Ava Hope Saunders, the narrator of this creepy thriller from Green (The Book of James), was told by her untrustworthy adoptive mother, Claire, that she was found as an infant in a church, but she’s skeptical of this story. While Ava was growing up, Claire repeatedly moved the family, sometimes in the middle of the night, leaving her feeling unconnected, unloved, and friendless. After Claire dies of a heart attack, Ava finds a photograph that belonged to Claire of a house with an open door inscribed “2/15/10. Destiny calls us, bound by Loyalty.” Ava easily identifies the now-abandoned house and soon discovers that the couple who lived there were murdered on February 15, 2010. Convinced this house is a key to unearthing her past, Ava enlists a coworker of hers at the Camden County (N.J.) Courthouse and an investigator from the local prosecutor’s office to help her uncover the mystery of her origins. Their search turns up other photos, each picturing a house with the door left open where an occupant died. This well-crafted tale builds to an unexpected, chilling ending. Readers will wonder what Green will come up with next.
“This well-crafted tale builds to an unexpected, chilling ending.” —Publishers Weekly
“There are so many twists and surprises…The plot is great as well as the depth of characters.” —Tulsa Book Review
“A steady build of intrigue and tension shrouded in a dark mystery that began decades before.” —Novelgossip
About the Author
Ellen J. Green was born and raised in Upstate New York. She moved to Philadelphia to attend Temple University, where she earned her degrees in psychology. She has worked in a maximum security correctional facility in the psychiatric ward for fifteen years. She also holds an MFA degree in creative writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University. The author of The Book of James, Ms. Green lives in southern New Jersey with her two children.
Thank you so much to Amazon Publishing for providing my free copy TWIST OF FAITH by Ellen J. Green – all opinions are my own.
After the death of her adoptive mother, Ava Saunders comes across an old photograph of a house with a strange inscription, “Destiny calls us”, written on the back. She is certain this photograph will answer questions from her elusive past: twenty three years ago she was abandoned in the Holy Savior Catholic Church and rescued from a horrible fate. Or was she?
As soon as I read the description I knew I had to read this book! It has all the key qualities of a great mystery: family secrets, an old creepy house, a mysterious photograph, and a double murder. I mean, where do I sign up? I really enjoyed this book as it is a solid mystery, with a multilayered story and a few twists and turns that keep you engaged throughout! And although there are several point of views that add complexity to this story, I felt that those added to the overall picture.
I loved Green’s writing style: lots of short chapters to keep the pace going and a mystery narrator that added a major creepy factor! Green did a wonderful job keeping me guessing or at least questioning whether or not I was right. The ending definitely leaves it open to a sequel as it feels almost like a “to be continued”, so let’s hope there is a follow up book to tie up some of these loose ends!
My rating is 3.5 / 5 stars!
I picked this for my January First Read because the book listed as a thriller sounded too gruesome, although generally I would have chosen that one. What a surprise- this book is a mystery thriller. It’s a very convoluted story, exciting and with unexpected twists- kept me guessing all the way to the end. I will not inject spoilers into my review, it has highly entertaining characters, and quite a complex plot.
I will definitely read more by this author, this was a very surprising, very good book.