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Best Seller by Susan May

tamara_mousa's review

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4.0

You can find a summary about it in my blog- https://www.tamarayousefmousa.com/

chazmo1431's review

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3.0

I was excited for this book and the beginning was intriguing. I was interested until about chapter 35, though, starting out the book, I found it annoying at first how the chapters were back and forth equally between William and Nem. It was almost like reading two books simultaneously. Once I figured out how the stories intertwined, I thought it was clever and then I got excited again. However, my excitement was misplaced since the book seemed to drag on from that point and I found myself less and less interested and even rather bored. The author needed to bring out the word razor andd trim away too many extra words. I did want to find out what happened after investing the time, so I finished the book. The ending wasn't anything special either. I'm giving it 3 stars because it was an interesting idea. It just could have been much better.

mad_about_books's review

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5.0

William Barnes, author… obsessed? possessed? addicted?

Nem Stratton, child… young woman… forsaken? abandoned? lost?

Don't be fooled by labels and generalities. William and Nem are not necessarily what they first seem. Susan May doesn't put the best bits in your face. No, she works up to them by crafting a tale that you cannot put down. In the case of BEST SELLER, she is crafting two story lines in alternating chapters. I do not use 'crafting' lightly because without careful composition, it might have been difficult to keep each narrative moving forward and memorable.

Susan May has become one of my 'must read' authors over the past couple of years. She brings a fresh perspective to supernatural speculative fiction by mixing reality with subtle hints of otherworldliness. She drops a hint here and then another over there until you realize that something magical is happening, and not always in a good way.

In BEST SELLER, the word is 'luck.' We all know that famous Clint Eastwood line "… you've gotta ask yourself one question: "Do I feel lucky?" Well, do ya, punk?" I can't tell you how many times this line percolated into my thoughts while I was reading. There are ever so many widely used references to luck in literature, song, and everyday speech that this is a book literally for everybody. After all, who hasn't wished for a bit of that illusive thing?

Along with everybody, I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has ever written a book, or thought about writing a book. There is much about the world of the writer here that has little to do with creating a manuscript and everything to do with the publishing of a product.

If you haven't yet read Susan May, this is a good place to take the plunge. Her works of fiction are not only entertaining and well written, they are informative as well. I look forward to reading her next "best seller."

aloudy16's review

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4.0

susan may has been compared to stephen king and it is soooo true. i loved how this book was about fictional upcoming best selling authors and she referenced a few well know real life ones many time throughout this book. it was like she did so much research on her topic like king does and the writing styles were similar that part way through i thought i was reading a king novel. the only reason for not giving 5 stars is due to figuring the story out earlier than i would have liked.

ritad130's review

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adventurous challenging emotional hopeful sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

An interesting plot. 

brenluvsbooks's review

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2.0

So incredibly drawn out. Wish I would've stopped reading earlier, but I stuck with it.

bookluvr62's review

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3.0

I was expecting more. I skimmed over a lot of it. Especially the William parts. They seemed too long and overwritten.

mermaidquake's review

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5.0

(I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review)

Wow. Oh my God. Best Seller is an absolutely riveting read from start to finish. The dual narrative, weaving their way together towards an explosive climax, is a stroke of brilliance. Each narrative shows a slow, tortured descent into madness and apathy, until you're not sure who to be rooting for. Both William and Orelia have qualities that will make the reader question themselves, and at every twist in the story, you'll find yourself wondering just who is in the right. With a story featuring more twists and turns than a roller coaster, unreliable narration every step of the way, and a conclusion that may just leave you with more questions than answers, this book is a wild ride from start to finish. If you only read one thriller this year, do yourself a favor and make sure it's Best Seller!

asbookreviewsforfun_alicia's review

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4.0

Another great book by Susan May! The end was a surprise I Didn't see that coming. There are 2 narrators in this book and I came to care about both which surprised me. Emotions and how we control them are very important in this book much like they were in her previous book The Troubles Keeper. I think making William Barnes a writer was a good choice because writing for the most part still seems to be glamorized, the hard parts aren't always brought up. I can't wait for Susan's next book.

beenisharif's review

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5.0

"Well, well, well, William!"

This is the very first book I read from Susan May. And I must say it is going to be one of her greatest hits. The book speaks to you in a very frank manner. In the beginning, you feel like you can't even grip the story , but before u reach the middle chapters, the puzzle pieces fall in place.
The story isn't just a mystery thriller, it has a deeper meaning if you stop and think. Jealousy isn't born, its absorbed. Hatred begets hatred.

The book also made me think about the troubles and struggle and above all "magic" an author has to go through while writing, publishing and then waiting for the fate of their book. Susan May, you have inspired me to write. A long ago dream of mine, which I may think about all over again.
I love the flow of the story and how it connects different scenarios.

Despite of my liking towards the book, I have something to criticize too (not negatively, of course).
The book ended too fast. The effort author has put in is tremendous. Just as each step of each character is well elaborated, I just wish the ending was more explanatory as to how Nem knew of things she came to know about other people. What were the drawbacks of the book not officially handed over to her. See, a little more explanation to satisfy our wandering mind.

I can already imagine Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman playing the two main characters in a blockbuster movie based on this book. :)

Well done, Susan May. Very well done!