Book Review #53: The Sins of the Father by Jeffrey Archer

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Title: The Sins of the Father (The Clifton Chronicles 2)

Author: Jeffrey Archer

Genre: Historical Fiction

Format: Paperback

Date of Publication: September 1st 2012

Publisher: Pan Publishing

ISBN13: 9780330517935

Only days before Britain declares war on Germany, Harry Clifton, hoping to escape the consequences of long-buried family secrets,
and forced to accept that his desire to marry Emma Barrington will never be fulfilled, has joined the Merchant Navy.
But his ship is sunk in the Atlantic by a German U-boat, drowning almost the entire crew.  An American cruise liner, the SS Kansas Star, rescues a handful of sailors,

among them Harry and the third officer, an American named Tom Bradshaw.  When Bradshaw dies in the night, Harry seizes on the chance to escape his tangled past and assumes his identity.

But on landing in America, he quickly learns the mistake he has made, when he discovers what is awaiting Bradshaw in New York.  Without any way of proving his true identity, Harry Clifton is now chained to a past that could be far worse than the one he had hoped to escape.

This book got over even before I could say Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
Like Agatha Christie, Jeffrey Archer is a permanent part of my life now.  Don’t know why I never picked up his books earlier in life. If you want an amazing and fulfilling time reading a novel, Archer is the man you should go to. He never, in the name of the Lord, disappoints you,
The Sins of the Father is book 2 in the Clifton Chronicles and I enjoyed it more than book 1.  I read book 2 seven months after book 1 but it felt like I read it just the other day. Harry, Emma, Giles, all welcomed me back into their story with warm, open arms. Unlike most historical fiction books, I flew through this book. You could say the book was charged with Red Bull. The plot is so captivating that you can’t help but dive into the story. Haven written in short chapters was such a huge point in favour of this book. Never for a moment you come across a dull paragraph. Crisp and to-the-point writing made me make sure to devour every sentence written in the book. It felt as if each word chosen carefully, had to go through an examination process to see if it was fit to be used and then, and only then, was it written in the story. I love how Archer actually mixes in a good amount of real life incidences into the fiction, making the story as real as possible. Also, Archer is great with subtle but impactful revelation which makes your mind go berserk. Most of these revelations are equivalent of a crack of a whip, or a punch in your gut, or the floor giving away under your foot. My mind and heart ran through all sorts of emotions a human is capable of. This book made me look like a drug addict, I couldn’t stop until I knew what happened next. I even lost one night’s sleep wondering how everything will come to a beautiful end. I would have done an all nighter and completed this book in a day if I hadn’t had to wake up early next day. I am so into the story that I picked the next book and glanced through the first chapter. It will be sometime before I read book 3, but I know for sure that I’m up for a treat. The Sins of the Father is an absolute must read!

Final Verdict:
The Sins of the Father by Jeffrey Archer gets 5 out of 5 stars from me.

About the author:
archerJeffrey Archer was educated at Oxford University. He served five years as a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons and has served twenty-six years as a Member of the House of Lords. Now published in 97 countries and more than 37 languages, all of his novels and short story collections—including Kane & Abel, Only Time Will Tell and This Was a Man—have been international bestsellers. Jeffrey is married with two sons and three grandchildren, and lives in London, Cambridge and Majorca.

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