Review: The Faithful by Jonathan Weyer

Filed in Jonathan Weyer , Review , The Latin Lover Posted on November 23, 2010 @ 3:00 pm 0 comments

The Faithful
Format read: paperback
Number of pages: 395 pages

Release date: 1 October 2010
Publisher: Brio Press
Source: Review copy provided by author
Formats available: paperback
Purchasing info: Goodreads,
Amazon, Book Depository UK, Book Depository US

For more information visit Jonathan Weyer’s offical website

Book blurb:

Conflicted with his faith in God and the hypocrisy of the church, Aidan, an assistant pastor, is already a spiritual battleground. When he learns that his ex-fiancee was murdered in a possibly demonic ritual, he finds himself catapulted into an even deeper fight. Tormented by demonic threats and haunted spirits in the afterlife, Aidan becomes a medium that will hold the key to solving this murder mystery. As Catholic priests, paranormal investigators and rogue law enforcement seek Aidan out, readers both secular and religious will find that the Faithful tears at the emotions and doubts of humankind.

My thoughts:  I have to confess that even though I’m religious and believe in God I was a bit doubting whether I would enjoy this book as I have never read anything pertaining to faith or a religious topic for fun (except of course the Da Vinci Code, but that doesn’t count ;-p), and especially written by a pastor! But I’m really glad I took the chance and read The Faithful because I discovered an amazing new author and The Faithful became one of my favourite books read in 2010!

Do not be put off of The Faithful because it is categorized as “religious horror”, I myself don’t like horror and I can honestly and in all seriousness recommend The Faithful to everyone, you don’t have to be a believer or religious to enjoy it, the only requirement is that you like exciting, thrilling stories and breathholding mysteries. And The Faithful is definitely one where you will be holding your breath…

I can’t remember the last time a fictional book, one I read for pleasure was so full of intelligent, thought provoking ideas and yet remained engaging and entertaining at the same time. But besides the very captivating (and entertaining) philosophical reflections and dilemmas expressed by the hero (which I believe everyone has asked themselves and the universe at one time or another during their life), The Faithful is an action packed, fast paced and very exciting mystery novel.

The story is narrated by the hero: Aidan Schaeffer who is a pastor! I know, not the usual, everyday narrator to an exciting thriller about serial killers, but it’s exactly due to the fact that the hero is not a cop/special agent/amateur detective that the reader feels more connected to the story. Aidan is such an ordinary guy that everyone can relate to him. I loved how Jonatahn Weyer did not put him on a pedestal or make him a larger than life character just because he is a pastor, no, Aidan is just a guy next door who also has insecurities and fears and who is just as normal and human like us.

Jonathan Weyer blends mystery, philosophy, romance and humour in just the perfect mix to make The Faithful a compelling and gripping novel. The author’s flowing and fantastic writing lets the story and mystery unfold naturally, while spending enough time and detail on developing ideas and giving the characters some depth and character. The Faithful is a real pageturner and one you will be sorry to see end as there are no sequel novels (yet).

Verdict: The Faithful is an amazing and exciting debut novel, perfect to curl up with on a cold winter night with a hot chocolate/tea and forget the outside world for a couple of hours. You definitely don’t want to miss it! I can’t wait to read more by Jonathan Weyer!

I give The Faithful 5 bookies, no complaint whatsoever, one of the best books I have read in 2010!

You can read a sample chapter of The Faithful here.

 

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About Stella


Stella is a proud bookaholic and a self-taught multilinguist in training. Besides reading, her other great passions are travelling and baking. When she is not globetrotting she lives in sunny Budapest, where she loves to spend her free time preparing (and feasting on) delicious cookies or devouring equally yummy books. Her favourite genres are urban fantasy and romance and she couldn’t live without her daily dose of sunshine. Besides being the Latin Lover on BLI Stella also blogs about books and a bookish life on Ex Libris.

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