Sep 222010

Title: Losing Faith

Author: Denise Jaden

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Publication Date: September 7, 2010

Pages: 400
From Goodreads:
When Brie’s sister, Faith, dies suddenly, Brie’s world falls apart. As she goes through the bizarre and devastating process of mourning the sister she never understood and barely even liked, everything in her life seems to spiral farther and farther off course. Her parents are a mess, her friends don’t know how to treat her, and her perfect boyfriend suddenly seems anything but. As Brie settles into her new normal, she encounters more questions than closure: Certain facts about the way Faith died just don’t line up. Brie soon uncovers a dark and twisted secret about Faith’s final night…a secret that puts her own life in danger. 
I found this book by signing up for The Contemps Challenge. It had such a beautiful cover and sounded so intriguing I knew I had to read it. And I was certainly not disappointed!
Faith’s death happens right at the beginning of the book, so the rest of the story involves Brie and her parents coping with their loss. Brie also discovers that her sister ‘s death seems a little sketch and that her involvement in a religious cult may have something to do with how she died.
I really enjoyed how the author accurately portrayed how different people deal with grief in different ways. Some people completely shut down like Brie’s parents; others try to learn more about the person who passed away in an attempt to feel closer to that individual, like Brie. No way is the right way – how someone deals with a loss may not appear “normal” to others, but if that is what works for that person, than that is what works.
I also was very impressed with how the author discussed the touchy subject of religion. In this case, religion played a huge role in Faith’s life and death – and I love how the author ties in her name to the main storyline. Because the religion in this book was very cult-like and shown in a negative light, I could see how someone would argue it portrays religion incorrectly. I personally felt like the author portrayed only one aspect of religion in this book, and it just so happened to be the darker side.
The only negative I have about this book is that I wish that we had more closure with Brie and her parents at the end of the book. It seemed a bit rushed and I would have liked a little more elaboration.
Anyone looking for a beautifully written book with a twist of mystery should definitely pick up Losing Faith!

  2 Responses to “Losing Faith by Denise Jaden”

  1. Brilliant review! I just won this from Denise, and I’m so excited to read it now! :)

  2. Love this review. It irks me when people only portray the negative aspect of a religion, but to each their own I suppose :) I may have to use my Borders coupon for this one!!

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