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Product Details

  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1460930312
  • ISBN-13: 978-1460930311
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (246 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,313,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

This stand-alone from veteran thriller author Lyons (who's co-written two books with activist Erin Brockovich) shows its hand too early for its own good, presenting a major reveal that would have had more of an impact later on. New York State schoolteacher Sarah Durandt has lost her husband, Sam, and son, Josh, to serial killer Damian Wright, but witnessing his execution in 2007 brings her little consolation as the murderer goes to his death without disclosing where the bodies are buried. Two weeks after the execution. FBI Supervisory Special Agent Caitlyn Tierney learns of an anomaly; despite Wright's confession, a forensic analyst has doubts about his guilt in the Durandt case after finding the DNA evidence did not place him at the crime scene. Tierney, combatting chronic headaches suffered as the result of a line-of-duty head injury, reopens the matter, even as Durandt tries to put the past behind her by searching for her family's remains. The emotional responses of the characters to plot developments often seem unnatural, an impediment to suspension of disbelief. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

Review

Blind Faith by CJ Lyons had five stars written all over it from the moment I started reading.   This is a great novel, and I would definitely recommend CJ Lyons and her thrillers to readers. --chicklitplus.com/blind-faith-cj-lyons/

TOP PICK! "This story is so fast paced with so many mesmerizing characters, "fantastic" is not high enough praise. Lyons proves once again that she is a master of suspense and nontraditional romance." ~RT Book Reviews

Customer Reviews

Overly predictable and ridiculous storyline, boring characters and way too long.
Keri
I skimmed through pages determined to finish, but it was the most disappointing book I've read in a very long time.
Karen
The plot grabs you during the first few pages and keeps you turning pages as fast as you read them!
SC Girl

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

288 of 306 people found the following review helpful By K. McCann on February 11, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
This is my first read of C.J. Lyons and wow! What a first impression! This novel is just awesome. It hooks you from the start. Very soon at the start of the book, the protagonist of the story, Sarah, witnesses the exection of her husband and son's killer (who is also a serial killer). The one thing that Sarah wanted.... needed.... from this man was his admission of where he'd buried her loved ones bodies. He'd confessed to the others. But he didn't give Sarah the one thing she wanted to know. It'd been two years since she'd lost her husband and son and Sarah tries to move on, tries to give those closest in her life the impression that she's moving on, but can't until she finds out where her family is.
The author portrays the settings like a painting. I felt I was there with Sarah. Those who Sarah trusted the most turn out to be the ones she has to save her own life from. Hers and her family's. The title speaks of the underlying message in this book. When you feel a real love in your heart for someone, and even if it seems like all "evidence" is stacked against them, your blind faith and knowing what's in your heart (and theirs) will see you both through.
There were a lot of surprises in this novel, which really held my attention. I agree with others.... it was very hard to put this book down. A wonderful, wonderful read!
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75 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Lulu on March 2, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I read several of CJ Lyons' medical thrillers and love her writing! This novel is not a medical thriller but I was hooked from the beginning. Sarah's husband and son are killed by a serial killer. She witnesses the exection of the man who destroyed her life but she doesn't know where this man buried the bodies of her family. He took that secret with him to the grave. Sarah is distraught but tries to move on with her life. She finds she can not go on until she finds her husband and son. I don't want to give away too much but the rest of the book is about her journey of discovery with lots of twists and turns!

I was up late several nights reading this book. It's a wonderful read and was difficult to put down. I can't wait for CJ Lyon's next book!
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293 of 349 people found the following review helpful By Nic on September 1, 2011
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I quite like a bit of lightweight, trashy fiction. My first experience with a 99c purchase was pretty positive. Sadly, in this case, while I'm entirely willing to overlook the fact that the plot (well, the first half of it) seems beyond ludicrous, I just cannot torture myself with this nonsense for one more chapter.

The writing is simply atrocious.

It's so bad, in fact, that I am genuinely surprised that any person literate enough to read novels recreationally could enjoy this. I'm not after 'litch-ritch-ah', but this seems more like the rough sketch of a novel than the completed copy.

The dominant style involves littering very long sentences with either too many commas and em dashes, or too few.

**Long sentences with parenthetic clauses and run-on lists, when used wisely, can bridge the divide between the limited third person narrative and a character's stream-of-consciousness, but when an entire novel is written like this - as much as it pains me, a demonstration seemed necessary - the cumulative effect is claustrophobic, irritating, exhausting, confusing. It's bad enough when a sentence is so poorly constructed that by the time you've made it to the end you've forgotten how it started but when you're pretty sure the author had also gotten a bit confused, because the sentence doesn't actually make sense it's difficult to believe anyone actually proofread it.**

I'm not kidding. The entire thing is written like that. I wish I could believe it was for stylistic reasons, but I'm pretty sure it's a combination of laziness and poor literacy.
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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Lea on August 15, 2011
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I guess I am the odd man out as I really didn't ever feel pulled in by this story. When I was done it felt as if I was left needing more. I never felt like I connected to any of the characters and that was probably due to the lack of descriptions for them. I just felt like I never really knew them or what they looked like, etc. At first I had a hard time getting into the book, the middle did hook me a bit more and I had to keep reading to see what was going to happen and then the end left me feeling flat again. It was certainly "busy" with lots going on all over the place, but it just never all pulled together for me.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Keri on September 4, 2011
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Seriously?! I am shocked at the number of positive reviews for this book. It's one of the worst I've read...and I'm not a fussy reader. Overly predictable and ridiculous storyline, boring characters and way too long. Plus, it's just a poorly written book - filled with grammatical errors and awkward sentence structure. I'm ashamed that I actually finished it...
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By N. Whitney on August 25, 2011
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I bought this for the same reason as others - great reviews, and great price at $0.99 for the kindle version.

I found the plot kind of interesting, but as others have mentioned, also rather silly. That a father and kid go completely missing without a trace like that; the evil Russian and his possie; corrupt federal agents in the mix; a pedo killer confessor with dreams of the big screen - that motive was just stupid... the overall effect for me was too much going on, too many little threads never fleshed out to my liking, and so little character development that I never was drawn in. I just didn't care what happened for the most part.

I did finish it, and when I did it was just so-so.
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More About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-seven novels, former pediatric ER doctor CJ Lyons has lived the life she writes about in her cutting edge Thrillers with Heart.

Winner of International Thriller Writers' prestigious Thriller Award, CJ has been called a "master within the genre" (Pittsburgh Magazine) and her work has been praised as "breathtakingly fast-paced" and "riveting" (Publishers Weekly) with "characters with beating hearts and three dimensions" (Newsday).

Learn more about CJ's Thrillers with Heart at www.CJLyons.net


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