Indie book reviews

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Our Reviewers won’t judge your book as compared to other self-published titles, but against other books, period. Our ratings are based on the following criteria, although reviewers are able to award partial stars (i.e. a 1.3 or a 4.7), rather than rounding up or down to a whole or half number.

1/5

Really bad 
Work on it.

2/5

Mediocre
1-2 bright spots.

3/5

Good
Worth reading.

4/5

Very Good
1-2 spots that need work

5/5

Excellent!
Must-read.

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IR Approved

THE TRAPPED DAUGHTER

By Jay Kerk
Rating:
4.4 / 5.0

Nothing is as it seems, and nothing is to be trusted in Jay Kerk's psychological thriller, THE TRAPPED DAUGHTER.

THE PSYCHIC MAIDEN

By Jideofor Nwokedi
Rating:
2.0 / 5.0

THE PSYCHIC MAIDEN is the story of a con artist with amnesia who preys off the spiritual weakness of wealthy church elite.

IR Approved

AWAKE

By Andrew Palmer
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

In this science fiction thriller set in 2028, the developer of a virtual reality device gets sucked into his own creation while being haunted by...

THE MOMENT BEFORE DYING

By Marek Záhorec
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

Combining aspects of mystery, suspense, and thriller with features of historical fiction and crime novels, THE MOMENT BEFORE DYING tells the story of a WWI...

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YESTERDAY IS NOT YET GONE

By Gabriel Veiga
Rating:
4.7 / 5.0

YESTERDAY IS NOT GONE is a mystery featuring not only a serial killer, but also two tough female protagonists out for revenge.

IR Approved

CROOKED PATHS: A Chautauqua Murder Mystery

By Deb Pines
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

When the body of a wealthy socialite is found in a Chautauqua gorge, a local reporter and amateur sleuth challenges the law enforcement’s findings to...

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TIME TO PAY THE PIPER

By Andrew Mooney
Rating:
4.8 / 5.0

In TIME TO PAY THE PIPER, the US government taps into World War II-era science from the Nazis in order to control the runaway debt....

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TAKE ME OUT THE BACK

By Carolyn Geduld
Rating:
4.3 / 5.0

A mentally ill maintenance man commits mass murder in his workplace — a dementia nursing home — which sets ripples of misery spreading throughout a...

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THE BENEVOLENT LORDS OF SOMETIMES ISLAND

By Scott Semegran
Rating:
4.9 / 5.0

Four friends, collectively known as the "Benevolent Lords," are chased to an abandoned house by a ferocious gang of teenage drug dealers. While isolated and...

IR Approved

FOREVER: A Medical Thriller

By Geoffrey M Cooper
Rating:
4.8 / 5.0

FOREVER: A Medical Thriller stays true to its name by following Dr. Brad Parker as he navigates politics and intrigue in the world of research.

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TORCHED: SUMMER OF ’64

By Joe Edd Morris
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

TORCHED: SUMMER OF ’64 is the story of sacrifice, interracial friendship and romance at a dark time in America's history.

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HOW A MONSTER IS MADE

By RaShell Lashbrook
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

The Carters are a 1950s American family fighting personal demons. Dad’s an abusive drunk and Mom is mentally ill. Their children bear the brunt of...

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