Thursday, August 15, 2013

Happy birthday to me!

Sending out your ARCs is always a difficult and worrying time.  I always wonder if I have done enough, and if there was more work to be done before the provisional release.  Well, as expected, since I sent out the ARCs I found (I mean my eagle eyes readers) a few typos, and these are already rectified for the final edition. 

However, today is my birthday, and I got the best present.  Not a new handbag, or a voucher for shopping.  My first review for Identity X, the forthcoming thriller this September.  So exciting!!

I'll leave it for you to decide if I am happy or not!!!!

This is the review in full from Goodreads.  Thank you Pam!!

I was given the book as an ARC.

In four words, A BLOODY GOOD BOOK. From the intriguing beginning, where Ben Stone has made a discovery of epic scientific proportions, to a middle of deceit and thievery, to an end that tears a hole in your heart, Identity X is a thriller that will hold you on the edge of your seat and not allow you to lean back, take a breath and collect your thoughts before launching you into the next chapter.

The characters (ah, the characters - I loved them all) are well thought out and rich with depth. She has good guys, bad guys and some who sit on the fence tapping their fingers on their lips thinking hmmm, what should I do and that makes for an engaging read. Oh, and there are not so many characters that you lose track of them. There is an intimacy with each one that allows you to become invested in their futures. The writer has done a wonderful job of creating a connection with each of the main characters in the book and for me that is the biggest deal breaker to my enjoyment of a story. You will love, hate, cry, feel and empathize with them, and wish for long painfully excruciating deaths (oh, sorry, that was my outside fingers typing) of some.

The setting captures your senses and draws you into Ben’s world, the world of London and the world of the not so distant future. The author does a fabulous job writing with all the senses; sight, touch, smell, taste and sound. You are there when she writes the scene.

The action and thrill keep the plot moving at a steady pace, which, like I said above truly holds your attention.

I can’t go too much into the plot without giving away the story because the twists and turns are paramount to the enjoyment of the read and if I tell one twist then I would have to tell all the turns and then … well, that’s not why I’m here (to regurgitate the story to you). You’ll have to buy the book and see for yourself and I have to say that, if you enjoy thrillers with a scientific twist, than you will enjoy Identity X.

The only negative? It was not the ending that I would have hoped for or expected, but I realize that world does not revolve around me so I can’t get everything I want. Although, to bring it back to a positive, great ending anyway and perhaps that is what makes it so good; it’s not what was expected and makes you want to see what happens next (sequel anyone?).

So, I recommend this book, I believe it comes out in September (the author will correct me if I’m wrong) but I’m not sure when in September. If you follow
Michelle Muckley, you will be kept up to date on the launch. Thank you to the author for letting me into her world of Ben Stone. 4-Stars


  1. Wow! That's pretty good! Also pretty impressive that even though the ending wasn't what the reviewer wanted/expected it still seems to have hit the spot. Well done. :)

    1. Thank you Julian! I was very pleased with the review, especially as like you say it was an unexpected ending and still seemed well received!
      Thanks for your comments!

  2. Well, happy birthday Michelle. :)

    I just want to reiterate how much I enjoyed the book. I had written the review and then chopped it cuz I got verbally carried away and thought, "nope, I can't give that away, or that, dang ... that either", which I was doing. I appreciate you posting it (Actually I'm tickled pink that you did) and I hope it helps with your promotion and eventually, your many sales. Good luck with the launch!

    @Julian - yes, it did hit the spot (absolutely did), just not necessarily my spot, but sometimes my mind works in mysterious and, truth be told, unusual ways ... ::wink:: ...

    1. Thanks Pam, your review was infact what hit the spot! You made my day!

      I love that you wanted to write more than you did!

      Thanks again!

  3. Happy birthday and congrats on the review!!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    1. Thanks so much Nicole! Hope it's all going well!!