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Praise and Reviews

For Looks are Deceiving

 

“A top -notch, deliciously readable mystery. . .” –The Prairies Book Review

 

“. . . a cozy mystery/thriller with an unlikely and admirable hero, and a meaningful message. . . Loved it!” –Reedsy Discovery 

 

“A highly readable whodunnit that’s well grounded in social issues.” –Kirkus Reviews 

 

 "A well-executed mystery with an engaging main character. There are enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing who the killer is. The subject of racism is impactful and stays with you long after you've finished the book." Judge, Writer's Digest 2021 e-Book Competition 

"VanPatten delivers a compelling and simply unexpected story that reveals how psychopathic minds work. Fans of mystery crime novels will definitely love it." –Readers' Favorite ★★★★★

". . .by grounding a fictional work in reality, author VanPatten lends serious weight and stakes to his novel, transforming a simple mystery into a work of important cultural commentary, which is a rare feat in the genre." –Self-Publishing Review ★★★★

"VanPatten keeps the cat-and-mouse murder mystery plot in constant motion in Looks Are Deceiving, gradually accelerating the pace as it moves closer to amateur investigator Will Christian solving the crimes." 4.8 stars. –IndieReader

 ". . .this is a terrific roller-coaster ride that readers will find immersive." BlueInk Review

"VanPatten has a natural, easy-flowing writing style that smoothly advances the plot, raises questions about the investigation and touches upon social issues. . ."–BookTrib

 

 

For Seidon’s Tale

 

“Following the lead of authors like Madeline Miller and Rick Riordan, who pen modern mythology-based fiction so well, Seidon’s Tale depicts Poseidon as a complex but kindhearted god who loves his brothers and sisters almost to a fault.” –Kops-Fetherling Silver Phoenix Award, 2019

 

“The pacing is fantastic and the narrative flows effortlessly. Lovers of Greek mythology will love this never before explored sides of the gods and their very human emotions.”

–27th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-published Book Awards

"The author flawlessly weaves fantasy and realism in a way that recalls Neil Gaiman's American Gods, breathing life into ancient mythology and bringing significance to Jake's empty modern existence . . . The fast-paced action throughout the book leads to a meaningful and satisfying ending for the characters and readers alike."–The US Review of Books

"Four out of four stars. This book has a well-written and fast-paced plot that does not deserve a lesser rating."–Online Book Club

“. . . the new life VanPatten breathes into old Greek legend carries the story along . . .

This is an enjoyable tale likely to please fans of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, Mary Renault’s historical novels or similar works.”Blue Ink Review

For A Little Rain

A Little Rain is a textbook slow-burn storyline where author Bill VanPatten peels back the details in a deliberately methodical . . . narrative.” Readers' Favorite ★★★★★

"An emotional, reflective, and engrossing novel. A Little Rain is a melancholy exploration of the unfortunate effects of discrimination and denial, for a story loaded with import and meaning that is conveyed with sensitivity, without being overly blunt or sentimental. All told, this is a stellar family drama with a compelling mix of contemporary issues, powerfully emotive writing, and twist-driven mystery." Self-Publishing Review, ★★★★★

"A psychological thriller with flashbacks that propel the story forward to the present, Bill VanPatten’s A LITTLE RAIN delves deep into what makes its characters tick."Indie Reader, ★★★★★
 

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