Chapter One

The statue has got to go.

That’s my first thought as I prep the living room for Dustin’s visit later tonight. I know I’m the only one who would notice the discriminating eyes of Mom’s four-inch Jesus staring down from the mantle. Dustin probably wouldn’t look away from my breasts if the room were two feet deep in holy water.

Still, I reach for it.

When my hand fumbles and it topples sideways, I pick the thing up and scan the hearth for any other too-holy housewares.

“What are you doing!” My older sister rushes in from the kitchen, scuffles across the carpet, and ignites a spark when she snatches the statue out of my hand. She settles it back into its ring of dust, adjusting it to its all-seeing viewpoint, and then eases her hand away like she’s afraid the thing might fly right up to heaven. Turning, she glares at me.

Great. Caught in the act of abducting a religious icon.  Not exactly the act I feared being caught in tonight.

“Actually, Faith,” I stare into her eyes so she won’t miss this, “I was wondering if you could give me a lift to the church.”

As expected, her whole face lights up, and I’m tempted to let her believe she’s finally fished her heathen sister out of the sea of despair. It’s better than telling her the truth.

Excerpt© 2010 Denise Jaden


About the book:

A terrible secret. A terrible fate.

When Brie’s sister, Faith, dies suddenly, Brie’s world falls apart. As she goes through the bizarre and devastating process of mourning the sister she never understood and barely even liked, everything in her life seems to spiral farther and farther off course. Her parents are a mess, her friends don’t know how to treat her, and her perfect boyfriend suddenly seems anything but.

As Brie settles into her new normal, she encounters more questions than closure: Certain facts about the way Faith died just don’t line up. Brie soon uncovers a dark and twisted secret about Faith’s final night…a secret that puts her own life in danger.

What people are saying:

“A riveting and emotional story.”–The Compulsive Reader

“Strong in its characterization…satisfying…a thoughtful read.”–VOYA

“(R)eaders are taken on a ride through a secret world of religious zeal gone haywire.”–School Library Journal

Released: September 7, 2010

About the author:

Denise Jaden has been a professional Polynesian dancer, a fitness competitor, a mushroom farmer, a church secretary, and a homeschooling mom. Losing Faith is her first novel.  She lives just outside Vancouver, Canada, with her husband and son.  Visit her online at denisejaden.com.