Sunday, May 6, 2012

Writing book reviews...

I have to admit, I don't do enough of this.

That's probably because I don't read enough books, as I'm too busy writing them. If I do write a review though, I always try to make it constructive and helpful, and not just a description of the story. Even worse, one sentence which tells the review reader absolutely nothing about either the book or my opinion of it.

A review should be exactly that, it should describe how the book made you feel, what you thought about the style of writing, and offer constructive criticism to the Author, whilst also offering a recommendation (or not) for other readers who may be considering purchasing the book.

The other day, I received one of the most heartfelt reviews I've ever had. You can read it here

For me, one of the most meaningful sentences of this review is this one

Perhaps, when we know of friends who are lying to themselves in similar situations, we should simply give them this book to read, rather than offer advice that we know they will ignore.

This sentence really sums up the reason I wrote the book in the first place; namely, to help others recognise elements of their own situation, and recognise which aspects of their character are leaving them open to manipulation.

It's a brilliant review, not just because it's a recommendation of my book, but it really tells me that this reviewer has read my words, and understands exactly where I was coming from when I wrote them. An Author can't ask any more than that.

When I review books in the future, I'll always keep this particular idea in mind. There's also some good book review information here

Thanks for all those who have taken the time and effort to read and review Web of Lies so far. I truly appreciate the constructive advise I have received.

Sarah x


  1. Congratulations on the awesome review. I try to support writers and have written quite a few reviews. I'm working on one today :)

  2. Thanks Michael. I appreciate it when somebody takes the time to review my work. Good luck with the writing!