by Alice Hoffman

4.5 of 5 stars 4 ratings • 2 reviews • 11 shelved
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by Alice Hoffman

4.5 of 5 stars 4 ratings • 2 reviews • 11 shelved
She was disappearing inch by inch, vanishing into thin air, and then one day a postcard arrived ...There was no return address, no signature, only a scrawled message: Say something. Shelby Richmond is an ordinary girl growing up on Long Island until one night a terrible road accident brings her life to a halt. While her best friend Helene suffers life-changing injuries, Shelby becomes crippled with guilt and is suddenly unable to see the possibility of a future she'd once taken for granted. But as time passes, and Helene becomes an almost otherworldly figure within the town, seen by its inhabitants as a source of healing, Shelby finds herself attended to by her own guardian angel. A mysterious figure she half-glimpsed the night of the car crash, he now sends Shelby brief but beautiful messages imploring her to take charge of her life once more ...What happens when a life is turned inside out? When you lose all hope and sense of worth? Shelby, a fan of Chinese food, dogs, bookshops, and men she should stay away from, captures both the ache of loneliness and the joy of finding oneself at last.
From the bestselling author of The Dovekeepers comes this spellbinding, poignant and life-affirming story of one woman's journey towards happiness - and the power of love, family and fate.
  • ISBN10 1476799202
  • ISBN13 9781476799209
  • Publish Date 1 November 2016
  • Publish Status Out of Stock
  • Imprint Simon & Schuster
  • Format Hardcover
  • Pages 272
  • Language English


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Lianne 5 of 5 stars
I was approved an ARC of this book by the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This review in its entirety was originally posted at

From the first chapter I knew I was reading something fascinating and that I thought would enjoy. By the final third of the book, I realised how much I loved the book, something I wasn’t entirely anticipating. Firstly, it’s a beautifully written book, with lots of great quotes and really just capturing the headspace that Shelby is in, the atmosphere of the novel, that sense of soul-searching. I haven’t read enough from Alice Hoffman to say if this is distinctly her style, but I enjoy her storytelling nonetheless.

But what makes this book really compelling is Shelby herself. She can be frustrating, but it’s a good sort of frustrating in that she’s a complex person, well-rounded with her strengths and her flaws. The portrayal of guilt in this novel is realistic with the way that knowledge totally skews self-perception and affect the way you interact with the outside world and your own thoughts and everything you’ve ever known. She doesn’t feel she deserves anything after the accident, she pushes the people who care about her away, she completely screws up the good things going in her life, and it sucks but you see where she’s coming from and why she feels that way. It’s sad to see how life seems to slip by Shelby early on as she’s wrapped up in these feelings of guilt and misery and darkness but throughout the novel you also see the beauty in how she slowly repairs her life through the people she comes across, the mistakes she makes, the small acts that she initially thinks nothing of but then comes to affect her in such profound ways. She survives, she overcomes, she grows up. It’s wonderful in that sense that, despite of the sad stuff that also happens along the way, there’s that sense of hope.

I don’t know what else to say about Faithful except that it was a compelling and wonderful read and I would say one of the best books I’ve read this year. I cannot recommend it enough! :)

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chymerra 5 of 5 stars
I cried reading this book. Me, who is unemotional as a rock, cried while reading this book. The heartbreak that is portrayed is mind-numbing. But what rose from the ashes….well that was something special.

The writing was fantastic. I love a story where it draws you in and makes you feel for the character and this one does. I felt for Shelby. She was broken and she managed to piece herself together. Not perfect but perfect for her right then.

The ending wasn’t what I was expecting but it went well with the book.

How many stars will I give Faithful? 5

Why? The book was wonderfully written with complex characters that got under your skin. You couldn’t help but care about these characters and weep over the backstories.

Will I recommend Faithful to family and friends? Yes

Will I reread it? Yes

Age range? Adult

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**

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