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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended, 29 Sept. 2012
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Firstly, I really hope that I can review this book without making any spelling, grammar or punctuation errors!

This is an absolute corker of a read - based around six writers from an online forum who attend a course in an isolated island house somewhere in Cornwall in order to produce an anthology of stories. Sounds boring, but then the stories they write start to come true and the reader is in for a cracking read as Dee, seemingly the only sane author at the house, tries to solve the mystery of what is going on along with her estranged husband Gareth. We therefore have a book with a touch of murder mystery, comedy, horror (with murderous seagulls) and relationship problems - quite a lot of action for one read!

The book is full of humour, taking the mickey out of online forums, indie writers and amazon reviewers (hence the worry about making spelling mistakes in this review). The characters for the most part are over the top caricatures and completely unlikeable with hardly any redeeming features, but all mixed together and in the context of this book, they just totally work 100%. If it were a "serious" book or in the hands of a less talented writer, then admittedly the plot would also be deemed to be over the top and far-fetched, but in this story, again, it just works.

To sum up, at first glance the plot and characters seem doomed but thanks to the author's storytelling skills it all pulls together wonderfully and the end result is a fantastic unputdownable read. Well written, funny and with an original storyline, it is certainly an example of what a lot of indie authors should be striving to produce, but so often fail at. Highly recommended!
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Initial post: 29 Sep 2012 13:34:05 BDT
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review Elaine. I didn't spot any typos... ;-)

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Sep 2012 17:04:02 BDT
ElaineG says:
You are very welcome :D

Posted on 29 Sep 2012 22:34:34 BDT
The truly vile pedantic side of my nature reminds me that my English teacher maintained that "firstly" is an abomination of a word and an error of style. So while not technically a typo, you may actually have slipped up on the very first word :P

Um, this being the internet where people over-react, I'd probably better stress that I rated your review helpful and thought it was a great write-up of a truly awesome book.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Sep 2012 04:51:58 BDT
ElaineG says:
Awwwww thanks for that :) I promise to try my hardest never to use the word "firstly" again!

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Oct 2012 13:30:06 BDT
What's wrong with 'firstly'? I had a teacher who hated 'nice' but that seemed understandable.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Oct 2012 13:41:35 BDT
The teacher in question (Mr Pover, on the offchance he ever reads this), felt that it "wasn't a real word". I started using "first of all" instead, and my equally pedantic father suggested I change it to just "First".

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Dec 2012 16:39:51 GMT
Elaine,
I wonder if you'd be so kind as to copy this review onto Amazon.com please?
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