Slow Down by Lee Matthew Goldberg

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What I Loved:

I loved the dark edge that this story had. It’s a twisted book with a noir theme, and I loved that!

How I Felt:

This story is a crazy ride! Noah Spaeth gives us a view into the previous 4 years of his life in a twisted world of film, actors, drugs, and debauchery. Noah meets Adonis Dominick Bambach, the creator of Slow Down, the movie just as the creation is beginning. He’s also the creator of a drug called Fast. Noah becomes his assistant for the movie and gives us a first-view look into this world. Noah soon realizes that he can do a better job of creating this movie. The book is fast-paced and filled will dark twists that will keep you on the edge of your seat!

The characters in this book were easy to hate. It’s funny, I’m usually one that is saying, “Oh I loved the characters, they made it hard to put the book down”. In this case though, I didn’t like the characters, and yet I found myself utterly enraptured in their story! Noah is the main character, and he is spoiled, self-centered, and irritating. I found myself still connecting to him, and hoping he can make it all work out in the end. I think that Lee Matthew Goldberg did an exceptional job at creating characters that were not likable, but still enjoyable, readable characters!

Overall, I was really invested in Slow Down. I liked the portrayal of the characters and their downward spirals. I loved the surprising twists, and felt they made the story something that I continue to think about after finishing the book!

To Read or Not To Read:

I would recommend Slow Down to readers that enjoy dark novels with twists that don’t wrap up with a nice bow at the end!

Where to Find This Book:

Slow Down by Lee Matthew Goldberg is available at these sites!

Amazon Kindle | Amazon | Goodreads

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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’s 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.

Just the Facts:

Slow Down by Lee Matthew Goldberg
Genre: Young Adult
Page Count: 270 pages
Publisher: All Due Respect
Pub Date: Jan 25, 2015

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, along with his Alaskan Gold Rush novel THE ANCESTOR. He is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Fringe, 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, Monologging and others. He is the co-curator of The Guerrilla Lit Reading Series and lives in New York City.

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I was provided an advanced reader’s copy of this book for free. I am leaving my honest review voluntarily.

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