From the Tour-
See you in the next one…