Battered by her archeologist lover’s betrayal, poet Maria Pell flees to an Irish village to study prehistoric people and write her next volume of poetry, but her sanctuary is invaded first by her moody cousin and then by her Togolese lover who unexpectedly show up on her doorstep. When the discovery of a girl’s body on a rocky shore reawakens Maria’s devastating childhood memory of finding a dead baby floating in a stream, her days become haunted by this child’s death. As teenage girls disappear, villagers are terrified that sex-traffickers are targeting their community. With crimes to be solved, both past and present, Maria risks her life to bring the perpetrators to justice.
Old Sins by Lynne Handy is an engaging mystery from the start. I kept finding myself deeply wondering what is going to happen next and why the events occurred as they did. Lynne Handy is a new writer to me. Her writing is phenomenal. The book held my full attention. There is plenty of action, intrigue and the who dunnit and why vibe hanging onto every page. It reminds me of some of my all-time favorite writers such as Sandra Brown, Anthony Horowitz, and Heather Graham. Lynne Handy is the new queen of suspense and mystery! I loved the characters. The heroine is strong and keeps searching until she had the answers. Once she has them, she handles it very professionally. The family drama and secrecy are done just right. It made for a more realistic telling. Overall, this novel is well-written with characters that drive my curiosity further. I cannot wait to read more books by Lynne Handy.