Wacky and far-reaching, this work reveals fiery intellect.
THE FAITHFUL is a haunting, edge-of-your-seat mystery.
This is a very gripping story right from the beginning. The plot is complex yet excellently well written. Author S.M. Freedman uses a straightforward yet deeply moving literary style. The characters are well-developed, perhaps the best ones that I’ve read so far.
Good characters, gripping scenes, wonderful writing. Freedman is a writer to watch.
I thought that The Faithful was brilliant. The character development was spot on, and some of the prose even reminded me of the King of horror himself – Stephen King.
A riveting, captivating and well–written tale, gently leading the reader from one character and situation into another. I am astounded at how many characters she brought in without “losing” the reader!
This is a compelling tale that brings together characters dwelling on emotional trauma with paranormal psychic powers. There are different remarkable characters, which each demand the reader’s attention, and the plot wonderfully combines the different threads.
I really liked the paranormal aspect of this story, The characters each added something to the story, and I especially liked Josh’s need to find answers.
This book was everything I expected it to be and more. It had mystery, suspense, action, adventure - it had a story that pulled you in and kept you reading, it had characters that were interesting and well written. It was intense. I knew, from the synopsis (and, yes, the cover!!), that I would like this book, but love is more like it.
This book is fantastic!!!WOW. The characters are gritty and raw, the story is fast paced and exciting. It’s the kind of book that keeps you so engaged, that when you’re forced to put the book down, it’s all you can think about until you’re able to pick it up again. And even when you’re finished, it’s the kind of story that sticks with you. The author is incredibly talented. She has definitely done her research, and it shows throughout the book. I especially liked the “paranormal” aspect and how she wove it in to the storyline. I am definitely looking forward to reading more thrilling stories from her!
The Faithful is definitely one of the most interesting books I have read in a while. It’s as complicated as it is intriguing, leading me to absolutely blow through it in just a few days. Freedman makes the characters completely relatable, even though they have these other worldly powers or obsessions that seem like they would make them pretty far from your average person. The ease with which she writes is amazing and engrossing.
There are just no words to describe how much I love this book. I loved the depth of the knowledge that went into telling the story with the technical stuff, police knowledge and the great surveillance techniques ... I could really imagine the characters, they all seemed so real to me and left me wanting for more. I cannot recommend this book enough.
Ms. Freedman has mind-boggled me with this one. I cannot fathom how a first-time novelist was able to come up with such engaging characters and such a complex storyline, and somehow still manage to hold onto all the strings and weave an amazing tapestry of words.
This book is truly fantastic and one of the best I’ve read. The writing is beautiful, the characters are wonderfully developed and so human, the story itself- absolutely mind blowing. When I finished reading the last page, I sat stunned by what a complex plot the author had skillfully woven together. The knowledge she has on so many different topics is impressive.Freedman has taken a world we know, and turned it on it’s head. What we’ve been given is a story that seems so real and so absolutely possible.
Fantastic book! Fast, suspenseful . . . adventure, science fiction, romance . . . everything you want in a novel to keep you riveted. It sort of reminded me of Stephen King’s The Stand, albeit lighter.
The character development is spot on. Some of the prose and the ways the chapters are laid out even reminded me of Stephen King in some instances. The fact that the book is written from different perspectives really helps to keep it moving forward and shows the extent to which the mystery reaches.The concept behind the book was genius I thought and something that would immediately terrify a lot of people and possibly something that lurks in the back of the human psyche already...Overall though the book was thoroughly mind bending and greatly enjoyable to read. I have heard that there will be a sequel to this and you can be sure that I will be buying it.
Wow. I started this book a couple of days ago thinking I would read a little bit here and there, but ended up plowing through it. This story is as brilliant as it is original. I don’t know where the author got her ideas from but I would really like to spend one day inside her imagination. It must be an amazing place. The characters in the story are so real and life-like, I feel like I know them all personally (some I wish I didn’t), and the author’s descriptions are breathtaking.
This may be a book I’ll read again and again. There are surprises at every turn.
This supernatural thriller/comedy/romance has something for everybody. The Faithful takes the best of this style of novel and elevates it to a whole new level with an evocative, literary writing style, well-fleshed out, extremely likeable characters that you want to invite home to dinner, and a gripping plot. I can hardly wait for the next one!
Let me start by telling you that “The Faithful” is a very unordinary book. Good unordinary... The plot is very tangled and interesting and the knowledge of the author in so many different areas makes it look very realistic and believable. This book contains a lot of my favorite features – mystery, supernatural events, a huge crime organization, brain washing, etc.. There are so many questions raised and you can’t stop reading until you find the answers. And I really enjoy that thrill. The one thing I don’t enjoy though is ghost in the mirror and everywhere else. However I’m glad that didn’t stop me from reading this wonderful book. I would recommend it to everyone because it truly can offer something to everybody! 5 stars no doubt and waiting for the sequel!
The first day I finally started reading it, I realized that Just the paper version just wouldn’t do. I needed to stay in this story, and to do that, I then also bought the Kindle version to allow me the opportunity to look at the book whenever I had a free moment. Still wanting more, | then felt compelled to put the Kindle app on my phone. Even a few minutes at lunch time, catch as catch can, I had to keep reading! Like GoT, a complex story by an accomplished writer, with so many twists and turns!
The Faithful is wonderfully descriptive with very vivid characters. The complex plot takes the ordinary world and gives it a twist in a way that makes it very hard to put the book down. Can’t wait for the sequel!
Let me start with a disclaimer: I am a dystopia and disaster story fan and although there are many books and movies in this genre, there are few that actually captivate me. The Faithful definitely captivated me. While the characters are well developed it was the story itself that captivated me the most. I brought this book with me on a long overseas journey and it definitely contributed to my jet-lag as many hours of possible sleep on the airplane were missed because I couldn’t put this book down. I find that this genre of books often suffers from too many plot twists and characters that seem manufactured at worst or only capable of belief in the fictional world in which they live at best. The Faithful did not succumb to this weakness. Rather, the plot was well developed and had enough twists to keep you interested (and on the edge of your seat at times) but not so many that you had to flip back to previous portions to understand the latest diversion. The characters were believable in our world and the world of the Faithful so it was easy to relate to them and to care for them (or hate some of them).Anyone who is a fan of the Hunger Games, the Divergent series should definitely put this on their list of must reads!
Right from the start I was hooked and the story just continued to grow to the point I could not put it down. ....The writing is excellent and the story riveting. I can not wait for another book by S M Freedman
I love this book! Very intriguing story line. Keeps me guessing as to what will happen next. Well Done!
This is prize-winning writing. With the same economy of words and vibrant observations I expect from the best story-telling songwriters, Freedman paints scenes you would swear you had watched on a movie rather than read in a book.She captures the essence of each character so skillfully there is no possible chance of mixing them up - they are disparate, relatable people who are still living inside my head several weeks after first reading it.
The Faithful is a great pre-apocalyptic fantasy/sci-fi adventure that will hopefully have several sequels.
Wow! In my busy life with two small kids and my own business, it is rare that I find a book that sucks me in so that I choose to read rather than go to bed, or do the dishes, or whatever other chore needs to get done. But I simply could not put The Faithful down. I loved every word and have recommended it for my book club for this fall. The story was so creative, I am not sure how she came up with those ideas! I loved (or hated) the characters. I am looking forward to the next book. Hopefully it is ‘in the works’ and we don’t have to wait too long!
How do you and a handful of people with unique special abilities stop the end of the world? Put on your seatbelt and get ready for the ride of your life! This is one of the most amazing books available today and I am so glad that I read it...The author did a magnificent job of grabbing my attention and keeping it throughout the entire book. As hard as I tried, I could not put it down as twists and turns led to shocking secrets as the faith, strength, courage, and determination of a few saved so many. The characters were so well developed that I had no problem feeling what they felt as I held my breath, cried, and sighed with relief as I turned page after page. The children are they key to a devastating plot that will change the entire world as we know it. I have no idea how anyone could think up a story like this, but I am so glad that Ms. Freedman had the ability to do so...I cannot think of words to do justice to this work of fiction, so please, just get a copy and read it for yourself. You will not be disappointed and I know that you will be waiting for a sequel just as I am. Do not miss this one!
I just finished reading The Faithful and I loved it. For all the fantasy, the characters are so real. You are immediately brought into a world of cults, agents and intrigue and you don’t want to leave. I am recommending this book to all of my friends. Please write more S.M. Freedman!
This is one of these books that you find yourself carrying everywhere as you can’t put it down. The characters captivate you right from the start, with many twists and turns you find yourself trying to guess ahead as to how they are linked and what is going to happen next. I have always enjoyed books that have many subplots and The Faithful really delivered. It hit on all my emotions at some point. I loved that I could not figure out till the very end how the first chapter fit and that when I finished all I could think about was the hopeful sequel. Can’t recommend enough. Don’t be put off by the ‘supernatural’ description this is a great mystery.
Very interesting well researched story..amazing concept and story line worth reading.
Wow! I really can’t recommend this one enough. I read it over a few (busy) evenings and let me tell you, it is one to savour every word. True Genius! Freedman’s writing is lean, mean and pacy; this girl knows about technical stuff I can’t even begin to imagine. The depth of her knowledge on dirty great surveillance telescopes, past life regression techniques and any number of police procedures is very impressive. Somehow she manages to deliver complex plots, high-octane action and characters you just know you have met before. Stunning stuff.This story and these characters will stay with you for a very long time - all the way until you read the sequel!
The Faithful is a page turner for sure! I enjoyed the plot twists and endless intrigue. Characters are engaging. A story of good versus evil to keep you riveted from beginning to end. I am excited for the sequel.
An excellent read! Intriguing, well developed plot line with engaging characters . . . combines the elements of mystery, suspense and humour to leave the reader satisfied but definitely looking to the next installment.
I really enjoyed this book but starting it so close to Christmas was not a good idea because having to pick it up and put it down so much made it hard to follow in the early parts. Once I had time to just sit I didn’t want to put it down. I recommend it.
A very good book as well that kept my attention from start to finish. I look forward to more from this author.
I read the online preview and then waited with anticipation to receive my copy. A wonderful read! I couldn’t put it down, literally. Read it in two sittings. It’s hard to believe it is her first novel. I think it would make a great movie or TV series and I can’t wait for the sequel(s).
The prose drew me in straight away, with tidbits of mystery offered from the first paragraph. Use of language is fresh, the detail rich and vivid so the reading becomes a sensory experience. The narrative grips and holds on, and deft writing drew me into a world that was hard to leave. There’s tension from the very start and skillful handling of pace and conflict.
The Faithful is powerful and gripping - one of those “hard to put down” books. A page-turner with heart and soul. The plot has unexpected twists and turns and is totally captivating. We hang on as the world we know becomes multi-layered and haunting. The characters are real people with deep emotions, foibles, and unexpected humour. The writing is crisp and clear and never distracts the reader from the engrossing plot and interaction of the characters. It was hard to come to the end of this book (sigh….) but Ms. Freedman leaves us with the promise of more to come. Can’t wait for the next one!!
This is an extremely well written first book by a new author with a captivating story that made it hard to put down. Can’t wait to read the next one to see what develops in the lives of Ryanne, Josh and Sumner as it feels like we just got to know them and there is more to tell!!!!
This is a must read - its a really exciting page turner. What a great concept. She captured my interest from page one. I am so looking forward to her next book.
Once I started The Faithful I couldn’t put it down. I enjoyed every moment of this book from the beginning to the end. The characters are engaging and the story is captivating . S.M. Freedman had me laughing and crying all the way to the end and left me wanting more.
It was extremely well-written and very complex. I was impressed by the number of subplots that came together in the end. It’s a great summer read. You know it’s a good book if it’s difficult to describe in a review without including spoilers. I’ll look forward to the sequel.
I really enjoyed reading this book and had a hard time putting it down. Only complaint, I didn’t want it to end and can’t wait to see if there is another book coming out because I want to know MORE...Loved the concept and didn’t have a clue what was going to happen which keeps you really interested.Great, great summer read.
This book has got something for everyone. Like mystery? It’s there, and lot’s of it! Like sci-fi that’s embedded in well researched facts, and presented in a fascinating and easy to understand way? That’s there too. More of a general fiction reader, enjoying well crafted character development? Yup, winner winner! Like romance? I mean, real people falling in love kind of romance? You’ll find that here too. Heartbreak? Yeah. Thrills? Oh yeah, every moment. It’s seriously got it all. And it’s all tied up in an expertly written package, with vivid descriptions and amazing depth. And lots of shockers, too!
This book had some of the best descriptive writing I have read in a long time. I could see, feel and even smell the characters and scenes. I was sucked into every moment of the story and that is exactly what I look for in a book. The story was a fascinating twist on a generally cliche ‘end of the world conspiracy.’ I was completely taken aback many times which doesn’t often happen. The author left me with enough breadcrumbs, so to speak, to make me think I was figuring out the story, but I honestly had no idea.
If you want a great read (superb plot, characters that you engage with and a smooth, entertaining writing style) I recommend ‘The Faithful’; I think you will love it as much as I did, and so will your friends; Is it a mystery? Is it a thriller? no matter the genre it is a great book!!
What a fun ride. S.M. Freedman has created a an intriguing and mysterious alternate reality. I was hooked from the start. I can’t wait to see where her vision takes us from here. Bring on the sequel!
With the very first words on the page the author shows her mastery of storytelling. I cannot believe this is her first book!My only disappointment is the wait for more from this talented writer.
This was an amazing story all the way from start to finish. The story totally grips you and has dramatic and unexpected twists and turns. Ms Freedman kept me guessing and intrigued the whole way through. I can’t wait for the next book!
Very original story (yes yes, not many things are “original” since pretty much everything had been done before, but this was done far better than many I’ve read) the pacing was perfect imo and the characters were fleshed out very well. The book does jump from first to third person almost every other chapter but instead of being annoying, like I thought it would, it adds so much more depth to the characters.
Ms Freedman has a fantastic style of writing, creating not only genuine and intriguing characters, but also a powerful, mysterious story that leaves the reader thirsty for more. She cleverly weaves her unique story together, always fully in control of the plot, carrying us along all the way to a brilliant end.
Wonderfully written! Very talented author with amazing curiosity and the ability to bring us into a very different world. Loved some of the surprises and the tension as the story builds.
I found the writing to be well-executed and the dialog well-done.
A very well written and interesting read. I was impressed with the story line, the plot twists, and the very vivid descriptions