RECENT REVIEWS & ENDORSEMENTS

  • Beat the Rain
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    Absolutely compelling, gripping, deeply psychological, often chilling novel. It shows the inner workings of complex difficulties in life, relationships, death, self value and hopes. Incredible characters. Brilliant writing. One of the best writers I've ever come across. I look forward to the next new novel from Nigel Cooper. Buy this - you won't regret it! 5 stars. ~ Julie D, Amazon Customer Review

  • Beat the Rain
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    Read this little beauty in two days, one of those ‘oh my god’ page turners were you never know what’s comming next, loved this book. 5 Stars. ~ Faye Richards, Amazon Customer Review

  • Beat the Rain
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    What an incredible writer and incredible novel. The style, the detail, the deeply captivating imagery. The powerful psychological depth that keeps you gripped. Boy, does this male writer know how to write a deeply complex and believable female character. This book deserves to be vastly read by all...buy it and marvel at it, as I did. 5 Stars. ~ Jules, Goodreads Review

  • Pursuit of Ordinary, The
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    What an emotional read this was. Nigel's portrayal of the characters, and his analysis of homelessness and mental health issues is compelling and at the same time caring. The book keeps you guessing from start to finish and you cannot help but feel for the characters, get involved in their lives as their relationships unfold. They could be one of your friends or the couple next door. This is one of those books you can not put down. Another amazing book, very well done. ~ Sara Marin, Goodreads Review

  • Pursuit of Ordinary, The
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    Twisting, hypnotic trip into mental illness, into the disconnect from ordinary. Chilling. The book will not let the reader go, even after the last word has been read. ~ Mollie G, NetGalley Review

  • Front Page Murder
    Peter Bartram
    A very good mystery! It is enjoyable, fun to read and entertaining. It kept me guessing til the end there was never a moment of bore.Very recommended. ~ Anna Maria Giacomasso , NetGalley

  • Moby-Dick Blues, The
    Michael Strelow
    If, like me, you are ready for a literary read, I would recommend The Moby-Dick Blues by Michael Strelow. The book brought to mind the first time I took on the challenge of reading Melville's classic. The book also works well as a model of characterization and reaches back to my love of literature. All in all, this title worked very well for me. ~ JD DeHart, NetGalley

  • Pursuit of Ordinary, The
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    Nigel Jay Cooper has given us another great novel! This was an intriguing story from page one. Natalie is dealing with the unexpected loss of her husband when a homeless man claims to be possessed by the dead mans spirit. What happens in the next 300 pages was completely unexpected and interesting. I wanted to know more about each character and it was deliciously delivered with a perfect pace. The characters are well developed and multi dimensional. The author paints a vivid picture of the situation and it felt like I was watching a movie instead of turning pages in a book. It was an engaging look at mental illness, love and relationships. I can't wait for another novel by this fantastic author. ~ Becky N., Netgalley ARC Review

  • Pursuit of Ordinary, The
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    Where to start about this lovely book? First of all, I've been a fan of Nigel Cooper after reading his debut novel, Beat the Rain which I absolutely loved! Dare I say this one is even better? The plot is so incredibly unique and yet all parts of it work to create a beautiful and heartfelt story that weaves in social commentary without becoming preachy. When Natalie's husband, Joe dies in her arms after a horrific car accident, his spirit enters Dan, a homeless man standing nearby. But how can Dan convince Natalie that he's not a fraud and her dead husband can live on through his memories? Why on earth would she believe him? Shockingly, she appears to as Joe speaks to her with his own accent and relates the lovely and sentimental details of their first date. But there's a discrepancy between appearance and reality. What secrets are they both keeping and why? With marvelously flawed characters and poignant, lovely writing, Cooper speaks to the themes of passion, guilt, redemption, depression, mental illness, and homelessness. And for fans of Beat the Rain, he brings in a cross-over character, Louise which is a treat for those of us who loved that novel. The book will make you laugh and make you cry as the storyline is slowly revealed in voices of Joe, Dan, and Natalie. It will also keep you guessing until the very end; quite simply put, it is superb! ~ Anne F (Educator), Netgalley ARC Review

  • Pursuit of Ordinary, The
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    Excellent story line and great main characters. I really enjoyed this book. I would recommend. ~ Stephanie C, Netgalley Review

  • Beat the Rain
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    This will go down as one of my favourite books in history. Emotional and engaging. The aftermath of childhood emotional neglect strikes again. Great characters and engaging story line with a superb twist. Loved it. Two things that could be much better though-cheaper kindle price and a better cover (it put me off to be honest).. shallow I know, but covers always have a habit of being the first thing you judge about a book. 5 stars. ~ Customer, Amazon Review

  • Beat the Rain
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    Gripping, dark and unputdownable! A breath of fresh air to read a thoroughly engaging story where the characters are believable and not written to be likeable, or that the twists take you to a bizarrely happy ending. Thought-provoking. Original. A great read - seriously recommend it. 5 stars. ~ Lucy, Amazon Customer Review

  • Pursuit of Ordinary, The
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    This is Nigel Jay Cooper's sophomore novel and he does not disappoint. Last year, I got the chance to read an early copy of The Pursuit of Ordinary. I was thrilled for the opportunity, of course, and quickly jumped to it. This is a captivating Contemporary Fiction novel. It's powerful, plausible, and sound. I think one of Nigel's biggest qualities as an author is his ability to write about the common fellow and see beyond the surface. His characters are real people, just like any of us. His talent is presenting these people as whole individuals. Neither good or bad. He leaves the judgment to us. In The Pursuit of Ordinary, he explores the themes of grief, mental health, and love. How far are we willing to go to avoid the pain? What risks will we take?

    The storyline is compelling and exciting. His narrative beautifully flows and it unfolds chapter by chapter with the right amount of twists and turns. We meet two people struggling with their circumstances. Their lives collide in an unusual way and we become witnesses to their story. I quickly dived into the story and became invested in their universe. There are pain and grief between the pages, but also tenderness and understanding. As someone who works in the mental health field, I thoroughly appreciated how Nigel presented the subject with dignity and respect. It's refreshing to find a story where a person can struggle with mental health but still be worthy of self-agency and love. We need more books like this! ~ Michelle Downs, Goodreads Review

  • Beat the Rain
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    Easy to read, inspiring and twisting novel. An excellent read which got you thinking throughout; just when you thought you knew the storyline it took another turn. Can’t wait to read Nigel’s next book. 5 stars. ~ Sue M, Amazon Customer Review

  • Front Page Murder
    Peter Bartram
    The Crampton of the Chronicle books by Peter Bartram are such fun - even the corny puns and jokes. Front Page Murder, with some of the characters familiar to readers of the earlier works, is a light entertaining read that is hard to put down. ~ Gavin Roebuck, NetGalley/Amazon

  • Some Assembly Required
    Michael Strelow
    This is a very interesting SF novel. A journalist, Jake parlays his lifelong affliction of hearing voices in his head into an intimate series of interviews with Dr. S' oatmeal-like artificially intelligent essence. Jake, despite the voices he has denied since he was six to keep the psychiatrists at bay, has a fairly normal life prior to the advent of Rex. He has a girl, Marnie, whom he adores, and a life he is comfortable with, most of the time. But Rex....

    This is a laugh a minute - and there is also the niggling little finger of doubt that keeps you thinking right along with Jake. This is an artist I will follow. ~ Bonnye Reed Fry, NetGalley

  • Beat the Rain
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    I had to buy this book as it kept being recommended in my Facebook feed... Anyway, I loved it, read it in one day. Compelling reading - genuine and real. Really want to know what happens next...5 stars. ~ Mum of 3, Amazon Customer Review

  • Beat the Rain
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    What a fantastic book club read. There were so many twists and turns to the story, making it a fab book to review with so many discussion points. The ending was a shock, making me reflect about the book, thinking 'how sad, did that really have to happen!' Can't wait for the next book in April, already a must read. ~ Allie Baycroft, Amazon Customer Review

  • Beat the Rain
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    What is particularly enjoyable about this compelling drama is the lack of gratuitous and visceral imagery often employed by writers of thrillers as a cheap way to titillate. The emotional pain of the characters is the emphasis here and it is beautifully and intricately described and evolves over the many years that the book is set in. The integrity and care that the author employs to depict their inner turmoil is painstakingly beautiful and some of the passages are wonderfully intense purely for the depth and darkness of thought that they are able to convey. Read it and be truly transported. 5 Stars. ~ Miss S J L Bennett, Amazon Customer Review

  • Beat the Rain
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    Fabulous page turner of a book that had me gripped to the last page. Good characters (none of them particularly likeable, which is actually very refreshing), and I think with introspection we can see some of ourselves in there somewhere. So many good reviews already not much left to say. I would def recommend. ~ Customer Review, Amazon

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