First Non-Positive Review for Angel Lost.

It had to happen. After all the really positive reviews I've received for Angel Lost I received a really bad one.

Of course it makes me feel bad, but I felt like she just didn't understand what was going on in the book. The Rocky Bluff P.D. series is about the men in the department and their families. My goal has always been to show how the job affects the family and how what's going on with the family affects the job. The focus in each book is on different characters--in this one it is mainly Officer Stacey Wilbur's story--though there is plenty going on all around her. What happens to her affects everyone else in the department.

Another thing the reviewer said that was absolutely puzzling is she didn't understand why I named the book Angel Lost. I'm not going to explain because it would ruin two of the plot threads--but there is a definite reason. When I read that I wondered if she'd actually read the book all the way through.

I thanked her for reading the book and told her I was sorry she didn't like it. That's all that I can do.

For obvious reasons I'm not going to promote the blog.

 I guess I'll just have to go back and read all the great reviews I've received.



I left a comment on the blog and nicely let her know about my concerns and she admitted she didn't really understand that the book was as much about the police officers and their families as is was about the crimes going on.
Sue Roebuck said…
What a shame Marilyn. I know that a book can't be to everyone's taste and what I like, you might not like. But I do believe that if a reviewer doesn't like a book, just don't review it. Especially one that has received great reviews. Honestly, if I were that reviewer I'd ask myself why that was.
You did the right thing - just say thank you and move on.
Jean Henry Mead said…
Some people just don't get it, Marilyn. I've been lucky to have only received one bad review in 42 years of writing. After spending nearly two years behind a microfilm machine at the library to research a centennial history, one of the librarians panned the book in the Library Journal because it was about people and events instead of old mansions in the city.
Holli said…
I can understand that different books are to different people's taste, and that people like what they like, but I don't see how the reviewer didn't get the title. Maybe your reviewer would have preferred a less meaningful and more generic title, like Flasher or Trouble in Rocky Bluff.

I have a friend who asked me why my books had chapter breaks. I've lowered my expectations greatly since then.

Holli Castillo
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