THE KILLING OF FAITH
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A fast-paced thriller with an ending you won’t expect. It will leave you wanting more.
The Killing of Faith is the riveting suspense/thriller told by Faith, a mother of three children, caught in an unhappy marriage full of lies, deception and affairs. After swearing off love, she finally meets the man of her dreams. He seems perfect, wins her over, and makes her believe in love again. Just when her life starts looking up, Faith is plunged into a living nightmare beyond anything a person can imagine. Far from any chance of refuge or avenue of escape, all Faith can do is pray for a miracle before time runs out on her life and death horror story.
The Killing of Faith will leave you stunned when you realize what happened to Faith can happen to anyone.
The Killing of Faith by William Holms starts with our narrator, Faith, introducing the book in a simple fashion. However, as the story progresses the plot hits the ground running. You think you know where the book will end up, but trust me, you won’t.
Faith is a mother who is down on her luck and done with love. She is a woman many readers can relate to; an unhappy marriage, three children, and filled with frustration and heartbreak. Despite all of this, she eventually finds love again and Faith is swept off of her feet by a new man.
We’ve all read a tale that begins similar to this, but the distinctive trait for Faith’s chronicle is the dark turn it takes. A word of caution, this book is not a light read but it is a fantastically, dark journey into twists and turns you will not expect. The author creates a vivid world filled with sex, shadows, and the insidious recesses of the human psyche.
“When I started writing my story, I had no idea it would be this hard. I thought being a single mother was hard but really it was a joy. Now I can only dream of those days. After Paul and I broke up, I thought I had hit rock bottom but I had no idea what rock bottom really looks like. Evenat the lowest points in my life, I never once considered suicide. Now, sitting in this hellhole, all I think about is killing myself.”
Faiths depression can be difficult to read at times, and I do suggest anyone suffering from depression take heed. The Killing of Faith doesn’t pull any punches. If you are looking for a twisted thriller similar to Gillian Flynn or Stieg Larsson then look no further. Holms creates a fascinating psychological thriller that you will not be able to put down.
The Killing of Faith by William Holms is a captivating novel told by the main character, Faith. Faith is a mom and wife and has everything money can buy, except love. As a child growing up, she believed the commercials when they said their product would make Faith happy. She lived a delusion. After she and her husband Ryan divorce, Faith is shaken by his threats that she will never keep his children. Faith moves on, from one man to the next. After traveling to Bangkok to spend a quiet weekend with her latest dream man, she ﬁnds herself caught in a living nightmare of drug traﬃcking. She is imprisoned, treated horribly but eventually ﬁnds solace in yoga and meditation. Ryan comes to her rescue and as a lawyer plans to defend her in court. You will be shocked to read the outcome. Will Faith be freed or will she spend the rest of her life in prison in a foreign country?
All I can say is, wow! The Killing of Faith by William Holms is a powerful book ﬁlled with exceptional character development, an extremely detailed plotline and, when the ﬁnal twist comes, the reader is left stunned in disbelief. Throughout the book, the reader can empathize with Faith as she tries to ﬁnd love and happiness. Her journey isn’t that diﬀerent than many of us, and I believe that is why a female reader would deﬁnitely connect with Faith. My heart broke many times for Faith, but also for Ryan. This book is so well written, so well developed that I highly recommend everyone to pick up their copy of The Killing of Faith. You will not be disappointed. The reader will ﬁnd themselves hanging on every word. Holms has created a riveting story ﬁlled with intrigue, love, unhappiness, and the true dysfunctionality of the world.
BEST SELLER’S REVIEW
If you are looking for a fresh suspense/thriller, you should look no further than “The Killing of Faith” by William Holms. This book will take you on a thrilling journey of the rise and fall of a woman.
It all starts and ends with Faith. The story, narrated in the first person by Faith herself, opens to a very grim but vague present setting. A setting that is periodically revisited throughout the chapters and which is in stark contrast to the past. She takes us back to her childhood and patiently goes through the main events of her life: engagement, marriage, motherhood.
Faith is the kind of beautiful girl that is well aware of her good looks and does not hold back from using this to her advantage. She finds little interest in school, instead, she prefers hanging out with her friends, shopping, and boys. One boy in particular. So, she enters into a tumultuous relationship that eventually leads her to drop out of school and move out from her parents’ place to a different city. Faith leaves everything for a man and a fresh start. But she doesn’t get either. Her dreams crumble and so does she. At least until another man walks into her life and she rebuilds herself through him. This becomes a pattern that repeats with some minor variation. Faith seems to have an innate drive to seek out completion in somebody else and this drives her to the edge of life.
The brilliant thing about the book is its growing suspense. And this suspense is a testament to the skills of William Holms. It all starts with the title, “The Killing of Faith”. So, naturally, the reader expects Faith to be killed at some point. But there are so many questions that arise: why? How? By whom? And as the pages of the book seem to run out and Faith is still very much alive, one starts to wonder if it will still actually happen or was it all just a ruse. This tense anticipation is the main driving force that keeps you flipping page after page.
This is not one of those books that get you hooked by a nurtured love for the main character, quite the contrary… yet the author manages to elicit feelings of sympathy and compassion for Faith as she is met with hardships. Also, her childish naiveté remains an endearing quality. The character carefully balances on the verge of a charicaturistic depiction of women and this is one of the elements that awaken such strong feelings of ambivalence toward her.
“The Killing of Faith” is a captivating read, but it is not a book for all ages, as there are some explicit scenes and vulgar language. What is more, the sequel is already in preparation by William Holmes.
ONLINE BOOK CLUBFaith seemed to be extremely unlucky in love. Her first serious boyfriend, Jake, moved to Texas when she was sixteen, causing her to drop out of school and follow him even though he didn’t invite her. He ended up leaving with another woman after they were discovered in bed together. Shortly afterward, Faith started dating Ryan, a lawyer, who seemed to be perfect. However, things went south for them after they had married, and she deliberately became 3 out of 4 stars pregnant for the third time, knowing he didn’t want another child. Even though he obviously was very Share This Review much in love with her, they argued constantly. Her best friend, Sharon, didn’t improve matters. Sharon was in the process of getting divorced and was constantly disparaging Ryan and encouraging Faith to leave him. Faith started having an affair with Paul, who was also married. She believed they were in love and demanded a divorce from Ryan. Ryan didn’t want to lose custody of his children, and even though he loved her, their breakup was long and messy. Shortly after the divorce, Paul broke up with her and improved his relationship with his wife. Devastated, Faith swore off all men until she met Christian. How could she know their love affair would end up being a humongous nightmare with her fighting for her life? The Killing of Faith by William Holms is a 263-page book listed in the C/T/M/H genre, written from Faith’s first-person point of view. The tale starts in the present day and then goes back in time to inform us of how events led to this point. Although there is a sequel in the works, this book can be read as a standalone novel. The author’s descriptive prose is easy to understand and keeps the reader intrigued with unexpected twists, especially a stunning one at the end. Mr. Holms demonstrates a tremendous ability to immerse readers into the story. It is remarkably easy to picture exactly what is being described. An example is from page two of the story: “My once radiant skin is now sunburnt. My beautiful blonde hair is full of tangles and knots. My lips that were always soft and inviting are dry and chapped. My hands are calloused, my nails are broken, and my body is full of open sores. If you look close you’ll find the only part of me the world hasn’t stolen. My bright blue eyes still sparkle as bright as ever when they’re not filled with tears.” My favorite aspect of the book was the character development. I didn’t particularly like Faith at the beginning of the story. She was very headstrong; she was also beautiful and recognized it, using her looks to her advantage at every opportunity. Her desire to constantly get her way caused her to make bad decisions (for example, getting pregnant even though she knew her husband did not want another child). Others were blamed when things didn’t go as planned, and she never looked at herself to discover if perhaps it was her own fault. However, as the story progressed, you could perceive her gradually evolving and realizing that she was not as blameless as once thought; she began to recognize and appreciate the more meaningful things in life. Unfortunately, I discovered too many grammatical and punctuation errors in the novel. Although not distracting, there were too many to ignore. It could use the help of a professional editor. Because the errors were the only thing about the novel I didn’t like, it receives a rating of three out of four stars. I enthusiastically recommend The Killing of Faith to readers who enjoy mysteries and psychological thrillers. A word of warning, though, it is quite dark; therefore, readers who struggle with depression might want to reconsider before getting this book. In addition, profanities and sex are encountered in the story. Subsequently, it is unsuitable for children and readers averse to those things. ****** The Killing of Faith View: on Bookshelves
KIRKUS REVIEWSA divorced mother of three children finds herself accused of a crime she didn’t commit in this debut thriller. Faith is still a teenager when she leaves her Georgia home and follows her older boyfriend to Austin, Texas. That romance doesn’t last, leaving Faith in a difficult situation: “I’m almost nineteen years old and I have nothing. I have a low paying job, no car, and an apartment I can’t afford.” Then she meets lawyer Ryan Brunick. The two marry and start a family. But sadly, they aren’t happy for long, with the subject of having more kids causing the most strife. Following a bitter divorce, Faith continues her cheerless existence until she meets a handsome businessman who’s CEO of his own company. They fall for each another, and Faith is the happiest she’s been in a long while. But everything changes when the couple take a “dream vacation” in Thailand. Authorities arrest her for a serious crime, despite her pleas of innocence, and threaten her with a severe punishment. Awaiting trial, Faith finds prison life harsh; she has trouble communicating, as few speak her language, and she can’t reach anyone, including her family, for help. When an unexpected person finally comes to her aid, she’s hopeful. But Faith’s trial brims with frustrating and surprising turns, signaling that freedom may be unattainable. Generally unlikable characters populate Holms’ tale. For example, none of Faith’s relationships end without lingering animosity. Even Faith, who narrates, implies she wants a third child with Ryan as a reason to continue staying home. As such, it’s hard to sympathize with anyone. Still, the smooth narrative meticulously follows Faith from her teens into her 30s. The author’s writing is at its strongest in describing the Thai prison. In one scene, Faith, despite her hunger, must force herself to eat the revolting prison food. While characters throughout are manipulative and deceitful, the gripping story effectively shows how damaging one apparently simple lie can be. A woman’s dreadful, unpredictable love life proves riveting despite a largely unpleasant cast.