Friday, September 9, 2011

Sink or Swim / Stacy Juba

Reviewed by: BigAl

Genre: Mystery/Romantic Suspense

Approximate word count: 55-60,000 words

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Author:

Former newspaper reporter Stacy Juba is the winner of over a dozen writing awards. She is the author of several books, including Twenty-Five Years Ago Today, another romantic suspense novel available for your Kindle. She has multiple young adult novels slated for publication over the next year. For more, visit her website.

Description:

After starring on the reality show Sink or Swim, Cassidy Novak returns home and discovers her new fame has a downside. She’s acquired a stalker.

Appraisal:

Sudden riches and newfound fame are both a notorious way to attract people trying to befriend you for all the wrong reasons. Cassidy Novak returns home to her old job after narrowly missing the big prize on a reality show. She hopes to find a way to leverage her 15 minutes of fame into enough money to start her own business. Then she discovers the downside, with people making claims on her time she doesn’t want to give, and a stalker, who could be one of many different people.

With the rise of reality shows over the last several years, I’m surprised no one has used the premise of Sink or Swim before now. It has all the ingredients for a good story. Someone experiencing the changes that come with sudden fame is a magnet for crazies and those who hope to ride their coattails. Those who are smart, as Cassidy is, are aware of this, which increases their natural suspicions about other people’s motives. Juba takes full advantage of the potential in this premise to maintain the tension throughout.

Format/Typo Issues:

No significant issues.

Rating: **** Four stars

1 comment:

Read my books; lose ten pounds! said...

man, my books are long. My latest one is 134,000 words. HAHAH. Long winded I guess.