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"Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth." -Oscar Wilde College journalist Adele Plank has been granted a rare interview with one-time bestselling author, Decklan Stone. He is a man largely withdrawn from the world following the tragic death of his young wife twenty-seven years earlier. Adele ventures to the writ "Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth." -Oscar Wilde College journalist Adele Plank has been granted a rare interview with one-time bestselling author, Decklan Stone. He is a man largely withdrawn from the world following the tragic death of his young wife twenty-seven years earlier. Adele ventures to the writer's remote, private-island home in the beautiful San Juan Islands, and there begins a journey of dangerous discovery that will have her scrambling to unravel a mystery far more shocking and deadly than she could have ever imagined. "RIVETING!" A 2016 Kindle Scout Selection


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"Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth." -Oscar Wilde College journalist Adele Plank has been granted a rare interview with one-time bestselling author, Decklan Stone. He is a man largely withdrawn from the world following the tragic death of his young wife twenty-seven years earlier. Adele ventures to the writ "Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth." -Oscar Wilde College journalist Adele Plank has been granted a rare interview with one-time bestselling author, Decklan Stone. He is a man largely withdrawn from the world following the tragic death of his young wife twenty-seven years earlier. Adele ventures to the writer's remote, private-island home in the beautiful San Juan Islands, and there begins a journey of dangerous discovery that will have her scrambling to unravel a mystery far more shocking and deadly than she could have ever imagined. "RIVETING!" A 2016 Kindle Scout Selection

30 review for The Writer

  1. 4 out of 5

    Montzalee Wittmann

    The Writer (San Juan Islands Mystery #1) by D.W. Ulsterman is a kindle scout book with an excellent mystery. It can be a little gross in places but there is lots of intrigue, suspense, and a great thriller.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tulay

    "Time" you spend with this book, won't be wasted. But I have to warn cat lovers like me, please be prepared. Had to walk away from my Kindle for awhile, but had to find out what this book was about. Very glad I did. Father lost his wife at the child birth, child suffers and has mental problems. Husband lost his wife, lives like recluse. He is the writer, after twenty-seven years grants an interview. Reporter Adele has suspects their is more to his wife's drowning and some people that lives around "Time" you spend with this book, won't be wasted. But I have to warn cat lovers like me, please be prepared. Had to walk away from my Kindle for awhile, but had to find out what this book was about. Very glad I did. Father lost his wife at the child birth, child suffers and has mental problems. Husband lost his wife, lives like recluse. He is the writer, after twenty-seven years grants an interview. Reporter Adele has suspects their is more to his wife's drowning and some people that lives around this beautiful island. You will be very happy, also same time you'll be very sad. Keep reading, you'll love it. Also find out why about the "Time".

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jill O'Hara

    Information overload The character Adele thought information overload when listening to one of the characters ramble. That is what l thought. There was so many strings of words to attempt to paint a picture of people and objects that the main storyline felt fuzzy. I skimmed through the last several chapters since I already had a sense of the ending.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    I love when a book screams "Plot Twist" I have found a new favorite author. This book just keep me wanting more. The words just flow so beautifully, I hated putting it down. This story was very well written. I look forward to reading more from D.W. Ulsterman. I love when a book screams "Plot Twist" I have found a new favorite author. This book just keep me wanting more. The words just flow so beautifully, I hated putting it down. This story was very well written. I look forward to reading more from D.W. Ulsterman.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    Nice little mystery Nice little mystery - it did keep my interest however improbable the storyline. Could not bring myself to like any of the characters. Needs a better cover. Still-it was entertainment and well worth the .99 I paid for it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne Petrella

    Story interesting Without expectations I began reading this book and realized it was going to be predictable. Pretty simplistic but worth the time it took. A good book to read on the beach!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    Don't waste your time. Starts out good. Goes down hill fast. Spoiler Alerts*** I wanted to like this book. It started out pretty good, and I was willing to ignore the head-hopping and bad logic (e.g., Adele changed clothes the morning after staying on his island, but why would she take a change of clothes for a two-hour interview), but the end was just so unbelievable that I'm giving it 2-stars. I'm not sure why this book has gotten so many 5-star reviews, but I can't even justify giving it 3-sta Don't waste your time. Starts out good. Goes down hill fast. Spoiler Alerts*** I wanted to like this book. It started out pretty good, and I was willing to ignore the head-hopping and bad logic (e.g., Adele changed clothes the morning after staying on his island, but why would she take a change of clothes for a two-hour interview), but the end was just so unbelievable that I'm giving it 2-stars. I'm not sure why this book has gotten so many 5-star reviews, but I can't even justify giving it 3-stars. What really made me rate it so low on the star scale, what really made me scratch my head was the fact that a woman, Calista, who has been held hostage for 27 YEARS recovered more quickly than a man who tried to drown himself. Really?? At minimum, after being held in those conditions for 27 YEARS, she would have had severe medical and mental health issues. And yet, here she is recovering after a few good meals and a visit to the dentist. Here she is fawning over a man who tried to kill himself because he was depressed. It was just too much to believe. And then there's the sheriff and his son. After 27 years of holding someone hostage, why was there no fight from the sheriff or son? He had a gun. But Adele just walked away. It was a very pat, easy ending. For the author. Deus ex machina. It was an ending that made no sense what so ever. I tried to read the epilogue and finally gave up when Adele kept mentioning how handsome the writer was. Ick. Bad writing. Bad BAD writing.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Lee Wood

    WHAT ARE THEY HIDING This is a great mystery of lost love, and misguided love. Who was mentally challenged you sure it's wasn't the FATHER. The story is about a misguided sheriff trying to protect his mentally challenged son, who kidnaps a well known authors wife, to replace his dead mother. The agony of the author who many blamed for her death and he blamed himself cut himself off from any type human contact. He lived the past twenty-seven years on an island he owned off the coast of Washington WHAT ARE THEY HIDING This is a great mystery of lost love, and misguided love. Who was mentally challenged you sure it's wasn't the FATHER. The story is about a misguided sheriff trying to protect his mentally challenged son, who kidnaps a well known authors wife, to replace his dead mother. The agony of the author who many blamed for her death and he blamed himself cut himself off from any type human contact. He lived the past twenty-seven years on an island he owned off the coast of Washington state. The torment he felt as he continued to blame himself for her death. This book deserves a rating of 7

  9. 4 out of 5

    Judith

    Can you read an entire book without breathing? I am always into the pages of a mystery's pull,can I outwit the author. This kept me perch on the edge, unable to decide which way to lean , forward than back to the Writer, was he a twisted soul? I held my breath without thinking as minutes and pages slipped by me. To any and all who wish the thrill ride of mystery at it's best, it is a must read. Can you read an entire book without breathing? I am always into the pages of a mystery's pull,can I outwit the author. This kept me perch on the edge, unable to decide which way to lean , forward than back to the Writer, was he a twisted soul? I held my breath without thinking as minutes and pages slipped by me. To any and all who wish the thrill ride of mystery at it's best, it is a must read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    This book was a Kindle Scout winner I’ve had on my Kindle for some time. Glad I finally got to it. The mystery had a nice twist to it, one I didn’t see coming, and the swift pacing in the last half of the novel made it tough to put down. Lovely setting too. The frequent point-of-view shifts within the same scene were at times distracting and some of the description clumsy, but neither of these issues dulled my enthusiasm for the story. Suspension of disbelief is necessary, but that's easy for me This book was a Kindle Scout winner I’ve had on my Kindle for some time. Glad I finally got to it. The mystery had a nice twist to it, one I didn’t see coming, and the swift pacing in the last half of the novel made it tough to put down. Lovely setting too. The frequent point-of-view shifts within the same scene were at times distracting and some of the description clumsy, but neither of these issues dulled my enthusiasm for the story. Suspension of disbelief is necessary, but that's easy for me to do in fiction. All in all, a quick, enjoyable read.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    very good! had me on the string until the end...or at least a chapter before the end. Unfortunately, poorly edited.....many errors! may try another of his books

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jenny (Reading Envy)

    This book was one of those published in the (short-lived) Kindle Scout program, where authors could submit works and the winner was crowdsourced by readers. I believe I purchased my copy for 99 cents after it went through this process. There are more books in this series, so the author must have gotten enough attention to want to keep writing. I picked it to read because I was spending a few days in the San Juan Islands and it came up in a search. All of the pleasure I received from the read has This book was one of those published in the (short-lived) Kindle Scout program, where authors could submit works and the winner was crowdsourced by readers. I believe I purchased my copy for 99 cents after it went through this process. There are more books in this series, so the author must have gotten enough attention to want to keep writing. I picked it to read because I was spending a few days in the San Juan Islands and it came up in a search. All of the pleasure I received from the read has everything to do with the setting details - many I had already experienced or seen, from specific locations like the Rosario Inn to the beautiful temperate weather. If I were rating this book from setting alone, I'd give it all the stars. Unfortunately it's a mystery novel, and I will need to review it based on that expectation. The prologue is incredibly violent, something I forgive if it pays off later but it does not, except to tell the reader immediately who committed the crime. Why the author would want to do this is way beyond me. It is also written in a different tone and voice than the rest of the novel, making me feel like either the book was initially going in a different direction, the author wrote that part during an MFA program, or just got lazy/bored later. The writing feels like it deteriorates as it goes. The main character is a college aged female and other reviewers have pointed out that the author describes her from a male gaze... I admit I didn't notice this in particular, but I must be immune after all these years of not noticing it I suppose (but this made some stop reading, fair warning.) The first 80% or so has pretty good pacing, the college student has been granted an interview with a reclusive author (for a pretty implausible reason) and danger is everywhere, it's hard to know if the author is good or evil, thus the need for the interview. The last 20% is implausible, ridiculous, awful. I don't want to say what happens in case you are also in the San Juan Islands and want to read something set there. But I will not read more of this series, unfortunately. I did go to the bookstore on Orcas Island and pick up another crime novel by a different author that is partially set in the SJI, so I have high hopes.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    When I agreed to review The Writer, I was glad for a change of pace. I am fortunate to be able to review books for free for an honest review but lately all of my choices have been the same genre. When I picked up The Writer, I immediately felt the difference but I wasn’t sure I was ready for this much change! Let me just say that the writing is excellent: very descriptive and tantalizing. I was captivated and fascinated and just a little freaked out at times. I was pretty sure everyone could be i When I agreed to review The Writer, I was glad for a change of pace. I am fortunate to be able to review books for free for an honest review but lately all of my choices have been the same genre. When I picked up The Writer, I immediately felt the difference but I wasn’t sure I was ready for this much change! Let me just say that the writing is excellent: very descriptive and tantalizing. I was captivated and fascinated and just a little freaked out at times. I was pretty sure everyone could be involved in this mystery but then, was there even a mystery at all? That’s how fascinating this story was! Do yourself a favor and pick up this short novel. You’ll be glad for the wide-eyed adventure. 4 ½ Stars. Clean. Could have had mild cursing but I actually don’t recall at this point, I was totally captivated!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Richard Strojny

    Yikes! I never write reviews, and I read A LOT , but seriously...5 stars??? Did I read a different book? Based on the reviews, I was expecting so much more--what a disappointment. A quote from Oscar Wilde suggest big things are in store-sorry, Oscar. And, I'm still trying to figure out what the prologue had to do with the rest of the novel. And potential spoiler alert here...can a woman bounce back so quickly after being locked in a dark, dirt -floored basement for thirty years? Just sayin. Yikes! I never write reviews, and I read A LOT , but seriously...5 stars??? Did I read a different book? Based on the reviews, I was expecting so much more--what a disappointment. A quote from Oscar Wilde suggest big things are in store-sorry, Oscar. And, I'm still trying to figure out what the prologue had to do with the rest of the novel. And potential spoiler alert here...can a woman bounce back so quickly after being locked in a dark, dirt -floored basement for thirty years? Just sayin.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Turner

    Excellently written, edge of my seat This book keeps your mind involved and ends with a twist you won't see until the end. It expertly ties up the storylines into a mysterious, intriguing package. I would be excited to read another book from this author. Excellently written, edge of my seat This book keeps your mind involved and ends with a twist you won't see until the end. It expertly ties up the storylines into a mysterious, intriguing package. I would be excited to read another book from this author.

  16. 4 out of 5

    dee felker

    5 stars First time reading a book from this author and I enjoyed it immensely. Great mystery, although the prologue seemed unnecessary after reading the book. However, once I started reading I could not put it down. Loved the ending.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Phyllis

    Hard to put down! Easy read, continued to build stories and took a different spin at the end. Enjoyed on a lazy, rainy afternoon!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Shiloh

    Spectacular! I absolutely LOVED this book. I didn't want it to end! I loved the characters and the story! Freakin fantastic read!!! Spectacular! I absolutely LOVED this book. I didn't want it to end! I loved the characters and the story! Freakin fantastic read!!!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jool

    An enjoyable mystery set in the beautiful San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington state. I recommend this book!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sherrie L Hocker

    Really good book. Interesting story which turns out to be more of a mystery than you think it is going to be in the beginning. Excellent twist at the end...

  21. 4 out of 5

    Robbie

    What A Moving Story! I didn't think I was going to enjoy this one as much as I have Ulsterman's other books. What a nice surprise. It gets 5 stars from me. What A Moving Story! I didn't think I was going to enjoy this one as much as I have Ulsterman's other books. What a nice surprise. It gets 5 stars from me.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    DNF. seriously in need of editing. It's like reading Trump's twitters. Full of exclamation marks. DNF. seriously in need of editing. It's like reading Trump's twitters. Full of exclamation marks.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Russell j. VanAllen

    This is the first book I have read by this author. I enjoyed it very much. The prose was exceptional, character development very good, and the story line was easy, well passed and contained just enough mystery.the only reason I did not rate it 5 is that it did not really WOW me. I will now read Bk 2.

  24. 5 out of 5

    DearMYRTLE

    Don’t be put off by chapter 1 This is a take worth telling. Sad but like be certainly prevails. An easy read of a difficult topic. Go for it. I cannot imagine leaving the protection of Roche Harbor experiencing 2 foot waves on a stormy night in a skiff no less. Darn right the waves would be significant worse in the open waters on the way to Deer Harbor.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Char Stimpson

    Suspenseful After reading "The Irish Cowboy" by this author I decided to try this one. I'm really glad I did because it didn't disappoint! Suspenseful After reading "The Irish Cowboy" by this author I decided to try this one. I'm really glad I did because it didn't disappoint!

  26. 4 out of 5

    czai

    this review is originally posted at: the Blacksheep Project. I received this book from Kindle Scout. This does not affect my review in any way. A new mystery-thriller series that's worth the time! { 5 Things About The Writer } Amateur Sleuth. Adele Plank is a college journalist invited to interview her all time favorite author. Now that's two awesome things for a book background. The combination was really good and it gave The Writer its personality. Adele's thirst to know what really happened to De this review is originally posted at: the Blacksheep Project. I received this book from Kindle Scout. This does not affect my review in any way. A new mystery-thriller series that's worth the time! { 5 Things About The Writer } Amateur Sleuth. Adele Plank is a college journalist invited to interview her all time favorite author. Now that's two awesome things for a book background. The combination was really good and it gave The Writer its personality. Adele's thirst to know what really happened to Decklan Stone's kept me intrigued all through out the novel. Her role as a journalist kept her in loop into this buried mystery about Decklan's wife. It's a small island mystery. When the mystery or crime is set in a small place, it doesn't only make things more interesting because everyone knows everyone but you also get to roam around the place as you read. I wouldn't say I got to know the island but I had a good round. Ulsterman brought me there and I met the oh-so nice and interesting people of the island. It made me interested to pick up the next book in the series! Intriguing. I wouldn't say it's suspenseful but it was during its climax. The intriguing mystery really kept me reading this book. It had that amazing pull that made me just want to read it page after page. I read this in like two days and that's an achievement for me! I'm a slow reader and ending up finishing a book in a day or two is glorious moment when we're suppose to throw a party and be glad for another exciting read (or maybe that's just me). Interesting Revelation. Honestly I had my hunch. I was just trying to formulate the how and the why. All throughout my read, the question WHY hangs in the air. Perhaps I've read this mystery twist a couple of times and somehow I'm still not getting into it. It still surprises. It still catches me off guard. Not the 'who' but the 'why'. There's an Epilogue. I like epilogues! I like how they are usually told in a different way the story is told. In this case, the epilogue is Adele's article. It gives off a satisfying feel for the ending and at the same time a heartwarming happiness for those involved in the mystery. OVERALL, The Writer is an intriguing mystery thriller that kept me reading page after page. Adele is a good main character, the people in the island are interesting, and the climax was very breathtakingly thrilling. The Writer is a good mystery read!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mekerei

    An easy to read novel. I wasn't sure if it was going to be my type of book; but the blurb sounded interesting "College journalist Adele Plank has been granted a rare interview with one-time bestselling author, Decklan Stone. He is a man largely withdrawn from the world following the tragic death of his young wife twenty-seven years earlier. Adele ventures to the writer's remote, private-island home in the beautiful San Juan Islands, and there begins a journey of dangerous discovery that will have An easy to read novel. I wasn't sure if it was going to be my type of book; but the blurb sounded interesting "College journalist Adele Plank has been granted a rare interview with one-time bestselling author, Decklan Stone. He is a man largely withdrawn from the world following the tragic death of his young wife twenty-seven years earlier. Adele ventures to the writer's remote, private-island home in the beautiful San Juan Islands, and there begins a journey of dangerous discovery that will have her scrambling to unravel a mystery far more shocking and deadly than she could have ever imagined." It was actually a thriller with a twist; it started as Adele interviewing Decklan and I didn't see where the novel was going. Definitely a pleasant surprise. Three and a half stars.

  28. 5 out of 5

    C.E. DeJoria

    A little different take on a murder mystery Set in the beautiful San Juan Islands in the state of Washington. The main character is college journalist. She starts an assignment to interview a hermit author whose wife died many years before in a tragic boating accident. And the mystery begins........

  29. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    This short novel started out with a unrelated story about drowning cats. It then went into a story about a suspected murder and interview of suspect who is a famous author by a college girl. Very simplistic and unbelievable plot and it does seem YA not sure why on kindle list of books to try for me. The kicker was the end it was so unbelievable. I am glad a short novel and not 500 pages like some kindle has "recommended". This short novel started out with a unrelated story about drowning cats. It then went into a story about a suspected murder and interview of suspect who is a famous author by a college girl. Very simplistic and unbelievable plot and it does seem YA not sure why on kindle list of books to try for me. The kicker was the end it was so unbelievable. I am glad a short novel and not 500 pages like some kindle has "recommended".

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dorothy Lamp

    The Writer Review I absolutely loved the book. What a wide range of interesting characters. I was hooked from the very beginning. The descriptions of the landscape was breathtaking

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