Monday, May 21

Lot's Return to Sodom by Sandra Brannan

Following her encounter with a serial killer, Liv Bergen has returned to her family home to recuperate. Her childhood hometown is no safe haven, however, with stalkers, biker gangs, rapists and of course...murderers.

After a local woman is murdered and Liv's brother becomes a suspect, she does everything she can to discover the truth and help him. When FBI Streeter Pierce is brought in to investigate, it looks like he and Liv may finally cross paths.

Will Liv Bergen or Streeter Pierce find the killer? With so many suspects, it's hard to know who to trust.


I was uncertain if I would like this book as much as 'In the Belly of Jonah.' Not because I doubted that it would be good but because I liked the first one so much. Since I was up until ludicrous hours of the morning finishing it, I think it's safe to say it delivered.

This is not a book for the squeamish. I know that might seem like a redundant thing to say about a murder mystery novel but sometimes it's just easier to read about people being killed and carved than it is to read about sexual abuse. Comfort zones aside, it is a fantastic read for avid murder mystery and literature devourers

Liv's hometown is riddled with creepers. Maybe it is the bike rally and the murder that sharpens this perspective but if I lived in such a place I would move. It's a serious statement of her affection for her family that she not only sticks around when she has just been through a trauma but that she actively seeks out suspicious people to help her brother.

I can't say that Liv Bergen is a character I can relate to. A Catholic woman who says her Hail Marys every time she does something unlawful and shocks at the notion of abortion? Not hardly. The reason I'm so drawn to Liv is that she is one kick-ass protagonist. She is level-headed in times of crisis in a way I could never be. She not only manages to keep her head but is also capable of forethought and practicality. Plus, she has a wonderful wit.

One of the things that had me writhing in the best possible way was the way Liv and Streeter kept grazing paths. I was squirming for the moment when they would finally come face to face.

Fans of Kelleher be warned - he's a no-show in this novel. Bly was a great partner for Streeter but seriously...I want my Kelleher back! Hopefully he'll return in the next book.

There is one aspect of this book which isn't resolved but since it was only touched on - and is obviously the prime focus for the next installment - I wasn't left with any sensation that parts of the story felt unresolved. Only with the with the itch that I seriously need to read the next Bergen book, 'Widow's Might.'

I suppose you could technically read 'Lot's Return to Sodom' without having read 'In the Belly of Jonah' but I have to insist, since it is such a good read and gives an excellent insight to the development of Liv and Streeter's characters. Also, references will go over your head and some emotional impact on the characters will be lost on you. Thus, read it.

In accordance with the FTC, Quill Café would like to disclose that the reviewer received this book from the publisher through the Book Blogger Convention in association with Book Expo America. The opinions expressed are hers alone and no monetary compensation was offered to her by the author or publisher. Cover art is copyright of Greenleaf Book Group LLC and is used solely as an aide to the review.

17 comments:

LivBergen said...

Glad I made you, squirm, Keri! Hope you enjoy Widow's Might. Again, grateful to you for even picking up the book to read, let alone for saying such nice things.

Sandra Brannan

Emma Michaels said...

I would try to track down a killer to help a family member or friend. I would feel like a total coward on the inside but when it comes to my family and friends I have very few limits to how far I would go to help them or keep them safe. I tend to not know my own limits and get in over my head in fact. lol. Hopefully I never have that happen though :p

Elemillia Ucselub said...

Absolutely I would.

Denise Z said...

Absolutely. I don't know how I would manage it, but I would certainly give it my best effort. I have not read Sandra Brannan's work and it certainly sounds like a series I would enjoy. Thank you so much for the invitation to the fun :)

FireStarBooks said...

Most definitely!

laughingwolf said...

cool...

had forgotten i've been a follower here for some time :O lol

Unknown said...

I would track down the killer and make him/her pay.

Gem said...

Yes I would but not on my own, naturally. I'd get some help from other people too.


-Sadrina

Kristina Yeager said...

Yes i would track down a killer for a very close friend or a family member. Because I would feel like they were after me because i am very close with friends and family.

Emily said...

I would like to say I would, but I really don't know. I can't say until I'm put in that situation.

Thales Marques said...

Well, this depends on who is the member. For some I would track, but for some others, naaah! =D

Dinky said...

I don´t know what reaction I would have in such situation, but I think
(or hope) that I track down the killer :D (:

Frank C. Balara said...

I'd try, but don't know how well I'd do if things got too dangerous...

Thanks for the invite!

jmoody said...

I would track down the killer!

thanks for the giveaway~!

CelticLady said...

Definitely hunt down the killer...mama protects her cubs for sure!!!

Ray said...

Would you track down a killer to help a member of your family or close friend?

Yeah I would it would be fun. I would feel like I'm in the movie Disturbia heheheh

Crystal said...

Heck yeah I would track them down and they would be sorry once I found them :D