Official Review: The Lost Door by Marc Buhmann

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Official Review: The Lost Door by Marc Buhmann

Post by jacnthabox » 01 Jun 2015, 21:32

[Following is the official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Lost Door" by Marc Buhmann.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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The Lost Door, Marc Buhmann's debut novel, is a surprisingly refreshing thriller. In this tale Buhmann juxtaposes the broken lives of four very different characters as he weaves them together toward a common goal. A touch of the supernatural helps the novel along as it deals with loss, betrayal, and what it means to be dead, in disturbingly realistic fashion. Whether you're a fan of James Patterson's fast-paced style of suspense; the threat of underlying evil a la Stephen King; or the horror-fantasy creations of Clive Barker; The Lost Door has a little bit of something for everyone as it races to an ultimate collision of the four main characters.

The story centers around David, an elderly man still mourning the loss of his wife some twenty years after her death; Willem, whose troubled past has turned him into something of a recluse; Stavic (only his mother and doctor call him by his first name, “Nick”), a Sheriff's deputy who uses drugs to escape his sketchy past; and Claire, an alcoholic single mother who just can't seem to mend her broken heart. These four individuals have all been drawn to the small town of River Bend, Wisconsin, at different points in their lives, and they are each desperately needing a fresh start. What they don't know is that their pasts have inescapably intertwined their lives, and they will need each other to confront their personal demons and the evil that has shattered their worlds from the shadows.

The Lost Door is definitely a nice read. I thoroughly enjoyed the pacing and character development from start to finish. It takes talent to rapidly move a story to its climax and still allow for the reader to become attached to the characters; Mr. Buhmann has most assuredly accomplished this task. Also, this book explores an otherworldly element that only adds to the intrigue and suspense. The Lost Door spends much of its time skirting around the border of the horror genre using rich supernatural undertones, but Buhmann keeps the narrative grounded and makes the unbelievable seem plausible; in my opinion, this is the mark of an extraordinary writer creating an extraordinary novel.

The only shortfall in this book is the editing. Honestly, the lack of professional editing barely takes away from the novel; however, a corrective once-over for errors in spelling and grammar could help to alleviate its unpolished feel. I must emphasize, though, that this point of contention in NO WAY made me enjoy my time with The Lost Door any less. I'm glad that the opportunity to read this book and become acquainted with Marc Buhmann's work fell into my lap.

I rate The Lost Door 3 out of 4 Stars. The rating confounds me, as I want to give this novel 4 Stars; nevertheless, I will remain adamant that the book needs editing. If it were edited, and subsequently sent to press, I wouldn't think twice about picking it up off the bookstore shelf and adding it to my home collection. If you love thrillers, from Jefferey Deaver to Dean Koontz, then Marc Buhmann deserves to be on your watchlist, and The Lost Door deserves your consideration next time you're ready to crack open a good book.

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Post by bookowlie » 04 Jun 2015, 10:56

I enjoyed reading your review. Good point about the poor editing giving the book an "unpolished feel". I have noticed this with several e-books I've read, even if I liked the story. The cover art on this book is outstanding!
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Post by mbuhmann » 04 Jun 2015, 11:34

I was going to keep quiet because I didn't want to be that author who commented on reviews. That said, I wanted to mention that between the time of submission and the time the book was reviewed I was alerted to several errors that have been corrected. The latest version should be (near) error free.

What I will say about the review is that I think the reviewer did a fantastic job being fair and honest, and I appreciate that he or she pointed out the lack of polish. Even after countless read-throughs, as well as several beta readers, errors still slipped through the cracks. It's embarrassing and not fair to readers to have a sloppy book. I will try my hardest to prevent such errors in the future.

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Post by jacnthabox » 04 Jun 2015, 13:32

I don't know if it's considered couth to respond to your response, but I felt the urge to again emphasize positive over negative in regards to your book.

The Lost Door is a FANTASTIC book. It pained me to give 3 Stars as opposed to 4; I'm critical only inasmuch as comparing your work to what I would see in a novel distributed by a major publishing house. The material itself is superlative. I can't stress that enough.

I am enthusiastically awaiting a second novel from you, Mr Buhmann, and any fans of the authors mentioned in my review will join me in anticipation, I'm sure. Please keep doing what you're doing, and thank you for replying.
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Post by joefowler » 26 Jul 2015, 08:27

Great review! I am a new author as well but I posted on my book review. I know what you mean about the read thru not getting all the errors. The problem is we know what was meant to be there and we end up 'skimming' more than reading for details. I may have to try your book. It sounds interesting.

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Post by dhaller » 14 Aug 2015, 14:49

Very well-written review. And I think that every writer has issues with editing. It's why people can get paid full-time at publishing houses for that very job. Don't sweat it.
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Post by Jojowrites4All » 17 Feb 2016, 20:51

Great review, and I can't wait to read it.
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Post by kimmyschemy06 » 22 Feb 2016, 06:40

Sounds like a very interesting book with interesting characters. However, the mention of Stephen King, James Patterson and Clive Barker scared me a little as I read books from those authors :) . Needless to say I'm not much into thriller stories but the touch of 'supernatural' kind of intrigued me. Great job on the review.

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Post by jacnthabox » 22 Feb 2016, 22:32

@kimmyschemy06, fear not!!! It's not a horror book; it has the dark undertones but is not a traditional keep-you-up-all-night horror story. It is a great read, and you will find yourself waiting on more work by Mr Buhmann.
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