In preparation for the release next month of my third novel The Anniversary I've been working on the book description, a task which always causes me great angst. How to sum up that 100,000 word novel in less than 250 words? And how do you know that those few chosen words will attract readers?
So I’ve decided to reach out for guidance. Below, I’ve shown my current work-in-progress on the book description. What do you think? Does it sound interesting to you? All comments and suggestions would be gratefully received.
Detective Paul Rigby wanted it all – a career, marriage and a family – but with the approach of the first anniversary of his girlfriend’s death, a death in which he believes he played a role, his sense of guilt threatens to sabotage the one thing left to him: his promising career.
That career would already be in ruins without the intervention of Chief of Police Jim Pearson. Desperate to prevent his best detective from continuing on his path to self-destruction, Pearson is forced to resort to ever more devious methods of keeping him under control. Yet even he begins to doubt the wisdom of protecting his protégé when Rigby punches a fellow officer and starts a chain of events that will put Rigby’s career at risk in ways neither could ever imagine.