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GRIEVOUS SIN
FAYE KELLERMAN
ISBN# (10): 0-06-115918-2/(13): 978-0-06-115918-3 Paperback and ISBN# (10): 0-06-149048-2/(13): 978-0-06-149048-4
June 26, 2007
AVON (HarperCollins Publishers)
10 East 53rd Street, New York, New York 10022-5299
Paperback (Mass Market)
$7.99 U.S./$10.99 Canada
432 Pages
Fiction/Mystery/Suspense
Rating: 4 Cups

Detective Peter Decker, LAPD Homicide, is thrilled that he and his wife, Rina, are having another child. After Rina gives birth, she has some complications. Peter and Rina’s happiness soon turns to sorrow when they learn she must have a hysterectomy.

Cindy, Peter’s daughter, waits patiently in the waiting room with the other family members. After the baby is born, one person who does not sit well with Cindy, is Miss Prune Face in white, a nurse that gives her a hard time about holding her newborn sister.

Rina and Decker are ecstatic with the birth of their daughter. No sooner is the baby is born and Rina is being rushed into surgery. Decker needs to know what is happening but it appears he is being disregarded. Then Decker hears that Rina can have no more children. She is upset. At only thirty-years-old how can that be? Decker assures her they already have three beautiful children and Cindy is almost grown. He tries to ease her pain and discomfort after hearing the news but she remains despondent. To make matters worse, it appears there are more problematic issues at the hospital when a nurse flees with a baby sharing the same nursery as Rina’s baby. The only thoughts running through their minds now are those of the safety of their newborn child. The case personally attacks Decker after the missing nurse’s car is discovered at the bottom of a cliff, leaving behind a corpse. This is the most heinous sin in Decker’s book. The newborn could have been his and Rina’s little Hannah. With the help of his teenaged daughter Cindy, and his hardcore partner, Marge, they run an obstacle course through every hospital policy and labyrinth of mind games that can guide them to the truth behind the pursuit of a kidnapper.

Grievous Sin is a roller coaster ride that rips into the core of the heart after a newborn child is missing. This reader could feel the emotional strain that hits Rina when she is forced to have a hysterectomy. I shared in hers and Decker’s pain. Decker certainly allows his human side to show a bit in this read after Hannah is born and his search gets personal. Faye Kellerman crafts an intriguing plot of mystery and hospital issues to grasp and hold the reader. She gives her characters strengths, and allows them to feel vulnerability making the story more real. The tie-in with Cindy helping with the case, even though Decker preferred his daughter to let him do the investigation, was another high point in the family relationship. This is another satisfying read by Ms. Kellerman.

Cherokee
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