Ayo Onatade is an avid reader of crime and mystery fiction. She has been writing reviews, interviews and articles on the subject for the last 12 years; with an eclectic taste from historical to hardboiled, short stories and noir films
Blind Faith is supposed to be a romantic suspense thriller but whilst it might be seen as such to some, I found it thoroughly frustrating to read and had to force myself to finish it.
When Sarah Durandt husband and son are murdered, her whole life is turned upside down. After she witnesses the execution of their killer, she is determined to find their bodies as the murderer has always refused to disclose where they are buried. As she hunts to find their graves things turn out to be not what she initially thought and she struggles to believe what she is faced with.
Why did I find this a frustrating read? There were too many coincides taking place and there were too many sub-plots. For example the teenagers who are in the book, one does not really know why they are there, as they do not add anything to the storyline. Furthermore, at the start of the book it is clear that Sarah is still grieving for the loss of her family but that sense of desolation is soon forgotten, as she immediately becomes “Superwoman”.
One also does not get a deep sense of the characters. They seem to be rather superficial with very little depth. This was a shame, as Blind Faith could have been a good thriller. However, what was also exasperating and which kept on disrupting the flow of the book was the fact that the author kept on telling us what was happening as opposed to showing us which would have allowed the reader to absorb the story.More importantly, the characters were all so unappealing that one could not have any sympathy for any of them and that included the main protagonists. There is action in this book and it may be its only redeeming feature. It was just a shame that the author could not get out of the habit of making her characters do unlikely things. It was entertaining and had a number of twists but in the end sorely disappointing.