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William A Chanler
Terrorized In New York City

Adult; Mystery/Thriller; (Market)

This is a tale of survival of the human spirit. Mary Godwin, a journalist in New York City, witnesses a terrorist incident at The Freedom Tower. Her fiancé, Percy Shelley, fails her. Stalked by a psychotic, she falls for the NYPD operative helping her. Who lives and who dies?
Plot/Idea: 7 out of 10
Originality: 6 out of 10
Prose: 6 out of 10
Character/Execution: 7 out of 10
Overall: 6.50 out of 10


Plot: This story of a young female investigate reporter encountering dangerous and traumatic circumstances in New York is an interesting one, but the book’s intentions do not become entirely clear. It seems the rest of Mary’s story is to be continued, but this first book ends on a somewhat unsatisfying precipice.

Prose/Style: The prose is clear and straightforward, serving the story well. It would, however, benefit from a thorough professional edit.

Originality: The concept of witnessing an attack on One World Trade Center is a familiar one, but Chanler capably captures the unsettling events for readers.

Character Development/Execution: Characters are finely developed—most notably, Howard Peters, who is painted as evil incarnate without becoming a caricature.

Date Submitted: May 25, 2021