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Paralyzed by writer’s block, Scott Atwood’s career is over, and so, he’s decided, is his life. He just has to figure out the perfect ending befitting a popular, award-winning thriller-suspense author who always gives his fans a mind-blowing finale. But just as Scott resolves to jump in front of a train, he conceives the ideal plot for his next bestseller — a writer of psych Paralyzed by writer’s block, Scott Atwood’s career is over, and so, he’s decided, is his life. He just has to figure out the perfect ending befitting a popular, award-winning thriller-suspense author who always gives his fans a mind-blowing finale. But just as Scott resolves to jump in front of a train, he conceives the ideal plot for his next bestseller — a writer of psychological thrillers who decides to wreak havoc in other people’s lives in order to help him come up with ideas for his next book. Looking for inspiration, he exposes his neighbor’s affair with devastating and far-reaching repercussions, and his plan soon begins to spiral wildly out of control. But what is fiction? And what is reality? The lines blur in this twisted and masterful Hitchcockian thriller with the perfect ending. The question is… to what?


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Paralyzed by writer’s block, Scott Atwood’s career is over, and so, he’s decided, is his life. He just has to figure out the perfect ending befitting a popular, award-winning thriller-suspense author who always gives his fans a mind-blowing finale. But just as Scott resolves to jump in front of a train, he conceives the ideal plot for his next bestseller — a writer of psych Paralyzed by writer’s block, Scott Atwood’s career is over, and so, he’s decided, is his life. He just has to figure out the perfect ending befitting a popular, award-winning thriller-suspense author who always gives his fans a mind-blowing finale. But just as Scott resolves to jump in front of a train, he conceives the ideal plot for his next bestseller — a writer of psychological thrillers who decides to wreak havoc in other people’s lives in order to help him come up with ideas for his next book. Looking for inspiration, he exposes his neighbor’s affair with devastating and far-reaching repercussions, and his plan soon begins to spiral wildly out of control. But what is fiction? And what is reality? The lines blur in this twisted and masterful Hitchcockian thriller with the perfect ending. The question is… to what?

30 review for The Perfect Ending

  1. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    This was a Read Now on Netgalley and sounded interesting even though the last thing I needed was another book to read. It was a good choice on my part and I really enjoyed it. I think it answers that age-old question of where authors get their ideas! Best-selling author Scott Atwood is suffering from writer's block and, after considering and rejecting plans to end his life, he decides to create some drama in his own neighbourhood to form the basis for his next book. Like dominoes, one thing lead This was a Read Now on Netgalley and sounded interesting even though the last thing I needed was another book to read. It was a good choice on my part and I really enjoyed it. I think it answers that age-old question of where authors get their ideas! Best-selling author Scott Atwood is suffering from writer's block and, after considering and rejecting plans to end his life, he decides to create some drama in his own neighbourhood to form the basis for his next book. Like dominoes, one thing leads to another and then .... well, you'll have to read it for yourself. Very cleverly written with unusual but not very likeable characters, it was a pretty quick read. The ending surprised me but it wrapped up the book nicely. I recommend this book and I'll definitely read some of Mr. Kaufman's other novels. Many thanks to Rob Kaufman and the Independent Book Publishers Association as well as Netgalley for the opportunity to read an ARC of this book. Publication Date: June 16, 2021

  2. 4 out of 5

    IsaJameela

    WOW. Wow. That ending was unexpected. It was so good though. I can't find any fault with it. It was a really well-written story and the plot was well thought out. My favourite character was easily Joel just because he was so sweet and nice. I felt really bad for him but he wasn't this complete goody-two-shoes flawless character. All the main characters had backstories which I really liked, I felt that I wasn't really missing out on anything or the motives and deeds behind the character and why t WOW. Wow. That ending was unexpected. It was so good though. I can't find any fault with it. It was a really well-written story and the plot was well thought out. My favourite character was easily Joel just because he was so sweet and nice. I felt really bad for him but he wasn't this complete goody-two-shoes flawless character. All the main characters had backstories which I really liked, I felt that I wasn't really missing out on anything or the motives and deeds behind the character and why they did what they did. Overall, I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone who's into murder mysteries and psychological stuff.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    I adore Rob Kaufman's books so I was excited for his latest one! And it's pretty "perfect"! Scott is in a dark place, unable to come up with a plot for his next novel; in fact he's so distraught he decides to end his own life by throwing himself in front of a train. But at the last moment, he conceives a brilliant idea with well-fleshed-out characters and a solid plot that is sure to please his readers. And this one comes with an ending that will have you gasping as you didn't see that coming! T I adore Rob Kaufman's books so I was excited for his latest one! And it's pretty "perfect"! Scott is in a dark place, unable to come up with a plot for his next novel; in fact he's so distraught he decides to end his own life by throwing himself in front of a train. But at the last moment, he conceives a brilliant idea with well-fleshed-out characters and a solid plot that is sure to please his readers. And this one comes with an ending that will have you gasping as you didn't see that coming! This one is a must-read for sure! Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Konet

    This book had me from start to finish. So many twists and turns and such empathy for the main character and his bad luck until he gets an idea for a book that is so twisted and insane. Just wow, I could not put this down! Just when I thought I had this figured out, another twist. A highly recommended thriller! Thanks to Netgalley, Rob Kaufman and Independent Book Publisher Association Member's Titles for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Already available: 6/15/21 This book had me from start to finish. So many twists and turns and such empathy for the main character and his bad luck until he gets an idea for a book that is so twisted and insane. Just wow, I could not put this down! Just when I thought I had this figured out, another twist. A highly recommended thriller! Thanks to Netgalley, Rob Kaufman and Independent Book Publisher Association Member's Titles for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Already available: 6/15/21

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mandi

    A unique, twisty story that kept my attention for the most part. I found myself wondering when I was about 80% of the way through when it was going to end, but I was pleasantly surprised with how it turned out. I liked the premise of the story as it was different from other books out there. Would recommend! I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange change for my honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jodi

    This is a quick but great read. I could tell very early on that this book would keep my attention. The story is dark, twisty and well written. Around the half way mark I became fairly confident I knew how this book would wrap up but the ending definitely isn't an obvious one. I think I'm just getting better at seeing the finer details. Even so, there were some aspects of the ending that caught me by surprise. I definitely think the plot played out well. There are a few questionable details in th This is a quick but great read. I could tell very early on that this book would keep my attention. The story is dark, twisty and well written. Around the half way mark I became fairly confident I knew how this book would wrap up but the ending definitely isn't an obvious one. I think I'm just getting better at seeing the finer details. Even so, there were some aspects of the ending that caught me by surprise. I definitely think the plot played out well. There are a few questionable details in the last few chapters that I'm trying not to spend too much thinking about but that's such a minor part. I can say for sure I enjoyed this book. This book was written in a way that made it easy to imagine it as a film - - though with the current plot it would be a short one. With that I've realized I actually wish this book was a bit longer, the ARC I received has 175 pages and could have used another 30 or so. With further development of the characters and the current situation, and additional complexity, this book could easily move from a 4 to a 5. Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    Scott Atwood is a successful author who is dealing with a severe case of writer’s block. His career seems to be on a collision course with failure and, with that, he is sure his life is over. Suicide is the only possible remedy. However, Scott is determined that his death should be spectacular enough that people will remember it long after his funeral has concluded. Then, almost at the very moment of his planned demise, Scott has a brilliant idea for his next novel – sure to be a best seller. The Scott Atwood is a successful author who is dealing with a severe case of writer’s block. His career seems to be on a collision course with failure and, with that, he is sure his life is over. Suicide is the only possible remedy. However, Scott is determined that his death should be spectacular enough that people will remember it long after his funeral has concluded. Then, almost at the very moment of his planned demise, Scott has a brilliant idea for his next novel – sure to be a best seller. The Perfect Ending is a story of a writer and how he concocts the plot for a new book. The writing is clever and the characters are well-drawn. Some you will like and sympathize with, and other characters not so much. And, the ending can only be described as…well…perfect! This is a quick read that will entertain as well as confound. I enjoyed The Perfect Ending and recommend it. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing a copy of this book for review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Margie Shaw

    The Perfect Ending by author Rob Kaufman is a thriller unlike any I’ve ever read before. It’s about an author, Scott Atwood, who is being pressured by his publisher to produce his next book. The problem is is that Scott has writers block. No matter how hard he tries, he just can’t seem to come up with anything. He feels that since his career as a famous author is over that he should end his life. Now he needs to figure out exactly how to go out in a way that he’ll always be remembered. This was The Perfect Ending by author Rob Kaufman is a thriller unlike any I’ve ever read before. It’s about an author, Scott Atwood, who is being pressured by his publisher to produce his next book. The problem is is that Scott has writers block. No matter how hard he tries, he just can’t seem to come up with anything. He feels that since his career as a famous author is over that he should end his life. Now he needs to figure out exactly how to go out in a way that he’ll always be remembered. This was a very twisted tale and even now that I’ve finished the book, I’m not sure I completely understand what happens. I felt like, well did it actually happen or was it all just in Scott’s imagination. I recommend you read the book and see what you come up with. This was not my first time reading this author but I did feel like this book was very different from his others. This one left me with a lot of questions at the end but maybe that’s what it was meant to do. I do know that it kept me reading and I finished it in one day which is something I’ve never done before. I’d like to thank NetGalley for the arc to read and review. After much consideration, I’ve decided to rate this book at 4 stars!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Best selling author Scott Atwood is facing the end of his career. He hasn’t written a word for months, he’s lied to his long suffering agent about his “progress” on his new novel, his problem drinking has escalated and, finally, his wife has left him. He decides that suicide is his only answer and by throwing himself under the wheels of a train, he’ll get one more publicity buzz. So he prepares. Standing on the edge of the train platform, watching the oncoming train, waiting…but stop! He has an Best selling author Scott Atwood is facing the end of his career. He hasn’t written a word for months, he’s lied to his long suffering agent about his “progress” on his new novel, his problem drinking has escalated and, finally, his wife has left him. He decides that suicide is his only answer and by throwing himself under the wheels of a train, he’ll get one more publicity buzz. So he prepares. Standing on the edge of the train platform, watching the oncoming train, waiting…but stop! He has an idea and it is genius. At home, he begins a novel, a novel about his neighborhood which would not be interesting except for some observations he has made about certain neighbors. Can he turn those observations into a thriller? How? And what could go wrong? That’s all I’m going to say about The Perfect Ending. I could not put it down. It’s suspenseful, exciting and creative. Rob Kaufman has turned a totally unique idea into a must read. 5 stars Thank you to NetGalley, Independent Book Publishers Association and Rob Kaufman for this ARC.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Diane Hernandez

    A best-selling, Edgar winning thriller author named Scott has a problem. He has writer’s block and is extremely late delivering his newest book to his publisher. Eventually, Scott decides to kill himself. But he needs to find The Perfect Ending to his life first. It has to be radical enough of a conclusion that people will talk about it long after his funeral. When his plan to die fails, he comes up with a new plan to get a plot for his book. He will create havoc in his neighbors’ lives. First up A best-selling, Edgar winning thriller author named Scott has a problem. He has writer’s block and is extremely late delivering his newest book to his publisher. Eventually, Scott decides to kill himself. But he needs to find The Perfect Ending to his life first. It has to be radical enough of a conclusion that people will talk about it long after his funeral. When his plan to die fails, he comes up with a new plan to get a plot for his book. He will create havoc in his neighbors’ lives. First up, he tells his hot-headed neighbor to go home at the same time the neighbor’s wife is having her weekly lay-in with her side piece. Unfortunately, Scott doesn’t stop there. I enjoyed this unusual plot! I’ve read several books where the characters come to life. This is the first book I’ve read where real people become characters. The writing style was fluid and compelling. I read the entire book in one sitting. And, of course, it really had The Perfect Ending. 5 stars and a favorite! Thanks to the author and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Collette Mcgaahan

    An interesting observation on the angst of an author with writers block. I hope for the sake of Rob Kaufman’s neighbours that it’s not taken from personal experience. Not a long book and if you don’t mind an unpleasant lead character an easy read. Good unexpected twist at the end.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Emily Cox

    Oh my gosh. What a book! Scott Atwood, a famous mystery and thriller author is running out of ideas. He hasn’t had any new ideas for a story in almost a year. Because of this, Scott decides he’s going to end it all. But before he does, he finally gets a stroke of genius. Scott begins to write a story about an author who causes chaos in order to find inspiration for a book. Which is exactly what Scott begins to do in his life. He causes a lot of harmful things to happen to the people around him. B Oh my gosh. What a book! Scott Atwood, a famous mystery and thriller author is running out of ideas. He hasn’t had any new ideas for a story in almost a year. Because of this, Scott decides he’s going to end it all. But before he does, he finally gets a stroke of genius. Scott begins to write a story about an author who causes chaos in order to find inspiration for a book. Which is exactly what Scott begins to do in his life. He causes a lot of harmful things to happen to the people around him. But will this story actually pan out for him? Or is Scott getting in over his head. Okay, so I finished this book in one sitting (literally, 3 hours). It was such a wild and fast read! The drama and the mystery of it all was just so crazy. I hated Scott but I had to know how it ended. And boy, did it end. I can’t say much because spoilers for this book would be the worst but until the page before, I did NOT see the ending coming! I was so surprised. Such a insane and fast paced read!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Shreyashi

    After writing successful mystery-thriller novels, Scott Atwood, a very popular writer, had a writers block when he wanted to write his next novel. But he was on a deadline and time crunch. So, he came up with the idea of causing havoc in his neighbors lives to get a storyline for his next novel. But did he go too far while causing havoc? Did he eventually get the storyline he was looking for? For this you will have to read the book. My thoughts: This story was a very quick read. Talk of good edit After writing successful mystery-thriller novels, Scott Atwood, a very popular writer, had a writers block when he wanted to write his next novel. But he was on a deadline and time crunch. So, he came up with the idea of causing havoc in his neighbors lives to get a storyline for his next novel. But did he go too far while causing havoc? Did he eventually get the storyline he was looking for? For this you will have to read the book. My thoughts: This story was a very quick read. Talk of good editing, this book can definitely win that prize. It was dark, twisty and full of surprises, especially the ending. There are several characters in the book and the chapters are cleverly written. It also justifies the reason for their action that they took in the story. But one thing kept me hanging that this whole premise was built on Scott Atwood’s interest in causing havoc in his neighbors life. Can someone go to such extremes to cause havoc in others life to get his storyline? Maybe yes 🤷🏼‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️. This book also tells you how mental torture is dangerous and it’s imperative to make mental health a priority. 𝐈𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐥𝐨𝐨𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐚 𝐠𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐦𝐲𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐪𝐮𝐢𝐜𝐤 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤, 𝐠𝐨 𝐩𝐢𝐜𝐤 𝐢𝐭 𝐮𝐩, 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐛𝐞 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐝. Thank you @netgalley and the publisher for my ARC copy in exchange of an honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    The Perfect Ending - Rob Kaufman 🌟🌟🌟🌟 TW: Suicide This one goes in the What The Fiction? Pile… it was awesome and twisted and unique. A unique thriller!!! They are so hard to come by nowadays! It will actually keep you guessing, not just tell you it will and then send a standard formula your way. Scott Atwood is a famous writer, feverishly stuck in an eight month writers drought. With his agent breathing down his neck he has to find a new story NOW or find a spectacular way to go out on a high. He The Perfect Ending - Rob Kaufman 🌟🌟🌟🌟 TW: Suicide This one goes in the What The Fiction? Pile… it was awesome and twisted and unique. A unique thriller!!! They are so hard to come by nowadays! It will actually keep you guessing, not just tell you it will and then send a standard formula your way. Scott Atwood is a famous writer, feverishly stuck in an eight month writers drought. With his agent breathing down his neck he has to find a new story NOW or find a spectacular way to go out on a high. He takes himself to the train station as a sort of literary ultimatum; write the next best seller or jump in front of a train. And it occurs to him that there are stories all around him, they just need a little tweak here, a little shove there and suddenly; he’s stumbled onto the idea of messing him with his neighbours in order to create a story. Unlikeable protagonists aren’t my thing and I hated this guy from the get go. But the story! The story is just fantastic. Twisted, dark and ultimately a real puzzler. It sort of put me in mind of Stephen King’s Secret Window. I loved it; I finished it in half a day; I’m looking for a hard copy to add to my bookish collection. Thanks so much to @netgalley and @robkaufman for my electronic copy of the Perfect Ending. Absolutely brilliant stuff.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Emily Rainsford

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. ***REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS*** The title of this book is a great irony, given it has the most cliched, overdone ending in the history of fiction. I thought the premise was really unique and interesting, and had SO much potential. But just as it was really heating up and getting juicy - boom "he woke up and it was all just a dream". This is the ultimate cop out ending and it's such a shame, because this premise could have had so much done with it. Unfortunately so much was given away by the opening ***REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS*** The title of this book is a great irony, given it has the most cliched, overdone ending in the history of fiction. I thought the premise was really unique and interesting, and had SO much potential. But just as it was really heating up and getting juicy - boom "he woke up and it was all just a dream". This is the ultimate cop out ending and it's such a shame, because this premise could have had so much done with it. Unfortunately so much was given away by the opening chapters, that I could see the ending coming a mile away, although I kept hoping I was wrong. The bulk of the story was a great read! Quite twisted and confronting at times, with themes of murder and suicide. The main character was an awful pig of a man, I'm never quite sure with awful male MCs written by male authors, whether they're intended to be awful or not 😬 Unfortunately the ending was a big let down to me and I felt like I'd wasted my time on reading the story.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Anne (w/ an E)

    This is an excellent story. I 'm not very good at summarizing what the story was about and I am sure others will do that in their review much better than I could so I will just say how much I enjoyed reading this. This storyline is unlike anything I have read before and that makes it more interesting to me. So many twists and turns! I love surprise endings and this one was completely unexpected. You might even say that it is "the perfect ending". I would like to thank the author for the complimen This is an excellent story. I 'm not very good at summarizing what the story was about and I am sure others will do that in their review much better than I could so I will just say how much I enjoyed reading this. This storyline is unlike anything I have read before and that makes it more interesting to me. So many twists and turns! I love surprise endings and this one was completely unexpected. You might even say that it is "the perfect ending". I would like to thank the author for the complimentary copy of his story.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Louise Gray

    Fantastic! Dark and fast paced, this book has all the ingredients of a great movie…. Reminiscent of some early Stephen King concepts (and what a compliment that is) the author brings together a compelling plot with a fascinating main character. It’s well written, does not try to be more than it is and I really hope there is more to come from this author.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of The Perfect Ending. This was a short read but the narrative felt twice as long because Scott Atwood was so unlikable and I didn't care for the story itself. I also didn't like the cast of supporting characters, and I wondered why the chapters were flip flopping between perspectives. The 'twist' at the end wasn't bad though I should have seen it coming. Overall, the ending doesn't make up for how much I disliked Scott and the so-so plot. Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of The Perfect Ending. This was a short read but the narrative felt twice as long because Scott Atwood was so unlikable and I didn't care for the story itself. I also didn't like the cast of supporting characters, and I wondered why the chapters were flip flopping between perspectives. The 'twist' at the end wasn't bad though I should have seen it coming. Overall, the ending doesn't make up for how much I disliked Scott and the so-so plot.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    TW - suicide. Multiple best-selling author Scott Atwood is at his wit's end, thanks to an extended case of writer's block. He heads to the train station, to find inspiration for his overdue book or end it all. The outcome? A plot so full of twists and turns it might as well be a mobius strip! Plot and pacing are the biggest strengths of this thriller. While the main characters are complex and well-developed, I found none of them relatable. And the more I read, the more I disliked Scott Atwood. The TW - suicide. Multiple best-selling author Scott Atwood is at his wit's end, thanks to an extended case of writer's block. He heads to the train station, to find inspiration for his overdue book or end it all. The outcome? A plot so full of twists and turns it might as well be a mobius strip! Plot and pacing are the biggest strengths of this thriller. While the main characters are complex and well-developed, I found none of them relatable. And the more I read, the more I disliked Scott Atwood. The unexpected ending made me go back and read the first few chapters again. Could I have figured it out if I'd read more closely? Nope. Kudos to Rob Kaufman for coming up with such a unique storyline. My thanks to the author and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mandy Brennan

    I received a copy of this book through NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. This book has a really good premise. And its a quick read, not just in length but the pacing is good too. My only criticism would be, it feels like this was originally a screenplay that was converted for a book. The characters are doing things and saying things, but there is not much in the way of three dimensional motivations and characterization. I haven't decided how I I received a copy of this book through NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. This book has a really good premise. And its a quick read, not just in length but the pacing is good too. My only criticism would be, it feels like this was originally a screenplay that was converted for a book. The characters are doing things and saying things, but there is not much in the way of three dimensional motivations and characterization. I haven't decided how I feel about the ending, a part of me likes it a lot and another part of me doesn't. It does fit, though. I think this would make a good movie.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Janet Graham

    The Twilite Zone in 3D This novella is something like a Twilite Zone episode. A celebrated author with writer's block decides to become the neighborhood voyeur to find plot ideas, then decides to manipulate the people as if they are characters in his book. This book is filled with the ultimate in mind games and angst. I received this ARC book for free from Net Galley and this is my honest review. The Twilite Zone in 3D This novella is something like a Twilite Zone episode. A celebrated author with writer's block decides to become the neighborhood voyeur to find plot ideas, then decides to manipulate the people as if they are characters in his book. This book is filled with the ultimate in mind games and angst. I received this ARC book for free from Net Galley and this is my honest review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Yamil

    Loved this!! Great plot: famous author has writer's block and is on a deadline with nothing written, how far will he go to get his creative juices flowing?!? Can he really create turmoil in other's life just to come up with a story?!? This was a quick read with a twisty ending! Loved this!! Great plot: famous author has writer's block and is on a deadline with nothing written, how far will he go to get his creative juices flowing?!? Can he really create turmoil in other's life just to come up with a story?!? This was a quick read with a twisty ending!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Karen Kilburn

    Read this fantastic book in 2 days. I was ‘in it’ from the first chapter right to the all too soon ending

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tony Parsons

    The Hudson Line had had the M8’s for yrs. & were the 1st to get the PTC system. 1 driver fell asleep at the wheel & was buzzing down the track at 30 mph & wrecked at a curb & killed/injured a lot of passengers. Artie Majewski (engineer) was manning the M8 & spotted a human jumper, something he hadn’t ever seen or would ever forget. Westchester, NY. Scott Atwood (thriller-suspense author/writer) was down in his luck & had writer’s block. He was contemplating on how to end his life. How about August The Hudson Line had had the M8’s for yrs. & were the 1st to get the PTC system. 1 driver fell asleep at the wheel & was buzzing down the track at 30 mph & wrecked at a curb & killed/injured a lot of passengers. Artie Majewski (engineer) was manning the M8 & spotted a human jumper, something he hadn’t ever seen or would ever forget. Westchester, NY. Scott Atwood (thriller-suspense author/writer) was down in his luck & had writer’s block. He was contemplating on how to end his life. How about August? Scott decided to call his agent Grace. The he had to listen to her bitch, & cry about her horrible life. Getting off the M8 Scott turned back toward the Grand Central Station to see a beautiful blonde woman in a bright red tee-shirt pushing her way through the crowd. That was the last thing he remembered before the screams pierced echoed in his mind, & everything around him went black. Scott was watching out his window. Anderson Court. Detective Darryl Jordan (Scarsdale PD) & Detective John Halleran (Scarsdale PD partner) came to interview Mrs. Mia Blyth. David “Dave” Moore her lover had been killed by her husband Tom Blyth (30+, anger issues, hedge-fund). Mrs. Camino (neighbor) had called 911. Detective Jordan & Detective Halleran went to interview Scott, then Joel Peterson (35, IT geek, gay, agoraphobic) & Martin (gay husband). Tom was found in his car on I-95 gunshot to his head. Suicide (In the Midst). As the train is coming through town you can hear its whistle blowing. I do not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing free books from publishers & authors. Therefore, I am under no obligation to write a positive review, only an honest one. An awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very professionally written thriller book. It was quite easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a huge description list of unique characters, settings, facts etc. to keep track of. This could also make another great thriller movie. It wasn’t as creepy as I hoped so I will only rate it at 4/5 stars. Thank you for the free author; Goodreads; MakingConnections; Making Connections discussion group talk; ARC; PDF book Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)

  25. 4 out of 5

    Stanley McShane

    Read my full review on Rosepoint Publishing. Scott Atwood, a famous award-winning author, is just short of loathsome. This is the main character? I didn’t like him from the beginning. He’s hit the wall with the famous writer’s block for months. His agent, his publisher is breathing down his neck. He’s promised them another bestseller and can’t figure out anything to write about and is missing deadlines. He needs something spectacular. Unique. One last ditch effort: he’ll take his laptop to the tr Read my full review on Rosepoint Publishing. Scott Atwood, a famous award-winning author, is just short of loathsome. This is the main character? I didn’t like him from the beginning. He’s hit the wall with the famous writer’s block for months. His agent, his publisher is breathing down his neck. He’s promised them another bestseller and can’t figure out anything to write about and is missing deadlines. He needs something spectacular. Unique. One last ditch effort: he’ll take his laptop to the train station. Write his next book or jump in front of a train. Perfect ending in view of those thrillers he’s written. Nothing mundane for him. Then he sees something that sparks an idea. It’s brilliant! He’s thrilled. And with a little encouragement, a slight push, he can force the story from his neighbors and watch them as they literally unfold his new bestselling thriller in front of him. This is one that fires the imagination from the get-go. Hook, line, and you must finish the book. Can he really create this much misery? This much havoc? His neighbors all have stories and he paints them in full color realism. My heart ached for Brad, weeped for Joel. They are so well-fleshed and you believe it all. It’s dark, delightfully deceiving, and emotionally wringing. The author tweaks his main character with just a slight amount of humor and moral justification. It’s so wrong. Twisted mystery, suspense. I released more than one audible groan…omg. This one is a must read. I received a complimentary review copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley and these are my honest thoughts. I loved this one. It’s short but powerful and highly recommended.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Scott Atwood is a famous author with writer’s block and an approaching deadline. He thinks he can be inspired by his neighbor’s secrets. The neighborhood is normal on the surface but has a few typical secrets, like infidelity and troubled youth. Scott needs a little more storyline so he tries tipping the scales and helping situations develop. His character is both likable and despicable. There are twists and turns throughout the story all the way through the end. It’s definitely an engrossing pa Scott Atwood is a famous author with writer’s block and an approaching deadline. He thinks he can be inspired by his neighbor’s secrets. The neighborhood is normal on the surface but has a few typical secrets, like infidelity and troubled youth. Scott needs a little more storyline so he tries tipping the scales and helping situations develop. His character is both likable and despicable. There are twists and turns throughout the story all the way through the end. It’s definitely an engrossing page turner and could easily be a blockbuster movie. Im grateful to have received an advance copy of what truly is “The Perfect Ending”

  27. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    Scott Atwood, a famous mystery writer, has writer's block and decides to jump in front of a train if he can't come up with a new story soon. He comes up with the idea of a writer who interferes in his neighbors' lives, leading to murder, and for inspiration, he decides to expose a neighbor's affair. This actually leads to murder, and things get out of control as he tries to get more and more inspiration from actual events. I didn't really enjoy this. I saw the big end twist coming from very earl Scott Atwood, a famous mystery writer, has writer's block and decides to jump in front of a train if he can't come up with a new story soon. He comes up with the idea of a writer who interferes in his neighbors' lives, leading to murder, and for inspiration, he decides to expose a neighbor's affair. This actually leads to murder, and things get out of control as he tries to get more and more inspiration from actual events. I didn't really enjoy this. I saw the big end twist coming from very early on, and on top of that, Scott was pretty awful. 2 stars.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Stacy

    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review. 3 stars Scott Atwood, a well known thriller author has a horrible case of writers block. He decides to commit suicide but comes up with an idea to get his creative juices flowing by causing mayhem with his neighbors. Scott is a very unlikeable character and I can’t say I connected with any of the characters. Interesting twist at the end.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Natacha Lakoki

    I was desperately looking for the thriller aspect of this book, and haven't found it at all. Though the story read quickly, I can't say it particularly hooked me and I actually had to drag myself through the last few pages unfortunately. I was desperately looking for the thriller aspect of this book, and haven't found it at all. Though the story read quickly, I can't say it particularly hooked me and I actually had to drag myself through the last few pages unfortunately.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Karen Willoughby

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