Sterling native pens inspirational suspense novel

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published September 17, 2014


Writing the twists and turns of suspense is no mystery to Sterling Heights native Adriana Parrinello.

Parrinello, 42, from Washington Township, recently had her first novel, “The Fathers’ Sins,” published by Dog Ear Publishing.

Parrinello grew up in Sterling Heights, graduated from Sterling Heights High School in 1990 and lived in the city until she was 25. It was during her teenage years that she began to write out the basic plot to her story.

“I started this story back when I was 14,” she said. “I picked it up and put it down and picked it up and put it down for many years.”

After getting married, having a family and acquiring life experience, she felt the motivation to finish the novel even while juggling part-time work, parenting and teaching Catechism at church.

The story’s plot revolves around the protagonist, Laura, who loses her father and two sisters in a vicious attack. Throughout the novel, love, danger, faith and family intersect as she builds new relationships and confronts the problems of her past. 

Parrinello said the secret to writing suspense is to capture the reader’s attention and keep going. The death of a main character is one way to keep things from getting boring, she explained.

“I know what interests me as a reader,” she said. “From the get-go, that first chapter starts out with a scene in which everyone is killed off — a majority of the characters except for the main one. You need that hook right from the beginning.”

While Parrinello said anyone who is interested in a good thriller should read her book, she said her main target audience is women ages 15-90. She added that she wanted to make the book inspirational, too, adding that the story explores Laura’s relationship with God in trying times.

“The message is, ‘Respect yourself. Love yourself,’” she said. “That’s a big part of what the message is in the book.”

Parrinello’s editor, Marcy Mangino, said she handled grammatical issues and helped make sure that the storyline flowed.

“I read it in pieces and gave it back to her with my suggestions,” Mangino said. “I enjoyed the book so much that now I am reading it again as a fan.”

Parrinello said she has already finished three books in “The Fathers’ Sins” series and is currently writing a prequel to the first book. In the meantime, she is in the process of calling bookstores and working to get her product distributed.

She said she is grateful that her first book is complete.

“It went from being something on my computer to being something that I can hold,” she said.

“The Fathers’ Sins” is for sale at online retailers such as and Barnes & Noble’s website. Find out more about the book by visiting or visit