A shameless plug…

Posted: July 5, 2012 in Random Rumis

Actually, there are many shameless plugs herein, but in my defense…they are all from other people.

I promise not to do this sort of thing too often, but now and then one desires a bit of an ego boost, and to polish one’s nails vigorously against an imagined silken vest.

To that end I offer the following reviews for my book, Relative Sanity.

5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read! June 29, 2012

From the first page I was hooked. It has been awhile since I have picked up a book and have it get into my mind and have it keep drawing me back. It had just enough weird creepiness and thought provoking story line to keep me wondering just where it was going to go. It all comes together in the last few pages…..must read!

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5.0 out of 5 stars A book I wish I could write! January 22, 2012

Martin Reaves has created a dark, cold, muddy world that I was glad and fortunate to be enmeshed in. This is a book I can categorize, lightly, as scary. Not scary as in cheap thrills and the generically supernatural. Scary as in the unknown passages of minds slipping away from reality, of the twists in life that create havoc in the human psyche, of stories and characters so plausible that one wonders, with understandable fright, what would happen to our relatively normal lives if fate slapped us a little too hard.

Alex Tinkham and Nick Grimmer are best friends and partners in their detective work. They’re brought in to investigate a case I can’t describe without giving away the plot, and then their stories are crossed with other incredibly memorable characters’ in such an artistic, clever way that I wondered, page after page after page, where the plot was going and how it would unfold. And wow, how it did!

It’s been a very, very long time since I’ve allowed myself to read a thriller of this nature simply because I don’t enjoy having scary thoughts in my mind. I gave up superficial fare a long time ago, but I am so glad I picked up a book by an author who is so supremely talented that I can only hope more people flock to his books and enjoy them as much as I am. I bought his other book, “Relative Karma”, nanoseconds after I finished “Relative Sanity”. I haven’t been as involved in something dark since Dan Brown’s “Angels and Demons” a couple of years back and the only reason I compare these two books is because Brown also has a knack for putting his characters and readers in uncomfortable, perilous places and yet you love every second of that difficult flight. I enjoyed this book just as much, if not so much more, than Brown’s.

This is a book I wish I could write: a mix of literary fiction, thriller and mystery; something as difficult to categorize and describe as I am sure it was to write. But all descriptions and words aside, the bottom line is an expertly written, highly entertaining novel by an author I am very happy to follow closely. I look forward to reading “Relative Karma”, and I recommend “Relative Sanity” with the awe and satisfaction of having read something that’s simply quite brilliant. Kudos to Mr. Reaves for his amazing work – in a nutshell, what a good, good book!!

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4.0 out of 5 stars A totally engrossing and satisfying read. December 12, 2011

With “Relative Sanity” Martin Reaves has peeled back the layers of life in a small town; revealing a dense and disturbing vista that may be closer to each of us than we’d be comfortable with revealing to the world. The claims in the previous reviews that this book is a real page-turner are NOT exaggerated in the least. I read this book in one marathon session, and was completely riveted. Yes, this is a dark tale that many residents of Any-Town USA will be able to relate to, and it claws at the kind of emotional scabs that long-term friendships and relationships can sometimes ignore. The tone of the book is almost confessional in nature, which only serves to make the characters all the more real and their unique pain transgressive. The story unfolds at just the right pace, and the interwoven lives of the characters seem very plausible; never treading into plot-convenient waters. This was a fantastic tale, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to fans of Stephen King, Peter Straub, or even fans of true-crime authors such as Ann Rule and Jack Olsen.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Winding road…, October 11, 2011

This book was great! At first you wonder how these lives could possibly be connected… You wonder how these characters might help one another, and then twist after turn, you get there, you get it, and you wonder what the hell kind of genius mind could think up such a story, with such connections.
Bravo! I thoroughly enjoyed this work of art!

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5.0 out of 5 stars A SENSATIONAL Read! October 5, 2011

This book grabbed me from the first page and I could not put it down. You yearn to know what will happen next.   Martin Reaves’ writing is brilliant. The way he draws you in by feeding you a breadcrumb of information at a time only to tie it all together in a shocking twist of an ending.  An absolute MUST read! I cannot wait to see what he comes out with next!

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5.0 out of 5 stars A winner from page one! October 3, 2011

Martin Reaves nails it! Rarely does an author go so smoothly from one scenario to the next and have me caring for the characters so soon into the first chapters. I read Relative Sanity straight through. This is one I will be recommending for a long time to come! I LOVE reading and this book doesn’t disappoint! It’s going into my favorites!

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5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST Read!!! September 30, 2011

This novel grabs you from the very beginning. It was near impossible to put down. Plenty of twists and turns and extremely real characters you grow to know and love.
I can’t wait to dive into Reaves’s next novel!

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fabulous Read, September 27, 2011

I could not put this book down once I started. The characters were realistic and interesting, and the story was unpredictable. Just a really great read.

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5.0 out of 5 stars *** INSANELY READABLE ***, September 25, 2011

Putting this book down is not an option – wow. The page disappears within seconds of reading the first line. It is not so much a narrative as a voice whispering in your ear, perhaps your own. Read it. You will not be sorry.

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5.0 out of 5 stars TOTALLY ENJOYABLE, September 18, 2011

Grabs you from the first page and is hard to put down until you finish the last!
You think you know how it ends but it was totally unpredictable. I recommend this to all my friends and fellow readers!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Relative Sanity, September 8, 2011

An exciting read. I enjoyed this very much. I love the way Martin made us care about the characters. Can’t wait to see what’s next from this author.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Captured and Kept My Attention, August 11, 2011

This book caught my attention from the first page. The story engrossed me, fed me little bits of information and roamed between a few key characters. I didn’t want to put it down. I took it with me everywhere I went so I could get back into the story even if only for a single page at a time. I anxiously await more books from this talented author which I surely will purchase. Thank you and Keep it coming Martin Reaves.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, August 7, 2011

A great read! Could not put it down. Plot kept me guessing, had a couple of things figured out, but then a couple that surprised me. I will look forward to reading more from Mr. Reaves.

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5.0 out of 5 stars timeless, August 4, 2011

Time evaporated while immersed in Relative Sanity. Great read. Biting my nails until the next book by Martin Reaves.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Relative Sanity, August 3, 2011

Relative Sanity was one of those books you just can’t put down. Loved it! Can’t wait for more books by author Martin Reaves.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book! July 25, 2011

I couldn’t put this down….loved the sarcastic humor! Even though the subject matter was serious, I chuckled at the sarcasm. I hope he writes more because I would absolutely read it!!!

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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read! July 21, 2011

Relative Sanity is a brilliant psychological thriller! I had difficulty putting it down. A must read and a perfect addition to your holiday reading list. You will not be disappointed.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting and Intriguing, July 14, 2011

Martin Reaves’s second novel, _Relative Sanity_, is an intriguing and edgy psychological thriller that you won’t be able to put down. Readers of Chuck Palahniuk, Stephen King, or Truman Capote — though Reaves’s novel is better written than Palahniuk’s or King’s work — will appreciate this frightening, touching, and unflinching look at the darker recesses of our minds.

  1. tmso says:

    Congrats on the rave reviews. 🙂


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