Welcome to our stop on this blog tour. Thank you very much to Isobel @ Blackthorn Tours and Lee Matthew Goldberg for providing a copy of the book to [K]
The review below is 100% honest and all of her own views.
How far would you go to make your dreams come true? For budding writer and filmmaker Noah Spaeth, being a Production Assistant in director Dominick Bambach’s new avant-garde film isn’t enough. Neither is watching Dominick have an affair with the lead actress, the gorgeous but troubled Nevie Wyeth. For Noah’s dream is to get both the film and Nevie in the end, whatever the cost. And this obsession may soon become a reality once Dominick’s spurned wife Isadora reveals her femme fatale nature with a seductive plot to get rid of her husband for good. Slow Down, a cross between the noir styling of James M. Cain and the dark satire of Bret Easton Ellis, is a thrilling page-turner that holds a mirror up to a media-saturated society that is constantly searching for the fastest way to get ahead, regardless of consequences.
Noah is a budding writer, except he seems to have come to a stopping point. He cannot find the motivation to sit down and write as there are other opportunities he’d rather do. One of these opportunities, a party, he meets Director Dominick Bambach, who takes an interest in Noah. Noah wants what Dominick has, and he will get it by fair ways or foul….
When I heard that there was an opportunity to read and review Slow Down for Lee Matthew Goldberg, I jumped at the chance. After being lucky enough to stumble across The Desire Card, I have eagerly read The Mentor and could not wait to get stuck into Slow Down.
Pulled into the world of show business, this story made me laugh out loud and oooh with unexpected twists and ideas. I found the ending to be perfect to the style of the writing I have come to expect from Lee.
I loved the variety of characters in this book, I found I was rooting for Noah, cheering him onto get his act together to succeed and then berating him for his stupidity, wanting to reach into the book and give him a shake, why could he not see where things were leading! Dominick was a character you loved to dislike, overbearing and egotistical, so full of himself, but as the story evolved I did develop sympathy for him. I felt sympathy for Nevie and the girls who got swept into Dominck’s world and the direction they were taking. Isadora, well, she was a right character, I will say no more about her as she needs to be experienced (if this is the right word) to get her full personality.
Lee has an original way of storytelling, he is not afraid for his books to take a dark turn, leading to violence, obsession and desire. I think he is an author to watch and will not be surprised if his novels are picked up to be made into films soon.
I hope I can find another of his books to read again soon
Lee Matthew Goldberg is the author of the novels THE DESIRE CARD, THE MENTOR, and SLOW DOWN. He has been published in multiple languages and nominated for the 2018 Prix du Polar. The second book in the Desire Card series, PREY NO MORE, is forthcoming in 2020, along with his first Sci-Fi novel ORANGE CITY. His new endeavor will be as the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Fringe Press and Fringe Digital, dedicated to publishing fiction that’s outside-of-the-box. His pilots and screenplays have been finalists in Script Pipeline, Book Pipeline, Stage 32, We Screenplay, the New York Screenplay, Screencraft, and the Hollywood Screenplay contests. After graduating with an MFA from the New School, his writing has also appeared in the anthology DIRTY BOULEVARD, The Millions, Cagibi, The Montreal Review, The Adirondack Review, The New Plains Review, Underwood Press and others. He is the co-curator of The Guerrilla Lit Reading Series and lives in New York City. Follow him at leematthewgoldberg.com.
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