Reviews

‘Christine Poulson’s wonderful sense of place brings Cambridge to life. Cassie overcomes the problems facing her with wit and guile aplenty and ensures the reader’s empathy from first word to last . . . an enthralling and engaging read that underlines Christine’s burgeoning reputation as a crime novelist to watch.’ [Stage Fright]

- SHOTS MAGAZINE

An annoying thing that publishers do

Posted on Feb 12, 2014 in advertising, Publishers, the last chapter | 2 Comments

There you are, racing towards the suspenseful climax of a crime novel, or maybe you’re enjoying it so much that you’re holding back a little, not wanting it to finish too soon. You gauge how much is left, at least a couple of chapters, time for one more stunning plot twist. But wait, what’s this? You turn a page and it’s the end. No more novel and what you thought was the last chapter is the first chapter of the author’s next novel. I find this so annoying that I have been tempted not to read the next novel out of sheer pique. After all if I like the novel I’ve just read, of course I’ll look for the author’s next one. I thought ebooks might be exempt from this practise, but no, I’ve been caught out there too. And this kind of advertising is counter-productive in another way. Last night I downloaded a sample chapter of a novel because I couldn’t remember if I’d read it or not. I had, and wondered why it was still on my wish-list. And then I realised, I’d only read the beginning – presumably advertised at the end of an earlier novel. That was nearly a lost sale.