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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Penance is the second novel in The Catalyst Trilogy by author Selin Senol-Akin. The story of Kaitlin continues as she tackles motherhood in a strange new city. Things settled down a little while Finn Due Feu stayed away from Kaitlin in accordance with his promise and commitment. Moving to Sandnes and welcoming her daughter Malin into the world kept her busy, but not preoccupied enough to forget Finn or The Group. However, the peace was short-lived. Finn came to visit Kaitlin bearing bad news. John Walker was in Stavanger, and he was seeking revenge for the death of his daughter. Concerned and rattled, Kaitlin wasn’t prepared for the chaos that this news would bring into her life. Before she knew it, everything was crashing down around her like dominoes, and it looked as if there was nowhere to hide this time. What would happen? Why was Finn concerned for baby Malin and was Kaitlin and Paul’s marriage going to survive these tough times?
Wow! The intensity was high in this novel! Selin Senol-Akin drew readers into the story with her vivid imagery and imaginative descriptions. I felt as if I was right next to Kaitlin and was going through the same emotions as her. Finn was enigmatic, brave, and very intriguing to say the least. More than anything, I loved the story and the dialogue. These exchanges revealed a lot about the intentions of the characters, the descriptions kept everything fresh, and the pace of the narrative kept readers interested in what would happen next. The marital troubles between Paul and Kaitlin were easy to relate to, but it was Kaitlin’s confusion that made me feel a connection with her. She felt that she bore responsibility and had to pay the price. In Penance, the author combined a handful of powerful characters with an extraordinary story to present a wonderful, cinematic experience that readers will remember forever.