Monday, March 19, 2012
The Book Addict Reviews: Best Seller by Timothy B. Sagges
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Fantasy
Order Online: Amazon.com
Author Info: Website
Rating: 3 stars
Book provided for Book Tour in exchange for an honest review.
In A Nutshell:
I did not know what to expect when I started Best Seller. The book description had not given me a lot of information to go on. But I quickly found a book that grabbed my attention and held on to it until the very end.
Richard Rossi wants to be an author. He has a manuscript that he feels is worthy of publishing, but he keeps getting rejection after rejection from every publishing house he sent it too. Until the day that fate seems to step in. That day, the mailman put a letter for his neighbor in his box. When he delivers it to his neighbors apartment, he ends up staying for the party. At the party, he reads his manuscript to a small group of people. As soon as he finishes Veronica confirms that she thinks it is good by promising to show the manuscript to her friend in publishing, Seth Volos.
Seth quickly and expertly turns Richard's story into a best seller to rival the success of best sellers such as Harry Potter. But in the editing, Seth insists on a change to the ending that many people find "creepy." Then on the book tour, Richard starts to notice a chilling coincidence with many of the teen suicides he sees reported on the news.
Now Richard has to figure out what to do as the life he dreamed of, the life of a famous and popular author, is slowly turning into a nightmare.
Overall, Best Seller took me on an emotional ride that I did not expect. As a person who has often dreamed about writing a book of my own--I found Richard's desire and willingness to go along with everything Seth said in order to get what Seth promised very believable. Seth's charisma and charm were very apparent. But the glimpses I got of his behind-doors conversations with Gwen, I started to question his motives. I knew there was more to his story than the desire to publish a good book.
While my gut feelings led me to question Seth--Timothy B. Sagges did an excellent job of keeping me in the dark. I kept reading because I wanted to know more--I wanted to know what was going on just below the surface. I wanted to know if my suspicions were founded. But even after Timothy B. Sagges answered my questions about my suspicions, he went on to complete the chilling story to a horrific ending--I do not want to give anything away but I can tell you that I will never look at a best selling novel the same way again!
Admittedly, I do not read a lot of horror novels. And this one is going to stick with me for a while--so I am not sure that I want to pick up another horror novel right away. However, I have read one book by an author who typically writes horror novels that I loved. It makes me wish I was brave enough to read some of his other books: