Title: The Sanctity of Sloth
Author: Greta Boris
Genre: Suspense, Mystery
Series: The Seven Deadly Sins
There’s one thing more dangerous than testifying to a crime—staying silent.
Locked in the ruins of a California Mission, Abby Travers watches helplessly as a girl dies outside her window. As she struggles between her moral obligation to come forward as a witness, and her commitment to a Medieval religious practice that requires her to retreat from the world, the situation spins out of control.
Abby’s hesitation starts a series of catastrophes. She finds herself at the center of a deadly cover up where every minute counts and indecision could be fatal. She questions all her beliefs and everyone she knows becomes suspect. To save herself and those she loves, she must break free from her self-imposed prisons of stone and fear.
The Sanctity of Sloth is a taut, psychological thriller that answers the question: What happens when a good woman does nothing? Fans of Paula Hawkins and A.J. Finn will enjoy this third book in Greta Boris’s Seven Deadly Sins Series.
Excerpts 1 & 2
The person, if it was a person—it could have been a
large dog, she hadnʹt gotten a good look—lay unmoving
where theyʹd left it. Her heart thudded in her chest. What
should she do?
Abby couldnʹt leave her cell. Not without help. Her
father had wanted to give her an escape hatch, but sheʹd
said no. The experience had to be as realistic as possible.
If she could come and go whenever she wanted, it would
defeat the whole purpose. But sheʹd never imagined
something like this would happen.
Guilt and anxiety itched like a hair shirt. What on
earth had possessed her to take six weeks off work to
lock herself in these four walls? She hadn’t anticipated
this feeling of helplessness. She’d only thought about the
peace solitude can bring and her publishing goals, of
course. She pushed herself off the stones, walked five
steps to the other end of her enclosure, pivoted, and took
five steps back. Repeat. Repeat.
That should be engraved on her tombstone—a perfect
and succinct description of her life. The number of things
sheʹd left undone was staggering. She should have let
Carlos know where she was going. She didnʹt. She
should have said yes, or even no, to his proposal. She
didnʹt. Were marriage and children going to fall into the
category of things she didnʹt do but would regret later?
She should have gone away to college, escaped the
small town labels attached to her family name. But she
didnʹt. Sheʹd stayed, and hoped somehow her motherʹs
legacy would disappear from the communal memory. It
Her greatest sin of omission, however, the sin that
had knocked over the first domino, the one that brought
the whole line tumbling down, was ever present in her
mind. Sheʹd thought, hoped, and prayed that she could
shed the guilt by devoting herself to this time of renewal.
But so far it hadnʹt worked.
Greta Boris was raised in Greenwich Village, New York by an opera singing, piano playing, voice coach and a magazine publisher. Her original life plan was to be a famous Broadway actor, singer, and dancer, but when she moved to Laguna Beach, California, she changed her plans due to the commute. Today she writes to inspire, entertain, motivate, and so she can afford nice wine.