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The Faithful
By Jonathan Weyer
Brio Press
2010
Reviewed by Angie Mangino
Rating: 5 stars
 
 
Reading this book defined in the religious horror genre made me wonder if I was the best one to review this book, as the horror genre is not one which I enjoy reading and I feared my distaste for the genre might prejudice my review.  As you can see with the high rating I gave this book, The Faithful dispelled any of my hesitations once I began reading.  What a story!
 
 
Aiden Schaeffer is in a spiritual battle, both within himself and with the murder of his ex-fiancé, Amanda.  What propels the reader into the story is the fine writing, the characters about whom the reader gets to know and care about quickly, and a very believable, fast moving story that keeps one glued to the pages to find out what will happen next.  While the details surrounding the murder enter into the horror genre, the mystery and the character of Aiden raise this book into multifaceted genres as it brings the reader with Aiden to confront very human concerns, both in the physical and the spiritual realms.
 
 
Religious references are totally in character with Aiden, a young Presbyterian minister doubting his faith, as the book begins with the line, “I don’t know if I believe in God anymore,” in a Yahoo chat with his best friend, Brian.  Yet these references blend in naturally with the plot of the novel, not preaching, but subtly saying so much about God and the difference in behavior of the “faithful” followers for those readers choosing to probe more deeply.