Anatomy of a Book Review

Long before I became a published author, I reviewed every single book I read on Amazon. I loved reading reviews and finding new books based on reviews. So, it is kind of crazy that now I have a book that is getting reviews. And I’ll be honest I have never sat down and read through them. It’s awesome I have 49 reviews, and 31 five star reviews. But I wanted to talk about the review that gave my book the lowest rating. 3 stars. I don’t know who this person is. I may know them, I may not. But….it is a great review.

The review is below in Italics. This review gives a summary of the book, but not too much, because you can get that anywhere. The great part of review is not only do they point out the positives, but they point out what they didn’t like. Yes, as an author I am disappointed I didn’t write the perfect novel, but let’s be honest, no one has. Every reader enjoys different things about books. The criticism in this review is thoughtful and kind and will be definitely helpful to a person trying to decide if they will buy my novel.

The Day She Died--Front Cover(1)The Day She Died by Bill Garrison is a fast-paced adventure about 45-year-old John Michaels who gets the opportunity to relive key points from his past. Every moment he relives has something to do with the a life-changing event from his history–the disappearance and presumed murder of his girlfriend, Kim. At it’s heart, The Day She Died is a murder mystery, so you have a large cast of characters to keep track of, but each of them have enough unique personality quirks to help keep them straight. The story was engaging, the concept was intriguing, and the end was satisfying.

While I don’t feel like the story included a strong Christian message, the author did weave some very effective biblical truths into the storyline without being harsh about it. The concept of your heart-attitude being just as important as your actual actions played a major role in the story, and it was effectively done.

I felt the dialogue was a little unrealistic in places. There were times when characters would say something that sounded like the author’s narrator voice instead of the character’s voice. There were also times when John Michaels’s thoughts didn’t match his actions, which made me think he was an unreliable main character. Maybe that was purposeful in order to make the reader think he wasn’t as moral as he was presented, but overall I think it just confused his character design.

I did enjoy The Day She Died. It’s definitely worth a read. I read it in one sitting because I wanted to find out what happened at the end. I am a very picky reader, so some of the things that stood out to me may not bother anyone else.

Overall, Mr. Garrison did a pretty good job. It was a fun, fast-paced read that was certainly entertaining.