A “Review” That “Spooks And Horrifies” Too

I was not going to post today: three posts in three days, I figured you would start to get bored by me.😂 But I HAVE JUST GOT to share this. It is too good to pass up.

[Original paperback back cover of Distances: Atlantic Lives, 1996-1997, Copyright, 2015. Photo by me, November 18, 2019. Click to expand.]

When I write on here and elsewhere about my novels, naturally I try not to give away “spoilers.” With my “new adult” series – Passports, Frontiers, and Distances – I provide excerpt glimpses into the characters, their travels, their relationships, and so on, as “teasers.” They are confined to bits of this and that – after all, I don’t have a “massive” authoring advertising budget.

Similarly with the more recent Conventions: The Garden At Paris.

In Conventions, for instance, initially I avoided also revealing even who becomes “Robert’s” wife. That was a relatively important part of the overall tale. I didn’t really want a reader to know who she will be.

It still isn’t something I want to shout from the rooftops. But I am now less emphatic about maintaining that stance. The publication of its follow up, Tomorrow The Grace, has altered that situation somewhat.

Meaning if you have not read Conventions, you may NOT want to click on the Tomorrow free preview below…

…because that brand new novel, like Conventions, is also a flashback from “1840.” However, in Tomorrow a reader learns on PAGE ONE who “Robert’s” wife is. That is so because while it is a sequel it is also a “stand alone” novel meant to be read perhaps without having read Conventions.

Early on those who had not read Conventions (but why would they have NOT? LOL!) also learn (and those who did read it have it reconfirmed) pretty quickly that another important woman, whose name appears at the end of Conventions, has indeed survived into her 70s: to the year “1840.”

So a reader knows those THREE characters are in the entire story. That is fine by me. I wanted them to serve as the story’s “core”; they will return in the eventual third book.

But I WOULD NEVER reveal ANY of my novels’ ENDINGS. (In the case of the first three books, I have been ESPECIALLY fanatical about not accidentally revealing how the third one, Distances, ends.) Endings are, uh, I think, reasonably important to us as readers. I am of course interested in what will happen (or why would I be reading the book in the first place?), but I don’t really want to know how a book ends… until I get to the end.

[The Associated Press, November 18, 2019.]

I write all of that because yesterday I stumbled on a “review” of A Minute to Midnight: an Atlee Pine Thriller, by David Baldacci, on the Associated Press site. I am not into such books. I found myself drawn into reading the entire review because as my eye caught its first paragraph or two I found it seemed much less like an actual book review than a paid promo or public relations piece… and I became curious about how the book might be “boosted” by a “PR professional.”

That “review” explains the book “spooks and horrifies.” The story centers around a female FBI agent. She returns to her Georgia hometown to try to solve a long ago appalling crime committed against her during her childhood and which has tormented her since.

When I reached piece’s conclusion, I knew I had a blog post – beware below of a MAJOR SPOILER:

[Highlight line mine. The rest is from the Associated Press, November 18, 2019.]

Indeed you did read that correctly. The last paragraph GIVES AWAY THE BOOK’S ENDING. We are told she does NOT solve the MAIN case.

I almost fell out of my chair. I have underlined it above because I am, honestly, speechless. Why bother buying and reading that book now? LOL!

Have a good day, wherever you are writing, reading, and perhaps reviewing (and hopefully NOT giving away endings), in the world. 🙂