Twist of Faith

Twist of Faith

When family secrets are unearthed, a woman’s past can become a dangerous place to hide…After the death of her adoptive mother, Ava Saunders comes upon a peculiar photograph, sealed and hidden away in a crawl space. The photo shows a shuttered, ramshackle house on top of a steep hill. On the back, a puzzling inscription: Destiny calls us.Ava is certain that it’s a clue to h...

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Title:Twist of Faith
Author:Ellen J. Green
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Twist of Faith Reviews

  • Karin

    I received this book from the Goodreads Giveaway.

    3.5

    The plot sounds very good, but I had trouble keeping things straight from the different POV’s. Not really a thriller, but has a lot going on.

    Ava was found in a church wrapped up in a blanket. Her adoptive mother says that’s all she knows. After her death Ava finds a picture in a crawl space. She’s sure it has something to do with her past. She enlists the aid of her friend and a detective to help her find out about her past. Someone doesn’t wa

    I received this book from the Goodreads Giveaway.

    3.5

    The plot sounds very good, but I had trouble keeping things straight from the different POV’s. Not really a thriller, but has a lot going on.

    Ava was found in a church wrapped up in a blanket. Her adoptive mother says that’s all she knows. After her death Ava finds a picture in a crawl space. She’s sure it has something to do with her past. She enlists the aid of her friend and a detective to help her find out about her past. Someone doesn’t want her to find out.

    Was good, but not memorable.

  • Tulay

    This book was free with my Kindle First Read. You have to read this novel without any interruptions, have to pay close attention. Not many characters but who they are or what they are doing or did will come to surprising ending. Plot is about Ava is trying to find out who was her real mother was and what happened to her.

  • Reading.Between.Wines

    ⭐⭐⭐💫 / 5

    First of all, thank you to Amazon Publishing for providing me with a free finished copy of this book in exchange for my review! All opinions are my own.

    I have so many things to say about this book, but I can't say them because I don't want to give any spoilers away! So I will start by saying that I was really enjoying this book... until I got to the ending.

    has short chapters (love), multiple viewpoints (love), and I felt like there was quite a bit going on throughout the

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 / 5

    First of all, thank you to Amazon Publishing for providing me with a free finished copy of this book in exchange for my review! All opinions are my own.

    I have so many things to say about this book, but I can't say them because I don't want to give any spoilers away! So I will start by saying that I was really enjoying this book... until I got to the ending.

    has short chapters (love), multiple viewpoints (love), and I felt like there was quite a bit going on throughout the entire book (also love). I felt like I was reading it really slowly, but I did enjoy it so not sure why that happened.

    Of the viewpoints, there is a mystery man viewpoint and I always love when an author does that. I wasn't expecting this book to jump between POVs so much, but it wasn't bad and it didn't get confusing for me. Really it just jumps between our mystery man, Ava, the police detective Russell, Ava's friend Joanne, and Ava's aunt Marie. It was enough viewpoints that I got a feel for the big picture, but still had pretty much no idea what was going on.

    I also wouldn't call this book a thriller, but more of a straight up mystery. There were definitely a few tense scenes, but for the most part it was just plain mysterious. Also, I know I said there is a lot going on in this book, but it's not necessarily fast-paced, if that makes sense. Just a lot of moving pieces to the story.

    I will also say you don't need to read the blurb before reading this book, it is SO much more than what the blurb says. I would recommend going in blind honestly, that is basically what I did.

    Now the ending... If there is going to be a sequel then I would maybe be OK with it, but as it was left I wasn't that thrilled. I can't really say anything without giving something away, but the ending just seemed a little far-fetched to me, and it didn't give me the closure I needed either. I'm all for reading things that aren't completely realistic, but the ending just didn't fit with the rest of the book for me.

    Final Thought: I think

    will be a good one for mystery fans that don't need as much of a thriller aspect to their books. The ending was really the biggest flaw of this book in my opinion, but maybe there will be a second book that will answer some of my questions (I can only hope). It just didn't make sense to me and took away from the rest of the book for me. This book was very creepy though, and kept me up reading late into the night to figure out "whodunnit". I kind of got a feeling of what was to come, but I definitely didn't have it all figured out. I would also definitely read more from Green!

    *This title was published on 01 Jan 2018*

  • Amy

    3.5/5

    Anytime a books description references family secrets or old, unsolved cases I’m all in even before I start reading. The idea of a young woman who was abandoned at a church as an infant is just the type of storyline I enjoy and the addition of more current crimes just further piqued my interest. Twist of Faith was a steady build of intrigue and tension shrouded in a dark mystery that began decades before.

    This wasn’t super fast paced like many typical thrillers and I would actually describe

    3.5/5

    Anytime a books description references family secrets or old, unsolved cases I’m all in even before I start reading. The idea of a young woman who was abandoned at a church as an infant is just the type of storyline I enjoy and the addition of more current crimes just further piqued my interest. Twist of Faith was a steady build of intrigue and tension shrouded in a dark mystery that began decades before.

    This wasn’t super fast paced like many typical thrillers and I would actually describe it as more of a straight up mystery and not really a thriller, though there is a dark edge and some suspenseful moments. There was a lot going on as far as the plot but only a fairly small cast of characters but that didn’t make it easier to figure out whodunnit. Green still managed to plant seeds of doubt, plenty of guessing and quite a bit of misdirection that made it hard to know what would happen next. In the end, I did predict the who but not too early on, so I still enjoyed it.

    This was a really solid mystery right up until the very end. I’m not sure if this will be a series, which would be fine, I love several series where the author leaves things open ended and perfectly set up for the next book. But the resolution here just didn’t fulfill me mostly because I didn’t feel like the full truth was revealed. I know that’s super vague, but spoilers. I’m picky about endings though, it may not bother every reader so keep that in mind! Other than that, I really liked this one and would still read another book by this author, especially if it’s a follow up so I can get some solid answers.

    Twist of Faith in three words: Skillful, Measured and Promising.

  • Janelle

    Thank you so much to Amazon Publishing for providing my free copy TWIST OF FAITH by Ellen J. Green - all opinions are my own.

    After the death of her adoptive mother, Ava Saunders comes across an old photograph of a house with a strange inscription, “Destiny calls us”, written on the back. She is certain this photograph will answer questions from her elusive past: twenty three years ago she was abandoned in the Holy Savior Catholic Church and rescued from a horrible fate. Or was she?

    As soon as I r

    Thank you so much to Amazon Publishing for providing my free copy TWIST OF FAITH by Ellen J. Green - all opinions are my own.

    After the death of her adoptive mother, Ava Saunders comes across an old photograph of a house with a strange inscription, “Destiny calls us”, written on the back. She is certain this photograph will answer questions from her elusive past: twenty three years ago she was abandoned in the Holy Savior Catholic Church and rescued from a horrible fate. Or was she?

    As soon as I read the description I knew I had to read this book! It has all the key qualities of a great mystery: family secrets, an old creepy house, a mysterious photograph, and a double murder. I mean, where do I sign up? I really enjoyed this book as it is a solid mystery, with a multilayered story and a few twists and turns that keep you engaged throughout! And although there are several point of views that add complexity to this story, I felt that those added to the overall picture.

    I loved Green’s writing style: lots of short chapters to keep the pace going and a mystery narrator that added a major creepy factor! Green did a wonderful job keeping me guessing or at least questioning whether or not I was right. The ending definitely leaves it open to a sequel as it feels almost like a “to be continued”, so let’s hope there is a follow up book to tie up some of these loose ends!

    My rating is 3.5 / 5 stars!

  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)

    This is a bit hard to review without revealing too much so I'll keep this one short and sweet. Written in multiple POVs with a short cast of characters, there was a little confusion at times on whose POV we were getting. I understand the reasoning behind that once we got further in, but mostly it befuddled me at certain points in the narrative. However, once I figured out what was going on, I was eager to continue and see what was happening.

    I think I was expecting more of a thriller with this o

    This is a bit hard to review without revealing too much so I'll keep this one short and sweet. Written in multiple POVs with a short cast of characters, there was a little confusion at times on whose POV we were getting. I understand the reasoning behind that once we got further in, but mostly it befuddled me at certain points in the narrative. However, once I figured out what was going on, I was eager to continue and see what was happening.

    I think I was expecting more of a thriller with this one when really it's more of a mystery with a bit of suspense in the build up. I was intrigued with the characters. My favorite was Joanne. Her sassiness and interactions with Russell were my favorite parts... even though Russell was definitely not a favorite of mine. Typical showing of a man here... struggling with marrying the girl he's "supposed to" while lusting after the hot mess. Sorry guys, I'm over this... or at least it wasn't working for me in this particular book.

    What I did enjoy was that the mystery did keep me reading. I was invested and while the past kept getting revealed and things progressed in the present, I was curious to see if I was correct in my assumptions. The big reveal was definitely a surprise for me. Somehow I did not see that coming and that is always fun when that happens. However, I think the epilogue was unnecessary and took away from the feel of the book. Is this a series? Or are we left a little wanting on purpose? While I don't mind that in some books, I think the ending without this was perfectly acceptable.

    2 1/2 stars rounding to 3 ... I really wanted to love this one..

  • Marilyn Stein

    I invested all that time? For an awful ending like that? So disappointing. I wish I could have those hours back.

  • Amy's Book Reviews

    1.5 STARS

    To be fair, TWIST OF FAITH was my Amazon Prime free read of the month and a probably wouldn’t have chosen the book otherwise. I need to use spoilers to explain my rating.

    The blurb suggests twenty-three year old Ava Saunders as the protagonist. She narrates most of the early chapters until she’s “murdered” by her nun aunt and a priest (Insert rolling eye emoji). The remainder of the chapters are varying third person points of view, often confusing to readers.

    Ellen Green isn’t a bad writ

    1.5 STARS

    To be fair, TWIST OF FAITH was my Amazon Prime free read of the month and a probably wouldn’t have chosen the book otherwise. I need to use spoilers to explain my rating.

    The blurb suggests twenty-three year old Ava Saunders as the protagonist. She narrates most of the early chapters until she’s “murdered” by her nun aunt and a priest (Insert rolling eye emoji). The remainder of the chapters are varying third person points of view, often confusing to readers.

    Ellen Green isn’t a bad writer. Judging from the reviews, a lot of people enjoyed TWIST OF FAITH (or she has a lot of friends and large family). I rooted for Ava, but then she was “murdered”, though I never thought she was actually dead. Turns out she was only a serial killer who readers are to believe murdered at least six people to find out the name of her biological mother.

    I have no reason to recommend TWIST OF FAITH.

  • Kristi Marie Cook

    SPOILERS

    Okay. I have many questions.

    I’m supposed to believe that a 90lbs woman who is constantly drunk and wasted had the ability to kill 6 people.

    The point of her killing these people is to try to figure out who her mother was. So your saying that she had to kill all these people to find that out. But if she had a detective friend, he prolly could have figured that out for you without all the back around mess to figure out who these people where when she already knew enough to kill them.

    So y

    SPOILERS

    Okay. I have many questions.

    I’m supposed to believe that a 90lbs woman who is constantly drunk and wasted had the ability to kill 6 people.

    The point of her killing these people is to try to figure out who her mother was. So your saying that she had to kill all these people to find that out. But if she had a detective friend, he prolly could have figured that out for you without all the back around mess to figure out who these people where when she already knew enough to kill them.

    So you are saying that she was able to find out enough about what happened and who these people were, but didn’t have the brain power to figure out who her mother was?

    The beginning of this book didn’t match the ending. In the beginning for he book Ava is a drunken mess but somehow in the last 3 chapters she is composed and has this huge plan figured out?

    So confused. Nothing matches.

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