I received a copy of this book for free via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Quick fire review:
Why are more people not reading this?
Filled with intriguing characters, an original plot and some brilliant writing, this book will keep you hooked from start to finish. Really easy to devour – recommend to everyone.
Give this bad boy a chance!
For Agent Josh Metcalf, memories are ghosts. They are blood-soaked backpacks and the smell of strawberry Chap Stick. Josh is haunted by a little girl who went missing his first summer on the force. Decades later his search has become an obsession, and he’s pinned the photos of hundreds of missing children to his wall of tears. All the children had psychic abilities. All the cases went cold — with no witnesses, no useful tips, and no children ever recovered. Until a woman gets injured trying to stop an abduction, and Josh comes face to face with his personal ghost.
For Rowan Wilson, a meteorite hunter for NASA’s Spaceguard program, memories are lies. The childhood she thought she knew has been erased, leaving a black hole in its place. New recollections are flaring to life: men dressed like priests, a ranch in the mountains, mind control, and rape. Each new memory draws her closer to one of the other missing children, Sumner Macey; and to I Fidele, the underground organization for whom kidnapping is just the beginning.
For Sumner, memories have become weapons. He’s sharpened each of his with surgical precision: the ranch, the doctrine, the mind-wash, and the murders. He’s eager to slice at the black sludge pumping through I Fidele’s heart, desperate to cripple those who stole his childhood.
To I Fidele, non-psychics are cockroaches in need of extermination, an inferior species destroying the earth. They’re ready to enforce eugenics on a global scale. If they succeed, only those faithful to their doctrine will survive.
4 out of 5 stars
Keeping this short so I don’t spoil the whole damn thing.
This book surprised me I must say. I originally requested this book because I thought the cover was both stunning/fascinating and was pleasantly surprised to find a twisted and intriguing story inside.
While maybe a little too long, this book is a fast paced journey in which a genocidal plot at the hands of a cult is the key focus. We follow FBI Agent Josh Metcalf as he continues to work on a case in which over 700 kids with paranormal abilities have been kidnapped. Through his research, he ends up in contact with Dr. Wilson whose specialty is space.
Cue shit hitting the fan moments.
What really makes this book is the characters. Freedman has taken great care in creating well rounded characters that serve a key purpose in this story and in the investigation; everyone felt like they belong.
Coupled with great writing, a detailed plot, some very horrible people and a mysterious plan at the hands of a cult, The Faithful is hands down one of the better thrillers I’ve read in a long time.