I’m sure, like me, there are times when you’ve come to the end of a book thinking, Well, that wasn’t what I expected! Both my published novels evoked that response in a lot of readers. With my debut novel, Sugar and Snails, it was a predominantly positive kind of unexpected, as my narrator, Diana, is harbouring no ordinary secret. Yet my second novel, Underneath, seems to have divided readers into those who were delighted, and those who were disappointed, it isn’t a typical thriller, earning me my first one star review and a reminder that one can’t please everyone.
While I don’t have data on the ratio of positively versus negatively unexpected reads, I can deduce from the ratings assigned to my first 100 books of 2017, with an equal number of books rated at the two extremes, I’m pleasantly surprised as often as I’m disappointed. Is it the same for you, I wonder? Don’t worry, I’m not setting you statistics homework but I hope you can share your gut feeling.