The Sins of the Father

Jeffrey Archer always weaves a good story. And this book doesn’t disappoint. The Sins of the Father is his second book in the Clifton Chronicles. Archer left us with a real cliff-hanger at the end of book 1… young Harry Clifton was hoping that he could start his life anew if he assumed the identity of Tom Bradshaw when he set foot on American soil in New York City. Bradshaw and Clifton were on board a Merchant Navy ship when it was sunk by a German U-boat in the Atlantic and unfortunately, or fortunately for Clifton, Bradshaw died before the ship docked, giving Clifton the opportunity to start fresh in a new land by switching identities, or so he thought. To find out why he’d want to do this, you’ve got to read book 1. Little could Clifton imagine that the police would be right at hand to arrest Bradshaw (Clifton) for murder. That’s how book 1 ended, leaving the reader with a huge “OMG!”.  So… book 2 picks up with Harry forced to a life in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, based on legal advice that certainly was never meant to be in his favour. Why would any lawyer want their client to assume an identity that wasn’t theirs? But Harry’s not your average inmate and he ends up working in the prison library, and writing about life behind bars. (Ha, that bit made me laugh – Archer writing about life behind bars.) Then he’s plucked out of Lavenham to go fight for the Americans in the war. In the meantime, family back in Britain have a suspicion that dear Harry may not be dead after all, but end up with roadblocks at every turn when they try to discover his whereabouts. And once again, at the very end, we’re left with a cliffhanger. It’s a wonderful saga that spans decades, and I look forward to the final installment.

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