Title: Saving Faith
Author: David Baldacci
About the book: It’s a standalone about Faith Lockheart who has to flee for her life after an assassination attempt goes wrong, but she isn’t sure who she can trust
First impressions: I’ve read some of Baldacci’s novels in the past, so I had an idea of what to expect. The author tends to start off with a scene that sets up the rest of the story. I didn’t know what was going on, which made me want to find out more.
Characters: It took me a while to get behind some of the characters. By the end, I found myself rooting for the good guys of course, especially Lee Adams, a private investigator. Baldacci does a good job creating likeable and unlikeable characters as well. He’s great at making flawed characters. Everyone is imperfect in some way with either a problematic past, a sticky situation, or both. But because we’re dealing with fiction, the characters’ traits can obviously be exaggerated.
“So maybe I do what I do because the sum of the world’s tragedies outweighs its happiness.”
Writing: I’ve read many other books by Baldacci. Saving Faith is good but not the best one in my opinion. It’s still an entertaining, fun read. Probably not the most realistic, however. He tells an interesting story by adding enough suspense to keep you turning the pages. All in all, the sentences are short and the chapters aren’t too long. So it makes for a fast, enjoyable reading experience.
Final thoughts: I will say I liked the ending (last 100 pages or so) the most. It ties up a lot of loose ends while answering most of the questions posed throughout the novel.
If you’re looking for a summer thriller, be sure to check out Saving Faith if you haven’t done so already.
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