R. Shear

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 91% (283 of 312)
 

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 97,072 - Total Helpful Votes: 283 of 312
Low Life by Ryan David Jahn
Low Life by Ryan David Jahn
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This novel seems to be the literary equivalent of Marmite - reviewers seem to love it or hate it in equal measure.

It certainly differs from the generic formula of many thrillers, and for that it should be praised. Personally I love the book, which I ordered on the strength of the author's first novel, Acts of Violence.

The story starts off innocently enough, the protagonist, Simon Johnson interrupts an intruder in his home and in the ensuing struggle, kills him. When Simon turns on the lights, he is surprised to see the man he has killed looks almost exactly like him. Rather than go to the police, Simon decides to investigate the matter himself. From then on, things… Read more
American Devil by Oliver Stark
American Devil by Oliver Stark
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Due to the popularity of the serial killer thriller novel in recent years, the genre has become so over-crowded with authors looking to cash in on our obsession for the macabre, that it is nigh on impossible to create a truly original story. As a result, the criteria for separating the wheat from the chaff must focus on which novels perform the best on the key components of; plot, dialogue, narrative, and possibly most importantly, characterisation.

In all these categories, American Devil scores well. In some, it is exceptionally good.

The plot is perhaps it's weakest area. Elusive serial killer. Check. Disgraced, but brilliant maverick cop. Check. At this point you'd… Read more
Micka by Frances Kay
Micka by Frances Kay
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I am mystified by the glowing praise with which other reviewers have showered this novel. The basic plot has promise and the narrative style of using two different characters to tell their stories works well, but after that I am at a loss to find anything more positive to say about it.

In my opinion, it tries to be a modern-day Kes, that incredible film by Ken Loach, but it lacks any of the suspense or the small events having far-reaching consequences that are so central to Kes. As others have written, there is indeed a sense of inevitability from the first page of the novel, but for me that is a flaw rather than a positive thing.

I may be wrong, but I can't help but… Read more