Obviously, I can’t share reviews of The Descent of Chloe Jackson, because it isn’t finished yet, and there are no reviews to share.
But, if you’re interested, I have gathered together some of the nicer things various professional readers have said about the draft so far…
You have something fantastic here!
I truly didn’t want your book to end. I would have quite happily finished the whole thing in one sitting if the rest of the manuscript had been completed.
You have such a unique premise here. It is not something I have seen before, and that, in itself, is a huge positive.
George’s section is… superbly done, dramatic and yet intimate at the same time.
I do believe you have something very special and unique here.
I actually forgot that I was reading for a critique – quite a feat!
These chapters really were a joy to read.
What connected all of your stories was their tension, engagement and interest. Each of the pieces I read had me wanting more.
An enjoyable read with rich characters and an even richer world.
The time and attention you put into your characters was a breath of fresh air.
Such a welcoming and enjoyable voice.
I was impressed with how polished and completed these stories were.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading your manuscript.
I can’t wait to see how you plan to tie everything together in the end.
Your writing is beautiful and I warmed to the characters very quickly.
I believed in all these people, and I wanted to read more, which is the best praise you can get.
The writing is confident, and is beautifully readable, bubbling along at a lovely pace.
The voice is a delight. Clever, sharp and self-assured, I already like Sarah Quicke, and want to know where her plotting takes her.
I have absolute faith in the storytelling; that the story will be well plotted, and the characters clearly drawn.
If I had the whole manuscript I think I would have kept reading.
Your collection of short stories has been a wonderful experience.
I would happily settle down with a mug of hot chocolate and a slice of Victoria Sponge to read much more of it.
Keep up the good work!
They said some other stuff, of course – suggestions for improvement, bits they didn’t like quite so much, etc. But, if you can’t quote selectively on your own website, then where can you?
If any of this piques your interest, do please join my Readers’ Club and keep up to date with every development.