Kirkus Reviews – Wrath (A John Reeves Novel) by Kirkus MacGowan

Kirkus Reviews? Really? It doesn’t seem possible. It’s times like these that I quietly thank whoever thought of eBooks. This probably wouldn’t have happened without them.

I received my review for Wrath (A John Reeves Novel) yesterday. I submitted it to the indie author review portion of Kirkus Reviews around two months ago.

A Note on Kirkus Reviews

Kirkus Reviews is one of the top book review companies in the world. I’m not sure whether they came up with the term, but they’re often considered the “toughest critics” in the industry.

Who are these reviewers?

This is directly from the Kirkus Reviews site.

Our reviewers include librarians, business executives, journalists from national publications, PhDs in religion and literature, creative executives in entertainment and publishing industries as well as other professional reviewers.”

Who reads these reviews?

Anybody can read them on the Kirkus Reviews website which receives over 200k hits per month. However, they also send out a magazine with over 40k subscribers. They only choose the top reviews (at their discretion) to put in their magazine. Here’s what they say about those magazine subscribers.

…read by librarians, booksellers, publishers, agents, journalists and entertainment executives.”

Yes please!

I’m lucky. A review has never made me nervous. Until now that is. I could barely open my eMail from them yesterday. It probably didn’t help that my wife was hopping up and down next to me.

Here’s what they had to say about my book.


Wrath (A John Reeves Novel) by Kirkus MacGowan


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MacGowan’s fast-paced thriller blends crime procedural with interpersonal drama and supernatural elements.

The novel opens dramatically, with the ghastly death of a local farmer, seemingly caused by a mysterious voice on the telephone. The farmer had convulsed, turned purple and bled to death from long gashes down his arms. From there, things get even stranger for private detective John Reeves, who has agreed to help the recently deceased man’s wife find answers about what exactly happened to her husband. However, a second murder quickly follows the first, then a third, each more gruesome than the last. Sinister forces flood the town, and John, along with his brother Alan who works at the local police department, decides to figure out who (or what) is behind these crimes, no matter the personal cost. The tale speeds along and thrills from start to finish. The risks only increase, especially as Alan discovers he has a more personal stake in this case than he thought. In fact, personal drama escalates along with the book’s central mystery. Some crime-focused novels get mired in procedural elements, but MacGowan weaves emotional sequences with hard, procedural drama in a realistic (despite some of the book’s more fantastical elements), satisfying fashion. Characters come alive, which also helps the novel’s authenticity. This is the second book in MacGowan’s John Reeves series; we can expect much more from this author, which is a treat indeed for readers who enjoy thriller, supernatural or crime genres.

An expertly crafted murder mystery that will delight readers with compelling characters, smart dialogue and some truly unexpected supernatural elements.

-Kirkus Reviews

What do you think? I almost followed suit with my wife and began jumping up and down.

One of the best parts about all this one of the books the critics chose to compare with Wrath. Remember that guy, Stephen King? The one I’m always talking about? They put his book, The Stand, as a comparable book beneath mine. Just writing that gave me butterflies.

I Needed Sleep

Now the embarrassing part. In my hurry to get the Kirkus Review published on their home page, I sent them the wrong cover… seriously. They were very quick about adding the incorrect cover, so I’m hoping they’re as quick adding the correct one, haha!

Click here to see the actual review on Kirkus Reviews. Take note of the great looking cover… that belongs with another book.

On a final note, I know this review doesn’t guarantee any sales, or that some movie executive will call me about rights tomorrow, but it does give me some validation as a writer. I also believe it will look beautiful when they publish it on Wrath’s Amazon sales page.

Coming to you live from Cloud Nine,

Kirkus MacGowan

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  1. Amazing! Truly amazing Kirkus! Very excited for you and I’m seeing the post date of mid December. Where the heck have I been that I didn’t know about this. Or should I say where the heck have you been. Hehe, way to go!!

    • Hehe, thanks KJ. :) I still can’t believe it sometimes. I forget they even did the review until I check my sales page on occasion, lol. Spent a few weeks with the flu, a few weeks with kidney stones, and now been catching up ever since. Story of my life. :) Thanks for stopping over!

  2. Oh my God! I’m so happy and proud for/of you! This is fantastic news. :-) and I would have sent the wrong cover too.

    • Thanks, Krystal! Trust me, I’m still freaking out about it. I’ll just be sitting there typing or talking when all thoughts stop and I say, “No freaking way! I have an awesome review from Kirkus Reviews.” Then I go back to LaLa land until it hits me again, lol. Thanks again. :)

    • Thanks, Krystal! Trust me, I’m still freaking out about it. I’ll just be sitting there typing or talking when all thoughts stop and I say, “No freaking way! I have an awesome review from Kirkus Reviews.” Then I go back to LaLa land until it hits me again, lol. Thanks again.