A SciFi story written by S. M. Freedman, narrated by Tanya Eby, length close to 13 hours in the unabridged audiobook format. This version was released in November 2015 by Brilliance Audio.
The main protagonist, Josh Metcalfe, is a rookie cop investigating the disappearance of a little girl. Fast forward twenty years and the case is still unsolved. Now Senior FBI agent Josh Metcalfe is obsessed with the fact that young children have been disappearing for decades, without a trace. Each child is gifted with some form of paranormal ability, be it telekinesis, mind reading, precognition, etc. No bodies have ever been found at the scenes of disappearance … however, they do find lamb’s blood. Thus is the basic foundation.
Why I liked. The mystery, of course. It’s easy to empathize with the lead character. He’s a ‘good-guy’ and it’s easy to root for him to succeed. Even though The Faithful is on the twisted side – you need a strong stomach to absorb the abuse of children – the plot and storyline makes a compelling tale. Not earth shattering, but a good listen.
Not so hot. Tanya Eby’s voice is a bad choice considering the content of this story. Couldn’t help thinking of Lily Tomlin’s Edith Ann sitting in her big rocking chair sticking out her tongue. Not taking anything away from Tanya’s ability – she’s got excellent diction, sweet, lovely, and well suited to young adult or romance. I kept waiting for her to tell me about a bunny or a baby chick. This story is dark SciFi about the abduction and abuse of children that just doesn’t work with a juvenile voice.
Consider the content, read a sample, or listen to an audio sample before you make the investment. A good story that is not for everyone.