Ski instructor Brett Derwent meets
Tommy Hawks at a ski shop when heís getting a studentís ski
repaired. They hit it off immediately and become friends.
Brettís planning to go to college soon and doesnít want to
start anything more, but an attraction to Tommy blindsides
Tommy Hawks has a lot to deal with.
His father is an abusive drunk, and Tommy has to work to
help support the family. Anything more than friendship with
Brett is out of the question. Or is it?
And when things go very wrong in
Tommyís life, will Brett stick with him?
As a portrayal of abuse, its aftermath,
and how lives can be destroyed by it, Breaking Faith
rang painfully true to me. Tommyís tendency to hide
and deny what was going on, while frustrating, was
realistic. So was Brettís anger at Tommyís secrets and
reactions. The two young menís budding relationship was
lovely to read. The secondary characters are extremely
well-drawn. The storyline had a lot of angst, emotion, and
drama. What happens with Tommy and his father is believable
on just about every level. Brettís loyalty is tested and
proven time and time again. My problem with Breaking
Faith was that it depressed the heck out of me.
Donít get me wrong, I enjoy realism in a story, but this was
a bit much for me. I donít want to spoil the story by
saying exactly what happens, so Iíll say that while the
ending might be happy to many people, I was left feeling
sad. I enjoyed M. Kingís writing and would probably read
something else by the author, but I hope itís something a
bit more cheerful.