The Beige Beetle
I finished my debut novel in 2014... ten years after I typed the first few paragraphs. I'm really proud of this book and in the hope that a few people will decide to read it, here are links to download the eBook version totally FREE of charge. Any reviews, thoughts and comments would be gratefully received... thank you!
I really enjoyed the book Richard - I think you write beautifully and the characters are totally believable. I was interested in them both, their lives and, of course, clever of you to provide tension right from the beginning - it meant I couldn't wait to get to the end!
Very very good insight into the female mind; conversation was well thought through and easy to read - and yes, I liked the plot and [spoiler alert] the fact it wasn't a happy ending. It left me wanting more.
I suppose the only thing I would say is that although I was sympathetic toward the couple, I felt a little too sorry for them, but that is such a minor observation. Really, I was hugely impressed!
This is a great insight into what it’s like starting at Uni. Unlike most TV programmes on the subject it doesn’t focus entirely on alcohol and hedonism, the main characters do actually go to lectures and sit down to do some work... while also being totally distracted from their studies now and again, in the nicest possible way!
The two central characters, Matt and Jodie, do seem real and rounded. The huge emotional baggage they each carry around is explained really well, so the reader who’s never been in that situation can imagine and empathise.
It makes for a very enjoyable read.