So reviews started coming in for my book and they were fascinating. The positive reviewers were “Verified Purchasers,” meaning Amazon determined the writers had bought the book. Not one of the negative reviewers had purchased the book. It was clear they were disgruntled family members or their friends. I totally understand their anger. This book tells all, albeit from my point of view, but these folks did things they really wouldn’t want the world to know and now, as they see it, the world does know, thanks to me.
Their reviews and comments on other reviews, while at first upsetting, became amusing to me at some level. Plus, I think they sold books as the days when these reviews showed up were my highest sellers. Here’s just a taste of how these went.
Christ 1 star
Hitler 5 stars
And…this one from my brother-in-law who writes under the screen name MISC (yes, he chose miscellaneous but I think he meant anonymous.)
“BTW “readers”, Debby’s book of lies is entitled “when aging parents die”, however Debby and Ned Carroll have behaved badly for 30 years prior to the death of the parents Debby eludes to. I am privy to inside info (the info that Debby and Ned Carroll don’t want revealed about themselves), and I can assure you that the death or aging of parents had nothing to do with who they are or what they did…to be continued.”
Seriously, I couldn’t make this stuff up. I’m not that good a writer! But his comment saying he’s going to reveal “Inside info” got me interested. I was eagerly awaiting the “info.” I’ve lived a pretty boring life. If he’s got something juicy about me, I’d love to know what it is!
But on Amazon people can indicate whether reviews and or comments constitute abuse. If Amazon deems them abusive, they’ll remove said material. So they did. Now my reviews are rife with this message “Amazon deleted this comment 3 hours ago.”
I don’t know if our family members will continue to post commentary now that Amazon deleted their previous work. I kind of hope so, though. I’m anxious to see what they’ve got planned.
So is my family as crazy as I think they are or has anyone else seen this kind of material on reviews? I must say, their personal attacks are not like anything I’ve ever seen on a book review. But they are pretty funny and may lead to a necessary sequel to my story.