As I said in my #MondayBlog, Sins of the Mother started out as a flash piece for the #52weeks52stories writing challenge.
Since the posts are weekly and done from word prompts, there’s very little outlining done beyond a story sketch for continuity.
Protagonist Sally Bennett is the generic every-woman. Loving wife and mother. Dedicated employee. Compassionate and caring friend.
She’s so sweet she makes my teeth ring.
Yet, every week as this story unfolded, I couldn’t find a way to pour a little vinegar on her. After all, she was attacked and almost killed… by her husband.
Or was it him?
Since the attack, she’s passed out three times, thrown up three times, and been hospitalized.
As this mutated piece of flash makes the journey to novel-form, Sally’s suffering gets edgier as she tires of being the victim.
Lead detective, Gavin Marks, already has his hands full with the serial rapist case. He has no leads and no ideas which way to proceed.
Now an unidentified dead body has been added to his caseload, and it came with no clues.
This doesn’t sit well with the former military investigator and decorated officer. He shuns giving orders from his office in favor of being an active member of the investigation.
Gavin only wishes they knew what they are investigating.
The attack on Sally and the rapist terrorizing Marbury—are they connected? The lack of information will lead Gavin and his team in a direction no one could have predicted.
I’m having fun with this WIP.
Except for the murderer.
I feel bad for him. Kind of.
But is he also the serial rapist?
When I find out I’ll let you know.