As a reader, if my interest isn't stirred in the first ten pages of a book, it's most likely I won't take the time to read the rest of the story. First impressions do matter...
So, what exactly is the point of a ten page review? Obviously it's not the story itself, the effectiveness of the plot development, the quality of character development or the overall talent of the author. What I'm reviewing is the author's ability to draw me into their story in just a few pages. Can they give me a sense of place and time, set the tone of the story, make me care about their protagonist, and give me an impelling reason to keep reading. In today's competitive market, an author only gets a few pages to make all that happen for a reader. The rating reflects my view on those elements. It doesn't reflect on the whole book, since I haven't read the entire story. So I encourage those who read these reviews to keep that in mind and to peruse other reviews to help make your buying decisions.
Title: Sacrificial Lam
Author: Gary Guinn
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Review Rating: **** Intrigued - Taking This Home
Review Comments: The story starts at a relaxing pace but enough red flags are dropped to give the reader a good indication of the dark menace that lurks just beyond Lam's perception. Lam's character was easy to like. He's a little bit of a troublemaker with an innocent indifference. I have to say that Lam's character, more than the plot, is what intrigued me and would keep me reading.
A few story elements gleaned from the first ten pages: Lambert Corso, an English professor, labeled as a "liberal's liberal", works at a university with deep conservative religious roots. He receives a letter under his office door that is scathing and threatening.
Quote from Book:
~ What if the note wasn’t a joke? What were the chances? A little rush of panic ran through him. He shook his head. Impossible. Then again, in a world where teenagers walked into a school and started shooting, how impossible was it, really? ~