Author: John Inman
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 12, 2018
Page Count: 210
Reviewed by: Kristin
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
The world of writers, readers, and reviewers is a close-knit family of friends, fans, and fiction fanatics. That’s the world Milo Cook and Logan Hunter reside in—thriving on the give and take of creativity, the sharing of stories and ideas, and forever glorying in their boundless love of books and the words that make them breathe.
But sometimes words can cut too deep. And when they do, there is inevitably a price to pay.
What begins for Milo and Logan as a time of new love and gentle romantic discoveries, becomes before it’s over a race for their lives and for the lives of everyone they know.
Who would ever suspect that an entity as beautiful as the written word could become a catalyst for revenge? And ultimately—murder?
I’m not sure, exactly, what the premise of the book is. On one hand, it is the story Milo and Logan, writer and reviewer. Milo is working on book number four, enjoying life, doing the occasional book signing and attending book club meetings in his area. Logan has packed up and moved from NYC to San Diego to escape the dreary winters (I don’t blame him) and meets Milo at a book signing. They hit it off, but Logan is carrying the emotional scars of losing his husband in a car accident and isn’t certain he can move forward in a relationship.
Or, is this a story about being a reviewer vs a troll; to be honest, respectful, and considerate when writing reviews and don’t just slam authors for baring their souls with the written word? That to be a reviewer you must set aside your bias’s about “liking” the story, and write critically? Which touches on the difference between a reviewer and writing an opinion.
Or…is this a story about being a writer, the tedium of having to sit at poorly advertised book signings, the struggle to put words on a page, while getting bombasted at book groups for things outside one’s control? That being a writer means you will have to accept the good, bad and ugly reviews when your “baby” is sent off into the larger world and a good writer will rise above the flotsam of commentary and criticism?
And there is a murder mystery woven throughout. So, there’s that too.
Milo and Logan’s story was sweet. The connection with someone you feel at ease with, each coming at writing from a different angle creating a common interest, the guilt of moving on after the death of a spouse and dealing with a difficult ex-boyfriend. All this set against the background of a murder-mystery…BUT! Not one they were trying to solve. Which was an interesting and unique way to go about it.
I did feel the dialog about being a good reviewer or a good writer came across much as a professor would address a class. It was almost as if the author was frustrated with reviewers/trolls and needed a way to get the message across.
Yes, I note the irony here. But I also don’t consider my comments a review so much as my opinion of the book. In my humble opinion, a reviewer is someone who gets paid, ie, the New York Times book reviews. Otherwise it’s an opinion, like this is.
Two notable detraction’s in the book, and this is my upper Midwest upbringing showing, where a foot of snow in one storm is considered “an inconvenience”. It is very unlikely a taxi in NYC would put on chains during a snow storm. And, Avis car rental is NOT going to have chains in the trunk for a car rented in Indiana – who knows where that rental originated? You’re lucky if there’s a spare tire and jack in the trunk. Chains are used primarily in the mountains, not the Midwest.