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.
Author: By Linda Tillis
Review Rating: **** Intrigued - Taking This Home
Really nice job of setting a crime scene in just a few paragraphs. The group of men investigating the crime were nameless in the first page but the author gave them distinct personalities which added to the hold-your-breath tone of the murder scene. Samuel Hinton's character is immediately interesting and his first words gave me reason to keep turning pages. What kind of a man spoke consolingly to a dead woman's corpse?
A few story elements gleaned from the first ten pages:
A woman is found dead in an old abandoned cabin, her battered face unrecognizable. The investigating officer has unusual abilities no one else would understand, and unusual means of acquiring information.
Quote from Book:
“No, I don’t have him, yet. But I will.”
Now Kathleen grabbed both of Samuel’s hands. “Swear to me,” she demanded. “Swear to me you will find this animal.”
He looked straight into those dark green eyes and said, “This man will be found. And he will be held accountable for his actions. I promise you this.”