Twist of Faith (Ava Saunders #1) by Ellen J. Green

Twist of Faith (Ava Saunders #1)

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 her elusive past. Twenty-three years ago, she’d been found wrapped i...

Details Twist of Faith (Ava Saunders #1)

TitleTwist of Faith (Ava Saunders #1)
Release DateJul 31st, 2018
PublisherThomas & Mercer
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

Reviews Twist of Faith (Ava Saunders #1)

  • Reading.Between.Wines
    ⭐⭐⭐💫 / 5First 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. Twist of Faith has short chapters (love), multiple viewpoints (love), and...
  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
    1.5 STARSTo 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...
  • Marilyn Stein
    I invested all that time? For an awful ending like that? So disappointing. I wish I could have those hours back.
  • Tulay
    Very good plot.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.
  • Amy
    3.5/5Anytime 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...
  • 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 th...
  • Vanessa Northcutt
    I couldn't put it down and was ready for the ending to bring everything together and answer all my questions.. But I was sooo disappointed in the ending!! Not even like "I wish the ending had a better outcome bc everyone dies" type dissapointment, but like it didnt make sense to me. it left more questions than answers like did Ross really take in a sociopath kid?? Was that the 4 boys Karma?? Ava went from wanting to find her birth mom's name and ...
  • Tiana Hadnt
    This book had everything going for it for me. A cold case, a missing identity, a lost person, and delving into the past. These are things that are just about certain to capture my interest when reading a book blurb/description. Everything about the description of this books screamed my name.I got it for free from Amazon Prime’s First Reads section. I’m so glad I didn’t pay for it. I would have been even more furious than I am now.Positives:...
  • Janelle • She Reads with Cats
    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 r...
  • Marija
    Twist of (Bad) FaithThis book deliberately tricks the reader, which is standard fare for a mystery/thriller, but this one does so in a way which is paramount to betrayal. The author switches points of view between chapters, most of the time using third person limited. However, in the Ava (the protagonist according to the book blurb) chapters, the POV is first person. From her point of view, we are fed many many questions and, when we later find o...
  • Rissa
    Twist of faithAvas adoptive mother was recently killed which causes her to go back to her past, back to a house, a house that people were mutilated and murdered. This house is not something people want tomess with. Ava is a master of all languages but her quick tongue wont save her from a bullet or a speeding car. I liked the relationship between Ava and johanna and Russell. I liked that there was logic in the madness. I liked that the story felt...
  • Deeann Zessin
    FairThis is a very difficult review for me to write. I almost quit a few times, but decided that it wasn't bad enough to not finish what I started. And I kept hoping it would get better as it progressed. I'm guessing the intent was for this to be a thriller; at least that's what I figured out near the end of the book. At first I thought it was going to be a romantic suspense. In the end, it wasn't really much of any of these.The story itself, I b...
  • Bryan
    Welp, Green successfully kept me in the dark as the story's pieces mixed and mingled, built to completeness, and then exploded into my lap. Religion, murder, mysterious pasts and presents; it's all here and I found myself saying, "NO WAY," at its surprising end.
  • Ashlynn
    Disclaimers: The synopsis section is ©Goodreads but the rest of the reviews are completely my words and of course the quote section is obviously from the book reviewed. 4/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐"Aux grands maux les grands remèdes."French Translation: To the great evils, great remedies. Join the Ash The Bookworm Family!Blurb:When family secrets are unearthed, a woman’s past can become a dangerous place to hide…After the death of her adoptive mother,...
  • Donna Cronin
    If I paid for it it would get one starToo complicated a story for someone who is not an expert. Parts were ridiculous and silly. The nun was superfluous and not even needed for the story. To drag us through all that nonsense and leave the reader hanging was not clever, just annoying.
  • Suze
    TwistedI picked this for my January First Read because the book listed as a thriller sounded too gruesome, although generally I would have chosen that one. What a surprise- this book is a mystery thriller. It's a very convoluted story, exciting and with unexpected twists- kept me guessing all the way to the end. I will not inject spoilers into my review, it has highly entertaining characters, and quite a complex plot.I will definitely read more b...
  • Hope
    Definitely could not put it downThis book grabs you and hold tight ‘til the end. Frankly, I was disappointed in the ending, but the plot was twisty. Could not see where this one was going! Now I need to check out her first book.
  • Chris Steeden
    ‘…someone knew their secret. And what they’d done was unforgivable’A past secret pact between four children has led to murder and not just one murder either. Information is afforded to us, the reader, by the ever-changing point-of-view of the main characters. Why are a set of people connected to the Catholic Church being murdered? What have they done in the past? What was the secret pact all those years ago? Catholic church and past sins....
  • Jayme Teague gauthier
    Hmmmmm what to say about this book?? There were plenty of twists and turns that I did not see coming. At the end of the book I was left thinking “How did I not see that coming?” Also I didn’t really care for the very very ending in the epilogue. It just made no sense to me and made the story continuing in a way I felt wasn’t needed and pointless. If you decide to read this book go into it without thinking or over analyzing it. Just enjoy ...
  • Zara
    Pretty rivetingI only gave it three stars because the backstory was lost on me. They kept alluding to past events but never saying what those events were. I was kept in confusion until the very end .... and the Ava/Claire mix up at the end was unrealistic to me... and I never quite understood Marie. Still had me turning pages to see how it would unfold ... except I still need some pages to turn.
  • Mary Kay
    MehWas hoping for a great mystery, but the writing meandered along and although I didn’t predict the ending exactly I didn’t really care how it ended. Reads like a poor imitation of gone girl.
  • Monika Sadowski
    2 and half stars but I round it up because I don’t know how to feel about this book. It was chaotic and some moments made no sense. Overall it was a mystery with some surprises.
  • Erin
    I tried so hard for this novel and the fact that I made it 40% in and still gave up should be telling. When all the characters are cynical, annoying, or otherwise fatally flawed (murderous?) how am I supposed to find interest in anyone? It’s like everyone is either a shade of the Bitter Noir Detective™ or a miserable lady side-piece (in the sense of the narrative and in the sense of relationships. I have a personal grudge against certain chea...
  • Brianna
    I have such mixed feelings about this book. I was incredibly uninterested until about 2/3rds of the way through the book when it finally picked up. The fact that all of the characters but Joanne were unlikable didn’t help. How could I care about Ava when she seemed like such an awful person to begin with? It’s a very convoluted storyline where you wonder if these people really would have behaved and reacted this way. There was a few twists th...
  • Jennifer
    This was a fast paced read for me (I finished it in two days). It wasn’t an edge of your seat thriller but more like a deep layered mystery. I loved the fact that I felt like a detective peeling back the layers of this story and trying to figure it all out. There were quite a few twists, some I predicted but there were some I didn’t see coming which made it even better. It doesn’t end with all the loose ends neatly being tied in a bow. It a...
  • Booksandchinooks (Laurie)
    This book begins with Ava, the main character, trying to find out more about her birth mother. She has always been told she was adopted after being left on church steps. Ava has had a tumultuous relationship with her adoptive mother and and a very disjointed upbringing. Her adoptive mother has now died and Ava is determined to find out more about who left her at the church all those years ago. Her Aunt Marie has also been a person that Ava has ne...
  • Adrianne daSilva
    This book kept me guessing until the end. I am usually pretty good at figuring things out before the end but I was slightly shocked by the ending. I did not see that coming.