Official Review: You Dear Sweet Man by Thomas Neviaser

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Official Review: You Dear Sweet Man by Thomas Neviaser

Post by ananya92 » 03 Oct 2017, 13:11

[Following is an official review of "You Dear Sweet Man" by Thomas Neviaser.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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You Dear Sweet Man by Thomas J. Neviaser is a book in the psychological/paranormal mystery genre. It is slightly difficult to slot this book into any one genre since the storyline and execution is quite unusual.

For Bobby Fastow, life was a struggle to make ends meet comfortably. As an over-worked blue-collar worker, there was nothing exciting in daily routine, which consisted of primarily working for his wife and kids. Until one day, an advertisement caught his eye. There was nothing striking about the woman in the advertisement, elegantly perched on a desk in an office. Yet the woman caught Bobby’s fancy, and seemed to reach out to him from this virtual world of the poster.

Charlie Hamilton, the CEO of BurgerBlast Inc. was gunning for a new angle. He made up his mind to revamp the brand completely, and shift from quick and easy, to fit and healthy. He could imagine ‘FitnFast’, but how to sell his concept to consumers? Why, through an innovative and visually stunning advertisement! When Samantha walked in to be the face of that advertisement, Charlie and his team had no idea what they were facing. Who is Samantha and how does she have a hypnotic hold over men around her?

This book is pretty out-of–the-box, and hence, difficult to really categorize. This is also one of the reasons, which makes it so intriguing. The characters, major and minor, are so well developed that the reader is totally enveloped in their world. I could not stop myself from pitying Bobby’s dull, aimless, almost-unappreciated existence. The manner in which his story develops, its almost makes sense for him to fall prey to his fantasies, especially how the author hints at the escapism underlying his fantasies.

The story switches between the lives of Bobby and those at the ad agency, primarily Charlie’s. The connecting thread between these opposite worlds is Samantha. Her mysterious motive is at the center of the plot. The book explores the different shades of ambition, be it Charlie’s ambition to reach the pinnacle, for which he is ready to do anything, or the ambition to succeed expressed by other characters, or Samantha’s desire to be desired; I found all these aspects quite fascinating.

What was not so appealing was the flow in the story. Though the story kept flitting back and forth between the characters, there was a certain element missing in the plot line, and it was more evident in the second half, where the story seemed rushed. The climax, especially, was dull, and could have been written better. Overall, this book is engaging, if somewhat dark. Readers, who are on the lookout for something different in the psychological mystery genre, should give this one a try. I rate it 3 out of 4 stars.

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Post by Mercy Bolo » 04 Oct 2017, 14:38

Awesome review. Sounds like an intriguing story.
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Post by kandscreeley » 04 Oct 2017, 14:41

I LOVE out-of-the box stories. To me, it takes a really great author to make a story that you can't really categorize! Thanks for the review.
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Post by Zelinda » 04 Oct 2017, 16:42

This certainly sounds different! Thanks for giving us the scoop in all its undefined glory. I can relate to books that don't seem to fit into a particular genre. Psychological and paranormal would probably fill that bill.
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Post by MsTri » 04 Oct 2017, 18:56

It's a shame that the flow wasn't the best, but I do so love an out-of-the-box story*, so I'll probably give this one a go, anyhow. I'm already intrigued just reading your review about it. Thanks so much for the introduction.

*If you too are a fan of unusual story-telling, I encourage you to try My Author is Dead, which I reviewed some time ago.

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Post by Jaime Lync » 04 Oct 2017, 19:28

Great review! Too bad about the flow of the story. I am currently reading something with a similar problem.

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Post by MarisaRose » 05 Oct 2017, 06:01

I'm so glad you found this book unique! The premise does sound interesting, but I'm a little put off by the awkward flow of the narrative. Thanks for the insightful review!
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Post by Uchechi Donatus » 06 Oct 2017, 05:34

Yap its a great effort

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Post by Elle Howard » 08 Oct 2017, 10:52

Your review was very well written and you presented the book well. I look forward to reading it myself. I hope the author can do some editing to fix the flow problem. This sounds like a really good novel with a lot of promise.
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Post by kimmyschemy06 » 12 Oct 2017, 01:39

The premise sounds intriguing, thus, promising. I think I can handle a little flaw in the flow of the story, but a dull climax is another story. Good job on the review.

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Post by Job Njoroge » 15 Oct 2017, 09:04

That is a great review. I have never seen such a book and will make sure to read it

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Post by Quinto » 01 Nov 2017, 14:50

I like the psychological mystery. The lady who hypnotizes men is also a good read. Thanks for an enjoyable review.

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Post by Rosemary Khathibe » 29 Jul 2018, 08:55

Samantha is really something else. Your great review has just piqued my interest in wanting to discover the mystery behind her motives.

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Post by Allyseria » 01 Sep 2018, 07:36

I like books that don't really slot into one genre so I was intrigued with this book. But unfortunately the bad flow of the book and the dull climax makes me have to pass on the book. Thank you for the review

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Post by Kathleen Wolfe » 17 Sep 2019, 22:56

I don't think I've read a book like this before, it does seem intriguing. I will definitely check this out. Thanks for the review!

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