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Review: Sins of the Mother by August Norman

Title: Sins of the Mother by August Norman
Caitlin Bergman Series Book Two
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Suspense
Length: 318 pages
Book Rating: B

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August Norman returns with the second thrilling Caitlin Bergman novel, perfect for fans of Julia Keller, Tess Gerritsen, and Michael Koryta.

Caitlin went in search of her mother…but what she found may set the world on fire.

Caitlin Bergman’s mother is dead. That’s what the award-winning journalist has told everyone for the past forty years. Easier to lie than explain how Maya abandoned her only daughter before dropping off the map forever.

But when a rural sheriff invites Caitlin to the woods of coastal Oregon to identify her mother’s remains, Caitlin drops everything to face the woman she’s spent a lifetime hating. Unfortunately, the body–abandoned on the land of a reclusive cult, the Daughters of God–was left faceless. Instead, Caitlin finds the diary of a woman obsessed with the end of the world, one that hints the cult’s spiritual leader knows the identity of Caitlin’s real father. She’s not the only one looking for clues in her mother’s writing. Johnny Larsen, a violent white supremacist whose family runs the county, thinks the Daughters of God kidnapped his teen-aged daughter–and will do anything to get her back.

At the top of a hill, an army of women wait for the end of days. In the town below, the Larsens plot to purify their county. Caught in the middle, Caitlin must decide which is more important–learning the truth about her past, or saving Mama Maya’s chosen daughters from the end of the world.


Sins of the Mother by August Norman is a clever mystery with a topical storyline. Although this newest release is the second mystery in the Caitlin Bergman series, it can be read as a standalone.

Caitlin Bergman is an investigative reporter  who is notified that her birth mother Maya Aronson is dead. At the request of the Coos Bay County, Oregon sheriff, Caitlin travels to the small town to identify her mother.  Unfortunately, they will have to rely on DNA testing to definitively answer the question of whether or not the deceased woman is Maya. But an unanticipated finding provides Caitlin with an unexpected glimpse into her mother’s life after she joined the Daughters of God cult back in the ’90s. At the time of her death, Maya still belonged to the cult.

As Caitlin decides to dig a little deeper into her mother’s life and the cult, she crosses paths with white supremacist Johnny Larsen. His daughter Promise is in the cult’s compound and he will go to any lengths to get her back.  With Johnny and his friends hunting for her, will Caitlin unearth the truth about Maya and the cult she called family?

Caitlin loved and revered her adoptive father, but she always had questions about her birth father. Her resentment towards Maya has not abated and she still wants to know her birth father’s identity. She is not at all happy she did not have the opportunity to confront Maya before her death. But her interest is piqued as she reads her mother’s diary and she wants to talk to the Gods of Daughter’s leader Desmond Pratten. With her protégé and friend Lakshimi Anjale’s assistance, will Caitlin find the answers she is seeking?

Sins of the Mother is an intriguing mystery with a strong lead protagonist. Caitlin is not one to back down and she is quite tenacious as gathers information about Maya and the Gods of Daughter. Caitlin disregards her own safety as she is confronted with a situation that is fraught with danger.  With a timely storyline,  August Norman brings this well-written and compelling mystery to an  unpredictable but satisfying conclusion. Old and new fans of the Caitlin Bergman series are sure to enjoy this newest installment.

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Review: Come and Get Me by August Norman

Title: Come and Get Me by August Norman
Caitlin Bergman Series Book One
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Suspense
Length: 327 pages
Book Rating: B+

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An intrepid journalist confronts a small town’s dark secrets in Come and Get Me, a breakneck thriller for fans of Tess Gerritsen and Julia Keller.

At Indiana University, someone’s been studying the female student body: their dating customs, nocturnal activities—and how long they can survive in captivity.

When award-winning journalist Caitlin Bergman is invited back to campus to receive an honorary degree, she finds an opportunity for a well-earned victory lap—and a chance to face the trauma that almost destroyed her as an undergrad. But her lap becomes an all-out race when a student begs her to probe an unsolved campus disappearance: Angela Chapman went out one Friday night and never came back.

To find the missing woman, Caitlin must join forces with a local police detective and the department that botched her own case so long ago. But while Caitlin follows the clues behind Angela’s disappearance, someone else is following her…

Unearthing secrets hidden beneath an idyllic Midwestern college town, Caitlin must expose what really happened to Angela—before she herself becomes the newest addition to a twisted collection.


Come and Get Me by August Norman is a spellbinding mystery with a strong female protagonist.

Caitlin Bergman returns to her alma mater to receive the diploma she walked away from twenty years ago following a traumatic rape. When college reporter Laskhmi asks her to look into the still unsolved missing persons case of her best friend, Angela Chapman, Caitlin agrees.  After college student Paige Lauffer disappears without a trace, Caitlin cannot help but wonder if the two cases might be linked. Will the local police take her concerns seriously? Or will Caitlin be on her own as she tries to figure out what happened to Angela and Paige?

Caitlin is quite tenacious as she begins looking into Angela’s disappearance.  The police department has thankfully gone through personnel changes in the twenty years she has been gone. But does this mean they will work with her? Detective Jane Maverick is abrasive but Detective Jerry Greenwood is a bit more co-operative. However, Caitlin discovers Jerry might have an ulterior motive for providing her with assistance.  No matter what his reasons, she will take whatever help she can get as she takes a hard look at the two men who were with Angela the night she vanished. Will Caitlin’s search for the truth put her in cross hairs of the killer(s)?

Come and Get Me is a sinister mystery with a multi-layered plot and engaging cast of characters. The storyline is complex and Caitlin’s investigation is engrossing. With stunning twists and cunning turns, August Norman brings this suspense-laden mystery to a breathtaking, action-packed conclusion. I greatly enjoyed and highly recommend this outstanding first installment in the Caitlin Bergman to fans of the genre.

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