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Monday, February 19, 2018

REVIEW: Twist of Faith by Ellen J. Green @amazonpub

Twist of Faith
by Ellen J. Green

Thanks so much to Amazon Publishing / Thomas & Mercer for this copy
in return for my honest review.  

Publisher:  Amazon Publishing / Thomas & Mercer
Published February 1, 2018
332 pages
Genre:  Mystery, Suspense, Light Thriller

Goodreads Synopsis:

When family secrets are unearthed, a woman’s past can become a dangerous place to hide…

After the death of her adoptive mother, Ava Saunders comes upon a peculiar photograph, sealed and hidden away in a crawl space. The photo shows a shuttered, ramshackle house on top of a steep hill. On the back, a puzzling inscription: Destiny calls us.

Ava is certain that it’s a clue to her elusive past. Twenty-three years ago, she’d been found wrapped in a yellow blanket in the narthex of the Holy Saviour Catholic Church—and rescued—or so she’d been told. Her mother claimed there was no more to the story, so the questions of her abandonment were left unanswered. For Ava, now is the time to find the roots of her mother’s lies. It begins with the house itself—once the scene of a brutal double murder.

When Ava enlists the help of the two people closest to her, a police detective and her best friend, she fears that investigating her past could be a fatal mistake. Someone is following them there. And what’s been buried in Ava’s nightmares isn’t just a crime. It’s a holy conspiracy.

My Review:

This is a bit hard to review without revealing too much so I'll keep this one short and sweet.  Written in multiple POVs with a short cast of characters, there was a little confusion at times on whose POV we were getting.  I understand the reasoning behind that once we got further in, but mostly it befuddled me at certain points in the narrative.  However, once I figured out what was going on, I was eager to continue and see what was happening.  

I think I was expecting more of a thriller with this one when really it's more of a mystery with a bit of suspense in the build up.  I was intrigued with the characters.  My favorite was Joanne.  Her sassiness and interactions with Russell were my favorite parts... even though Russell was definitely not a favorite of mine.  Typical showing of a man here... struggling with marrying the girl he's "supposed to" while lusting after the hot mess.  Sorry guys, I'm over this... or at least it wasn't working for me in this particular book.  

What I did enjoy was that the mystery did keep me reading.  I was invested and while the past kept getting revealed and things progressed in the present, I was curious to see if I was correct in my assumptions.  The big reveal was definitely a surprise for me.  Somehow I did not see that coming and that is always fun when that happens.  However, I think the epilogue was unnecessary and took away from the feel of the book.  Is this a series? Or are we left a little wanting on purpose?  While I don't mind that in some books, I think the ending without this was perfectly acceptable.


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