Booklist reviews EAT WHAT YOU KILL


Launched in 1905, Booklist is a publication of the American Library Association that provides critical reviews of books.

I love this review because the Booklist reviewer, Stacy Alesi, found Evan to be sympathetic.  Once that happens — once a reader starts to sympathize with my protagonist — I pretty much know that person is going to like EAT WHAT YOU KILL.

Evan is a difficult character to like, certainly.  He does horrible things for the most mundane reasons (not to mention for money — but that’s easier to understand, right?).  But his troubled background provides context for his actions, and while not excusing them, readers often feel sorry for him and understand why he does what he does.   Author Michael Sears went as far to say “…before you know it, you’re rooting for a monster.” 

Several readers have made similar comments.  One friend told me she felt guilty for cheering for Evan. Frankly, that’s the highest compliment I can imagine.

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