The Sins of the Father by Jeffrey Archer

The Sins of the Father

By Jeffrey Archer

  • Release Date: 2012-03-15
  • Genre: Family
Score: 4.5
From 843 Ratings
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New York, 1939. Tom Bradshaw is arrested for first degree murder. He stands accused of killing his brother. When Sefton Jelks, a top Manhattan lawyer, offers his services for nothing, penniless Tom has little choice but to accept his assurance of a lighter sentence. After Tom is tried, found guilty and sentenced, Jelks disappears, and the only way for him to prove his innocence would be to reveal his true identity - something that he has sworn never to do in order to protect the woman he loves.

Meanwhile, the young woman in question travels to New York, leaving their son behind in England, having decided she'll do whatever it takes to find the man she was to marry - unwilling to believe that he died at sea. The only proof she has is a letter. A letter that has remained unopened on a mantelpiece in Bristol for over a year.

Jeffrey Archer continues the saga of The Clifton Chronicles with this epic novel, The Sins of the Father. Family loyalties are stretched to their limits as secrets unravel, and the story moves from the backstreets of Bristol to the boardrooms of Manhattan.


  • Potboiler

    By Clitheroekid
    This is the sort of book you read when you've run out of books you really want to read. If your train's been stationary for half an hour or you're in a restaurant dining alone and want to read something other than the menu it's a reasonably entertaining diversion. Like most Jeffrey Archer books it's full of stock characters - he seems to have a thing about poor but honest folk who through hard work achieve great things. One can see why he and Margaret Thatcher were such good buddies. Although there's nothing wrong with this in principle the result is that the characters are totally predictable and lack any complexity at all. In the end I didn't much care what happened to any of them. And his writing style really grates at times. He over-uses colloquialisms, often at inappropriate points in the narrative, which sounds really clunky. Lots of the text sounds as though it's been dictated in a hurry because he's got to get 5,000 words to his publisher within the next hour. But having said all that it's easy reading and the storyline is pretty strong, even if it does rely far too heavily on remarkable coincidences. It's a bit like the guilty pleasure you get from reading The Daily Mail - you know it's rubbish but it's quite compulsive rubbish! So will I buy the next one in the sequel? Maybe if I'm stuck in a train again!
  • Best chronicles ever written

    By AFG123
    This is a must read, if you don't believe me go to the nearest book store, or simply download it from the iBook store, and you will not put it down until you reach the end. The author is truly gifted. I first came across Mightier than the Sword, once i fished it I couldn't wait to get Cometh the Hour, once I realised just good of a story writer Jeffrey Archer is, I quickly saw my self purchasing the first book of the series, Only Time Will Tell, then the second Sins of the Father, now am on the third one Best Kept Secret, after that one Be Careful What You Wish For and waiting for the last title of the series This Was A Man coming November 2016. Jeffrey Archer I would like to add if there is room for more keep it coming.
  • Sins of the fathers

    By Booster ride
  • The sins of the Father..

    By Lizzy drip
    Oh my goodness, what a cliffhanger and I find myself buying the next book in the series.. Can't wait to read the next instalment. This series of books are really well written with their swerves and turns.. And still we don't know for certain who the Father of Harry Clifton is!!!! It seems now that one sentence Lord Harvey left out of his narrative the House of Lords leaves it very much open as to the identity of the Father. "Forgot to tell the House that Arthur Clifton was also blood type Rhesus negative". So it still remains that Hugo Barrington could be Harry's father after all. The fact that colour blindness also comes down from the Mothers side and not the Fathers could have strong indications that somewhere Maisie has to come into this story maybe somehow connected to Hugos wife, Elizabeth Barrington? Intriguing????
  • The Sins of The Father.

    By Hamish Macnut
    The second of The Clifton Chronicles, rattles along at a brisk pace, Mr Archer the author, as always has the reader on the edge of his seat,as you are held in suspense at the end of each chapter.
  • Superb

    By princess fer
    But to get the best experience it needs to be read in sequence with the series of novels. This is book 2
  • Sins of the Father

    By Thee Silver Fox
    Good story but crap or cop out ending!
  • Fantastic book!

    By Rachie12345!!
    This was a brilliant follow up to the 1st, can't wIt to read the next!
  • Clifton chronicals

    By Fransoni
    Should be on film
  • Thoughtful

    By Daylonfernz
    It kept me in thought for a long time....this series is getting quite addictive!!!!