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If you’ve already read one of my books and you enjoyed it, cllck here to go to my “Review it” page and find our how to review the book on the Amazon / Kindle website.
Reader reviews can carry enormous weight when it comes to convincing people to try books, so your input could be really useful in helping to find new readers for the book.
“... Much of the success of this remarkable novel lies in the way Peter Rowlands gently and unobtrusively draws the reader into the anti-hero’s mundane going-nowhere existence. Then suddenly you are there with him in the thick of an initially simple mystery which, despite the escalating personal danger, only becomes more puzzling and complex the longer he tries to unravel it. ...”
“... There is a lot of skill here. The plotting is extraordinary. If you can forgive the crush of coincidences ... the solutions to the puzzles are a triumph of imaginative dexterity. It’s not just one set of Russian dolls that we see unpacked, but a whole shelfful of them.”
“... By far the greater part is accessible, crystal-clear uncluttered prose which unobtrusively drives along the action at a relentless jogging pace. Not so fast that it leaves you behind, but pressing enough to keep you wondering where you’re going and surprise you that you have already come so far.
“... The characters are clearly drawn, believable and engaging. Thoughtful underlying themes (art imitating life, the impossibility of personal invisibility in an internet-driven world, and the redemptive qualities of a sense purpose/mild obsession) are there if you want intellectual meat. But they are treated with the same deftness as the action. They rarely surface consciously, and are certainly never a distraction from the jet propulsion of the intertwined stories.”
Written as an intended review for Amazon
The above extracts are from a review that was sent to me by a friend. He intended to post it on the Amazon web site, having read the book and enjoyed it, but unfortunately he mentioned in his text that he knew me, and Amazon spotted this and removed his review, deeming it biased.
The company is perfectly entitled to do this, so I’m not criticising it for applying its own policy correctly. However, since the review is not online, I’m putting these few extracts here. But do bear in mind that this was indeed written by a friend. You must form your own judgement about whether he might be right in what he says.
I’m not allowed to quote reviews from the Amazon site here as writers don’t own the copyright of externally-hosted reviews, but do have a look at the site to see for yourself what other people are saying. You’ll find a link to the book page on my home page.
“Very well written …”
“Well delineated characters …”
“Subtlety of insight …”
“Enjoyable, multi-layered story …”
“It’s hard to put my finger on what I found more striking: its intricate and interwoven plot and fast-paced story-telling, or the author’s uncluttered, economic narrative style and use of absolutely spot-on dialogue between his characters – all of which keeps you on top of the many layers of intertwining plot lines.”
The above are all extracts from reviews posted by verified readers on the Amazon website. Please visit the site to read the full reviews (and many more).