Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
Past Sin by Hilary Murray is an exciting story of love and bravery, and one man’s struggle to come to grips with his past. Set against the backdrop of a tumultuous period in distant 12th century Ireland, this novel narrates a gripping tale of a brave warrior who falls in love with a woman who is married to an unforgiving, rich, and powerful man. In an alternate life, the warrior has had a connection with a woman who looked everything like the charming married Alix, a connection that has been seen as a violation of the ethics of his time, a kidnapping. Now, he sees her again and this new apparition leads him to a tempting path that could make or destroy him as he faces his two worst enemies: his own memories and the imminent wrath of a powerful and selfish man. The rest of the story is what will blow the minds of readers as they watch interesting players in a game of love and conquest.
Murray’s Past Sin is engaging from many different angles. The prose is tight, laced with vivid images and dialogue that flows very naturally. The scenes are detailed without losing the fast-paced aspect of the plot, and this alone will have some readers re-reading the intelligent dialogue and observing the well-grounded characters as they reveal themselves and evolve. Wonderful writing. Murray knows how to capture the attention of readers and this one will undoubtedly make readers lose track of time, immersed in the fast-paced action and drama of a story that is so captivating. I had great sympathy for Tom, a character that will stay with me for some time. This book holds many surprises for readers and the author knows how to make them want to find out those surprises.