Jen Forbus Reviews The Damage Done… and Gives Away a Copy

It’s only six o’clock on a Monday morning, yet my day has already been made. I woke up to discover that the extraordinary Jen Forbus of Jen’s Book Thoughts had posted her review of THE DAMAGE DONE on her blog. Here’s an excerpt:

Davidson’s judicious plotting covers every angle of the story, weaving multitudinous outcome possibilities into the fibers of the plot. Questions build upon questions and everyone’s a suspect. This keeps the reader turning pages; just how do all the pieces and characters fit into this puzzle? Davidson expertly sneaks the story and its cast into the reader’s thoughts, not leaving room for much else.

Sense of place is strong in THE DAMAGE DONE, and while Davidson’s career as a travel writer may have contributed to this strength in the novel, her understanding of the population contributes equally to the overall effect.

I know that I’m supposed to be blasé about reviews, but I’m not. I anxiously awaited the verdict on my book from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and Kirkus (note to Library Journal: hey, remember me?). Now I’m quoting PW to anyone who doesn’t run away quickly enough (they called my book a “razor sharp mystery debut”!), and I remain stunned that both Booklist and Kirkus expressed a desire to see sequels to the novel. (Really? Okay. Consider it done. Fall 2011, here we come.)

Jen Forbus is an amazing reviewer, and I’m very grateful for her enthusiastic words. I hope you’ll drop by her site to check out the full review. While you’re there, be sure to enter the giveaway to receive a copy of THE DAMAGE DONE — the contest is open till midnight on Friday, September 17th.

P.S. Just 15 days to go till the book is released. Wish I could add a countdown clock to my site!

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