Indie Book Reviews

This page is dedicated to the work of those independent (Indie) authors who put everything they have into their work and then have the monumental task of promoting and marketing it in a very competitive market place which is often dominated by the top five publishing houses.

More and more authors are taking the indie route as opposed to traditional publishing so they have more control over their output as well as a quicker route to the customer.

Here you will find an honest account of the books I have read from Indie authors.

Who’s Smiling Now?
by Joy Wood

Who’s Smiling Now? by Joy Wood.

Our protagonist is Laura Foley. Her character is well-rounded and expertly fleshed out. We learn not only what is going on around her, but also how she is feeling throughout the story. An angel she certainly is not. Her flaws are right up there with those characteristics that make her so intriguing and vulnerable.

Her main flaw we find out right at the beginning of the tale and that is of her five day holiday fling with the irresistible Mr Colin Laity.

The first few chapters show us this romance but, unlike Joy’s previous four novels, doesn’t take the explicit route. This could have been a risky departure for those who have read and loved her previous novels, but I feel that it works here for the sex to be happening off the page. Laura’s story is intense and forbidding, to use explicit imagery may have the effect of lessening the impact of the terrors that lie in wait while Cohan slowly reveals his intent for her.

Cohan Laity is a very successful author. He knows what he wants and he doesn’t stop at anything to get it. He is not concerned with how other people feel about his wishes or whether they agree with him. If they should cross him he does not stint in his retribution.

His portrayal as a narcissist is very realistic. To everyone he meets he is lovable, funny and perfect boyfriend material. As he weaves his way into the very heart of Laura’s family, his image is upheld and believed even through the most heartbreaking of circumstances. Only Laura sees who he really is and there appears to be little she can do to stop him.

‘Who’s Smiling Now?’ is a well crafted novel from an experienced pen. Joy has obviously spent time researching her characters with her own time and knowledge as a nurse adding extra layers and bringing added realism to Laura and her family’s experiences. The warmth of a family’s love for each other the perfect counter balance for the threat and horror of Cohan’s campaign.

This book is a must for anyone who enjoys reading psychological suspense novels.

Joy has written four previous novels- ‘For the Love of Emily’; ‘Chandjori House’; ‘Knight and Dey’ and ‘April Fool.’

‘Who’s Smiling Now?’ can be purchased direct from Amazon here