The reviews for A Margin of Lust are coming in slowly but surely, and it’s a nerve wracking process. Most of them have been very good, 4 and 5 star, and I’m grateful. I’m also learning from the comments. Here are the lessons gleaned so far:
People’s perceptions are incredibly varied.
One reviewer said the book was enjoyable, but you’d probably forget all about it as soon as you finished it. Another said the story stuck with her long after she closed the book.
One reader felt my villain wasn’t diabolical enough. Another said he was so creepy she couldn’t read the story at night.
Writing a series has its advantages.
Some reviewers felt the marriage issues between Art and Gwen, the main character and her husband, weren’t resolved as well as they could be. Life is complicated and some things take time to sort out. By book two Art has gotten some perspective on his marriage (and so have I!) and shares it with Olivia—the protagonist of that story. If you were one of those who wanted more closure, I hope The Scent of Wrath—out this December—will satisfy.
I achieved at least one of my goals.
Here’s a review from a Christian blogger and book reviewer who gives me a solid 4. I’m especially happy to get a positive review from a person of faith, because one of my goals with this novel was to write a thriller that didn’t overemphasize the crimes or contain the bad language and graphic sex so prevalent in the genre. The fact that I could write a book with “Lust” in the title and please a discerning Christian is a win for me.
People actually care.
It’s a very odd feeling to hear that people actually care about the characters who’ve been populating my head for the past three years. It’s humbling and rewarding, but mostly it’s made me realize I have a responsibility to write well, explain more completely, and make each book better than the last.
Thank you to all who’ve taken the time to review the book on Amazon or Goodreads. Your reviews are gold.