I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Faithless by Hunter Shea
Published by Flame Tree Press on October 21, 2021
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Also by this author: The Jersey Devil, Just Add Water, Optical Delusion, We Are Always Watching, Money Back Guarantee, Fury Of The Orcas, Jurassic, Florida, The Devil's Fingers , Antarctic Ice Beasts, Ghost Mine, Slash, Misfits, To the Devil, a Cryptid
How do you survive hearing your family being brutally murdered over the phone? For Father Raul Figeuroa, all faith and hope are lost. Turning away from the priesthood behind, he retreats to his aunt's empty farmhouse in upstate New York, hoping to drink himself to oblivion. But he's not alone in the house. Something is trying to reach out to him. Or is he losing his grip on reality? When his childhood friend Felix comes to visit, things take a darker turn. The deeper they dig into the mystery, the closer they get to hell literally breaking loose
So October was very busy with reading and had some misses and kind of got slumpy towards the end. Barb and I both got behind so even though we read this last month we just didn’t have time to post till now. Hunter Shea is one of favorites but we sometimes have a different opinion on his books…lol. After checking out this review go and check out Barb’s at Booker T’s Farm.
Here is what I thought
I am a huge Hunter Shea fan but there does come along a book now and then that I am just not a huge fan of and I am afraid this one was one of them.
Father Raul, a episcopal priest, was on his way home from a nearby parish when he calls his wife and while talking to her he hears someone break into their home and murder his family while he was driving home. I am sure like a lot of people he has a hard time dealing with this, and quits being a priest and gets drunk a lot. He decides to move to his aunt’s house because he inherited after she died.
While at his aunts home he drinks a lot and pops a lot of pills. He is on anxiety and depression medicine that your are not suppose to mix with alcohol but he doesn’t really care. It’s just him and he is grieving and wondering why this happened. A cat seems to want to befriend him even if he doesn’t want it around.
Then he starts hearing things, voices, thumps, giggles and he starts to believe that he is hearing his family. So he drinks some more and pops more pills and so forth. This happens a lot then his old friend Felix shows up one day out of the blue, a friend he actually thought was dead. Felix got the information for where he was from Raul’s inlaws as he had heard what happened while he was in jail. He can tell that Raul is very messed up and stays with him a while and is kind of freaked out by how his friend is acting. He offers to go find those who killed his friends family.
Once he leaves to go see what he can find out that is when the book takes a bit of a turn into what seems like a totally different book.
So it starts out pretty interesting and I get that Raul is falling apart and grieving but it gets real boring real quick for me when I have to read over and over about him drinking and popping pills. It makes him a very unreliable narrator and you don’t know if he is hearing things or if it’s just his drunken state of mind and I don’t like that. And then for it to go for page and page. It wasn’t till about 60% into the book when Felix leaves to find things out that it starts to get interesting. I very much enjoyed the 40% or so of the book when things just ramp up and go but by then I was so tired of the book. It had a great ending but it was only enough to bump the rating from 2 to 3 stars. If the whole book would have been as cool as that last part it would have gotten a higher rating.
I felt bad for Raul but as a character I wasn’t his biggest fan. I liked his friend Felix better and thought it was pretty cool of him to go and try to find those who killed his friends family. I also really liked the cat!! I kept wondering about that cat through the whole thing as it seemed strange and the cat is a big part of the book. 🙂
I do think there are people that will enjoy this way more than I did so I would say if you think it sound good give it a try. I do think Barb liked this one a bit more than I did. 🙂