Review: Original Sin by Beth McMullen

12 Jul

Original Sin: A Sally Sin AdventureMy rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed reading this book!

Summary via the Hyperion website:

After falling in love and making a quick exit from her nine-year career in the USAWMD (United States Agency for Weapons of Mass Destruction), ex-spy Sally Sin does her best to become Lucy Hamilton, a stay-at-home mom in San Francisco. No one, not even her adoring husband Will, knows about her secret agent escapades—chasing no-good masterminds through perilous jungles, escaping evil assassins, and playing dangerous games of cat and mouse with her old nemesis, Ian Blackford, a notorious and dashing illegal arms dealer.

In her new life as Lucy Hamilton, she squeezes inside forts crafted from couch cushions by her three-year-old son Theo, makes organic applesauce, and frequents the zoo. But sometimes her well-honed spy reflexes refuse to lay low. She can’t help breaking into her own house to check on the babysitter or stop herself from tossing the yoga instructor who gets on her nerves. And when Ian Blackford, who is supposed to be dead, once again starts causing trouble for the USAWMD, the agency becomes desperate to get Sally back on the job.

How can Sally or Lucy or whatever her name is save the planet while at the same time keeping her own family’s world from spinning out of control?

Original Sin was almost perfectly designed for me:

  • The main character is laugh-out-loud funny, particularly when she’s reflecting on life as a stay at home mom, but also when she’s thinking about life as a spy.
  • There’s a great (if not terribly realistic) spy story running through her reflections on her past, a past which catches up with her over the course of the book.
  • She’s a smart, competent woman that has some trouble coping with life as a stay at home mom.
  • In between all of the above are some interesting reflections on personal identity.

Beth McMullen pulls off the balancing act between good old-fashioned super-spy story, realistic day to day challenges and the periodic humorous bits.

I just loved her as a woman who was truly good at what she used to do, and isn’t quite as good at life as a stay at home mom. Particularly when housecleaning is involved. That whole “staying sane” side is a challenge as well. She loves her life, and wouldn’t trade it for any other, but the mind shift is a hard one.

Even if this book seemed to be written with me in mind, I think many readers looking for a fun book that actually has a little depth will enjoy this one!  I’m looking forward to future Sally Sin adventures.

As soon as I heard about this book, I requested it for review.  Thank you to Hyperion and Netgalley for allowing me access to this electronic copy for review.


Posted by on July 12, 2011 in books, reviews


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4 responses to “Review: Original Sin by Beth McMullen

  1. bookmagic

    July 13, 2011 at 3:46 am

    great review, sounds like I might enjoy this one.


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