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REVIEWS OF "WAVES BREAK     ON UNKNOWN SHORES"

 

nyjelliott

Jul 1, 2018

Waves Break on Unknown Shores

Amazing read, hooked from beginning to end. Particularly love this authors skill at creating a complete image in the readers head of each character he introduces and how they relate to each other. Great storyline which not only keeps you guessing about the present crime but also arouses intrigue with hints of something sinister from the past of the main characters, effortlessly intertwining the two. A must read for thriller lovers.

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vagrant

Jun 20, 2018

Waves break on unknown shores

I don't normally read thrillers but I was hooked from chapter one. Sat and binge read straight through which is unusual for me. Effortless prose which takes a lot of technical skill. Very accomplished writing.

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PJS

Jul 22, 2018

Waves break on unknown shores

A very imaginative thriller. I quite enjoy the way the book intertwined past events with the current situations. I enjoyed the characters more as i read it. In one chapter a character talks about a major event in the past having a ripple effect. I think a minor rewrite starting with that concept and weaving it more clearly throughout the novel would improve it even more. Also more attention to distinguishing the speech patterns of the characters. Good luck with this fine work

 

 

Jul 22, 2018

clearly a pro

Nothing amateurish about this read. Felt guilty for not having paid. I see that you have some more books available on Amazon and I'll certainly be adding them to my queue. I love how long you keep the reader guessing vis a vis the particulars of Stevie's death. When the reveal finally comes it is chilling to be sure. The dialogue was keen, the banter so snarky and razor-witted, it had me grinning like an idiot for most of the read. I could state the obvious, that the characters are so fully realized you feel like you've passed them on the street, but let's assume that goes without saying. The mechanics of the mystery itself were sophisticated, tortuous but never convoluted. The exposition towards the end could easily have felt tedious in the hands of a lesser writer, but you made it harrowing, like all the rest. Speaking of things most writers can't pull off well, Wayne's transformation by the end of the book is actually believable and well-earned. Meanwhile Brother Tyrone is the stuff of nightmares, but not, in my view, unsympathetic. Damaged goods in the most severe sense. It's very easy to imagine Wayne turning out the same if not for the support and influence of his friends. Well done.

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Ash Azairis

Jul 14, 2018

"Waves Break on Unknown Shores" is Enthralling!

The best way I can describe this story so far is captivating. I like the fact that I can hear the main character's accent in my head because of how it is written. This tale shows us the story of someone we could easily find in our everyday lives but is typically left out of the narrative in popular tales. That is what makes this story compelling! It stands out from others by being this meaty written work that we wished our friends on social media would reveal about themselves. This story reminds you that we all have lows in our life even though there are some of us that experience losses more than others... Sometimes you need a story like this to remind you that you are not alone in this life.

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Jacinta Horgan

Jul 2, 2018

Waves Break on Unknown Shores

This book epitomizes why I enjoy reading thrillers so much. The development of the characters, individually and collectively, and their relationship to one another is brilliantly written. I find the author's writing style intriguing and mesmerizing. While reading this, I was always hungry for more, and couldn't stop myself reading. I was hooked from the off, and was kept guessing throughout. I would definitely recommend this to anybody who's a fan of thriller or mystery stories. I can't wait to read more of your work :)

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Aug 18, 2018

A winner! :)

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alibally68

Jul 19, 2018

Waves Break on Unknown Shores

This is a fantastic read! I was completely hooked from the first chapter and have thoroughly enjoyed a good binge read the last two days. I loved the characters and how i had their image in my head. The storyline is great, total edge of the seat stuff, keeps you guessing! I would definitely recommend this book. You will not be disappointed.

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Nicola Robinson

Jul 8, 2018

Great read!

Loved this! I was hooked from the first chapter. The writing style enables you to really know the characters and makes it easy to visualise the story taking place. I loved the subtle humour and some of the descriptive sections made me chuckle. Would definitely recommend

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EamonOLeary

Jul 3, 2018

A v good read

To be honest, I only intended to read the first few chapters of this book but got hooked straight away and thoroughly enjoyed the read. I loved the simple uncomplicated writing style. The inclusion of humour (well I found it amusing in places !!) is not an easy thing to do but the author does it well in my humble opinion. Wishing him success Eamon

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Michael James Beasley

Jan 11, 2019

Fantastic Book!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is very well-written. I would love to see this turned into a British movie adaptation and I would pay to watch it on Prime, Hulu, Netflix, etc. I read a few chapters, and I was gripped to read the whole book like a movie in my mind. Kudos to the author!

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Tyler Lannon

Jan 11, 2019

Awesome

Haven't completed a full book in ages. Read this all the way through. Loved it. Great job .

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Laura Heasley

Jan 5, 2019

Waves Break on Unknown Shores

As a fan of thrillers, this book was definitely better than I had expected. I had seen it on inkitt before and had skimmed it previously before finally deciding to give it a try. It took a while for the hook to really pull me into the story, and that was more so because of some of the character's personalities and witty humor, rather than the actual plot itself. As things got more intense, those feelings changed a little bit. It seemed more subtle than other thrillers I had read, but there was something about the author's writing style that pulled to me. The ending was very well done and cleaned up all the loose ties. Some grammar and punctuation issues here and there but they were very minor. All in all, this was a very nice read.

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Lavnya Krishnamurthy

Dec 27, 2018

Waves break on unknown shores

First off, as an amateur writer, reading this book was such an amazing learning experience for me!The plot, character descriptions, narration style and command of the prose kept me glued. This book is definitely a must read for everyone like me who seeks to improve their writing skills and also those who are looking for an amazing plot. I must apologize though to the author for the extreme delay in posting my review.

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dmbproject

Dec 17, 2018

Beautifully Written

This story is like a masterfully woven basket. It takes the past and present and weaves them together into a wonderful mystery/ thriller. In the end, you look at this finished basket and say, "Wow!" I am glad I entered into Phil's world and got to meet Wayne, Tina and even Tyrone. The book held my attention throughout and many times had me laughing at Phil's thoughts. It is such a well written book! There are a few grammatical errors, but even so it is well worth the read!

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SweetNovember48

Dec 1, 2018

WAVES BREAK ON UNKNOWN SHORES

Waves Break on Unknown Shores is a must read. It is easily one of the best books I have ever read. You will enjoy every word, literally. This story has so many characters and story lines that most published authors would have difficulty weaving the plot and closing any loose ends. Not this author. The author addresses every question a reader may have, with such grace, unlike anything I’ve seen. The protagonist’s narratives are so whimsical that the reader cannot help but smile. The dialog is so well thought out and written that the reader gets drawn into the character’s reality. I would be hard pressed to find another book that is such a fun read and yet incredibly intriguing. I wouldn’t be surprised to see it rank on the best sellers list of published books one day. If you have the opportunity to read the Waves Break on Unknown Shores, I would highly recommend it. You would not be disappointed.

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Brian Cadwallader

Nov 29, 2018

Waves Break on Unknown Shores

I am not a reader so I cannot make comparisons to other works. All I can say is wow, you had me from the beginning. I read it straight through. I enjoyed the whole book. I did catch a couple typos which I put in the comments. I think this book is literature.

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Saynun

Nov 29, 2018

Ready for publication

I tend not to focus on the genre. If the characters are believable and the setting realistic, the rest takes care of itself. And from the very first chapters of this novel, I knew the way the characters and the world I was getting into worked. Barry has a great sense of timing and sinks the hooks in at just the right times, as he does with how the mystery is gradually unraveled. I don't see why this should not be a published book already. I am lucky to have gotten in early and be able to read it for free.

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D.M. Riddle

Nov 21, 2018

Unknown Shores

'Waves break on Unknown Shores' is a novel one would expect to find on any bookshelf under the genre of Thiller. The tone, the pace, the setting, breathe as a classic suspenseful mystery from start to finish. With flashbacks intermingled with present events, the author presents a skill of keeping the reader engaged through an array of historical events dating back to the MC's early life. An array of characters to support the MC keep the reader continuously searching for more information with every page and aching for another piece of information to drop if only to make another guess as to the real culprit of the crime was. There is substantial build up and personality leaping from the pages the further in a reader goes. The grammar is of course not perfect, there are a few cases here and there that another read through won't fix, but out of all of the novels I have come across, this one is one of the few where the punctuation and grammar is very near perfect. Kudos to the author on this achievement. Overall, the story as a whole is engaging from chapter to chapter. The way the author uses the PoV of the MC to drive the story forward is a great choice for this type of novel. Gives it a classic and realistic feel. Very much enjoyed the story as a whole and hope to see more work by this author.

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Brittanny Davis

Nov 15, 2018

Waves Break on Unknown Shores

I wanted to use the following remark for my review: This reminded me greatly of Stephen King's "It" - the boys going to and from childhood and adulthood days, linked by trauma. (My favorite book by him, no less). You delivered those innocent childhood remembrances expertly, Your characters were dynamic - young and adult - drawn to order. There is a good deal of sarcasm and wit that the reader can appreciate in Phil, a part of his character. And your use of description and metaphors are delightful, truly original. Paced perfectly, both in terms of mystery and writing, with just enough tension building to keep the reader turning to the next chapter, wanting to know more. A well-constructed mystery and well-written. The use of first person was refreshing. Some editing to clean it up (a few errors) and you could have a best seller. I enjoyed the read.

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Ashrei

Nov 15, 2018

Better than anything I read in a while.

It's a thriller/mystery with a heart, a lot of it. The author's storytelling skills are stupendous, the way he feeds the reader a bit of the past, then the present, and back again, foreshadows cleverly, and always leaves a hook at the end of each chapter (while never hanging on it cheap red herrings) is pure mastery. Characters are vivid, the 2 main ones have clear and satisfying arcs, You fall in love with Phil and Wayne, Tina, Slaterry, and can't help becoming attached, so you don't want to let them go at the end. But we must. The tale is all wrapped up, the climax is reached to the outmost satisfaction, and now we hope for more books by the same pen.

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WilliamJordan

Nov 14, 2018

Good Job!!!

First off, I really am not a fan of this kind of thriller, but Waves Break on Unknown Shores is an exception and kept my attention from beginning to end. The writer has an amazing way of skipping from past to present throughout his book, and easily draws the reader in to certain situations, making them seem real and true. The style is gorgeous, the characters lively, the setting real. There are certain points I wished the litherland would have drawn out more, but part of the whole fun was guessing to the end. For me a great and entertaining read, and I definitely recommend this book to all those out there. Once again, Great Job @litherland

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johannak

Nov 13, 2018

Waves Break on Unknown Shores

I am not a fan of this genre, not even a little bit. I read the entire book within a couple of days and enjoyed it. I would enjoy a prequel or side novel from Wayne's perspective, as his was the most complicated and rewarding character.

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Jonnathan Strawthorne

Nov 13, 2018

I can't forget the characters nor the story. I must finish it!

It is a fantastic story! It reminds me of Lock Stock and Two Smokin Barrels. I love the plot, the characters, the tension and the intrigue. It is an excellent novel. The ending is absolutely superb! A great twist to a great story.

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Brendan McNamee

Nov 8, 2018

evening post

Well done Barry it was a great read. Had some wonderful tension and characters. i like your dialogue very much. *Spoiler alert. I did feel like I needed more of the 'backstory reveal' to come earlier.

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TC Tornay, MD

Nov 8, 2018

A Towering Achievement

Bravo. If you like who-done-it's, or just a gripping good read (and who doesn't?), read this book. Brilliantly pace, marvelous characters, lots of glib commentary; all of it makes for a mystery that pulls you in and doesn't let go. The only disappointment is finishing. Readers can only hope Mr. Litherland is busy at work crafting the follow up. Nicely done!

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A.S. Minor

Oct 29, 2018

Impressive

I was really impressed by the writing style. It was so captivating, and left just enough to the imagination to keep me fully invested. I'm actually going to have someone else read it, as well.

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Oct 28, 2018

Gripping and Suspenseful!

Once you start reading, it’s hard to pry yourself away! I reluctantly did pull myself away due to a few hiccups in my own life. But once I picked it up again, I had to finish it! The events slowly unravel and would be a page turner for sure.

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sarahbrown1

Oct 26, 2018

Couldn’t put this down!

Loved this novel. Fast paced, gripping story. I couldn’t put it down! Characters were great, and the story has a fabulous hint of nostalgia running through it. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Sarah A.

Oct 25, 2018

A thrilling ride

This is a fantastic story, told in a very engaging manner. The narrative flows smoothly all throughout and is very engaging! I am yet to finish reading the whole story, but this is a story which will keep nagging at you if you don't conclude it!

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Oct 20, 2018

Waves Break On Unknown Shores

I'm about halfway through and am enjoying this story more than any other I've found on this site, including most of the winners! It has a sparse, quick style and hustles you through. That's not an easy thing to achieve. The characters are well-formed and credible. There's some jumping between timelines but it's never confusing to the reader. Looking forward to more.

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John Liebert

Oct 14, 2018

Waves Break on Unknown Shores

This story is written in the first person, and the narration is both skillful and effective. A few times I got lost and had to go back to get who was speaking; so, I advise making certain that it's easy to tell who's talking all the time. . This is really minor, however, because the author is skilled in this POV narration, moving back and fourth through the characters' lives and personality development. Maybe the title reveals the plot, because, like the waves, I don't know where the plot is evolving. Will the characters develop the plot as the title suggests, or does the author know how and where all these people are going to ultimately collide in life. I'm looking forward to find out, because certainly this is about more than a burglary. Somebody's going to get killed, and the authors have put a number of dangerous people on the stage with the narrator. I'm going to come back after Chapter 6 and reconsider my ratings of plot and story, because I don't feel on track where this is going. That's not going to be a problem as long as these well developed characters struggle with fates and relationships from childhood in meaningful course in this seemingly tough seaside town, The drama is really good, but it's way to early to tell where the bodies will be when the curtain drops. Excellent writing, character development and narration. OK, I answer these questions. The narration is very effective in the end and ties everything together. It is a gritty story and one of the compromises made by the tradition of English law that erodes the idealism of all those involved, cops and reporters alike. Very real everyday stuff. Too real, and love the part about talking heads on TV. They're always the same and they're reliable. Heaven help the TV anchor who interviews somebody with a drastically different opinion on crime. Nice job of cleaning up the mess all these people made and then made the best of. They are just people, and this is not Putin's Russia There are no books like this about the oil tyrannies. So, I agree with a previous statement. It's not resounding victory for anyone, but it's the way things are. The narrator tells it the way it is - with a very subtle sense of cynicism. "Folks, that's about as good as you get. Next."

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Ella

Oct 12, 2018

Deserves to be published

Waves Break On Unknown Shores is one of those books I would expect to see on the shelves in a book store. That is how fluently written, gripping and overall worth your money this book is. By far one of the best books I have read online. Even if you don't enjoy thriller, I would still encourage you to give this book a try. The author has mastered the skills of creating a plot with lot's of twists, turns and layers, and crafts character's which seem real in your mind. Each relationship between the character's is clearly established and different in their own ways. Phil and Wayne are chalk and cheese which makes an interesting collaboration. It has all of the conventions of a perfect thriller, and it makes you feel things that a thriller should. I was hooked, curious, excited, scared, angry, desperate. I felt what the protagonist was feeling. The author unfolds the story brilliantly, slowly revealing more and more details to keep you wondering. It is vivid, clever, written with a combination of both a prose and concise style, it is worth every read. I hope the author continues to write books, as it is a clear talent of his. And I hope to one day see them published!

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Oct 4, 2018

Great Pacing

I’m a huge fan of noir. The best attribute of this book is the way the author is never too generous with the details. I love the foreshadowing, it doesn’t feel like a manipulative technique here. I was genuinely curious after I finished each chapter, which is why it didn’t take me long to finish. I recommend this book not only for entertainment purposes, but also for new writers who struggle with ‘show don’t tell’. The author executed it expertly.

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MIsabellEH

Sep 26, 2018

Hooked

right from the first sentence I was hooked. I have not finished but I have been reading for two hours strait and I hope to finish it. Great Job!

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JMDark

Sep 24, 2018

tight

Overall, very good. The dialog moves well, and the story line develops well. I'm not British, so some of the humor is lost on me and some of the foreshadowing / flashbacks about Chloe and Steve seem to get lost. I was a little puzzled at some of the time transitions. I eventually figured it out, but being a lazy reader, I'd rather you made the scene/time settings a little clearer. You use section breaks (filigree) in places that don't seem to need them, and switch rapidly from present to past with out much in the way of transitional buffers (introductory clauses such as "Tina thought back about the time she had...") I like the short chapters, but when you start a new chapter set back in time, it takes a while to figure that out, and like I said, being a lazy reader I'd rather have that made clear so I can concentrate on the plot vs. trying to figure out why the characters are down at the frozen river all of the sudden, You might consider merging some of the chapters together, and use the section break 'filigree' to highlight the time shift. As I said, very good. I wish you well with your effort.

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Jonathan DeLacuso

Sep 23, 2018

Sheer brilliance.

For the last half an hour I have been sitting here, thinking of a proper way to start off this review. I waited for my emotions to settle after that last chapter and still I feel them creeping up on me as I write this. The journey this novel has taken me on was more than exhilarating. It was breathtaking. I have been a huge fan of mystery novels and crime dramas. They were my third literary love (right next to fantasy and horror) and they were a genre I treated with respect, due to the hard work that authors must have when writing them. In my opinion, they are the most difficult genre to write. To see one written so expertly and topped off with a human touch really makes me stare at it in awe. I saw that one commenter wrote that he felt guilty for reading this for free. I think I am feeling slightly guilty myself after finishing this. However, more on that later. In these reviews, I tend to deconstruct the work to showcase all the things I liked and disliked in order to show the author all of my thoughts about the piece. I will do so here, though I already feel that this will be quite the lengthy review. We have a lot of ground to cover, so let's not waste any more time and let us venture forth. One of the few things I really like to criticize in my reviews is the usage of grammar. Every work I have read seems to have some grammar mistakes that do become grating enough for me to remove a star (my work is not an exception to this). However, what mistakes I did find, I quickly forgot as the story engrossed me fully. There were some misspells by they were soo few and far in between that it wouldn't be worth even removing half a star for. I would suggest a quick read through to straighten them out. The language you used in this novel seemed very easy to understand. You were not over verbose, quite the opposite actually. Your style was very down to right and even a bit cheeky in some parts. Given the narrator, the style fits splendidly well and it really brought a sense of realism to the story. It felt like I was reading private memoirs that Phil kept. As someone who has a slight aversion to first person POV stories, I was slightly hesitant when I saw that you used it as well. I have noticed that first person POV seems to be a somewhat preferred style of writing here (or maybe it's just the stories I have read that make it seem so). It's not an easy style to pull off and many do seem to stumble with it, so it always makes me precautious when I read a story that utilizes it. Your story, on the other hand, makes the POV integral to it. Third person (even if it were limited) would not be good enough for this type of story. Phil's emotions, charm, and quips would be quite lost on us if it were written in any different way. I love how we get to experience this exciting tale through his eyes and we feel every moment as he does. We have a permanent residence within his mind and it draws the reader in as if he were a Yithian possessing Phil's body while his mind was still there. It's not an easy thing to pull, but you managed to outdo every single one of my expectation by the time chapter two ended. The literary devices on display here were great. The most predominant ones that I saw were: symbolism, Chekov's gun, and similies. I will leave symbolism for the last part since it will lead to my next part of the review. The similies Phil has really help to bring this book to life and show off his quick wit. There were a lot of ones that had to do with spaceships and spacecrafts which, for a realistic story like this one, really made me laugh. Others helped to accentuate Tyrone's horror and helped to really set the tone for the story. It was enjoyable to see what Phil would come up with next to describe Manny or Mackie or any other character and I have to give credit to you on that front. The usage of Chekov's gun in this work was unbelievable to the point that around chapter 9 I had to stop and write this down: "The usage of Chekov’s gun in this story is simply marvelous. The number of callbacks and tie-ins is rather large and it rewards avid readers and even encourages a reread just to see if you can spot them all. One of my favorite jokes was when Phil was talking about how rich Tina was and he says “for fuck sake- her parents bought her a pool for her birthday” and right on cue in chapter 9 we see that party take place. Seriously, I would suggest that people take notes when writing callbacks because this was pretty clever. You never know what’s going to be important in the story so you better keep your eyes peeled and you better memorize as much as you can when reading this because chances are it’s going to come back." I still don't think I did it justice because there are even bigger scenes that come into play and all the puzzle pieces come along. The smoking gun was always there, we just needed to look a bit harder. I think that if someone were to reread this they would be slapping themselves silly with all the clues this work used to convey its message. That is a sign of a great mystery novel right there. The mention of Hercules Poirot also served as somewhat of a hint since in Agatha Christie's stories the reader is capable of resolving the mystery as they read them if they look hard enough. And finally, the use of symbolism in this work was spectacular. The ripples that repeat themselves were quite powerful and we see how far their waves truly reach. The title itself is one great symbol for the whole work as one can see it as they read on. From this point on I will be using spoilers for the story. There are some things I want to discuss and if anyone is reading this review before reading the story itself, I would suggest they stop at this point. Because the first impressions hit the hardest in a work like this. Now let's discuss the plot of this work. The plot is surprisingly complex and yet very easy to follow. You may not understand the full scope of the whole situation, at first, but as it goes it starts to fall in place and you are left with your mouth wide open by the end of the ride. The story is separated into two segments and two mysteries. These segments I like to call: the kid segments and the JAYDEE segments. The kid segments are highly important to the story as they provide us with context to it all. Stevie's death, which occurs in the kid segments, and its true cause are hidden from us at first. They are the stone tossed into the lives of these characters. They, alongside with some other events in the past, are the progenitors of the ripples that travel throughout their past and come crashing down on the shores of today. Tyrone's evil is also explored here and his revenge represents the waves that are catching up to Phil, Wayne, and Tine. It befits his nature which I will explore later. As far as the main mystery goes, it is amazingly interesting. As the story goes on more and more parties are introduced and it just becomes a larger and larger deal reach the ex-mayor, councilor and the incompetent MP. The deeper it goes, the more danger arises from it and Phil is caught in the middle of it all. Just because he got caught up in Tyrone's sick game. Truly bone-chilling. Speaking of all these characters, let's discuss the brilliant characterization that you have going on here. I wanted to shorten my list as much as I could (as I wanted to originally give every character a paragraph) so I will focus on seven characters so far (starting from the ones I have the least to say about to the ones I have the most): Simon, Slattery, Erin, Alasdair, Tina, Phil, Tyrone and Wayne. Simon Walsh is a very interesting character that has my feelings split. He is a terrific rival to Phil in every single way and, as much as I don't like sensationalists, he does possess a certain courage that Phil simply lacks. This courage leads to him ending in a body cast, but even then he does not let up. And any man that has so much passion has at least some respect from me. He is arrogant and a sleaze, but man is he tenacious as well. He very well deserves his position and SOME of his arrogance. DI Slattery is one of those characters that has done a double flip in my eyes. The way he was introduced, his love of greasy food and easy women, really made me slightly cautious of him. His suspicion of Wayne was founded though, and even back then he showed some signs of his ultimate moment of redemption. his germophobic nature made me laugh and his tender moments made me believe that he was not such a bad guy after all. His meeting with Mackie proved to me that this was a man to be feared and revered. Slattery is something every detective can only dream of being and he has earned my respect. I could go on and on about him as I truly grew to enjoy his intellect, his cynicism and his harsh delivery of truth. All six that I have mentioned before are characters that have impressed me in one way or another, but Slattery has blown me away. Erin was a character that I too fell in love with at first. She seemed to be kind, curious, and generally a wonderful shining beacon in Phil's light. After his disappointment with Tina, I truly hoped he would have hit it off with Erin and that I would be witnessed to a double wedding by the end of the book. Unfortunately, that is a fairy tale ending and this is not a fairy tale after all. Her motives were ultimately good, but we do not live in Machiavellian times where the ends can justify ANY means. Playing with Phil and with Simon like that was a rotten way and I could completely understand Phil's rage with her. Her father was a blind fool that let all this chaos happen. Sure, he wasn't evil, but you know what they say: all it takes for evil to win is for good people to do nothing. Her character as a whole was wonderful and wonderfully dubious to read about. Flawed human beings are my favorite after all. Alasdair Riley was an interesting character that also invoked quite a bit of sympathy from me. He was also a good character for social commentary, representing a consumeristic lifestyle that wishes to portray themselves as the best, even if it means that they have to sign their souls over to the Devil (or Tyrone in this case. Same difference). His stupidity and extensive greed remind me of a couple of characters I saw in a show I am currently watching. These people were nobles under an old rule, but the new King chased them out of said position because he saw them as useless. Even impoverished they kept buying things to show off their nobility which only served to drive them deeper into depth and lead their daughter to Death's door as she tried to save her sisters from that fate (unfortunately that story did not have a happy ending). He has the same mentality as they do, though he comes off as much more human then these guys ever did. Now onto the main trio, and who better to start off then Tina. Tina was a very welcomed ray of sunlight in this novel. The way she behaved in her childhood indicated a very strong person with a strong moral compass. You really can't pull the wool over her eyes as she seems like the type of a girl that can easily peer into the hearts of anyone that surrounds her and see if they are a friend or a foe. She has also proven herself to be quite strong as well, remaining brave even when Tyrone stared down at her. Her loyalty to her friends is also very well expressed in her past as she stood by Wayne's side no matter what happened. She was his rock and not even Tyrone made her waver. She truly was made for Wayne as much as he too was made for her. Quite the uncanny couple, yet they make so much sense. Phil was an interesting narrator. I loved the arc he took in the novel and how he slowly became braver and braver as the story progressed. He became a stronger character with the same level of sharp wit and funny quips that he always had. He was a blast and a half to follow and his thoughts provided a great insight into the whole situation. Tyrone was a perfect villain for this piece of literary brilliance. A total psychopath, a criminal mastermind, and a horror that truly feared no man. Much like a tsunami, he was a destructive, malevolent, force that left nothing but destruction and misery in its path. Unlike a tsunami, he relished this misery and destruction. He drew excitement from the daily torment he inflicted upon Wayne and he was utterly amoral as a human life was worthless to him. He even tried to mess with the shady Mackie, which ultimately led to his demise. He was bound to crash eventually and I suppose he couldn't have found a better shore to wash upon. And now, for my personal favorite character in this entire novel, Wayne. Wayne was something I did not expect to see. He was a man followed by misfortunate. Misfortune by being born in the worst house on their street. Misfortune to have a tormentor like Tyrone as his brother. And misfortune of losing his best friend at such a young age. This misfortune leads him on a dark path which even followed him into his adult life. And behind all that misfortune, behind all those shady things he did, lied a truly noble and loving heart capable of caring and protecting his friends. As annoying as he could be, Wayne had such a laid-back facade to him and such a wonderful heart behind it all. A heart that only wanted to stay home, watch rugby with his friends and be happy with the girl of his dreams. Tyrone's evil followed him like a shadow and he never truly escaped it until the very end of this novel. He was a character I was rooting for the most and I am happy o see that his bad luck had come to an end. He earned the trust of Thomas Oldfield as well as the love of his life Tina. It made me really happy to see that. And with that, my review has come to a close. I mentioned in one of my comments that I feel slightly empty to finish this. Perhaps that was not the right word to use. It's more a feeling of melancholy, a certain happiness mixed in with a hint of sadness that it truly is all over now. I feel like I have just watched a great movie and that a lot of other things will pale in comparison. I truly believe that this deserves to be in the bookshelves today and I believe that a lot of authors can learn so much from this work. Lord knows I have learned quite a lot. I thank you for providing me with this amazing experience, Barry. It was truly an exhilarating journey and I wish you all the luck with your career. I truly hope to see this work in my bookstores one day. Keep it up and never stop! You have a wonderful gift here.

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Benjamin Rosen

Sep 22, 2018

Well Done

I have never been a big fan of thrillers but your style had a sense of excitement that kept it from feeling dull. You made the characters somewhat relateable thus making the events that transpired feel realistic. You have a good piece here and I hope it goes far I voted for your novel in the contest as well. Keep the writing going be a pleasure to read more from you. Cheers !

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Sep 20, 2018

gripping

not my usual genre, but the writing style makes it an easy read. I find the characters relatable and real. Not quite finished it yet but I definitely will. :)

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rshifman

Sep 12, 2018

So great it's criminal!

If you told me Barry Liferland was publishing more crime/thriller books, I would pay for each and every one of them. That's how good this mystery/crime drama is. It's all FANTASTIC! --the character development, the crisp and descriptive writing, the way he weaves elements from characters' pasts with what's happening in the present, the pace of the story, the way the mystery unravels and reveals, the incisive laugh-out-loud humor--ALL of it. I loved this book! There is a smart/lucky agent out there who will snap up this author soon.

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Sep 12, 2018

The ride of a lifetime

The intensity of this novel had me hooked for the entire ride. And what a ride it was! Barry successfully pushed the story forward with clever flash back a from the past while still keeping a firm grasp of the present. I absolutely loved watching his characters grow from boys to men. His wide cast of characters, each with a life of their own, harness a sense of brutal realism. Wayne in particular is one of my favourite characters by far. For all his flaws, he still stays true to himself and the amount of care and love his troubled heart holds... it pulled at my own heartstrings with every chapter. Phil was a fantastic narrative experience as well but even though we hear the novel from his voice- it was Wayne who breathed life into the story. Amazing job! Keep up the fantastic work!

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LMDietrich

Sep 11, 2018

Waves Break On Unknown Shores

Hooked and Torn... Hooked, because the dialogue is pure genius and brings life and dimension to the characters. Hooked, because the story, with the tease of life altering events, made it very hard to take a break from reading. Hooked, because the author brilliantly weaves humor into the narrative, which makes his characters even more relatable. I started reading this morning, and just finished chapter 27, and I'm hooked... Torn, because I now feel compelled to go vote for this novel in a writing contest where I have submitted work myself...

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Lidia_T

Sep 9, 2018

Touching story

This is the most well-written story I came across on Inkitt! The author is able to weave the revealing of haunting past events into the current-day mystery in the form of flashbacks and he does it masterfully. The characters are well developed and relatable, the events clearly presented and believable. The author tackles the issues of child abuse, bullying, and its consequences as well as the ripple effect of these actions within not just the lives of the victims but of an entire community. He does it with skill, respect, and tenderness. Caution: may result in heartbreak for fictional characters ;) I found myself having difficulty staying in editor mode as the story unfolded and pulled me along at a fast pace. Turns out that's not an issue as the novel is very well written from a technical point of view with only a few typos and a couple of missing commas. I highly recommend this excellent story and I look forward to seeing it on the bookshelves of my favorite bookshops.

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Sep 3, 2018

 

G.D.Grey

Great! A really gripping thriller/noir vey well told. Characters are drawn consistently, although a bit of a surprise the way Wayne turns out in the end with so much forethought. There are a few typos but I don't see the merit in knocking off points for that! I found it a real page-turner and managed to read it over two days - interspersed with my own own work schedule.

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nathanlove

Sep 3, 2018

Waves break on unknown shores

An absolutely fantastic read! Only meant to read the first chapter, but found myself hooked and couldn't put it down! Good pace throughout, very believable characters, an all round jolly good book! First of a series maybe?

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Sep 1, 2018

Enjoyable

Pacey I enjoyed this story. For 41 chapters the pace is good through out. Only around chapter 20 or so did I start to think 'get on with it'. Not sure what the introduction of the other school gang members did for the plot. Was Tyrone really smart enough to topple Mackie? Was he that motivated? I thought he was more a pyscho. As a whole it kept me engaged and there are very few mistakes. Well done.

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Hippy love

Sep 1, 2018

Waves break on unknown shores

Amazing book. I was so deep into this story that i forgot i was cooking and the fire alarm went off lol oops. I love the characters and all the twists and turns. I love love love this book. Its a must read! 100% amazing

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William Edmonds

Aug 31, 2018

Well worth my time

In all honesty, my first impressions of the book were very mixed, the reason being purely personal in that it was written in the present tense. At first, I thought this was a bit weird, something I'm not used to but then as I started to get through the story, I found it really worked very well. Barry Litherland pulled it off. Taking an unconventional approach to the tense or the POV requires real skill, something which the writer really seems to have. All the way through I've found myself intrigued by the characters, who are developed fantastically. The pacing is perfect, it thrills without being OTT. I do like a good thriller but I find a lot of books of this genre tend to feel underwhelming or sometimes, as mentioned, OTT. This book avoids these traps and I almost feel as though I am reading a published novel, now just over halfway through. I'd be intrigued to know if this writer has been published or tried to seek publication for this work because it feels worthy to me (though I'm no agent/publisher).

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Josh Byrne

Aug 31, 2018

Finished it like a packet of chocolate digestives.

I thought i was only going to read a few chapters at first. I thought i was going to savour the story, the plot and the characters. But, like chocolate digestives, I find myself finishing this off at 3am without shamefully having to put the empty biscuit packet in the bin, but feeling fully satisfied. This was an amazing read. I am really surprised this story has not been published yet. I really connected with the characters and Phil's voice remained clear throughout, even as a child. The way his point of view is written flows seamlessly and the dialogue remained believable and realistic. The pace was great and the past story line explaining what happened to Stevie came in at just the right places. There were no points where I felt I was overwhelmed with information but I understood what was going on throughout. I normally read fantasy and I have to say mysteries and thrillers aren't usually my kind of genre. However, I really enjoyed reading this book in a way I didn't expect to. I honestly wish you the best of luck publishing this because I would buy it and keep it on the shelf. The only criticism I have is that I come away from this story with my confidence in my intuition a bit deflated, I really thought it would be Erin who had the JAYDEE file in the end :L

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Issjah

Aug 29, 2018

A perfect title for a

I wondered why you used that title for the book. By the end of the book, the title encapsulates the major theme and plot of the book. You are a master of the thriller genre. I did not want to stop reading it. I do not think that Tina and Phil would be friends without Wayne. Maybe, it is because she knows that Phil likes her more than a friend. I think she appreciates him by the end, however, it is more than likely that she tolerates him because he's a friend of Wayne's. Then again, she knows that Phil only tolerates and doesn't appreciate Wayne - that is until the end. I would like to see what Tina thinks of Wayne's obtuse behavior in the taverns, however, she understands better than anyone that Wayne is his own person. In the end, we are all responsible for our actions no matter what abuse and pain were afflicted upon us. Nonetheless, I would like to see more of a backstory on Tyrone. Maybe, his father inflicted those scourges upon him and loved Wayne more. He treated Wayne like a real son and abused Tyrone. That could be why Tyrone has such a fascination with hurting Wayne. He wants him to hurt as much as he hurts inside. That could be why he burns Wayne with cigarettes his dad did it to him. Then again, we are a society that wants to know the "Why's" of behavior. We don't accept that people do things because they want to. Wayne's character arc was masterfully drawn. I wouldn't change anything. I like the fact that Phil remains having a small station in life. That is a consummate hero, they raise everyone else around them to greater heights. I feel like the JAYDEE reveal was glazed over at the end. That is probably just me. Regarding, social justice, civilians skirt the line between right and wrong all the time, yet they expect the police to never cross that line. We want them to ignore our crimes but punish others. Social justice needs a makeover. We know that police cannot do the job to the best of their abilities, within their constraints, Thus, we know that people like Tyrone are never going to change and holding them in a prison for the rest of their lives is not the solution. That is why their is a criminal underbelly to fall back on. And a conversation about social justice is something that we need to have. Overall, one of my all-time five favorite books ever, in no particular order. 1. Long Knife by James Alexander Thom 2. Lost Symbol by Dan Brown 3. Area 7 by Mathew Reilly 4. Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves by Mathew Reilly 5. Waves Break on Unknown Shores by Barry Litherland

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PTPendleton

Aug 29, 2018

I just had to finish it

I thought I would read a few chapters before I went to sleep. How wrong was I? Five times I put it down. Five times I picked it back up again. I just could not wait to see what the next chapter had in store. Then the next. Then the one after that. Do not read this at bedtime

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Aug 20, 2018

Inspiring

I suppose I should apologize for the toxicity of my first comment. I was in an awful mood and only seeing the flaws of the work. That being said, I'll try my best to lay out my feedback without too many spoilers. It's very difficult to write a 1st person work without using "I" too often or without the book coming off like the dreary pages of a person's uninteresting journal. It's also difficult to write the side characters with real meaning and give them a connection to the reader (that's why I favor writing in third person, so you can connect the reader with every character equally as you please). But you manage to make us love Wayne and Tina, and even embrace the strength buried under Wayne's damage, even with the slight dysfunction it instilled in him as a kid. You succeed at pulling in readers with a 1st person work, and that most assuredly is a hurtle to overcome. Well done. As I said once before, I don't know where you are (I'm assuming in the UK somewhere?) but most people use double quotations for dialogue. "Like this," she said. But I can tell by your style that you write and speak in ENGLISH English, not American English like myself. So, I'll reserve too many technical grammar comments, as your grammar rules may very well be different than mine. One problem I want to point out is the run-on sentences. Sometimes in the narration, the sentence carries on a bit too much and the word 'and' is used a bit too much, but that's just my opinion. Maybe something you could ask your editor about? Get his/her view on the matter. But the story itself is wonderful. I enjoy these fast-paced works far more than other fictions of the same genre that drag on forever. You hammer the point across and never forget to move the story along, and for that, I'm grateful. The way you portray the friendship (Phil and Wayne) is incredibly realistic. I used to be the same kid, hanging out with my dysfunctional friends & cousins and never really knowing why I did. Some people, you don't know why they're your friends. They just are. And if you see any glint of purpose or loyalty in them, you'll deal with whatever baggage they carry. It's a subtle act people don't often analyze directly, but it's especially common with friendships. And some of those people (like Wayne) turn out to be worth the trouble, while others simply don't. Finally, I named my review "Inspiring" because you've inspired me to work more on Wicked's sequel. If you can inspire someone, then you've done a good job. :)

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H.R.Kemp

Aug 17, 2018

Waves break on Unknown Shores

What a great read. I was hooked from the start and couldn't 'put it down'. This novel is an expertly crafted thriller. It's fast paced, with building tension and suspense and a few surprises. The author seamlessly weaves the threads of a past mystery into the fabric of the contemporary plot. The author keeps us guessing and the plot is well constructed and executed. The writing style is enthralling with stunning analogies, humour, wit and insight. The characters feel real, they have depth and breadth, and their interrelationships form part of the web of intrigue. With the writing style, we get up close and personal with the protagonist and feel the dread when we encounter the antagonists. I can't praise this book enough. I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it.

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vicclesthethird

Aug 6, 2018

Waves Break on Unknown Shores

Thoroughly enjoyed ‘Waves Break on Unknown Shores’. It was perfectly paced and and extremely compelling reading. The characters were so well observed and true. A wonderful description of childhood friendship and loyalty - on a level with Steven King’s ‘Stand by Me’. Highly recommend, you won’t be disappointed.

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CETurner

Aug 6, 2018

Very clever

This is a very clever and well thought out novel. This book got you in quickly and kept you guessing all the way through. It built in a crescendo and thought I didn't see the ending coming, once read it could not have ended any other way. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a good read. I look forward to more from this writer and wish them all the best in their writing future.

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Becca Fox

Aug 3, 2018

Unique and engaging

I'm usually the kind of reader that's all about the scenic details but this story almost doesn't need them. The focus is on the characters; their feelings, their actions, their thoughts. It's engaging and fresh, this style of writing. Although thrillers aren't my preferred genre, I truly enjoyed this.

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Jacklyn Cole

Aug 1, 2018

Waves Break Into My Reading List

Although I have only read the first 10 chapters of this novel, I figured I had best pause and write a review mid-way. Waves Break On Unknown Shores is definitely a step out of genre for a romance writer but I figured I would offer my best review! I like how the story begins with a backstory of the characters. Each character is unique and described well, as though the author has stepped into the skin of the characters themselves. Perhaps it is just me, but I find myself longing for a bit more action within the third and fourth chapters. Or maybe I should just continue to read the book and see what happens. The author does a great job with punctuation and grammar, and keeps the dialog to each of the characters. The plot unfolds nicely. I'm excited to see how the story unfolds as I continue to read. Perhaps thrill lies just around the next page. Happy writing! Jackie

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R.L. Keziah

Jul 31, 2018

One of the Best

It is amazing! Once I've read chapter 2, I can't stop reading. I just read it straight for four hours. I'm not much of a fan of mystery but this... This is it! I really love how it shows the current reality on what other people go through like abuse and discrimination. I love the character developments especially Phil's! That is how you make a hero! The writing style is also great. It kept readers interested. It pushes you to keep on reading. Every chapter has a mystery that will be answered in the next chapter before another will come up. It's a never ending cycle of anticipation!

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Mika Franolich

Jul 29, 2018

The answer

is written in the stars.

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Fauzia Tabassum

Jul 25, 2018

Waves break on unknown shores

It is an interesting read and keeps you hooked. Characters have been defined very expertly. Seems like you are living the story.

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Martin Gráf

Jul 23, 2018

Well executed

I personally dislike backstories and such things in stories, but this book executes it very well. The characters feel organic and they interact believably. I'm not one for thrillers, but if all of the elements click this well, even I get hooked.

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Greg McLaughlin

Jul 23, 2018

Calling all Publishers

This novel is about as ready to be published as any I've read. In fact, it would make a phenomenal screenplay and feature film. The characters are rich, vibrant, distinct and believable. The antagonists, with one in particular, are rotten to the core and downright terrifying. The main character goes through an impressive arc throughout the course of the story, which takes place only over the course of a few explosive days. Hanging over the tight thriller that plays out over the present day is a mysterious tragedy that takes place more than a decade earlier, which underpins the psychology and motivation of the main characters and keeps the reader guessing until the very end of the story. The storytelling is spot on, with just the right details revealed at just the right times to keep the reader enthralled, engaged and second-guessing the next plot twist from beginning to end. If you are looking for an expertly crafted mystery/thriller, pop some popcorn and read this novel from cover to cover on a rainy weekend afternoon. It will not disappoint. But do so soon before the major publishers and movie studios discover it!!

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