Martin’s arresting debut [is] a deeply unsettling work that will make a lasting impact on readers. This novel is a reckoning with the horrendous lack of a just response to institutions which failed to protect their most vulnerable citizens.
Father Sweet is a page-turner dripping with dread and torment. J.J. Martin’s debut novel is laced with tendrils of fear, anger, horror, and rage, but it’s also one with threads of hope, redemption, truth, and acceptance. We must all atone for what our people participated in — be it by church or state — and the fact that Martin told a compelling story about it without alienating the reader is a masterful achievement.
Timothy S. Johnston, author of The War Beneath
Martin’s literary style and poignant, gripping narration keep readers spellbound throughout.
Beautifully writen, filled with vivid characters, descriptions and events, Father Sweet was illuminating, eye-opening and unputdownable … It is clear from the beginning that this was a work of love for the author and I congratulate him.
The audiobook version of Father Sweet is brought to life by Craig Lauzon and I can tell you that he does an excellent job with it … He reads in a clear and soothing voice, switching between characters effortlessly. Now he is a happy kid, a horny priest or a police woman. He puts everything he has into this performance and the end result is a great, immersive narrative experience.
[Review of Audiobook]