Rose’s Sin: A Prequel – by Nancy Glynn – Review

Wish I had read it sooner…

….Then everything in the sequel would have made much more sense: esp. why the characters and situations were like the way they were. Anyway, now that you know it, don’t do what I did and buy this prequel before Black 21: things would make much more sense then.

The prequel is shorter in length, but the menacing and eerie nature of atmosphere is very much there. I liked the fact that Rose is a multilayered personality who is portrayed quite realistically as the ‘straying’ wife and no matter how hard she tries to use God as her shield (“I really shouldn’t be here. He might follow me. I don’t want anyone else hurt. I just want God”), you get a good feeling that her mind is dirty (she goes to the extent of getting herself pregnant with her paramour’s child); in fact, she even hates her last name because it reminds her of her husband. I like gray characters like her; truth to be told, I have been reading a few books of this genre and am quite sick and tired of all the ‘goody goody’ female characters of those books, so Rose’s character was like a breath of fresh air.

The rest of the characters did not impress me all that much – Father Mark, at times, seemed more like a plot device (note that this is just my impression and may not be how the author intended the character to be) than a solid character. Religious overtones are still very much there but thankfully they did not come across as jarring as in the sequel – perhaps due to the shorter length of the book? The dialogs hover between being funny (“Your husband won’t harm you, Rose. He wants something only you can give.” He looked her in the eyes with an intensity that startled her. Shock filled her face, realizing he knew more than she had told him. She nodded. “Yes, but Richard’s not the one I’m afraid of. I can hide from him.”) and cheesy (“I belong to you, Mark. I’ll take those moments and be happy with them. Jack no longer comes to me and I get to have you. What more could I ask for?”).

The formatting was a turnoff though: the author should reformat the book, especially the paragraphs, using nuclear method of formatting; another turn off for me was the lack of chapter headings and table of contents.

Anyways, it is quite an entertaining book, in spite of its flaws. Honestly, I like the sequel better as it gives me a more complete and satisfactory experience, but this one is okay too even if primarily due to the lead female character.