Sarah (Workaday Reads)
on April 16, 2014 :
While I enjoyed the premise of the story, this was one instance where the writing left me DNFing the book. I found the plot pacing was too uneven. Nothing happened for long stretches, and then too much happened all at once. It was hard to follow and stay engaged.
I found the wording to be very repetitive, with the same details being retold over and over. Combining that with the constant verb tense changes that had me rereading passages to understand what was happening left me exhausted and unable to enjoy the story.
I can usually overlook or read past some minor language or grammar issues, but there were just too many in this story, and I ended up DNFing just as the action started to pick up because it was too much work to read. It seems slightly ironic that I gave up on The Writer because of the writing, but that’s what happened.
(reviewed 3 years after purchase)
on Nov. 14, 2011 :
This story is great, different, fast moving and has unexpected turns. I enjoyed till the end. Great first book!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on Nov. 12, 2011 :
This was a fast paced and a very interesting read. Thoroughly enjoyed it. It had twists and turns that had you thinking at some point and the twist at the end definetely wasn't what you thought it would be, but it was good. I'd read more from this author, just to see what George would be upto next.
(reviewed 19 days after purchase)
on Oct. 17, 2011 :
What a great concept! I love the whole idea of a manuscript that details and solves a terrible unsolved crime being left on George's front porch, and him having to get it published or risk ruin or worse. George is damned if he does, and damned if he doesn't. This makes for excellent conflict right out of the gate. The Writer is an interesting novel full of exciting twists and turns and slams. I was hooked in Chapter 1 and raced through it to see how George ended up on the final page. It's definitely worth the time to read this unique, fast-paced thriller.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
on Aug. 31, 2011 :
Enjoyed the book!
(reviewed 27 days after purchase)
on Aug. 22, 2011 :
George Mason is a successful suspense writer with three published novels about true crimes, for which he has received a good deal of money. He lives a quiet life, he spends his time alone, walking and writing and that is how he likes it. Unfortunately, his life as a writer is a lie; he actually received the manuscripts for his books anonymously and was told to publish them, so he did. He’s never felt comfortable with this arrangement and vows to actually write his next novel himself, this is not going well. Then he receives yet another manuscript, after some research he finds this is also a true case and against his better judgment contacts the FBI. His life takes a bizarre and dangerous turn from there and he runs for his life from both the bad and good guys.
I would like to say this was a well written book, but I just can’t. The editing was so bad that it made it painful to read. There were places in the book where first person was used and the next sentence, third person. Throughout the book homonyms were used, sentences repeated over and over, the same thought repeated chapters later, etc. The writing style seemed to be either that of a person who did not speak English as a first language or that of a very young person. While we did learn a bit about George, the other characters he interacted with were just along for the ride.
The concept behind the book was a good one; it just wasn’t carried out well. I think if this book were sent back to the drawing board, reworked and sent to a good editor it might have a chance, but as it stands now I just can’t recommend it.
(reviewed 83 days after purchase)
on July 28, 2011 :
I enjoyed reading this. The read was very fast paced. I understand this was a first book, better than I could ever do, I would read more from this author
(reviewed 59 days after purchase)
on July 14, 2011 :
I hate giving this book a two star rating. I really like the premise of the book, and it is really easy to empathize with the main character, George Mason, at first, but then certain problems begin to peak through.
Certainly, I have no high ground when it comes to complaining about grammar and spelling errors in something that is supposed to be the finished project. However, someone has walked through this book indiscriminately using spell check without making sure the changes make sense ("tide up" instead of "tied up" for example). There is also a flagrant disregard for police and FBI procedures through out most of the second half of the book. There is also no clear ending or resolution.
I really wanted to enjoy this novel, but it became a morass of every pet peeve I have, and my disbelief refuses to be hung from the neck until dead.
(reviewed 45 days after purchase)
on July 10, 2011 :
I enjoyed the story and found it a good first effort. It was engaging & fast-moving! It could have used one more pass by an editor, but overall very good.
(reviewed 39 days after purchase)