Book Of The Day – Conundrum

by Greg on September 16, 2013

Today’s Book of the Day is a Mystery by award-winning author C.S. Lakin and it’s 50% off for a limited time. Conundrum has a 4.4 star rating and is on sale for only $1.99 – save $2!

“This is a story of family, this is a story of life and this story is perfection! As you reach that final chapter thinking you’ve got it all, the best is yet to come. Leaves you breathless.” Brandon H. – Amazon Reviewer

by C.S. Lakin
Rating: 4.4 Stars
Genre: Mystery
Price: $1.99 save $2


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A happily married man with three small children decides one day he no longer wants to live. He gives himself leukemia and nine months later is dead.

This is the conundrum Lisa Sitteroff is determined to solve regarding her dead father—the tale her mother, Ruth, told Lisa and her two brothers, Rafferty and Neal, throughout their childhood. But Lisa, now thirty and watching Raff suffer from the ravages of bipolar illness, believes if she can solve this puzzle, she might somehow save her brother. For Raff’s pain is intrinsically tied up with feelings of parental abandonment.

What starts as a noble goal for Lisa soon grows into a vicious family war, wreaking destruction on Lisa’s marriage. Lisa discovers details of her parents’ relationship that her mother has long hidden. Shocking clues appear as Lisa reads a letter her father, Nathan, wrote before he died, prompting her to visit Nathan’s former boss, Ed Hutchinson. From him, Lisa learns that her engineer father helped design a generator run by radioactive materials. Ed lets slip that Nathan participated in a dangerous secret experiment, a fact her mother discounts as Nathan’s cause of death. Accusations and excuses fly. Yet, how much of what Lisa uncovers is true? Is truth solely subjective?

Lisa sifts through layers of lies as she journeys into her father’s story, seeking to understand this man she never knew. Meanwhile, her mother responds in fury and tries to destroy Lisa’s life, determined to keep Lisa from uncovering her dark secrets.

Conundrum explores the rocky landscape of betrayal and truth, asking whether a search for truth is worth the price, and showing how separating from toxic family members might sometimes be the only recourse for survival. Lisa pays a high price for truth, but in the end finds it worthwhile.

Here’s what the reviewers have to say:

Lakin writes well. Her descriptions are economical and visual. She grabs your emotions with her characters; towards the end, as the pieces start to come together, I found myself with a tight throat on several occasions. I feel she is going to become one of my favorite authors.


With her intelligent, insightful prose, Ms. Lakin has created very real, very flawed characters struggling with raw, debilitating circumstances. I very much enjoyed Conundrum and recommend it. I found it a welcome change of pace and a great addition to my library.


Wow! What an intelligent and literate book. The writing is beautiful, and the motifs and resolution and discoveries are excellent and satisfying. One of the best books I’ve read this year.


Wow! This is an intense, can’t put down, how will it end drama, that is so well crafted that you are sucked into this woman’s world in a heart beat. 5 Star without hesitation.


I have just found this amazing author! I read two books in two weeks and have more to go! This book is emotional, surprising and so interesting. Ms. Lakin delves into subjects that others don’t. At a time when there are so many books with the same tired storyline, Ms. Lakin’s books are different thank goodness!

Get Conundrum here: Conundrum

About The Author

C. S. Lakin is an award-winning novelist, writing instructor, and professional copyeditor who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. The first five books in her seven-book fantasy series, The Gates of Heaven, are out in print and ebook, allegorical fairy tales drawing from classic tales we all read in our childhood.

Lakin’s relational drama/mystery, Someone to Blame, won the 2009 Zondervan First Novel award, released October 2010. Her other suspense/mysteries are Innocent Little Crimes (top 100 in the 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest), A Thin Film of Lies, and Conundrum. And sci-fi enthusiasts will love Time Sniffers: a wild young adult romance that will entangle you in time!

Lakin has two websites for writers: with deep writing instruction and posts on industry trends. Her site features her critique services. She teaches workshops and critiques at writing conferences and workshops around the country.

Follow her on Twitter: @cslakin and @livewritethrive and like her Facebook Author Page:

Thank you for considering today’s Book Of The Day – C.S. Lakin and ENT appreciate it.


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