Readers on Amazon and Goodreads are really enjoying Dan’s latest adventure, as you will see if you take a look. If you’ve posted a rating or review, thank you! Yes, these things boost visibility and that’s important, but most of all they boost author morale and that’s absolutely invaluable.
Amid the reviews and comments in various places, some readers have noted the background presence of the pandemic. As I’ve mentioned previously, I have been wondering how people would feel about this, since a writer can never know how a reader’s personal situation will colour their response to a book. Only one reader who has mentioned this seems to have found it a major deterrent, and I am genuinely sorry for that – in the sense that I really hope they have not had some dire experience that I have inadvertently made worse.
Other commenters have certainly been surprised to a greater or lesser extent. Thankfully, once they’ve got past that, they have decided that I made the right call/found the right balance. I am pleased and relieved, as it was an aspect of the story that I thought long and hard about, and where I took a great deal of care in the writing.