BOOK REVIEW: FAITHLESS
Faithless is a very exciting book-containing page after page of action and drama. Medical Examiner Sara Linton and her ex-husband (at least for now!) police chief Jeffrey Tolliver, lead the reader on a wild trip that starts when Jeffery trips over something while running with Sara in the woods. The “something” is a wooden box buried in dirt with a pipe extending up from the box to the surface. It is too late to save this victim but the discovery starts a frantic search for any others that might be buried the same way.
All through the book Sara and Jeffery become closer one minute and drift apart more the next. The clues lead them to a farm in a very rural area. There are many immigrant workers at this farm, some legal and some not, but that is not the interest of Jeffery at this time. The owners of the farm are a family that has started a religious group run by their own rules and regulations. Many of the farm workers also belong to this religious sect. Strangely, quite a few of the workers have died from various causes and their bodies were all cremated, not allowing actual causes of death to be investigated. This action only deepens the search for the killer/killers during the investigation. The owners are all family but what a mixed-up family. The reader will have some trouble deciding who is what to whom? But this is not bad; it only leads to more mystery since the cult leaders are not very cooperative with the law enforcement agencies that become involved.
Lena is a cop that is Jeffery’s right-hand assistant. Lena has her own black areas in her life that also add to this story. Lena, though not a member of the family, has had interaction with some of those in the farm family. You will wonder as you read which children belong to which parent. You will not usually be correct with your guess. I will not start listing all the characters in this book. You will meet them as you delve farther. Your enjoyment will not stop, even through the last page of the book with life or death in doubt in many areas. I look forward to reading some more of Karin Slaughter’s books. If “Faithless” is any indicator, they will be very interesting. Another thing I loved was the style of print used in the paperback version I read. The print is very easy to read. Some paperbacks have made print so small that ones eyesight wavers over the attempt to read page after page.
REVIEWED BY CY HILTERMAN
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