Father Arthur Breen, a Catholic priest serving at a parish in the diocese of Boston has been relieved of his priestly duties as a result of being accused of molesting a child with whom he has spent a considerable amount of time. If this sounds like something you have read before, I assure you, Ms. Haigh tells the story in such a way has to hold your interest throughout. The novel is told from the point of view of the priest’s half-sister, Sheila McGann and the events took place in 2002.
The reader quickly becomes embroiled in the McGann family, Sheila who is certain of his innocence, his brother Mike who initially believes the charges against his sibling and then sets off on a one man crusade to discover the truth and his mother who is crushed by the charges against her son, of whom she is so proud. Jennifer Haigh creates a fictional family of characters that are parts of all of us and the reader is swept away by the tide of events, never quite certain of his guilt or innocence and yet feeling the impact of the charges in the lives of so many others. This isn’t just a book about being Catholic; it’s a book about being human.
I enjoyed Faith quite a bit. The reader is given much to think about. I gave it four **** stars.