Saturday, January 29, 2011

Faith by Lesley Pearse

Faith by Lesley Pearse is what I call a female drama novel for female readers. Totally 600+ pages, it has been a long time since I read one of such novels. Faith, set in the 70s and 90s is about Laura Branningan who has been in jail in Scotland for the murder of her best friend, Jackie. However, she insist that she is innocent even though she was convicted.

Stuart, an ex-love, who has been away for the past few years believes her innocence and sets out to gather evidence for her to appeal against her conviction. The question is, if Laura did not kill Jackie, then who did? In Stuart’s investigation, Laura is forces to go down memory land, from her life as a little girl to her adulthood, her friendship with Jackie and what leads her into the arms of Stuart and out into the arms of another man and subsequently forced her to face circumstances of her current situation.

I enjoyed reading Faith. The storyline is straight forward, not just about a woman wrongly accused of a crime she didn’t commit but also on her life story. Lesley Pearse wrote in such a way that it’s very easy to read and you can follow the storyline even though it weaves from past events to current happenings. The sequence of the story told from point of view of different characters in the novels makes it interesting but luckily not confusing. There are certain parts that I didn’t like especially the part when Laura was attacked by her seedy ex-boss which I felt is over dramatising the situation and totally unnecessary.

Overall, Faith told us to have faith in ourselves and also need to have faith in others and at the same time shows that sometimes we should not judge people by what we see and even what they tell us. There’s a lot more than what meets the eyes most of the time.

Published by Penguin (, Lesley is a bestselling author of many other interesting novels, of which I would be keen to get my hands on. This copy is borrowed from a local library.

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