Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite
A Matter of Faith by Duke Woodrick is a captivating crime novel with well-thought out characters and an intriguing plot, a story that combines elements of different genres into an exquisite read. Ella Mae Martin has just experienced a near death experience. Yes, she’s just had a peek into the other side of reality after suffering a heart failure, but in that brief moment, before returning to her mortal body, she experiences something horrible — she becomes a witness to murder. Everyone thought she was already dead, but then the boy with the dog has asked her to go back. What she saw before rejoining her body makes her the only witness who can identify a ruthless serial killer. But who will believe her?
This is a thrilling read, an absorbing story that opens with action — the execution of Jason Thomas Bradford, the man who confessed to numerous premeditated murders. The opening is just a promise to the perfectly constructed plot and the awesome themes. The author introduces the protagonist immediately and readers get curious about the way she is presented. I was so intrigued about a witness who witnesses a murder during the brief moment she’s thought dead, the time she lay dead in the morgue, but then Ella’s description of the scene and the murderer are so accurate and compelling they make the story a great read. I enjoyed this idea of a plot. The writing is great, and insightful, laced with wonderful descriptions and awesome dialogues. A Matter of Faith is a beautiful novel, well-crafted to delight readers who love strong plot lines and compelling characters. Duke Woodrick just gained another fan.