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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February 21, 2024

THE ORPHANAGE BY THE LAKE

By Daniel G. Miller
Rating:
3.4 / 5.0

Daniel G. Miller’s THE ORPHANAGE BY THE LAKE is a chilling, nail-biting thriller about a chase for the truth when everyone else has failed. 

February 19, 2024

THE SISKIYOU SON

By G.M. Davis
Rating:
3.7 / 5.0

THE SISKIYOU SON by G.M. Davis is both tragic and triumphant, tinged with a painful bittersweetness. A scathing commentary on the failures of adults in...

IR Approved
January 29, 2024

THE THIRD MAN

By Geoffrey M Cooper
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

THE THIRD MAN, Geoffrey M. Cooper’s latest installment in his thriller series starring Brad Parker and Karen Richmond, is a fun, fast-paced medical mystery that...

January 24, 2024

TANKS: Evil Lurks on Whidbey Island

By Ted Mulcahey
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

TANKS: Evil Lurks on Whidbey Island is an entertaining thriller, and author Ted Mulcahey shows he can conjure up an evil protagonist as skillfully as...

January 15, 2024

TANGLED VERDICT

By Katherine Smith Dedrick
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Katherine Smith Dedrick brings more than just legal proceedings to TANGLED VERDICT. She creates an engaging and captivating novella that encompasses all the elements of...

December 29, 2023

THE TEQUILA PROMISE

By John MacGougan
Rating:
3.3 / 5.0

Fast-paced storytelling, a satisfying secondary plot, textured descriptions of places and livelihoods, and an irresistibly entertaining minor character are among the strengths outweighing the warts...

IR Approved
December 5, 2023

LOST GROVE: Part One

By Charlotte Zang, Alex Knudsen
Rating:
4.6 / 5.0

Thriller, mystery, and gothic horror combine in Charlotte Zang and Alex Knudsen's LOST GROVE: Part One. It is (so far) a page-turning novel about a...

IR Approved
November 24, 2023

WHEN THE SMOKE CLEARS

By Kat Edwards
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

In WHEN THE SMOKE CLEARS, a raw and atmospheric novel, Kat Edwards examines the layers of grief and generational trauma with a touch so deft...

November 22, 2023

SNOWFALL IN VIRGINIA

By Jim Davidson
Rating:
3.7 / 5.0

Jim Davidson’s stylish prose carries his dependable hero through another adventure. SNOWFALL IN VIRGINIA is a solid modern mystery—a casual, comfy read.

IR Approved
November 17, 2023

RED SCREEN

By Daniel Burke
Rating:
4.7 / 5.0

Eminently likeable characters face parallel dangers from both real and virtual worlds in Daniel Burke’s RED SCREEN, a delightful, often funny, always compelling thriller, even...

November 6, 2023

SENSATIONS

By Kevin Byrne
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

Readers looking for a smart, surprising, sci-fi-tinged thriller with something to say will find much to love in Kevin Byrne's SENSATIONS.

IR Approved
Rating:
4.2 / 5.0

Kip Koelsch's THE PECULIAR AFFLICTION OF THOMAS WADE DUNCAN is a tightly written supernatural tale that brings to mind the mystery adventures of yesteryear, blending...

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