"Haunting, touching and at times lyrical, Beat The Rain will undoubtedly draw comparisons with bestseller thrillers such as Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins." Love Reading Review.
I’ll admit it, I’m having a pretty good week as far as Beat The Rain is concerned. Since it launched three months ago, I’ve had some dark ‘it’s all pointless and nobody will ever even know my book exists’ moments. Many of them, in fact.
Then yesterday, I was on Goodreads, looking at what books people had recently added and reviewed on there and I spied a little promo on the left hand side of the screen saying: ‘Nominees on your shelves’. And one of them was Beat The Rain.
Nominees? That’s weird, I thought. Beat The Rain isn’t a nominee.
Except it is – in the semi-finals for the Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Debut.
Not only that, I’m the only UK author in the category, the others being US authors and one English born author who lives in France.
My little unknown book. Bloody hell. Not bad for a Tuesday. I was nearly sick on my keyboard. Good sick, happy sick. You know what I mean.
So I’m allowing myself something pretty rare – to feel chuffed (tinged with a tiny bit of pride). Coupled with this review from Lovereading (the UK’s most popular book recommendation website), it’s been a pretty positive week (for me at least – the rest of the world seems to have done some sort of parallel universe slip).
‘Beat The Rain will undoubtedly draw comparisons with bestseller thrillers such as Gone Girl and Girl on the Train.’
“The genre of contemporary women’s fiction is seen almost as the preserve of women authors, but in Beat the Rain, debut writer Nigel Jay Cooper can hold his head high for penning a moving and gripping read that stands up against the work of his best-selling female peers.
Haunting, touching and at times lyrical, Beat The Rain will undoubtedly draw comparisons with bestseller thrillers such as Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins.
It sends you on an emotional ride that is equal parts rollercoaster and ghost train, and proves that a male author can dare to take on women’s fiction and succeed with aplomb.”
You can read the full Love Reading UK review here.
I’d love to get my little British, Brighton based book through to the final. If you fancy helping, you can vote in the Best Debut category here.
If you haven’t read Beat The Rain and you’d like to, you can get it here: