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The Faithless

The Faithless [Kindle Edition]

Martina Cole
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (274 customer reviews)

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'Right from the start [Cole] has enjoyed unqualified approval for her distinctive and powerfully written fiction' ( The Times )

'Intensely readable' ( Guardian )

'Utterly compelling' ( Mirror )

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The exciting new novel from the phenomenal No. 1 bestselling author is a powerfully addictive read. Shocking, hard-hitting and haunting, THE FAITHLESS is utterly riveting, completely unforgettable and a guaranteed bestseller

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 559 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (18 Oct 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075537553X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755375530
  • ASIN: B005MZN23U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (274 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,138 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Martina Cole is the No. 1 bestselling author of sixteen hugely successful novels. Hard Girls went straight to No. 1 on the Sunday Times hardback bestseller list. The Business was the No. 1 bestselling hardback adult fiction title of 2008 and was a No. 1 Sunday Times hardback bestseller, along with Faces, Close and The Take. The Take also won the British Book Award for Crime Thriller of the Year and has been adapted for Sky One - with remarkable reviews - and The Runaway is currently in production. The Know was selected by Richard & Judy as one of the Top Ten Best Reads of 2003. Maura's Game, Faceless and The Graft also shot straight to No. 1 on the Sunday Times bestseller lists, and total sales of Martina's novels are now at ten million copies. Martina Cole has a son and daughter and lives in Kent. Martina Cole is highly acclaimed for her hard-hitting, uncompromising and haunting writing, as well as for her incredible success.

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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Yet another disappointment 3 Nov 2011
When i was first introduced to Martina Cole around 12 years ago I was gripped, I sought out all of the books and over the years ended up reading the earlier ones a few times over again.

Sadly starting with Faces, I think the quality of books has seriously declined, and things certainly haven't improved with The Faithless. As others have said, too much descriptive narrative especially with regards to Mary? (forgotten the name already!) wanting everything. The same was done with the main character back in Faces. Here we go again with another vile, horrible and evil mother character, and not that long since the last one in The Business either.

As mentioned not a fan of the one page chapters either. A gritty storyline but I actually think it has a pretty depressing, miserable feel to it.

Gone are the days when i'd rush out and buy the book every October, either grab it at your library, wait for the cheap paperback or find the Ebook for free.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute rubbish. Why can't I rate it a zero?! 1 Dec 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Considering I've read all of her books this was SO disappointing. If I could give it '0' I would but I had to give it a '1'. It's like Martina Cole has run out of ideas and just churned out this utter rubbish. It has a boring storyline, repetitive and extremely predictable. She's recycled bits from all her other books and changed the names to make a "new" story. There's no tension, you don't care for the characters and you know what's going to happen next. One thing that was extremely annoying was having three male characters - Jack, Jonny & Jimmy with too similar names. By having three lead characters with the same first letter of their name and the way the chapters jump from here there and everywhere makes for a VERY confusing read. It wouldn't usually be a problem but the story jumps around and to me appeared to be in no logical order. Does she even have an Editor any more? The same with the two female lead characters, Cynthia & Celeste. Utter rubbish. It'll make me think twice about buying another MC book. And the price for the Kindle version "set by the publisher" is extortionate. Save your money and don't buy this book or wait for it to become a 99p bargain. Even then it's a waste of 98p. SO DISAPPOINTED.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Appalling 29 Jun 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I agree with the reviewer who said that this book deserves a zero rating. A minus rating, actually. How did it get published? It's a disgrace. It is badly written, repetitive, incredibly boring and about vile people. The third person narration changes from the viewpoint of one to another of the various characters, often an effective narrative device, but almost all of them are at best illiterate and inarticulate, and say and think the same things over and over again. This may be in character but it makes for dreary reading. There is absolutely no character development and virtually no plot. I couldn't finish it, it's truly awful. I hate the fact that it's on my Kindle, I haven't discovered how to delete yet!
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60 of 66 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One of the faithless! 23 Oct 2011
I decided to buy the hardcover version of this rather than the Kindle one as it cost less, not quite sure how the high Kindle price can be justified? Surely the whole idea of ebooks is that they cost less whilst being environmentally friendly? Anyway, I'm glad I did buy the hardcover as I would have felt even more cheated if I'd paid for the stupidly priced kindle version.

The writing itself is as good as ever, but the author's tendency to over-describe situations and characters definitely slows down the pace. There is far too much character development and not enough substance to the plot, which really let me down at the end. The characters themselves are believable, but a little bit boring in that they are a re-makes of earlier models and too predictable. THE FAITHLESS seemed to start pretty well and I was carried along by the first few chapters and then it just fizzled out. I forced myself to read to the end hoping that there would be some kind of twist or change in direction to catch me out and restore my faith in Martina Cole, unfortunately it didn't happen.

I guess I could now be considered as one of the faithless as I won't be buying another book from this author unless it receives absolutely amazing reviews!
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57 of 63 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Been there, seen it and read it before *sigh* 21 Oct 2011
By Best Crime Books TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
For the last three books that Martina Cole has written, I finish it and then promise myself I won't waste money buying it full price. I feel terrible saying that but it's the truth. I have always been a huge Martina Cole fan and loved the older books such as `Ladykillers'. Sadly it seems that many authors who have huge success seem to go rapidly downhill. I fear that Martina Cole is now firmly on that list. So after finishing her last book entitled The Family I swore that was it. Yet here I am a year later having broken that promise and paying full price for it. For some reason, due to Martina's sheer talent, I always feel that maybe this is the year she will come back with a bang. 3 years on and I am still not feeling the slightest rumble, let alone bang.

Overall this book was far from terrible, but it is still lacking something which I can't quite put my finger on. The story itself sounded fabulous from the synopsis and I was looking forward to reading this. As I started reading I had high hopes as you are drawn into the world of the loathsome Cynthia Tailor. Martina certainly still has the knack of producing some vile characters and Cynthia is one of them. Cynthia is a character that is constantly wanting more and its pretty clear from the outset that this woman will stop at nothing to get her own way.

I was very excited reading the first few chapters as the story took no time at all to pick up momentum. I was swept along with Cynthia's sister Celeste who has bagged the ultimate prize in her partner Johnny. A local face and a man set for better things. Cynthia's children Gabby and James Junior play a very large part in the beginning of the story as do her parents Mary and Jack.
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