The First Ten Focus Group Feedback for Justice: A Novella
Because Justice was Book of the Day, some of our most trusted members have carefully looked over the cover, the description, and other aspects of this book as a part of purchase-intent focus group. We then asked each participant in the focus group if they planned to buy and read the book, and why they planned to buy and read the book or not. Their answer to that question and reasons are displayed below. We call this awesome feature The First Ten Focus Group.
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IMPORTANT: Any score over 10% is considered very good. And any score above 0% is acceptable. This is because we only poll about 20 or so readers, and all readers have to say "no" to almost all books. Over a million books are published each year. Even a very active reader cannot come close to even reading 1% of books out there.
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I have already read the book and loved it. I reviewed it as well. I love the cover, but the blurb isn't very clear. I like the way the book is written, through multiple characters' perspectives, and I love the writing. The story follows the lives of two sets of couples: Marcus and Brynn, Joseph and Marie, each couple is unhappy in his own miserable way. I like the way the character came alive on the page and was very impressed by the book. I have already got the book and highly recommended it.
First Ten review added on September 25, 2016, at 10:48 am by gali.
My sister actually bought the book but it's not at the top of my reading list, so I might not have checked it out if it weren't for the program. As I said, we already have one copy but I might pass on it. Honestly, I only read the sample and it was way too short for me to get any sort of grasp on the proceedings. Also, I still have other books to read so there's that. I will say that it is spotless as far as typos and errors are concerned.
First Ten review added on September 25, 2016, at 11:24 am by easy_dc13.
Even though I have already read this book, I will give my thoughts on the Amazon blurb and sample pages. The Kirkus review excerpt gave me a good, concise sense of what the story is about, but the rest of the blurb is a little vague - just an excerpt of a few general questions that didn't give tell me too much about the plot. Although I also found the prologue a little too general, I liked the introspective beginning with Brynn's view of her husband and her feelings about her repeated infidelity with different men. She isn't a likable character, but she is certainly interesting. The writing flows well and is brimming with raw emotion.
First Ten review added on September 25, 2016, at 11:24 am by bookowlie.
I enjoyed not only the preview but the entire book. The cover as well. Two of my favorite lines from the book. "The darkness within us all too often overcomes the dim light between us. And "The funny thing about guilt is how close it lives to anger. This novella by Scott Hughes will make you think about life and how we think about different things. I have read the book and did enjoy it.
First Ten review added on September 25, 2016, at 12:56 pm by Vermont Reviews.
I really like the cover and title of the book. I think they are very fitting for what the story is about. However, based on the blurb, I would not pick this book up. This sounds like a very depressing read and although there are times where I am in the mood for a more heavy, darker read, I have to be in the right frame of mind for it. It is difficult for me to read these kinds of books. After reading the first ten pages, I will not continue reading the rest. I do think the book is well-written from what I have read. The beginning with Brynn contemplating cheating on her husband is very realistic for someone who is in that situation in my opinion. However, the tone of this book is clearly very heavy and dark and a subject I'm not ready for reading on.
First Ten review added on September 25, 2016, at 1:34 pm by CrescentMoon.
Based on the cover, title, genre (Psychological thriller), and the positive reviews, I would have sampled this book. In fact, I already own this book, have read it, and really enjoyed the short read.
The book does seem to be professionally edited. I liked how the author pulls in his readers right away with the act of adultery. The way Brynn describes the spite she feels for her husband also makes the reader curious and want to learn more about the background of this married couple. To be honest, I am not a fan of many of characters of the book, but I don't think I'm supposed to be. Since I own and have read this book, I will be checking off 'no' on the question below. However, if I did not own and read this book, then I would definitely answer 'yes'.
First Ten review added on September 25, 2016, at 3:09 pm by hsimone.
Had I not sampled the book, I wouldn't have picked it up. The reason is simple - I prefer light hearted books. The title and cover made it obvious that this wouldn't be one. Having read the first 10 pages, however, my opinion has changed. The author has introduced the protagonists very well and has raised curiosity in the reader. The book has been written very well and seems to be professionally edited. I didn't come across an official OnlineBookClub review. A favorable review would help, but I will read the book anyway. What I liked best about the book was the characterization. However, I would have liked to read more about the husband's personality in the first few pages.
First Ten review added on September 25, 2016, at 3:53 pm by AA1495.
I've actually already read this book. Although very brief, the Book of the Month discussion shows how much can be gleaned from its pages. Were I judging the book only from the sample, I probably would not have chosen to finish it, since the character's rationalization of her actions comes across as a bit whiny and vindictive to me. However, the book as a whole has a lot of important things to say, so I'm glad I read it.
First Ten review added on September 25, 2016, at 4:27 pm by L_Therese.
Based on the description of this book I would not have chosen to read it. I am simply not interested in thriller type novels. I found the first few pages to be extremely attention grabbing in the detail describing the main character's infidelity. I found no mistakes, and if the book wasn't a thriller type novel I would continue to read it based on those pages. At it is though I will have to pass.
First Ten review added on September 25, 2016, at 7:24 pm by Kia.
I had looked into this book, mostly because of its association with this site. It isn't something I would typically look at, and nothing I've seen has convinced me to change my mind. I saw no errors, and the whole package (blurb, cover, sample, etc) is perfectly fine. Just not for me, and an official review wouldn't change that.
I can, however, see why others appreciate it.
First Ten review added on September 25, 2016, at 10:00 pm by Gravy.
If I had not sampled this book, I would not have read this book. I love the cover, but was unsure about the blurb since it was a little vague. After reading the sample, I am very interested in reading this book. I thought the writing was clear-cut and engaging, and I enjoy how it reads like the flow of someone's thoughts. The book does seem professionally edited. I did not read the OnlineBookClub review, but my decision was not affected by this.
First Ten review added on September 26, 2016, at 12:52 am by psychopathycathy.
Before even reading the first ten pages of this book, I knew I already planned on purchasing just from hearing all the rave about it. After reading the first ten pages, I feel as if there is no way I will be able to stop, as I now have to know what all happens. I was also very intrigued due to this being the author's first work of fiction.
First Ten review added on September 26, 2016, at 8:47 am by klbradley.
So I have actually already read this book. I wanted to read it based on the title and blurb. I bought this book after reading the sample. The sample pulled me in right away. I really liked the writing style. It also seemed to be professionally edited.
First Ten review added on September 26, 2016, at 9:59 am by anneloretrujillo.
I read this book when it was first released. The writing was professional with good editing. The plot was unique with memorable characters. I would recommend it to anyone who hasn't read it yet.
First Ten review added on September 26, 2016, at 11:16 am by Momlovesbooks.
The book's description really didn't give me a good idea of what to expect, so I normally would have just passed it over. The first few pages were interesting in an entirely voyeuristic way. I'm still not entirely sure where the book is going though. I'm on the fence - I think the psychological aspects of the book could be good, but I'm not convinced. Will probably pass on this one.
First Ten review added on September 26, 2016, at 6:21 pm by braver.
I purchased this book when it first came out and inhaled it in one sitting. I thought it was well-written and kept my attention throughout. I could also tell the author was passionate about the book's themes and subject matters. The book appeared to be professionally edited and error-free.
First Ten review added on September 26, 2016, at 6:36 pm by Shelle.
I've actually owned this book since a day or two after its release, but this made for a perfect excuse to get started on it. It's interesting to see the two different sides we're presented with in the first ten pages, and I'm definitely intrigued by what's still to come. The book is also quite short so it'll be easy to finish!
First Ten review added on September 27, 2016, at 1:34 am by CataclysmicKnight.
I bought this book awhile back, when it was first released. I bought it to support the author, and also because it sounded like an intriguing story.
The editing is good in the book. I did not notice typos or grammatical errors.
I can so relate to the woman in this book. Exactly what she describes happened to me. The emotional abuse, the "when your partner reneges on his side of the trade." Not the unfaithful part, but her feelings were very recognizable to me. It's so great that the book talks about emotional abuse because it is abuse. There are bruises...they are internal. No improvements to suggest.
First Ten review added on September 27, 2016, at 3:56 am by truebookaddict.
I had previously read this book, more out of curiosity than anything. The blurb doesn't provide much insight into the book, and without an OBC review it is difficult to figure out what the book is about. I read the sample pages to see what's available to others and I think from those it would bring someone in enough to purchase the full length of the book and see the rest of the stories. It is written well and doesn't contain any errors in grammar or spelling in those sample pages. I have already purchased and read this book and enjoyed it! The most enjoyable part of the book is the length, you get a lot of raw emotion from multiple characters in a short time and it's overall just a great read.
First Ten review added on September 27, 2016, at 6:32 am by Cjgarland89.
At first glance, I thought the cover art of this book was interesting. The blurb did a good job of making me want to start reading, but I also wish it gave a little more information concerning the plot.
After reading the first few pages, I was pleasantly surprised. This story is intriguing from the very first page. It is also well-written and professionally edited. I could definitely see myself reading this novel sometime in the future, but unfortunately I have too much on my plate right now.
First Ten review added on January 31, 2017, at 11:43 am by Sarah_Khan.
The cover has a professional look to it. The description is well written, but this is not the type of book I normally read. I read the whole book already. I thought it was interesting. It brought up a lot of good questions. I had never thought very much about the justice system in America so this book was eye-opening. It is also well edited.
First Ten review added on January 31, 2017, at 11:50 am by Rachaelamb1.
I liked the cover for this one quite a bit. It is interesting and dark but doesn't really get too dark. I love the lights in the background. The blurb is a little bit confusing and could use a little bit of clarification to make it more compelling, but it isn't bad. The opening pages form a solid hook and bring me into the story and it is well put together. There is a little bit of cursing, which is a negative for me in the introduction, but considering how good the formatting and editing are I am still willing to give the work a chance, especially since it is only 82 pages long.
First Ten review added on January 31, 2017, at 2:26 pm by James Craft.
This book is marvelous. No, I'm not saying that because Scott Hughes, the man who is over OnlineBookClub, is the author. I genuinely enjoyed the tense, unapologetic manner of Brynn's every word in my ten page sampling. If I didn't sample this book through First Ten, I most likely would've overlooked it. The lack of an OnlineBookClub review doesn't deter me from wanting to read more of the novella. In fact, it might have messed with my enjoyment by ruining the potential spontaneity of what I hope will happen between Brynn and her husband Marcus by the end. I will definitely buy and read the book eventually because of how much I enjoyed it. My favorite part was Brynn's spelling of "emotional" as "fictional" because as someone who was emotionally abused before, it rang true. There were no typos or grammatical errors.
First Ten review added on January 31, 2017, at 6:15 pm by jamesabr.
Before reading the sample, I was interested in purchasing this book because of the raving Amazon reviews and the eye-catching cover. Also, I greatly enjoy psychological thrillers. After reading the sample, my curiosity and interest were increased. I have to know what happens to Marcus and Brynn's relationship! I will be purchasing this book.
First Ten review added on January 31, 2017, at 6:28 pm by Kdonegan91.
I think I will be reading this book because the book seems like it's a very interesting and inspiring book to read. I will be reading this book because the first ten pages grabs my attention, and I like how the plot would satisfy the reader. It's even a short story. It seems professionally edited. I did not see any review, and I don't think it would affect my decision.
First Ten review added on February 2, 2017, at 1:11 am by jungkookblog.
Had I not sampled this novella as part of this program, I would have at least given it a closer look. I really enjoy crime thrillers and novellas tend to be easier to read because of their length. After sampling the beginning of "Justice," I am intrigued by certain aspects of the novella, but I'm not sure I really care for Brynn yet. I really liked the author's writing style. Brynn was given a clear voice and I think she will be a strong character going forward. Further, the book appears to be professionally edited; I did not notice any typos or grammatical errors. I think the only thing that bothered me about the sample was that Brynn seemed to be a bit too much. She clearly dislikes her husband and seeks out other men to compensate for the lacking marital relationship, but I wasn't fond of some of her ranting in the beginning. Hopefully as the story progresses, her feelings will become an important part of the narrative. I plan to purchase and finish reading this book mostly because I really enjoyed the writing style and am still interested in finding out what happens to Brynn.
First Ten review added on February 2, 2017, at 7:09 am by MarisaRose.
The sample suggests that the book focuses on the concept of what is just and what a person deserves, through the issue of a broken marriage. The author needs to be commended for dealing with the deeply sensitive topic of emotional abuse, where no abuse is apparent on the surface. Bryan, the central character, wishes that her husband would hit her because then she can rightfully claim either people's sympathy, or her husband's attention. More than emotional abuse, the story looks at carrying around the corpse of a dead marriage. The author's writing style is engaging and strikes at the heart of the situation without wasting words. Though I haven't read the review, based on the sample and description, it is evident that this novella offers a strong argument through a fictional account, and hence I'll give it a try.
First Ten review added on March 5, 2017, at 12:28 pm by ananya92.
Even after reading the blurb on Amazon, I don't really have any idea what this book is about. The cover is nice and gives the impression of a book with darker themes. I found the writing style hard to follow. It just didn't have a natural flow for me and I found myself re-reading sentences because I wasn't absorbing the writing. Brynn seems like an intriguing character and I think it would be interesting to follow her point of view into the descent of her marriage and the fallout. The writing just wasn't my cup of tea and I won't be continuing with the rest of this book.
First Ten review added on March 5, 2017, at 12:48 pm by ashley_claire.
The sample was really interesting. I liked how the author had enough tension and suspense in it that it made you want to read the entire book. I probably won't buy the book, but if it was free then I probably would have read the entire book. I did not notice any major grammatical errors in the sample either.
First Ten review added on March 5, 2017, at 4:33 pm by ZenaLei7.
I might have looked into this book more given the cover and the title. I wish it had given me a better sense of what the book's genre was, however. I felt the blurb about the book was similarly vague. When I read the sample of the book, it did seem professionally edited, and I was interested in finding out more. I don't know that I would continue to read more, because it seems to be exploring some subjects I'm not particularly interested in. I did enjoy the writing style, however, and I liked how the author conveyed emotions, especially the description of becoming numb to guilt. While I understand the intent of wishing for physical abuse because people tend to take it seriously, I was a little uncomfortable with that section. I understand the feeling, and I can understand why someone would think that way, but it was personally difficult to read.
First Ten review added on March 5, 2017, at 9:38 pm by Bfrisco.
The cover of this book does not work for me in conjunction with the plot. The cover brings to mind a suspense novel. The TItle "Justice" makes me think of government or the legal system. I didn't get any of that in the excerpt. I found the blurb interesting and the reviews thought provoking. I was curious to read what might be a blow-by-blow of the demise of a relationship, and find out where the legal system fit in.
The portion of the book I read was intriguing. Quickly, a real empthay is formed for Brynn. Her self-honesty, the explanation of her detachment, her choice of actions that met her needs, and her sense of isolation make her very, very real. Her perspective on her husband makes him, too, unfortunately, very real. There are times I'm unclear whether we are reading Brynn's perspective of herself or the author's third-party description of her. I'm not entirely sure if that matters, from the perspective of this short excerpt. I will say, whether it was the author's thought or Brynn's, I loved the sentence, "People hate most adverbs."
The excerpt was well edited; I noted no grammatical or typographical errors.
I willl probably not be reading the book at this time.
First Ten review added on March 5, 2017, at 9:40 pm by SandraTWP-BRW.
This book appeals to me because it is very relatable. I read the sample and enjoyed it. I thought it was well-written and professionally edited.
First Ten review added on March 6, 2017, at 7:24 am by chocomeiske.
I've read samples of this author's work before and haven't liked them. I read this sample anyway. There was nothing that changed my mind. The prose is simple, the idea boring. There was nothing that drew me in and made me want to read more.
First Ten review added on June 18, 2017, at 10:36 am by Christina O Phillips.
A woman with her priorities set, but still thinking and debating with
herself about the choices she has already made, and the life she is going to lead further. The writing style is natural and interesting. Though there are cuss words, they are in context and not overused. This is not my kind of book though, so I am skipping this. Thanks.
First Ten review added on June 18, 2017, at 11:25 am by va2016.
I'm not sure if I would have read the beginning of this book without this program. The cover is quite dark and I often look for more lighthearted books. The first 10 pages were quite gripping though and they were definitely well edited. I don't plan to purchase this book today but I may come back to it in the future. It does seem interesting and I would like to continue the story.
First Ten review added on June 18, 2017, at 2:54 pm by Snowflake.
I liked the layout of the cover page of this book. Even though it didn't give anything away about the story, it's very nicely balanced. I would then normally read the Onlinebookclub review to get more of an idea about the story before deciding to read further. In this case there is not yet a review. The writing is well done with no mistakes, and I liked how the female character is portrayed. There is an immediate sense of world weariness about her and old frustration towards her husband that has worn her down. Having an official review available would definitely help in attracting more readers.
First Ten review added on June 18, 2017, at 6:07 pm by micoleon13.
Justice by Scott Hughes seems to a short and gripping novel about a failing marriage. Brynn feels emotionally abused by her husband, Marcus, thus she cheats on him. The writing style is very engaging. I am definitely planning to finish reading Justice.
First Ten review added on June 18, 2017, at 7:01 pm by Jaime Lync.
Had I not read the sample pages I am unsure if I would have read this book. I would have been intrigued because the author is Scott Hughes, and the concept seemed very interesting. However, I didn't find the cover enticing. After reading the sample pages I will definetely read the book - in face, I already have! The sample pages were witty and thought provoking, and they really draw you in. The book seems professionally edited, and I found no grammatical errors. I enjoyed the engaging opening and how relatable it was. No suggestions for improvement. There was no official OnlineBookClub review, but this did not dissuade me from reading it.
First Ten review added on June 18, 2017, at 7:54 pm by EMoffat.
From the description, blurb, and cover, I likely would not have given this book a chance; it really did not seem like a genre or topic that I would normally read. After reading the sample of this book, however, I think there is much more to it than meets the eye. I love the realism (in this case, by realism, I mean what happens in many relationships) that is coming out in that first chapter. Whether or not the actions are justified, there are so many relationships that have problems that are simply just not communicated nor are they given the opportunity to be worked out before bad choices are made. Although not right now, as I have several books on the go at the moment, I sincerely do believe that I will eventually give this book a chance, buy it, and read the rest of it. I definitely seemed well written and edited and the lack of an official OBC review did not affect my decision at all.
First Ten review added on June 18, 2017, at 9:04 pm by Scerakor.
I've read other books by Scott,and I've enjoyed them, so I'll definitely get this one. I want to know what happens next. I'm not sure what the title has to do with the content yet.
First Ten review added on June 19, 2017, at 1:51 am by Miche Sora.
The cover, title, and even the blurb on Amazon were far too vague for me to commit to reading the novella, Justice. The only thing I caught that gave me some hint was "disintegrating marriage." Without any context, that does not appeal to me. I am not going to buy or read this book. First, the book definitely did not seem to be professionally edited. There were way too many sentences in just the first ten pages that began with "But," or "And." I was also appalled by the amount of words that were italicized. Not every word needs extra emphasis. Secondly, I don't care for the main character, Brynn. I do not want to read her thoughts constantly. It reminds me of Anastasia in Fifty Shades of Grey and her "inner goddess" voice. This book is just not for me.
First Ten review added on June 19, 2017, at 2:31 am by Megwe85.
I like the cover and the title. At first glance, the book appears to be a crime novel or psychological. The blurb is short and sweet and says enough for me to know what the book is about. The book was received mostly good reviews. It is professionally edited. After reading the first ten pages, I won't be reading the rest of the book, because the subject matter doesn't really interest me.
First Ten review added on June 19, 2017, at 3:03 am by Kitkat3.
Based on the title, blurb, and cover, I would not purchase this book. The blurb is really vague and generally that's a deal breaker for me when I'm deciding whether or not to read a book. I like to know a bit about the plot before I purchase a book. Usually when I'm just browsing on Amazon for a new ebook to read, I open a lot of tabs for ebooks that seem interesting. Since I'm going through lots of books at once, I usually don't even sample the ones that don't interest me with the blurb.
The sample did not change my mind. What I read did seem to be professionally edited. I did not spot any grammatical or spelling errors. The story didn't really hook me. I generally don't like reading books about failing marriages or affairs, which I'm assuming will be the focal point of this book. It's also really short. Most adult fiction under 100 pages I've read have been disappointing, so I'm very critical when deciding whether or not to read a short book.
The book does not seem to have an official OnlineBookClub review, and I don't think it would change my mind since the subject and genre aren't really my cup of tea.
First Ten review added on June 19, 2017, at 5:17 am by classicaltwist.
I would have read this book based on the cover and the first 10 pages. The official review was also a deciding factor in whether to purchase the book or not. I did not notice any errors, so it seems as if the book was professionally edited. I usually do not like to read books that are under 100 pages unless they are children's books, however, I think I will be getting this book.
First Ten review added on June 19, 2017, at 7:49 am by dhomespot.
Based on the cover and blurb, I wouldn't normally choose to read this book. In terms of the cover, I really like the feelings that the top image evokes. I don't care for the way the bottom images are integrated. The blurb is professional, but it doesn't seem like the type of story that typically appeals to me. After reading the sample, I don't plan on buying or reading this book. I don't have any issues with the writing, but I still don't think the story is for me. I didn't notice any errors, though.
First Ten review added on June 20, 2017, at 4:16 am by CarrieMe.
The cover got my attention fast because of its eerie feeling. I read the description of the book in Amazon and liked the subject. After I read the sample pages, I decided I will read the book because I think it presents a fresh take on infidelity, which is usually written from the perspective of men. In this case, a woman is the one being unfaithful. She is tired of her unhappy marriage. I want to find out why she could not take it anymore and decided to cheat with whomever. The book seems professionally edited too, which is a plus.
First Ten review added on October 3, 2017, at 10:23 am by Yolimari.
Strong beginning here. Not much happens, but we get a strong sense of the character and her feelings. I enjoyed the use of short, simple sentences--they relate nicely to the thoughts being expressed by Brynn. It's how an angry, bitter person would talk. Justice is not a book I would have picked out myself. The cover looked more like a romance than a thriller, although the review disabused me of that notion. I will continue to read, as I am curious to hear all sides of the story.
First Ten review added on October 3, 2017, at 10:59 am by RegularGuy3.
The cover is well done and fits with the title of the book. I did not see any official review of the book. I missed having one to read. Amazon reviews are ok but not compelling me to read the whole book. From the first pages of the book I could see that it could have worthwhile insights. I personally don't like the subject of infidelity. The language felt a little like you were trying to elevate our minds. This is good but will turn some people off. I find most people don't like to work when they read. I did not see any editorial errors in the first ten pages. I am not planning to buy and read this book because I feel that it would make me want to psychoanalyze myself and I do not feel like doing that at this time.
First Ten review added on October 3, 2017, at 11:39 am by Bluecobia.
The cover and title of Justice caught my attention right away. I would have passed it by though, after reading the blurb/description. After reading the first ten pages, I still would not buy or finish this read. The content and subject don't appeal to me. The only part in the first ten that did not seem professionally edited was the start of the first chapter, where there is a paragraph break between the first letter of a word and the rest of the word. It didn't strike me as a stylistic choice, but a typo.
First Ten review added on October 3, 2017, at 11:52 am by Angela Stripes.
Hmmm. Interesting. Those are my two words. I'm wondering what's the justice. So I guess I can throw 'intrigued' into there as well. I'm not going to say I'm hooked, but I do want more. I am seeing Brynn's character coming to life, and I'm really puzzled where 'justice' fits in. The cover is flawless, and seems to suit the dark psychological twists that are to be expected. From what I've read, it seems professionally edited as there were no noticeable grammatical errors. If anything I found the writing fluid and the descriptions inviting you into Brynn's twisted, emotional world. Well done to Scott. I will be purchasing this one to continue the the winding road of darks twists to come. The lack of an OBC review posed no hold on allowing me to enjoy the read.
First Ten review added on October 3, 2017, at 12:54 pm by Excitedreads.
Based on the title and cover I'd have been curious enough to sample the book because I am interested in the theme of Justice. After reading the editorial reviews I thought wow this sounds like something I'd really want to read...after reading the sample I wasn't so sure anymore mainly because I didn't like how Brynn came across and I didn't feel compelled to want to read more because I kept asking myself what the point was for "justifying" her hurtful actions, when the option to leave an unhappy marriage/ sloppy 'manchild'is there. That being said I am curious to see/read where the book goes...but unfortunately, I don't think that'll be enough for me to buy the book. The book does seem well edited which I appreciated. I did not see an official OnlineBookClub review and no I don't think that it impacted my decision.
First Ten review added on October 3, 2017, at 12:55 pm by ritah.
Had I not read the first ten pages as a part of this program, I probably would read this book because I love psychological thrillers and novellas. The book cover is well done. I think the balance is good between the Title and the artwork. I think I would make the Author font a little larger, maybe by two 4 points or so. I saw that the reviews on Amazon.com are almost all positive and the Kirkus Review is really enticing. After reading the sample,
I feel sorry for Brynn. She is so angry still, even though she tries to explain it away. I can understand the pain of her loneliness and her feeling of being trapped in her marriage. At the same time, I can't help but feel that Brynn is too self-absorbed and that he has a choice to put her focus towards something more positive. I will finish reading this book.
First Ten review added on October 3, 2017, at 1:30 pm by Lennycat.
Not too sure about the cover and how it relates to the book but it looks more professional than some I've seen. Reading the first few pages, it's clearly written by someone who has issues with females. Regardless, the writing is humorous and easy to follow. I am intrigued to know more. I'm interested in why spouses are unfaithful having unfortunately been on the receiving end myself.
First Ten review added on October 3, 2017, at 2:33 pm by Gingerbo0ks.
I would read a sample of this book because of the interesting book cover and title. I'm always a fan of psychological genre. I like the Amazon editor and customer review. I understand why a review at onlinebookclub is be not there.
I would buy and read the book after reading the sample because I like the great style with which the psychological story is told. The story is edited well.
First Ten review added on October 3, 2017, at 3:21 pm by geoffrey ngoima.
By just reading the sample I realized that its about a lady in a marriage and she cheats on her husband. Obviously there is more to the story being about sacrifice, marriage and a psych thriller so I think I am going to pick this one up. I will buy it eventually but not exactly today. The work looKs to be professionally edited and the sample is just about enough to persuade you to buy it.
First Ten review added on October 3, 2017, at 4:07 pm by Jeyran Main.
After reading a sample of, Justice by Scott Hughes, I have decided that I will not be purchasing this book today. At first glance, this book appears to be a legal novel. As I read this book, it turned into something much more. I didn't think that this book would grab my attention, but it did. Brynn, the main character, is very self-focused. She's unfaithful to her partner, but yet she stays in the relationship. I'm quickly bombarded by internal questions of why does she stay? At one time, Brynn felt bad about her cheating, but she doesn't anymore. The author grabs my attention with the very first scene of this book. If I had not read a sample of this book, I don't think that I would have been interested in it. I'm not purchasing this book today, but it is going on my to-be-read shelf. My curiosity has been piqued by this author. I want to read more. Based on what I have read this book appears to be professionally edited. This book does not have an official OnlineBookClub review. Despite this fact, that this book has no review, my interest is not diminished concerning this story.
First Ten review added on October 3, 2017, at 5:23 pm by BunnySTx.
This book has a very interesting premise, and several high ratings on Amazon. I didn't notice any errors during my reading of the sample, and I enjoyed the writing style. I plan to finish reading this book in the future.
First Ten review added on October 3, 2017, at 8:46 pm by Christina Rose.
"Justice" is a well written fiction novel. It is a combination of mystery and thrill. After reading its review on OnlineBookClub, I decided to read the sample of the book available on Amazon. I enjoyed reading it. The plot of the book is very interesting and intriguing.
Moreover, the cover of the book is very interesting. I would definitely like to read the entire book.
First Ten review added on October 3, 2017, at 10:10 pm by Naval Aulakh.
The cover could be improved. The design is clean but there is no obvious cohesion to the design. Based on his previous work, i would not have sampled this book but i'm glad i did. I really like the sample there were no errors and it reminded me of gone girl. i will buy this book.
First Ten review added on October 3, 2017, at 10:37 pm by Izesicle.
The cover and the title don't appeal to me, nor do the reviews. Upon beginning the book I find that the writing style is a little repetitive and the author repeats a lot of words and phrases with different structure.The book has a mildly interesting premise, but not enough to keep me interested in reading the book. The formatting also seemed a little off. I will not be continuing this book.
First Ten review added on October 3, 2017, at 11:23 pm by Afuglsan.
I'm not currently on the lookout for this kind of fiction and wouldn't normally have sampled this, though the Amazon reviews gave a clear overview of some intriguing themes. I won't read the rest because I didn't find the female character relatable. It appears to have been professionally edited; I found no errors. I liked the hints at complexity and more backstory to come, for example through the reference to the deaths of two of Brynn's classmates. I found the omniscient narrator intrusive, telling me about "the young beauty". First person narration might have worked better for me. I didn't see an OnlineBookClub review, which didn't affect my decision as I saw ample information on Amazon.
First Ten review added on October 4, 2017, at 2:16 am by ButterscotchCherrie.
I like the cover and the title. I was unsure about the Statue of Liberty at first, but now I have read the sample it seems fitting. The blurb does not provide much detail to let the reader understand what the topic is about. It actually seems a bit cryptic, which can sometimes be enticing, but I am unsure if I would have purchased it to read without further detail. The sample was good. It appeared to be professionally edited and was easy to read. I enjoyed hearing the rationale the woman gave to justify her infidelity and how she believed it was acceptable. I would like to continue reading this book as I am interested in reading the man's perspective about the marriage. I am also curious about where this story is heading.
First Ten review added on October 4, 2017, at 5:57 am by jwalker73.
While the cover and the title call out the reader in me, I have my doubts about it. I haven't read any official reviews of this book. It really helps sometimes to understand what the book is actually about, from its review. I read the sample and the writing is seamless. I kept going on and on, until the sample ended. I might browse it in the future, but for now I am still a bit skeptic.
First Ten review added on October 4, 2017, at 10:31 am by ReviewerDiksha.
Justice is a book about loyalty and the mutations of love, especially in relation to marriages. The quote, "The darkness within us all too often overcomes the dim light between us. " is deep and thought provoking. I really would love to know how Marcus' murder of his wife spins the tale of this book.
First Ten review added on October 4, 2017, at 3:43 pm by Vickie Noel.
The excerpt provided by Amazon for this book is certainly intriguing, and the novella promises to be thought-provoking. Based on the excerpt alone, I would read this book. I enjoy books that question morals and ideals.
Wow, this book starts out really interesting and unique! The way that Brynn's story is unraveled is certainly unlike anything I've ever read. I noted no spelling or grammar errors, and I found the writing to be quite good. I'll certainly read this book.
First Ten review added on October 4, 2017, at 4:00 pm by DDunstock.
Yes, I would have sampled the first ten pages outside of this program based on the blurb, genre and reviews (and yes, the author too). I do wish there had been an Official Review for it as I would've liked to know more since the blurb is a little vague - nonetheless, still would've sampled it. The sample did help clear up the scope of the novella. It seems professionally edited to me. I think Hughes does a great job of characterization and justifying the woman's actions, or at least letting her justify them. It's nice to get that right in the beginning and it's a good hook. The only moderately negative thing I have to say about it is that the italics seemed to be a little overused. They lost that emphasis 'oomph' after a few pages. Other than that, I really enjoyed this and while I don't think I'm going to be purchasing it today, i do think I will in the future.
First Ten review added on October 4, 2017, at 8:44 pm by Mallory Whitaker.
If I had not sampled this book for the first ten program I woukd have read this book. I am intrigued by the storyline and the want to see what happens at the end.I am going to read the rrst of the book because I am curious to see where the story goes.
The book does seems professionally from what I have read so far.I did not see an official online book club review and it did not affect my opinion.
First Ten review added on October 4, 2017, at 9:16 pm by Londera.
I would not have picked up this book on my own because the cover looks like a political thriller. I won't be finishing this book due to the sample. Although the subject of emotional abuse and infidelity is interesting enough, I did not care for the writing style. I felt as if the author was talking directly to the reader at times, then switching to telling the story. It kept making me evaluate the quality of the writing instead of drawing me into the plot.
First Ten review added on October 4, 2017, at 11:45 pm by ReadingRebecca.
What will you do with your relationship if the spark is gone? The protagonist in this story has been suffering silently because of her husband's abuses. The emotional pain he'd been causing her is unbearable. The author will give us a glimpse of the reality of families that are breaking apart.
First Ten review added on October 5, 2017, at 12:01 am by Donnavila Marie01.
I've already read the book and loved it, but from a fresher perspective, as a new reader, the cover looks exciting but dark. The blurb isn't very clear, but once you sample the book, you get a pretty good idea of what's going on and what you can expect. The writing flows smoothly, without any errors. You might not like some characters, but their portrayal is commendable. The raw emotions in the book will get to you, and that's why I'd recommend it to the readers who can handle them!
If I hadn't already bought the book, I would've bought it after reading the sample.
First Ten review added on October 5, 2017, at 4:36 am by Radhika_17.
The cover and title intrigued me enough to read the synopsis, which convinced me to read this; I hadn't yet read a review at that point. Upon reading the book, I was pretty impressed. The book was professionally edited and had an easy tone. The violence made me flinch, but was totally realistic even if it was unexpected; Brynn had convinced me that Marcus wouldn't act so vehemently! With that being said, I can't think of a part that I'd call my "favorite", but I also don't have any suggestions for changes.
First Ten review added on May 27, 2018, at 12:31 pm by MsTri.
Honestly, I’m not entirely sure what this book is about. The tile seems to indicate some sort of judicial thriller or mystery, and the questions in the blurb seem to have some sort of leaning in that same direction. When I read the comments on various things, this seems to point toward this being a psychological thriller related to marriage. None of this is the sort of thing that I would normally go for, and the vague blurb doesn’t give me anything to recommend it to me. As I read the first ten pages, I became more convinced this was not a book for me. The discussion about learning to accept our sins as the woman waited for her affair to arrive did not appeal to me. I did find an instance where whoever was used instead of whomever, but otherwise things seemed pretty cleanly edited. I did not see any official review, so that also contributes to me not knowing mulch about the book and not being willing to take a chance on something like this. I think I will pass on this one.
First Ten review added on May 27, 2018, at 1:56 pm by Kendra M Parker.
The Amazon reviews were essential to determining my interest in this book. The synopsis really did not give a clear indication what this book is about. The summary provided by one reviewer really piqued my interest along with the psychological thriller classification. I would have gladly read this novella without sampling it. I was somewhat torn after reading the sample. I don't typically enjoy any story centering around infidelity but it seems like there is much more to this story and Brynn's justifications for her actions really struck me. I would like to finish this one to read the continuation of the characters' definitions of justice.
First Ten review added on May 27, 2018, at 2:16 pm by kfwilson6.
I would not select this book based on its cover design, title, and blurb. The blurb on Amazon also does not provide enough information about the plot. I can’t tell who the main character is or what the main storyline is. The sample which I read, centered on a woman’s guiltless infidelity. Her thoughts seemed to be focused on blaming her husband. Sex does not seem to be sacred to her and neither does her marriage. Additionally, she mentioned that two of her past lovers were dead. Based on this sample, I think this book centers on sex, infidelity, revenge, and death. I would not select this book to read because these themes are depressing. The book seems to be professionally edited but I spotted one error – the first word in the book is ‘In,’ and there is a line break between the ‘I’ and ‘n.’
First Ten review added on May 27, 2018, at 2:37 pm by KristyKhem.
The title and artwork are eye-catching. The story starts right off the bat with an anger-laced tirade from a woman who has been scorned by an emotionally absent husband. He has replaced her with his job and finds herself living in frustration possibly not feeling good enough. To lash out in a way that makes herself momentarily feel better, she turns to strangers to occupy her sexually. The first few pages frustrated me just a little bit with the repetition of the words she used. For example, of how she didn't 'feel bad' about cheating on him anymore. She says this so many times, and then it dawned on me! The saying it over and over again to herself was the way she was justifying her behavior. Once that lightbulb went off for me, all was forgiven. I don't like it when an author doesn't find new words to express the meaning or description of something, but it had to be done in this way for the storyline to be set.
I felt both anger and sorrow at the same time. And, I have to say that this book of 'non-fiction' is more real to me. I know people who have lived this lifestyle, and I lived in a marriage where I was left to my own defenses. My former marriage wasn't a team like it should have been, so I think many women will relate to this book. Also, I have met many a man who also has lived this life where he was turned down in the bedroom time after time by his wife and he goes looking elsewhere for fulfillment. So, it is fitting for both sexes to see how that 'justice' doesn't come easily to those who are looking for revenge. I have to pass this one by, but it doesn't mean I won't look for it as a later read. My bookshelf is loaded down with too many to read right now.
First Ten review added on May 27, 2018, at 2:44 pm by cpru68.
Based on the Amazon review, had I not read the first 10 pages, I would not have read this book. It stated it was about marriage and infidelity but didn't uncover a real plot; therefore, I didn't have enough information to go on. Now that I have read the first 10 pages, I feel like I could give it a try. The writing is very captivating and, though I am still unsure of the plot, I found myself interested to find out what would happen next and it's only 82 pages. I didn't notice any typos or grammatical errors. There was no official OnlineBookClub review.
First Ten review added on May 27, 2018, at 4:36 pm by ccrews0408.
I would have chosen to read this book even without The First Ten program and the official OBC review because the cover, the title, the blurb, and the sample had hooked me up. His rich literary writing style is a masterpiece. The first ten pages are error-free. I don't have any improvement suggestion for this professionally-edited book. Justice by Scott Hughes is a thought-provoking novella about judgement between wife's infidelity and husband's focus on his trivial job. Who's to blame on their broken relationship? Big-girl-Brynn sleeps with whoever she wants. She does this whoever-she-wants-sexing while Marcus hangs out with his true love: his trivial job.
First Ten review added on May 27, 2018, at 5:00 pm by Dolor.
The cover is quite eye-catching although it is not exactly self-explanatory. The one-word title is very general and may refer to different issues. From my experience, a more specific title and a more detailed Amazon blurb would work much better in attracting a larger audience. For me, it was interesting to read a short excerpt from the novella, a paragraph from a review and one impactful line from the preface. However, I think it would be useful to add at least 2 short paragraphs briefly detailing on the type of novella, the topic, plot and characters. I also wish there were more editorial reviews. I highly appreciate Scott Hughes's professionalism when it comes to the OnlineBookClub community as well as his commitment to his family. Since I promised myself to be objective whenever I am writing the comments for the First Ten program, today is not going to be an exception. When I am reading an author's bio on Amazon, I usually expect him/her to provide more details about himself/herself. In this case, I guess Scott simply wanted his work to speak for itself. In my opinion, he should think that his readers may not necessarily be members of the OBC community, so they may like to know more about him and his literary accomplishments. As for the customer reviews, I definitely expected to see many more considering the fact that Scott is the webmaster of OnlineBookClub.org. The dedication is emotional as I was just thinking these days that children are more likely to do what they see their parents doing rather than what they hear them preaching. In all sincerity, I can say that I often find myself fighting the temptation of darkness mentioned in the preface. Fortunately, that dim light never ceased to shine and made me survive. In other words, the relatable ideas in the preface convinced me to start reading the novella. Introspection and psychological analysis are skillfully used to describe Brynn's innermost feelings about her marriage and infidelity. Scott Hughes is one of those writers who do not hesitate to courageously and realistically portray the more hidden or controversial facets of one's personality. I liked Brynn primarily because the writer turned her into a credible character. She does not feel guilty for cheating her husband since she is apparently emotionally abused by Marcus. I loved the way she thinks of people's probable reactions to emotional abuse: "Then they act like the word e-mo-tional is spelled f-i-c-tional." From the sample, the novella seems to be profesionally edited. I was surprised to see there was no OBC review. I would like to read the entire novella to see if it matches the beginning.
First Ten review added on May 27, 2018, at 5:30 pm by cristinaro.
The description for this book is too vague for me and because of that I would not read it. The sample did give me more of an idea of what the premise was, but it did not change my mind in reading it. I love when a book makes me feel the emotions right along with the character and this one did that for me. Brynn's anger towards her husband seemed justified and I liked the point about emotional abuse being overlooked. However, I don't think adultery is the answer to an unhappy marriage and the language was not to my taste. Because of that, I will not finish reading the book. There were no errors in the sample.
First Ten review added on May 27, 2018, at 8:58 pm by melissy370.
I probably would have not read Justice if it had not been a part of The First Ten program. There wasn't a Book of the Day review for it so I wasn't sure what to expect. The book seemed like it professionally edited and I did not notice any errors while reading. I liked the ambiguous morality of the situation. Neither spouse was innocent. However, the sample was a little short and I didn't get enough of an introduction into the characters. As a result, I will not be buying the book.
First Ten review added on May 27, 2018, at 9:10 pm by lavellan.
I got married less than a year ago. It's hard for me to believe that this happiness won't last. Books like this help me see that marriages take constant work and attention. I was immediately interested in this book based on the genre, cover, and synopsis. Now that I've read some, I want to see where this is going. I really liked the use of italics to emphasize certain words. It made the monologue more real to me. I was also happy to not find any mistakes.
First Ten review added on May 27, 2018, at 10:44 pm by bb587.
I would not have chosen to sample Justice apart from First Ten, seeing as neither the cover nor the title indicates that I would enjoy reading this novella. After reading the blurb, I was a bit reluctant to sample the first few pages. I got the sense that this book would touch on dark and difficult topics, and I wasn't too fond of the idea of reading about a marriage in shambles. Reading the first ten pages wasn't very enjoyable. I don't find infidelity justifiable, even in seemingly appropriate circumstances. I couldn't bring myself to connect with the main character as a result. Seeing as I have no desire whatsoever to throw myself into the middle of an unhappy marriage, I will not proceed with Justice. This novella seemed professionally edited and I didn't notice any grammatical errors.
First Ten review added on May 27, 2018, at 11:46 pm by ladycraic.
This book's insightful cover had me eager to sample it, and the absence of an official OBC review didn't deter me in any way. The blurb piqued my interest even further with its inquisitiveness, and when I read the sample, I liked that the story transported me into the heart of a troubled marriage and provided insight into an unfaithful wife's thought process. I can attest that the book underwent professional editing because grammatical errors were non-existent. I will however not read the rest of the book because I'm not so curious about the rest of the story and my reading list is already too long. As it is, there's nothing I would change about the bit I read.
First Ten review added on May 28, 2018, at 5:06 am by Mercy Bolo.
Based on the title, cover, and summary that I read, I would have read the first few pages anyway. It looked and sounded like it could be an interesting concept. I did not find an Official OBC review, but that didn't change my mind about the book. It appears that this book was professionally edited. I wasn't drawn into the story by the sample. I already feel like I don't like the husband or the wife. From what I've read, they both seem like jerks. Because it is a novella, I might read it in the future. It would be a short read. For now, though, I am passing on this story.
First Ten review added on May 28, 2018, at 7:45 am by shidawn.
This book’s title made me curious. The description increased my curiosity. The premise of an intense look at a crumbling marriage seemed like it could either be an emotional rollercoaster or a lot of over-the-top yelling. Before sampling, I thought about reading. After sampling, I’ll give this a try. The writing packs a big emotional punch, utilizing short sentences and paragraphs and narrative fragments. I want to know more about how Brynn got to this mindset. The book appears professionally edited. I noticed no errors. The only improvement I can think to suggest is to go a little quicker into the here-and-now story. The opening pages spend time talking a lot about the past, which is fine. But this may lose some readers. I didn’t see an OnlineBookClub.org review, but I’m still interested in reading this.
First Ten review added on May 28, 2018, at 9:58 am by desantismt_17.
I probably wouldn’t have picked up a novella just because I tend to go for longer books in my pleasure reading. The sample was very intriguing. It set a scene where both husband and wife are seriously misbehaving and the wife justifies her actions based on his. It really makes me wonder where justice is going to fit into this. I found no errors in the sample and hopefully I will get around to reading this whole story. I just don’t know when that might be.
First Ten review added on May 28, 2018, at 10:35 am by DancingLady.
I may have checked this book out, just out of curiosity, because I like the title. I will not be reading the rest of the book. Although I did not ignore any grammatical mistakes I find the writing style annoying. The author tends to beat their point to death. In this case, it was the lack of guilty feelings about the extramarital affair the character was having. I really had a difficult time liking anything about the character, even though she should be a sympathetic character (well, maybe. Is she really being abused?) The hook doesn't work for me. Less repetition would help with the flow of the book. I did not read an official OBC review for this book. That did not impact my decision in this case.
First Ten review added on May 28, 2018, at 11:24 am by Kat Berg.
This is not a book I would have normally read. The description was vague and didn't provide enough to make me want to read it. After reading the sample, my opinion is the same. I did not find the plot particularly captivating so far. More importantly, I still don't have any sense of what this book is about. I liked the author's bold point of view with the character and her assertiveness. However, I would suggest the author put more details in the description. Potential readers need to know what they're reading. It seems to be professionally edited.
First Ten review added on May 28, 2018, at 8:26 pm by RebeccasReading.
This is not the type of book I would have chosen because the cover and title are not particularly intriguing. There is no Official Online Book Club review, however, the blurb, editorial, and customer reviews gave me cause to reconsider. The story captured my attention in the first few pages. I’m eager to learn why it is that Brynn is staying in this abusive marriage. Perhaps she and Marcus have children. My original opinion has changed. I will buy and read the remainder of the book. There are no grammar errors throughout the text.
First Ten review added on May 28, 2018, at 10:44 pm by JessNWheeler.
The title struck me as crime or courtroom drama, but the opening pages were narrated by woman who is justifying her unfaithfulness to her husband, so I’m not sure what genre it falls into. I thought the narrated inner monologue was believable and well written. I did not notice any editing errors in the opening chapters. However, this is one of those books that I’ve already mapped out where I think it’s going in my head, and I wasn’t interested enough to buy it and read the entire book. There was no OBC review to convince me otherwise.
First Ten review added on May 28, 2018, at 11:36 pm by Tbunde5.
I liked that Brynn's character wasn't dry in the sample. Her anger at her husband Brian was palpable, and the inner monologue was very engaging. The frequent use of italics was somewhat distracting to me. However, it's unlikely I would have sampled this book if not for this program; it's simply too dark and gritty for my tastes, and failing relationships aren't a topic I generally enjoy reading about. I also didn't see a recent official review that would have provided me additional information about the book. For these reasons, while it appears to be professionally edited, I won't be reading the entire book.
First Ten review added on May 29, 2018, at 12:17 am by ViziVoir.
The cover and the title of the book is appealing and has that sense of mystery to it and that is I opted to sample this book. After reading the sample, I'm curious enough to see what happens next or if ever I would see the husband's perspective. It's interesting and I was totally drawn into it that I decided to finish the whole book some time. I suddenly realized how important the first few pages of the book are. I also realized it wasn't I expected it to be since the cover screams of like those crime-thriller books. I also found no errors in the first few pages. The thing I liked most was that the author knows how to keep the reader curious enough to turn or look for the next pages. I think the thing to be improved is the teaser for the book. It is by no way appealing to the readers and it could cause them to skip this book. I did not see an OBC review and it did affect my decision since I do not know what's in store for me.
First Ten review added on May 29, 2018, at 12:26 am by briellejee.
The cover is interesting, but the description is too brief and doesn't offer any useful information to the reader. Therefore, I only sampled it because of this program. Judging by the sample, the book seems edited. The problem is that the sample (just like the description) is truly short, so I didn't get an idea of what the book would be about and had to scroll down to read several reviews. The reader only gets to know Brynn a little bit and some background story, but that's not enough to convince me I'd enjoy the book. Therefore, I won't be buying it.
First Ten review added on May 29, 2018, at 1:33 am by IsabelMay.
I really enjoyed the sample of this book. The dark themes of infidelity and abuse are really significant, and left me wanting to know what happens next. I thought the narrative was intense, which makes sense for this type of subject matter. The sample had no discernable errors, so editing seems top-notch. The cover doesn't give anything away, nor does the Amazon Blurb. I was quite confused as to what this book was about, until I started reading it. With that in mind, I would not have considered reading this without the first ten program. Either way, after reading the sample, I find that I would like to know more about what happens next in Brynn's journey. So my mind has been changed by reading the beginning of the book.
First Ten review added on May 29, 2018, at 5:53 am by Bianka Walter.
Looking at the cover, this book intrigues me, and I look forward to reading it. Reading the sample, I am curious how this story fits in with the title, and want to read more and learn of Brynn's story. This book appears to be professionally edited, with no grammatical errors or typos. I liked the smooth writing flow from the perspective of Brynn, where she is portrayed as a antagonistic main character with a reason for her flaws that we don't know yet. It was interesting. I did not like how the sample did not fit in with the title yet-but I guess that persuades me to read this. I look forward to reading this story.
First Ten review added on December 14, 2018, at 9:59 am by lesler.
I don't think I would've sampled this book without the program because I didn't get a clear sense of what it was about from the cover, title, and Amazon blurb. The cover and title made me think it was an action or thriller story, but then I wasn't so sure after reading the blurb on Amazon. After reading the available sample, I believe the book to be professionally edited as I didn't see any errors. My impression hasn't really changed, as I still am not sure what the book is about. I know it's obviously going to be about a dysfunctional relationship, but I don't know the direction in which it's headed. I think it would be improved by avoiding repetition. I got the vibe that the repetition is part of the style, but I didn't personally care for it. For example, the majority of the first few pages continue to say in different ways that Brynn no longer feels guilty about cheating on her husband, but she used to feel guilty about it in the past. I won't buy the book today because I personally don't like the repetition and am not sure what the whole story is about. I am sure many other readers will enjoy the book though, and I liked that the author has a writing tone which is quite frank when it comes to guilt, marriage, sex, etc.
First Ten review added on December 14, 2018, at 10:50 am by Camille Turner.
The cover made me think of courtrooms and maybe murder cases. Boy, was I wrong! The first ten introduces the thoughts and actions of a wife in a bad marriage. The author wrote with great insight into the plight of an unhappy woman who is bitter about her situation. The book seems well-edited. I didn't see any typos. I have not read an OBC review. Based on the sample, I will probably read the rest of this book. I am intrigued! This is a very different type of novel, not another courtroom drama.
First Ten review added on December 14, 2018, at 11:23 am by sarahmarlowe.
Based on the cover and title, I would have read the book's sample because it looks well put together. From the sample, Brynn is about to have sex with Brian. She doesn't feel guilty anymore about cheating on her husband, Marcus. She has sex with whomever she wants while Marcus hangs out with his true love; his trivial job. Marcus abuses her emotionally and gives her the silent treatment. She has affairs with men because they make an effort to impress her and she likes the polite attention. The book seems well edited. Most of the OBC reviewers gave it a perfect rating, which increases my desire to read the rest of the book. I can't wait to see how it all plays out.
First Ten review added on December 14, 2018, at 11:41 am by OloladeO.
I normally would not have picked up this book to read, as the cover and blurb didn't really get my attention. Having read the sample I won't be continuing with the book, as the writing style and content really didn't appeal to me. The sample deals with Brynn, who is having an affair, waiting on meeting up with her newest lover. She justifies her behavior by thinking about how horrible it is to deal with her husband. I'm not sure where this book is going based on the sample, and the writing style is rather awkward. Those who like this type of family drama might like this book, but I found the word choices rather odd and the content rather unappealing. There was a grammar error in the line "...quality in a man. But..." where there should be a comma after "man" rather than a period. I have not read any other reviews for this book.
First Ten review added on December 14, 2018, at 12:03 pm by HRichards.
"Justice" is a novella about love, marriage, and betrayal. Brynn is upset with her marriage, so she cheats without feeling bad about it. She describes her husband, Marcus as a crybaby. I wished there were more details in the sample about what Marcus actually did, but it was enough to keep things interesting. I am not that interested in reading a book based on a relationship, although I appreciate the introspection into human psychology. Because of my lack of interest in the subject, I won't continue to read it and I wouldn't have picked it up without the program. The editing was done impeccably.
First Ten review added on December 14, 2018, at 2:26 pm by Laura Bach.
'Justice' by Scott Hughes is a psychological thriller. The title, cover page, and the customer reviews in Amazon did a good job of convincing me to give the book a try. However, I have to mention that an OBC review would have been desirable.
The first ten pages of the book leads me to believe that it deals with the emotional pain one faces in an disintegrating marriage. I like the way the author delves deep in the mind of the character. Though I have very strong views against infidelity, I would like to read about the situations that triggered Brynn's lack of commitment. Also, I have to mention that I did not find any error in the sample I read. Hence, I deem it professionally edited. Keeping everything in mind, I may give this book a try.
First Ten review added on December 14, 2018, at 4:07 pm by Kajori50.
There was no official review of this book which I found really odd since it is Hughe's book. I was excited by the fact that it was a psychological thriller but was worried about the cheating aspect. I have to be honest, I did not like the sample. It was very soap opera feeling, which is not something I like. I also did not like the short choppy sentences. It seemed like if used a little less it would have been more effective. Also, the excessive use of italics were distracting. It felt like if better descriptors were implemented they would not have been needed. All of that being said, I found no errors and I am aware that this type of book does appeal to a lot of people; It is just not for me. For that reason, I will not be reading further.
First Ten review added on December 14, 2018, at 4:17 pm by britt13.
I would choose to read this book based on the title and cover; the one-word title is intriguing and I like the artistic design of the cover imagery. Having read the opening pages, I will be reading the rest of the book.
The opening is compelling and impactful - the reference to our mortal destiny of existential annihilation hits you straight in the face. We are then introduced to Brynn in such a way that we do a double take as we realise that the man she is about to have sex with is not her husband. Brynn seems to be a complex character as she reflects on her guilt (or lack of) over cheating on her husband. I'm drawn into wanting to understand to more about Brynn and her relationship with her husband.
I did not spot any grammatical errors.
First Ten review added on December 14, 2018, at 5:19 pm by Julie Green.
This book discusses some interesting conversation concepts centered around quantifying abuse in a marriage, infidelity, loyalty, betrayal, and justification. The first ten pages revealed no editing errors as Brynn is getting ready to continue her sexual affair with Brian. Her thoughts run wild over her lack of guilt, and she seems to really be trying to convince herself that her actions are justified. I like the way the author really delves into the complex web of emotions Brynn is experiencing, as I feel it is very true to reality. I didn't find any room for improvement. I like the title, but I think the cover might be better served using just the Statue of Liberty photo. I didn't find an Online Book Club review of this book. Although I have an interest in psychology and human behavior, I'm not especially drawn to the concept of failing marriages and the circumstances surrounding its disintegration. For that reason I won't be purchasing this novella at this time.
First Ten review added on December 14, 2018, at 7:03 pm by revna01.
The book cover and title seem interesting, but dark. The Amazon Blurb did not give me enough to know exactly what to think about the book. It does ask some pertinent questions, like “What do you do when you sacrifice everything for nothing?” The other questions allude to a bad relationship. While reading the sample, I felt Brynn’s bad emotions of hate, disgust, resentment, and anger she had towards her husband, Marcus. I best like that the author was able to write in such a way to transmit Brynn’s feelings clearly to the reader. This shows skill in writing. The book seems to be edited well, as I did not notice any errors. There wasn’t an OBC review, but I think it would have helped to know what the story would be about more clearly. I choose not to read this book because the hate, affairs, bad marriage, and an overall feeling of something bad will happen just don’t attract me to read it. Even though I want to read it because the author is Scott Hughes, I don’t think the content will make me feel good or encouraged.
First Ten review added on December 14, 2018, at 8:18 pm by LV2R.
I would not have read this book without the first ten. The title makes me think it is a crime or mystery novel, but it is rather vague, and I was not sure what it was about. The cover is also vague and hard to make out. The Amazon description about sacrifice and loyalty caught my interest. However the sample turned me off, because Brynn is such a unlikeable character. I know flawed characters are very popular in fiction, but I could not imaging reading a whole book about this woman. Her ideas about throwing herself down the stairs and blaming her husband was distasteful, as were her ideas about guilt and anger. The book seemed professionally edited, I did not notice any errors.
First Ten review added on December 14, 2018, at 9:19 pm by FictionLover.
The cover, for the book Justice by Scott Hughes, is good and would cause me to pick it up to investigate further. The title, Justice, is a little confusing, as I thought that this might be a story about a criminal lawyer, or maybe a patriotic soldier. When I began reading, I was surprised that it started as a story of a cheating wife. The story is extremely compelling with good character development. It is well edited and I found no grammatical or spelling mistakes. I didn’t like the character of Brynn, the unfaithful wife, at all. I felt no sympathy for her and think that she is pathetic, blaming her husband for her unhappiness. Even though I didn’t like the character, I was intrigued by her. What will happen next? Will she finally decide to get a divorce? What will happen when her husband finds out about her cheating? Is he really as bad and emotionally abusive as she implies at the beginning of the story? There was not an official review available, so I have no further information on which to base my opinion. Although I found this story interesting, I don’t feel that I would want to read it at this time.
First Ten review added on December 14, 2018, at 10:36 pm by Jsovermyer.
Justice by Scott Hughes is about a distancing relationship between a cheating wife and a occupied husband. When I was reading the book I felt like the narrator wanted its reader to be a good listener. I felt the narrator wanted to talk to someone. Unlike the official review, I got a better picture by sampling this read. I'm not surprised by the fact that Brynn cheating on her husband, Marcus. Marcus always occupied with his job made Brynn feel neglected. It's not Brynn's fault but Marcus is to blamed for their crappy relationship. But most importantly cheating isn't the answer for this. Just because you feel neglected it doesn't mean sleeping with men is acceptable. True, he reduced her to that state of mind, yet unacceptable. I found a certain amount of errors, and I wish to requests another proofreading session."I n the dimly lit bedroom" - the wordings "In"; "That is what someone feeling guilty would do..." - should be "when" not "what" (p.53). Honestly, I didn't feel reading it further. I felt like I was pressed down, but sure some readers who like this type of read would enjoy it.
First Ten review added on December 14, 2018, at 11:12 pm by Sahani Nimandra.
I liked the cover of "Justice: A Novella" by Scott Hughes. However, it did not really tell you what the book was about, so I read the first 10 pages. The preface basically tells us that this is a novel about how the darkside of humans sometimes overshadows the light side of sympathy and caring within us. The first chapter begins with a woman who is in a loveless marriage and is having affairs to compensate for the mental abuse from her husband. I really enjoyed the deepness of the plot and how he tells it like it is. However, I won't be finishing it because it is not my genre. There was not an onlinebookclub review and there should have been because the sample was so small. I think it was professionally edited because I saw no mistakes.
First Ten review added on December 14, 2018, at 11:53 pm by CinWin.
This book is well written with impeccable editing and formatting. Brynn is a sad woman in an abusive marriage to Marcus who doesn’t fulfill her needs and masks his true personality around others. Brynn’s thoughts about her infidelity were sad and disheartening, and made me curious to know what she plans to do apart from cheating on him. Unfortunately, this book isn’t for me because of the darker subject matter and use of strong language and themes. I do like the cover image and the title, it made me curious about the plot. There was no review, so hopefully there will be one in the future.
First Ten review added on December 15, 2018, at 12:56 am by Momiji1987.
The sample and the cover of the book was quite intriguing that enhanced my curiosity to read more of this book. So I would definitely buy and read the whole book. It's a story of an infidel wife, who chose the way of betrayal and infidelity instead of connecting to her husband. Her connections with multiple partners break the sanctity of this relationship. I like the fact, this book diverts attention to an important social issue that is spoiling marriages in society and disintegrating the institution of marriage which is the base of a sounds and healthy society and gurantees pure relationships, free from betrayal and debauchery. Of source, relationship of husband and wife needs trust, love and respect of each other. If both don't cooperate and fulfill their obligations related to each other, this relationship cannot work well. I think it is the most beautiful relationship on earth if it is in good shape. And is the worst, if it is in bad shape. The book is professionally edited. And my decision for this book is OK.
First Ten review added on December 15, 2018, at 1:43 am by Sarah Tariq.
I liked the look of this book from the beginning. The front cover is attractive, and the Amazon reviews all say what a wonderful tale this is, and speak of a twist at the end (which is always appealing to me). There was no OBC review of this book, unfortunately. The blurb indicates that it belongs in the crime/suspense genre which makes it all the more interesting. First impressions suggested that this would be a great book for me. I started to read the sample, and was pleased to find no grammatical errors, so I can only assume that the book has been professionally edited. The beginning begins with a lot of introspection by Brynn, which I found became a little laborious after a while. While useful for giving a little background to her behavior, I think perhaps a little of the description could have been delayed to appear few pages later. I really liked the prologue, and was impressed by he one quote that states “The darkness within us all too often overcomes the dim light between us.” This holds the promise of something unexpected up ahead. The inclusion of the promised final twist would definitely keep me reading this book through to the end, so I would say this one is a “yes” for me.
First Ten review added on December 15, 2018, at 2:52 am by sonya01.
I love the cover of the book, so I would have chosen to read the book. Having read the sample and the review, l found this book to be an interesting and intriguing book. Marcus arrives at his home to find his wife with another man, Brian. He gets really angry after being betrayed in this hurtful way by the love of his life. I hated that Marcus ended up killing his wife. Although the wife had done something this horrible, I do not believe that murdering her was the best solution. No one has ownership over another's life. I am planning on reading the book entirely because I want to see what the law does to Marcus. The book was professionally edited. Thanks.
First Ten review added on December 15, 2018, at 11:48 am by mtsnel006.
I like that the blurb on the Amazon page is short. I even like that it is a series of questions, although the second one feels redundant. There are less than 30 reviews, but most are at least 4 stars, which is good. The word "thought-provoking" kept popping out at me when I perused the reviews. That's encouraging. There should be a comma between "dark" and "impassable." The word "the" that follows the colon should be capitalized because the rest of the sentence can stand alone as a whole sentence. "10th Grade" should be lowercase and hyphenated: "tenth-grade math." There's a missing comma between "Now" and "Jeff." There should be a comma between "now" and "in," as well as between "habituation" and "she." "Back" after the colon should be capitalized because the rest of the sentence after the colon is a complete sentence. Brynn's inner "monologue" is a bit annoying in its redundancy. There should be a comma between "Hell" and "no." "Whoever she wants" should be "whomever she wants." Okay, Brynn strikes me as really immature. I feel like I'm reading the diary of an angsty teenager (adultery notwithstanding), with all the italics, swearing, and the whiny tone. I do agree, from sad experience, about the way people react to claims of emotional abuse as opposed to physical abuse. "Abused wife" in "abused wife story" should be hyphenated. "So what if he hit on several other women at the gym" should end in a question mark, not a period. Okay, so the verdict is that I'm not interested in reading this. Brynn has not engaged me emotionally. She feels, well, whiny. I'm not unsympathetic to her situation, but I find it more difficult to identify with it while reading her angsty thoughts. Coupled with the editing problems, I wouldn't want to spend $2.99 on this.
First Ten review added on December 15, 2018, at 10:02 pm by SamSim.
If I had not read the sample, I probably would not have read the book. This is because I am not into books about cheating spouses. There was no official OnlineBookClub review but this did not affect my perception of the book. Reading the sample, I could confirm that it was not my kind of book. The main character starts by cheating on her husband and then explaining that she does not feel guilty because he abuses her emotionally. I found myself unable to empathize with the character, so I would not buy and read this book. I spotted one typo at the very beginning, the word "in" had a space in between which should not have been there.
First Ten review added on December 16, 2018, at 12:07 am by Cher432.
I really like the cover and I couldn't help reading the sample completely. The book is beautifully written. Brynn's conflicting emotions that are no longer conflicting, is beautifully described. She doesn't seem like a likeable character though, but that's fine. There wasn't anything I disliked. The writing was very compelling and professionally edited with no errors. I was surprised and then not, to find that this book is written by Scott! Definitely going to add this to my list.
First Ten review added on December 16, 2018, at 1:45 am by Fuzaila.
I wouldn't have chosen this book because I usually like sci-fi, and I was a little confused about why it didn't have a review. After reading the first ten pages, I didn't find any grammatical errors, but I also couldn't connect with the main character. It's hard to care about someone who's introduced cheating on her husband without a reason. Because of this, I won't finish the book.
First Ten review added on July 4, 2019, at 11:23 am by Juliana_Isabella.
I like the title of this book. I also am really drawn to the images. I would have picked this book up based on the cover alone. I haven’t read a review of this book yet. The first chapter of the book is told from the point of view of the character Brynn. Brynn is a married woman cheating on her husband, Marcus. However, this is not the first time. The first chapter takes a look at infidelity and what drove Brynn to continue cheating on her husband with no guilt or remorse. The story is interesting and well-written. I would like to finish reading this book. I did not see any errors, so I believe the book was professionally edited.
First Ten review added on July 4, 2019, at 11:58 am by Theresam.
I have not come across reviews of this book; it is also professionally edited. I like that the first chapter gives the reader an insight into Brynn's rationale behind her lack of guilt when committing infidelity (because to Brynn, her marriage is over after the emotional abuse she has been subjected to). I also like that it provides food for thought - why does abuse need to be physical in order to be taken seriously? I currently have no suggestions for improvement. I will be purchasing the book today.
First Ten review added on July 4, 2019, at 12:40 pm by gen_g.
The blurb for "Justice" is tiny. It's so general that it's hard to get an idea of what this book is about. The cover is not much help either, with a jumble of images that may or may not relate to each other. Heroine Brynn uses the word "melodramatic" to describe how her problems would be received by others. She's not been hit by her passive-aggressive jerk of a husband, but she's emotionally abused and deeply unhappy. And so she has sex with other men. That's all well and good, probably happens a lot, but this whole first chapter is indeed Brynn waxing on and on in true melodramatic fashion. To emphasize this, even more, there's an abundance of italicization throughout the chapter. A little goes a long way with any kind of unusual font, and this amount makes reading difficult. I don't feel sorry for Brynn, or that interested in her fate. This one won't make my list. I didn't see any errors. No OnlineBookClub review influenced me.
First Ten review added on July 4, 2019, at 2:32 pm by lisalynn.
Had I not been in this program, it is unlikely that the title or cover would have prompted me to pick up this book. The author, genre and reviews, however, most definitely would have. Reading the sample intrigued me. Brynn is sexually liberated, but only because she feels wronged. I'm interested to see how that works out for her. Although the book is outside of my normal fare, the sample intrigued me enough to convince me to continue on to finish the book, especially considering that it is a novella. The book seemed well edited. I found no errors.
First Ten review added on July 4, 2019, at 2:57 pm by Kelyn.
The cover, genre, and blurbs I read would not have convinced me to pick up this book. I have not read an official review for it yet. The first ten pages show good writing, professional editing, and emotionally complex characters. I think there is good potential for character development, but I do not plan on continuing to read the book. I am not a fan of dramas.
First Ten review added on July 4, 2019, at 3:08 pm by Washboard.
Judging from the cover and title, I didn't expect much, but when I read the blurb as well as the reviews for this book, I got intrigued. As I finished the free sample, I thought to myself that this was definitely an engaging read. I liked it because it was pretty thought-provoking and also because the author was brave enough to write about a controversial issue like infidelity into this novella. I can slightly sympathize with the woman in the book, but I don't condone her actions, either. It was a good read, albeit short, and well-written. I did not notice any errors or typos while I was reading, so I think this book was professionally edited. In conclusion, I'd like to read more of this book eventually, so I will put this into my reading list.
First Ten review added on July 4, 2019, at 3:17 pm by Aubrey Lewis.
I like the cover; it's dramatic and fairly simple. It looks like it could be either a memoir or a dramatic novel from a first glance. After reading the sample, I was starting to become interested in Brynn and her relationship issues. The section about emotional abuse was quite hard-hitting. I began to sympathise with her character, but the sample was fairly short, so I wasn't sure about buying the book.
It seems that although this is a short novel/novella, it is incredibly thought-provoking. I have read many positive reviews on Amazon, which have made me want to read this more. I will definitely consider this in the future if I want a quick read or a deep psychological thriller in the future! However, I will not be buying/reading it today. No OBC review influenced my decision. There were also no errors or typos that I could see, which was great. There was just one formatting issue at the beginning of Chapter 1, as the first word "In" was separated into 2 lines. The rest did look professionally edited.
First Ten review added on July 4, 2019, at 4:19 pm by danielleamy.
Had I not sampled the first ten pages, I may have picked up this book to check out. It seems interesting and I like the genre. The part I liked most from the first ten pages was the exciting beginning, as readers are launched right into the main character's various affairs and tumultuous marriage. The author wastes no time in setting up the story. The part I disliked most was the main character's clear lack of concern for her husband, though I'm sure this mindset is explained deeper in the book. I noticed no spelling or grammar issues in the sample, so I believe this book is professionally edited. Because of the excitement and questions left unanswered by the very beginning (that I am curious to discover), I will be reading this book.
First Ten review added on July 4, 2019, at 5:29 pm by kelseydwf.
Had I not sampled the book through the First Ten program, I probably would have picked it up for a second look. The title is simple and has an impact, and the cover is done in nice contrasts. I don’t plan to buy and read the whole book. Although I approve of justice in matters of infidelity, I don’t often enjoy reading about it. Reading the first ten pages confirmed my impressions from the title and cover, so everything seems balanced out well. Based on what I read, the book seems professionally edited, and I found no errors. What I liked most about what I read was the way that Brynne seemed to be struggling a little with her conscience, even though she dismissed it each time. The reading sample leaves the impression that this is a very emotional read. I know this book will appeal to those who enjoy books featuring relationships. I didn’t notice anything that needed to be improved in the sample that I read. I did not see an Official Online Book Club review.
First Ten review added on July 4, 2019, at 7:25 pm by VernaVi.
The cover seems cool with its dark, looming figures. I couldn't find any review in OBC, still I wanted to read it because 1. It was written by Scott Hughes and I was curious. 2. It seemed to be of the psych thriller/court drama genre, both of which I am in the mood for right now. I read the sample where a woman called Brynn is introduced. With each successive line, we find that she is the one doing the cheating. Our mind initially gravitates to thinking that her husband is the victim, but we then glimpse into her mind and see her rationale for doing what she does. Scott has made us swing between sympathizing with Brynn and feeling bad for doing it. Brynn says how her husband has emotionally abused her and never physically. Being a victim of emotional abuse in a toxic relationship, I could relate to this. This makes people call Brynn as melodramatic. People do have a tendency to sympathize mostly with a physically abused victim, than with an emotionally abused one. My favourite concept in the sample was "Are guilt and anger two sides of the same coin?" The book seems professionally edited and has good literary quality. I would like to read the rest of this psychological thriller.
First Ten review added on July 4, 2019, at 11:49 pm by srividyag1.
The cover and title caught my interest at first. However, after reading the Amazon summary and the sample, the plot did not capture my interest, so I will not be buying this book. I did like the preface. It was very poetic, particularly the last line, "The darkness within us all too often overcomes the dim light between us." I did not notice any editing mistakes, and the lack of an official review did not affect my opinion.
First Ten review added on July 4, 2019, at 11:54 pm by Mbrooks2518.
I would have chosen to sample this book based on the title. After reading the first ten pages I decided that this book is not for me. I did not enjoy the brazen infidelity and questionable morality of the character. I think if the sample pages were extended to include a little more of the story, I may have been able to justify her actions if I knew more about what happened to her. Pity there was no official OnlineBookClub review, as I think this would have helped provide more information on what could be expected. I believe the book was professionally edited; I did not notice any errors. If I had to change something, I would change the cover to depict a sad woman to make the reader subconsciously more sympathetic towards the character in the beginning of the book.
First Ten review added on July 5, 2019, at 12:35 am by Jbcitygirl.
Though I didn't find any OBC reviews on this book, the title, cover, genre, and specially its blurb made me interested in this book. But, after finding out it's about cheating and a married couple, I lost interest in it. Also, the knowledge that it's only 82 pages in length also affected my decision as my interest lies in lengthy books where I can't reach the end within few hours. After sampling the book, I didn't think this book would suit my tastes as I'm not interested in reading about family drama, specially between husbands and wives. What I liked most about this book was the author's open-mindedness when presenting the tale from the woman's point of view. I don't think there's anything that needs improving. I didn't notice any errors and I'm sure those who like this type of books will find it to be a great read.
First Ten review added on July 5, 2019, at 7:18 am by Hiruni Bhagya 81.
I might not have picked it up on my own, purely because this type of book isn't one that I would go for. That would be a mistake. Scott Hughes' Justice offers an interesting look into the dissolution of a marriage that feels and reads viscerally. I particularly enjoyed both the analysis of the kind of man Brian was based on his jokes and how the main character's husband was emotionally but not physically abusive. Not only that but it's well-edited, leading me to say that I will be finishing this book.
First Ten review added on July 5, 2019, at 12:22 pm by Nisha Ward.
I would not have selected this book because the cover is extremely vague and does not suggest what the book is actually about in any way. Having read the first ten pages, I still do not think I will continue with it because I am not engaged by the storyline so far and don't really have any investments in any of the characters. However, I really enjoy the author's writing style, which is witty and darkly humorous. I will look into other works by the same author to try to find one with which I connect. I found two errors in the first ten pages: the protagonist claims that the "sleeps with whoever she wants" (whomever), and then asks question beginning with "So what if" and ending with a period instead of a question mark. There was no official OBC review, but that did not change my impressions of the book.
First Ten review added on July 5, 2019, at 12:34 pm by evraealtana.
As I am a huge fan of psychological thriller novels, I would have read the book on my own. The lack of an official OnlinBookClub review did not change my mind; actually, reading the sample increased my interest in this short book. This book questions the reader about what is fair or unfair by sharing the thoughts, emotions, actions of unhappy people who live their lives going through the motions. I found the author's writing style clear and pleasant to read. Even though the characters are not lovable, they are realistic and relatable. I felt Brynn's sadness and anger as she shared how her husband abused her emotionally. The book also seems like it was professionally edited; I did not find any typos or grammatical errors. Considering the book has great Amazon ratings, those who enjoy reading thought-provoking novels will enjoy this short book.
First Ten review added on July 5, 2019, at 4:08 pm by Emy Katherine.
Before sampling this book, I probably would not have picked it up, because divorce is a topic I don't generally enjoy. After reading the first ten pages, I found the book to be well written with an interesting look into Brynn's justification for her cheating. However, the book is a bit dark for my personal taste. I don't plan to continue reading the book. I didn't notice any errors in the pages I read.
First Ten review added on July 5, 2019, at 7:26 pm by unamilagra.
Without the first ten pages, I would not have wanted to sample this book. Books about struggling marriages are not something I am interested in, even if there are life lessons woven into the story.
What I liked best was how the author was able to invoke sympathy for Brynn as she justified within herself the reasons for her infidelities. I was able to feel her pain and confusion as she convinced herself that what she was doing was okay, based upon her feelings of neglect and emotional abuse. Even though the author was able to pull me into the narrative to the point that I was wondering why she didn't just leave her husband if she was so unhappy, my curiosity was not motivating enough for me to want to continue reading passed the first ten pages. Emotionally charged stories such as these are hard for me to read. The author's writing style was captivating, but the subject matter was not one I enjoy.
The book seemed to be professionally edited. I have no suggestions for improvements. There was an OnlineBookClub review which did not influence my decision. I will not be reading this book.
First Ten review added on July 5, 2019, at 9:27 pm by Tiny_Turtle.
I would have sampled the book as I checked out the summary and reviews of the book and it seemed like a thought-provoking read. It highlights marital relationships and the feelings behind infidelity in it. I like how the wife's emotions are portrayed and compel the reader to think about betrayal and who really is at fault for it. It's a thoughtful book and would be a good one for those who like stimulating writing. I didn't find any major error; however, I did notice an issue with formatting in the first chapter, where the word 'In' has extra spacing between it. Otherwise, the book is properly edited with no grammatical error. I would like to read the whole book as I like the sample I read. The absence of an official review does not affect my decision.
First Ten review added on July 6, 2019, at 2:27 am by Ekta Kumari.
Total ~ 51%
Justice earned a score of 51%.
In other words, out of the top-level reviewers who read at least the first 10 pages of this book, 51% plan to read the whole book.
IMPORTANT: Any score over 10% is considered very good. And any score above 0% is acceptable.
Over a million books are published each year. Any given person could not even read .0001% of the books out there. This means readers have to be very selective. Even taking the time to look over reviews and blurbs, let alone read samples, is more time than most readers can afford for most books. The First Ten is a powerful focus group that addresses those issues. It creates a helpful tool for authors, publishers, and other readers.