The Killing of Faith

Fiction - Thriller - General
377 Pages
Reviewed on 12/07/2020
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Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite

The Killing of Faith by William Holms is truly different from any thrillers I’ve previously read, not just in the basic plot concept, but especially in the characterization of the female protagonist, Faith. When we first meet Faith, she comes across as a very pretty, but rather vacuous teen airhead who feels her looks can get her what an education can’t. As she matures, it appears Faith is right: she wins the heart of Ryan, a lawyer, and through several years of marriage, Ryan gives her a life of which most women would be envious. But, over time, the material trappings and even her 3 children aren’t enough for her. They divorce, much to Ryan’s heartbreak, and by the time Faith is in her mid-thirties, two more men have come into her life.

At this point, readers find themselves disliking Faith: she is self-centered and manipulative and blames everyone but herself when things go wrong. But karma is a bitch as Faith finds out in a most shocking twist that both readers and Faith don’t expect. Readers feel her pain, relate to her unfortunate plight, forgive her former treatment of Ryan, and begin liking the nicer human being she becomes as a result of her brutal misfortune. And just when we all think all is well, the author throws in another shocking twist that leaves everyone asking, “What just happened?”

The Killing of Faith is a riveting read, not just because of the clever twists in the plot, but because of the intimate look William Holms gives us into Faith’s psyche. Readers who enjoy knowing why and how people think, as much as what people do to themselves and each other, will appreciate this novel. Holms doesn’t waste time or words in telling his story; he uses dialogue well and often, and the pace is always moving forward quickly. As we watch Faith’s misfortunes mount, the book becomes very informative, but if I were to tell you in what way, I’d spoil the story for you. In short, read it for yourself. You’ll love it. A terrific book and great writing. Highly recommended.

Deborah Lloyd

Faith was a popular fifteen-year-old teenager in a small Georgia town when she met her first love, Jake. He was older, brash, and admired her physical beauty. When he moved to Austin, Texas, she dropped out of high school and followed him. Although the relationship ended, she stayed in Austin and eventually met a wonderful man, and they married. Faith was happy to be a mother of three children, but she also found many things that made her feel dissatisfied. After the divorce, she decided not to risk being hurt again – until she met the perfect man. Her life changed forever. A suspenseful, thrilling adventure unfolds in the gripping novel The Killing of Faith, written by William Holms.

The characterization of Faith is a brilliant depiction illustrating how the modern-day emphasis on certain goals can ruin lives. Faith became materialistic, as well as not feeling satisfied with the challenges of long-term relationships. As an adolescent, she learned to lie to her parents and this deception became a familiar way in how she dealt with life’s problems. Although she attended church, she did not live a faith-filled life or appreciate the blessings in her life. She focused on “not having enough.” The author skillfully crafted an engaging story from the first page to the last. Be warned - it is hard to put the book down, once started. There are a number of unexpected twists and turns which add to the compelling storyline. Author William Holms has penned an exciting novel in The Killing of Faith. A great read!

Teresa Syms

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.

Jeffrey McGee

Once I start reading I could not put it down it's an amazing read a must read..... Watch what you wish for and each and every one of us make our own prison........ It's like I lived it.. lol.... Great job!!