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Sins of the Father

Published Date: February 28, 2017

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Book 2 - DI Matthew Adams series

320 pages


What if you’d been accused of one of the worst crimes imaginable?

Detective Inspector Matthew Adams is slowly picking up the pieces from a case that nearly cost him the lives of his entire family and his own sanity too. On the surface, he seems to be moving on, but he drinks to forget – and when he closes his eyes, the nightmares still come.

But the past is the past – or is it? Because the evil Patrick Sullivan might be out of the picture, but there’s somebody who is just as intent on making Matthew’s life hell, and they’re doing it in the cruelest way possible.

When Matthew finds himself accused of a horrific and violent crime, will his family stand by him? And will he even be around to help when his new enemy goes after them as well?

Book 2 – Detective Inspector Matthew Adams series. Book 1 – After She’s Gone. Book 3 – Deadly Intent.

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Sheryl Browne

Sheryl BrowneSheryl Browne brings you edgy, sexy contemporary fiction and psychological thriller. A member of the Crime Writers’ Association, Romantic Novelists’ Association and awarded a Red Ribbon by The Wishing Shelf Book Awards, Sheryl has several books published and two short stories in Birmingham City University anthologies, where she completed her MA in Creative Writing.

Sheryl lives in Worcestershire with her husband, son and a variety of disabled dogs. According to readers of her thrillers, she also apparently makes an excellent psychopath.

Sins of the Father is the second book in Sheryl’s Detective Inspector Matthew Adams series.

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Customer Reviews


  1. Ruth N
    Ruth N at

    ‘Sins of the Father’ starts a few years after book one, ‘After She’s Gone’, it’s not absolutely necessary to read this in order, but I recommend that you do. Both are excellent and without cliffhangers. Within a few pages our lovely policeman, DI Matthew Adams, is on the run having been drugged and accused of rape and murder. It’s all pretty intense (not late night reading for me) and I constantly wondered how Matthew could ever prove his innocence.
    With everything that happens in Matthew’s life, this will probably discourage anyone thinking of joining the police force, just remember – it’s fiction.

  2. Maureen
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    …This is a fast paced, gripping action thriller. As with all of Sheryl’s books I would suggest finding yourself a comfy chair, switch off your phones and get yourself a large glass of wine and some chocolate… you will need it!
    Reviewed by Maureen at MoMo’s Book Diary.
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  3. Marsha
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    ….f you are looking for a Mystery Thriller that will scare the socks off you, get your heart pounding and the emotions on their highest level – then have I got a book you should be reading. I would highly recommend Sins of the Father to any reader who enjoys a good mystery, and isn’t afraid to look evil right in the eye. Chillingly brilliant, so fast paced you’ll get whiplash and a look into the devious mind of someone who is truly evil and crazy with not one redeeming quality left in them… that all equals one pretty amazing, completely captivating story.
    Reviewed by Marsha at Keeper Bookshelf
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    ALISON at

    …So to sum up another blinder from Sheryl .. make some time, lock the doors, ignore everyone and disappear into the world of Sin! Fast-paced, full of tension and a fair amount of ewwww moments, rats in case anyone is wondering!!
    Reviewed by Alison at Ali the Dragon Slayer
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  5. ANNE W
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    …I think it’s the only time I’ve ever got so excited about something gritty, graphic and violent – it’s just not my usual kind of reading, really. But it’s a tribute to Sheryl Browne’s excellent writing that I think she’s actually done it again – an edge-of-the-seat nail biter of a thriller that I enjoyed without reservation. It’d be unforgivable of me to give away any of the story line, but if you read the first book (not essential – easy to catch up) and think Patrick was a monster… just wait until you encounter the villain of this one!
    Reviewed by Anne at Being
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  6. Donna
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    ..This was a well written and gripping thriller from Sheryl Browne. It had me on the edge of my seat and wanting to shout instructions to help them through the pages. I love how versatile Sheryl is as a writer, and how she engages her readers within the lives of her characters. I was rooting so much for Matthew and family from the start.
    Reviewed by Donna at Bookish Bits
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  7. Suze
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    …Her story is unpredictable and filled with unexpected twists and turns. It’s a gruesome, but emotional read, that’s both surprising and really good. Sheryl Browne’s descriptive, realistic and energetic writing always manages to hit me like a ton of bricks and that’s exactly what I enjoy so much about her stories.
    Reviewed by Suze at With Love for Books.
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  8. Hand on heart I can’t say I’ve ever read a bad book from Sheryl Browne. In fact her writing just gets better and better.

    In After She’s Gone we were introduced to DI Matthew Adams. We learnt how he’d suffered as a boy, being bullied and much worse, by Patrick Sullivan. The reason for such hatred? Because his father was a policeman. Sullivan was someone who matured into a hardened criminal; a psychopath intent on destroying Matthew in the cruellest most painful way possible – by targeting his family. I loved Matthew for his honesty, his bravery in the face of great danger and the way – given the stressful situations he was often put in – he coped with his asthma. For me he was the perfect hero.

    Sins of the Father finds him caught up in yet another nightmare when he wakes up in a hotel room covered in blood and can’t remember how he got there. A body is discovered and Matthew finds himself on the run as he battles to prove his innocence. Who would do this and why do certain aspects of this murder trigger echoes from the past? Then his young daughter is kidnapped. This brings him face to face with the killer where an even more brutal fate awaits him.

    I’m not going to give anything else way, only to say I became so immersed in this book that I stayed up until 1.20 in the morning to finish it – and I don’t do that very often!

    This story is a page turning white knuckle ride which left me even more smitten with DI Adams. I now eagerly await the next book in the series.

    All in all an exciting and gripping five star sequel.

  9. Deirdre Ryan
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    Wowsers!!! I have literally just finished this book and I’m all over the place. This book is an absolute gut wrenching, heartbreaking, edge of the seat read.
    The story centres around DI Matthew Adams and his wonderful family. He is unknowingly plunged into Internet fame and for the very worst reason possible. With no memory of the incident it’s up to him to try and determine what happened and who is out to get him.
    This book is brilliantly written. I loved the Adams family and hated the “bad guy”. The characters are so easy to relate to. You feel the heartbreak and devastation right along side them. There were times reading this book that I didn’t think my heart was going to make it.
    Read this book. Lock yourself in a room….bring tissues and wine!!! A fantastic book!!

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