Father of Lies
Imprint: Resource Publications
372 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.74 in
- Published: June 2021
$31.00 / £25.00 / AU$48.00Buy
- Published: June 2021
$41.00 / £33.00 / AU$64.00Buy
Father James Ennis's life is fulfilling enough. He's content to tend to the concerns of his aging parishioners at St. Patrick--including the Brennans, whom he suspects are being swindled--and be a loving, if remote, uncle to his sister Lizzie's two children. There's also the matter of coping with the growing insistence of the sinister, unseen presence that has inhabited his life for two decades now. Twenty-seven-year-old Emily Bell is desperate to fit into the rarefied world of her colleagues at the Manhattan auction house where she works. When a weekend jaunt to Newport, Rhode Island, ends in pain and humiliation, it's too much to bear. On a hot, sticky summer night, Father Ennis gets a phone call that upends more than the routine of his days. It brings Jim and Emily together, marking the start of a friendship between savior and saved that will change them both forever. It also marks the beginning of a battle against evils both ordinary and supernatural. Alive with memorable characters, Ryan's finely crafted novel explores the ability of love to forge bonds of friendship, to mend broken places, and to summon the courage to face even the most daunting darkness.
Susan C. Ryan lives in Newport, Rhode Island, with her husband. This is her first novel.
“Father of Lies is a beautifully written story of challenge and faith. The novel conveys its deep message with warmth, humor, and insight.”
—Andrew Himmel, author of The Reluctant Healer
“Father of Lies is ‘it,’ that rarest accomplishment, a page-turning drama with depth. With characters flawed but seeking, a tale of brokenness and redemption is woven within the template of the timeless yet timely struggle of good versus evil, worldly versus spiritual. With the quirky, seaside city of Newport, Rhode Island, as a character itself, Ryan bucks and transcends a well-worn narrative, and with a few well-timed surprises along the way, has written a captivating story of how both past and present can haunt—but only if you let them.”
—Andrew McNabb, author of The Body of This