Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Book Review - The First Ten Pages - Deception Island by Judith A. Boss

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 whole-book reviews to help make your buying decisions.

Title: Deception Island
Author: Judith A. Boss
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Wild Rose Press

Review Rating: ***** Totally Hooked - Can't Put It Down

Review Comments: 
The first page of this book had the feel of a Sci-Fi thriller, the kind that jerks you up from your lounging position into full action mode. I wanted to jump into this story and head to Antarctica with Rachel St. Claire to analyze a frozen body with strange anomalies. But wait, what's going on with her right now as she's about to explore a cave in Afghanistan is way not normal. What's going on with the gold pendant that gives her strange vibes? And what about her boyfriend who is acting edgy and asking her probing questions that seem to be very suspicious.

As you can tell, this author has grabbed my full attention in the first ten pages of her story. So much is going on, so many curious things happening at once, people acting out of character, all these elements nailed me in place. I didn't want to move an inch until I could find out what was going to happen next.

Quote from Book:
~ Rachel closed her hand over the pendant.  A familiar melody, faint at first, drifted through her head, transporting her to a white land, pristine and sparkling in the sunlight. ~


  1. Thanks for the great review! --Judy Boss

  2. Right on, Judith. Your book sounds like a winner.

  3. Wow, this does sound intriguing. I'm hooked on James Rollins' books right now, and this one sounds as exciting! M. S.

  4. Terrific review. The books sounds both fascinating and a fast roller coaster ride. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about it.

    1. I'm glad you enjoyed the review, Allison. Thanks for taking the time to comment.