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Author claims she’s being ‘stalked’ after critic writes ‘another’ 1,500-word one-star review

Negative press! British author hits back at reader who wrote a scathing 1,100-word one-star review of her new book – calling it ‘rushed’, ‘wireless’ and ‘lazy in the extreme’

  • Author Rachael Lucas told her 11,500 followers on Twitter that she’d been on the receiving end of a lengthy one-star negative review by her ‘stalker’
  • The highly detailed 1,100 review left by ‘Eddi Reader’ on Amazon suggests that Lucas’ new book The Winter Cottage is riddled with errors, ‘rushed’ and ‘bleached’
  • Lucas hit back at the reader’s criticism, saying she was amused that “Eddi Reader” paid for her work, although she clearly didn’t enjoy it.


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A bestselling author has hit back at a reader who left an extravagantly written one-star review of her latest novel.

British writer Rachael Lucas, who has published ten books in her career, pointed out to her Twitter followers the review of the unknown critic – ‘Eddi Reader’ – who suggested that her novel, The Winter Cottage, ‘hurried’, ‘turned out’. was, ‘worn’ and ‘exactly the same as the previous one, but with a castle.’

The anonymous writer published the review – titled “Women, Know Your Limits” – this weekend and the author quickly caught the eye for its length – 1,100 words – and damning detail.

While it’s not clear if Lucas and the critic know each other, Lucas has claimed that the reader is her “stalker.”

Ouch: Author Rachael Lucas told her 11,500 followers on Twitter that she'd been on the receiving end of a lengthy one-star negative review by her 'stalker'

Ouch: Author Rachael Lucas told her 11,500 followers on Twitter that she’d been on the receiving end of a lengthy one-star negative review by her ‘stalker’

MailOnline has reached out to Lucas and her literary agent for comment.

The critic seems particularly distressed that the book was self-published, writing: ‘Apparently Mrs. Lucas is a free-range chicken! ‘

‘She can dig in the earth and eat maggots until her heart is satisfied in search of inspiration and interesting stories to tell. But instead she laid this hurried and pale egg. With its wafer-thin skin.’

Lucas told her 11,500 followers on Twitter that she found it “amusing” that the reader actually paid to buy the novel, writing, “There’s nothing more fun than discovering that your stalker is still willingly paying for your work.”

She also suggested that the reviewer should focus on his own career rather than “writing 1,500 words of one-star reviews.”

The review begins as it ends – in scathing style – with critiques including ‘Agatha Christie this isn’t it’.

Lucas has published 10 novels in her literary career; it is not clear if she knows the writer of the negative review

Lucas hit back at the reader’s criticism, saying she was amused that “Eddi Reader” paid for her work, although she clearly didn’t enjoy it.

The negative review suggests it’s ‘exactly the same as the previous one, but with a castle’.

Another extravagant paragraph of critique reads: ‘The plot is so worn out and the mind seems so still that it seems as if Ms. Lucas has resorted to supporting the stale story with large parts of her real life.

“I accept that weaving in parts of life has to be done to some degree for many fiction writers. But this? I thought it was extremely lazy.’

The critic also berates the author for errors in the text, suggesting it is “shameful” that Luke dedicated it to her eldest son.

The book, the first in a new romantic series from the author, has received mostly positive reviews since it was released.

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