Jan posted in comments, so I followed the link to one of her reviews.
The Birthday Party: A Memoir of Survival. By Stanley N. Alpert. Putnam’s, 306 pp., $24.95.
By Janice Harayda
January used to be the low season in publishing, a time when firms released titles that weren’t sexy enough to compete with gift or beach books. No more, and anybody who wants proof needs only to pick up The Birthday Party. To say that this terrific book tells the true story of a New York stick-up gone haywire is like saying that Psycho is about a motel with an eccentric owner.
Now THIS is a review. Why? Because there’s enough in the first paragraph to tell me whether I want to read this book or not, without revealing anything spoilery about the book. I didn’t read farther. I know this is a book that will go on my list. (For a writer, it’s probably horrifying to think, “She read one paragraph and no more?” But that’s the way I read reviews, anyway, unless I truly have no plans to see the movie/tv show or read the book.)
The title of the review is funny and makes me want to read more, and she presents the subject matter of the novel (and her positive impression of it) in a way that let’s me know immediately, this is probably my kind of book.
Oh, and of course, if you want to read the rest of her review, follow the link above!
So. What do YOU look for in book reviews?
And thanks, Jan, for stopping by!