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Saving Faith by David Baldacci - Book Review


Saving Faith
David Baldacci
Grand Central Publishing

Fiction-Net Rating 3 Star Rated Book

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Cover Story

In a secluded house not far from Washington, D.C., the FBI is interviewing one of the most important witnesses it has ever had - a young woman named Faith Lockhart. For Faith has done too much, knows too much and she'll tell too much.

Feared by some of the most powerful men in the world, Faith has been targeted to die but when a private investigator walks into the middle of the assassination attempt, the shooting suddenly goes wrong and an FBI agent is killed.

Now Faith Lockhart must flee for her life - with her story, with her deadly secret and with an unknown man she's forced to trust.

We Say

Saving Faith is basically a book about a woman who knows too much and as a result, is on the run. Faith Lockhart knows information that can destroy the careers of quite a few politicians and it seems that everyone is out to kill her. While this is not a new theme for a novel, David Baldacci manages to tell his story from a fresh perspective.

I was glad that Baldacci had two strong female characters in this novel. Faith Lockhart is an assistant to a very persuasive lobbyist. Brooklyn Dodgers Reynolds is a FBI agent that has not become the hardened bitter agent that so often graces the pages of novels these days. These two women were portrayed as competent women who struggled with doing the right things. They were not super women who had it all and I appreciated the fact that they were not portrayed as women who would run screaming through a forest in high heels, as a murderer wielding a chainsaw was chasing them. Instead, I saw two very real women trying to do their jobs well. I will admit though, at one point I almost put the book down because Faith does something so stupid that I was worried that the author was going to revert to the dumb female who needs saving routine. Thankfully, I was mistaken.

Lee Adams is a Private Investigator drawn into Faith's nightmare by accident and initially you may think he is meant to save the day. While Lee does save the day at certain points in the book, there is no clear cut hero/heroine, rather each character seems to rise to the occasion. Danny Buchanan, Faith's boss is a man who seems to be running from his own set of demons and Robert Thornhill is the man that seems to be indestructible and knows all. David Baldacci explores the motives behind each of these men's actions creating an interesting game of cat and mouse.

What I found most interesting in this novel was the fact that both the good guys and the bad guys were breaking the law, each for their own agendas, although one may seem more altruistic than the other. Still, Saving Faith raises several questions. Is it okay to do illegal things in order to help others? Where do we draw the line and to what extent will we go to save those we love? Ultimately what is really important to us?

Overall, I would have to say that Saving Faith was not the best book that I have ever reviewed but I did enjoy it. The ending of Saving Faith was not really a surprise but I was surprised by the lack of smut in this novel. I found the lack of smut and the low key romantic issues refreshing from the books that like to provide intimate details for their readers. David Baldacci kept my attention and I found myself wanting to know what was going to happen next. It was a quick read despite the length and since Baldacci kept the story moving quickly I felt it was a novel worth reading.

Review by: Yumi Nagasaki-Taylor

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