Do you get “BookBub” or some other give-away promotion for Amazon books? Do the descriptions all begin to sound alike after you have read a hundred or more? Let’s see if we can put together a typical review, okay?
“In this (intense, thrilling, captivating, heralded) series opener, (FBI, CIA, TSA, Detective, Private Eye, Special Agent) (Abby, Felicity, Madison, Kelly, Sarah, Alice, Amanda) Jones is the perfect sleuth, not to mention being a (strong-willed, courageous, fearless) terrific mom and wife. But nothing can prepare her for the (chilling, horrendous, brutal, senseless) crime which she must investigate in an (isolated, abandoned, secluded) (Montana, Idaho, Columbia, African) town. When the (son, daughter, cousin, father, sister, brother) of a (prominent, powerful, influential, wealthy) business man turns up (missing, murdered, strangled, knifed, bludgeoned) she must use all her skill to (capture, kill, arrest, bring to justice, annihilate) the hideous (monster, fiend, serial-killer) and solve the mystery or an innocent (mother, child, divorcee, nun, high school sweetheart) may not make it out (alive, safe, in one piece, vindicated). Don’t miss this best-selling series with over (100, 500, 700, 10,000) five-star reviews on (Good Reads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble).
There, I think that about sums it up, don’t you? If the above description sounds familiar do as I do. When I get these things I first take a look at the 1 and 2 star reviews and that is where I get, what I feel, is the most honest appraisal of any book. There you will often find that the book is full of typos, bad grammar, unbelievable plot or just a plain waste of your time. eBook publishing has become a two-headed monster. Yes, if you look long enough you will find some truly good fiction and in the genre you prefer. But, honey-bun, there is a ton of chaff you must wade through to get to it.