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3.79  ·  Rating details ·  154 ratings  ·  28 reviews
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 R
Kindle Edition, 323 pages
Published by Ubiquitous Press (first published 2011)
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Stephen Woodfin
Feb 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
CONUNDRUM is the story of Lisa Sitteroff, a thirty-year old woman whose life is coming unraveled. It is a work of fine literary fiction that explores the powerful psychological issues inherent in family relationships, issues that lie just beneath the surface, or deeply submerged and hidden.
Lisa has a marriage on the rocks, a conniving manipulative bitch for a mother, a suicidal manic depressive brother, a deceased father, who haunts her.
To cope with the forces marshaled against her Lisa sets o
Leslie Lindsay
This is the first-ever book by C.S. Lakin I've read. Picked it up because I heard some buzz about it on Twitter.

While CONUNDRUM was suggested to have a "Jodi Picoult likeness" about it, I found the storyline less gripping than I had hoped. However, Ms. Lakin does have a way with words, each sentence carefully crafted and orchestrated into a whole.

My sense was the events in the book weren't those that unfolded in a natural storytelling manner, but in a contrived, and therefore less-climactic ma
Jun 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Conundrum resonated with me on many levels, having experiences which mirrored those in the book. People I love are burdened with the very real, life-altering effects of depression and bipolar disorder. Others struggle with their interpersonal relationships and their inability to see beyond the mistaken truths they have created for themselves to cope with the unhappiness in their lives. C.S. Lakin takes these issues head-on, as she does marital disc
L.L. Helland
May 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing

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Conundrum by SC Lakin-Five Star rating.
I was touched by this book from the very beginning, but when the protagonist Lisa Bolton broke the chain of family destruction I wanted to scream. I couldn't put the book down once Lisa had severed ties with her detached mother. There were so many tumultuous family secrets that it seemed almost impossible to ever get away from the sickening pull of a self indulgent mother. There were so many twists a

To solve a conundrum you need to know the right question, the one whose answer hides the key, the secret that turns mystery into logical consequence. In C. S. Lakin’s Conundrum, Lisa knows well how to solve the mysteries of memorizing poems and songs. References classical and modern abound as she views the world around her. But her own memories, her own family, and especially her dead father and suicidal brother, remain an unsolved conundrum, frustrating her at every turn. Every potential key se
Alana Woods
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Conundrum: does the truth set you free? This is the puzzle that Lakin sets out to solve in her novel of the same name. Within it she gives you plenty more and very entertaining they are. Some are so well known I found myself gnashing my teeth trying to remember the answers. Others were unknown to me but I knew I'd forget them by the time I finished the book because that's just the way my mind works.

In Lakin's quirky 'Time sniffers' I learnt a thing or two about black holes and dark matter. In 'C
Feb 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Thoughts while reading – Does the truth really set you free – or should you leave sleeping dogs lie. I believed before reading, while reading and still believe that the truth with set you free. Although, at times if another person is not ready to hear the truth, that is when you should leave sleeping dogs lie. The truth will set you free when you are ready to hear it. read more here...
Sally Beaudean
Nov 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Conundrum is an extremely well written book. The author impressed me with her obvious knowledge and understanding of classic literature. The main character's struggle to unravel the puzzle of her life is compelling. The reader shares her pain, frustration, elation, and, finally, peace. I recommend this book with no reservations. It's a really good read.
Oct 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazing author - amazing story. Is revenge really sweet? I am not very good at writing reviews but let me say that this is an emotional, can't-wait-to-see-what-happens kind of book! Super character development and such an interesting
storyline! I have finished two of her books and on to my third! I can't imagine anyone being disappointed in this novel.
J.L. Dobias
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Conundrum by C.S. Lakin

I can't make a claim to reading a lot of Psychological Thrillers; though I am a fan of Suspense Thrillers my latest foray into the genre was Castles: A Fictional Memoir of a Girl with Scissors by Benjamin X. Wretlind and that one took me way out of my comfort zone. Thankfully this one didn't drag me too far down any tough roads. There were some mighty strange places though.

It seems a good Psychological Thriller is done in first person. That way you get a real look a the ps
Al Sevcik
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The theme of the novel (which the author keeps reminding us) is whether the search for the “truth” surrounding a past incident is good for its own sake, or whether sometimes the door to a past event should best remain closed. In this case the truth to be uncovered involves the heroine’s father’s death — implausibly attributed to “self-willed” leukemia. The novel is well crafted and smoothly written, but overly wordy in parts, especially towards the end where the author spends much too much time ...more
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The beginning was a bit slow for me. But when I got into the meat of the story, I was hooked.
Michaela Daphne
When I hear a riddle, there is a burning desire within me to know its answer as quickly as possible. I cannot let it rest until I know. I once spent an entire afternoon trying to figure out “The Triangle Game”. If you don’t know the one I am referring to, don’t ask – it will drive you nuts trying to unravel it.

This is the best way I would describe Conundrum by C.S. Lakin, the only difference being that you don’t have to figure it all out by yourself – eventually the answers will unfold if you re
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Conundrum” is Lisa Bolton’s struggle to find truth, to solve a conundrum. She realizes as her brother struggles with bipolar depression, that she had no memories of her father, Nathan Sitteroff. She sets off in a quest for freedom for her brother, and healing for herself and her marriage.

Everything Lisa uncovers in her quest is Lisa’s gift to her siblings as she reveals her father’s life as a conundrum, as she discovers the buried truth of a generation ago.

C. S. Lakin’s style reveals a heart
Christine Cunningham

This book is filled with quotes, poems and puzzles like the story’s namesake. There are several angst filled story lines, and we begin with the threat of a breakdown from the main character’s brother, Raff. In the midst of that chaos is the mystery of her father’s death, the potential breakdown of her marriage, miscarriage and the discovery that her siblings are not what they seem.

It was all one big downer for me. I couldn’t really relate to any of the characters. The chaos was mostly self-impos
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Years ago, Lisa's father committed suicide by willing himself to get leukemia, or so the story goes. If you buy into that premise, you might enjoy this book more than me.
In an attempt to help her suicidal, bipolar brother, Lisa seems to find out the truth about her father's life and death. She's not going to find those answers from her controlling, emotionally abusive mother, who discourages the odyssey. Her brothers are reluctant to help, her husband has left her, only her best friend, and est
Thomas Fredrick
Really did not like this book. I gave it three stars, however, ONLY because it was well edited and proofed and with so many books riddled with errors it was nice to find one with clean text.
I didn't buy the original premise, that the main character's father contracted leukemia just because he wanted to die. Really?
Quotes from the classics and poetry were strewn around the narrative randomly. The only explanation was that the writer wanted to impress the reader with the breadth of her knowledge
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
C.S. Lakin's Conundrum was one of those books that captured my interest quickly, and page by page did not disappoint. Though at times I found myself chewing through long passages, it was a delicious and rewarding journey. Heartfelt, thoughtful and surprising, Conundrum is a gem to be admired.

I found the author's use of quotes, from Shakespeare to Lewis Carol, were well used, further elucidating each character's personal plights. I always love a reference to the Jabberwocky, myself. Each chapter
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sins of the father -

How far would you go to uncover the truth? Join Lisa on her journey to find a man she never knew. Her father. A man that was the sole reason her family was in disarray, & her brother on the brink of suicide.

C.S. Lakin tells a perfect story of realism, of a family in shambles barely holding it together. I was able to personalize
this immediately. As you join the protagonist on her journey of discovery prepare to be taken for a ride. As you reach that final chapter thinking
Jennifer Fromke
May 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this novel because of the way it stretched my mind. Using many references to other works, it was refreshing to explore TS Elliot's poem and a few lines from Shakespeare as well as Lewis Carroll ... And relate them back to this psychological thriller. Well done, engaging, and though I figured out the puzzle before the end, it was all revealed in a surprising way. Lots of great symbolism it for yourself--you won't be sorry. I've found a new author. Can't wait to explore h ...more
Nancy Dryden
Nov 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first lines of the editorial review of Conundrum read like this: "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."

The melodramatic description of the plot that Conundrum is an original, mysterious, and strangely satisfying book. I hope we hear more from this author.
Sonja Randall
Not bad although boring in places, references not always relevant. Typical evil mom hiding secrets while her kids suffer. The secret about Nathan's death was kept till the end. You still need to decide what the truth is.
Aug 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
An excellent adventure into the secrets that families keep and how they can make you who you are or change who you think you are. I would have given it 5 stars but there was a lot of unnecessary back story which made for dry reading in some parts.
Jan 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book!! A woman searches for answers in her father's death and uncovers a bunch of surprising answers. Really good story, every so often I felt the author digressed, but as a whole, I enjoyed it.
Frances Caballo
Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a great book with an ending you'd never suspect!
Marie Buccellato
Mar 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Conundrum is a story of searching for and finding startling revelations. It was impossible to put down and satisfyingly concludes
Jo-Anne Vandermeulen
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Impossible To Put Down Women’s Fiction with 22 amazing 5-Star Amazon Reviews!
Dec 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another thought provoking book - I like reading C S Lakin's books...
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