- Hardcover: 464 pages
- Publisher: Headline; 1st Edition 1st Printing edition (18 Oct. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 075537553X
- ISBN-13: 978-0755375530
- Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 4.1 x 23.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (426 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Faithless Hardcover – 18 Oct 2011
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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 ) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Shocking, hard-hitting and haunting, THE FAITHLESS is utterly riveting, unforgettable and powerfully addictiveSee all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Once again Martina Cole has delivered I could not put this book downPublished 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
Just like many others, Don't know why I bought it, could have all been written in 50 pages. Most of it is the same things just being repeated,very disappointed.Published 13 days ago by Mrs M Z Marshall
Used to be a fan for years but sadly I'm just appalled that Martina insults her readers with such drivel, this book was not just disappointing but slit your wrists what's the point... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sarah
Read this on holiday by default. I dropped my kindle in the pool on day one of my holiday so had to resort to the good old fashioned hotel book shelf and this was one that I chose... Read morePublished 2 months ago by julie
Do not waste your money on this crap.
Repeat repeat repeat is all MC does its the worse book she has ever wrote. Read more
That feeling again that Martina Cole is repeating herself in another book. I promised to myself not to buy her books again. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Hop