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TST Member Review - David Saari's novel "Lateral Hazard"

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Product Name: Lateral Hazard
Product Type: Book - Novel
Product Website/URL: https://davesaari.com/purchase-books/
Cost: $2.99

Ratings (out of 5):
Quality: 4.0
Value: 4.0

My Member Review

David Saari’s Lateral Hazard is not a golf book but rather a murder mystery with a golf setting.  Aspiring tour pro, Samantha “Sam” Williamson takes a job at the fictional Snake River Golf Club (MN) and soon finds herself in the center of a murder mystery involving around her step mother.  From there the story takes a number of twists and turns which keeps the reader in the dark until the conclusion.

Lateral Hazard is an easy and pleasant read.  There is enough golf-related material to show David can find his way around a golf course yet non-golfers will find the story does not require an intimate knowledge of the game to enjoy the book. 

The story is fast-paced and the opening chapter jumps right into the crime.  As the investigation ensues, the various characters are introduced to the reader and one quickly realizes this is no ordinary murder.  Eventually, "Sam" and her club pro partner must become involved to move the investigation along.

As a casual read, I can recommend Lateral Hazard to TST.  Mr. Saari has two previous novels but unlike some authors, there is no back story that requires one to read the older books.

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Product Name: Lateral Hazard
Product Type: Book - Novel
Product Website/URL: https://davesaari.com/purchase-books/
Cost: $2.99

Ratings (out of 5):
Quality: 3.5
Value: 4.5

My Member Review

David Saari’s self-published Lateral Hazard was an enjoyable read. It is a murder mystery that takes place at a golf course in Minnesota. Saari weaves golf into the story but doesn't make it the focal point. For golfers, the familiar setting and references enhance the story a bit, but don't distract. It is well written and an easy read. I would file it under light summer reading.

Character development is very good for the most part. You learn a lot about the characters early on. Sam Williamson, her father Trevor and second wife.  Secondary characters are also developed well. You like or dislike most characters quickly.

I was a bit surprised at the ending. I thought Mr. Saari could have developed the story a bit more to transition into the ending. It was almost as if he left parts out. Great murder mysteries give clues that a reader would have reflected on and thought "Ah! I should have seen that coming!". The clues are subtle and not obvious. Lateral Hazard is missing that element.

For value, at $2.99, it is a bargain. I do recommend it though. Enjoy

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Product Name: Lateral Hazard
Product Type: Book - Novel
Product Website/URL: https://davesaari.com/purchase-books/
Cost: $2.99

Ratings (out of 5):
Quality: 4
Value: 4.5

My Member Review

David Saari’s Lateral Hazard is an enjoyable read which revolves around a golfing community. The book is only 200+ pages which one can read in a short period without losing interest.
The story begins in an unusual manner and jumps through various timeframes which was somewhat confusing.
As the story develops, I give the author credit to keeping an audience interested and entertained.

For those who like fictional crime stories which are somewhat realistic, readers will enjoy this book.
Anyone who lives in a golfing community can certainly visualize the story with the descriptive manner Dave introduces his material.
While reading, it does reflect somewhat to the everyday operations and events which happen at any club.
Any golfer should relate to the characters in the story, as we all meet or may know people who fit the description in the story.

He has previous novels, "Snowman and Slice" catchy names along with "Lateral Hazard" it is seems obvious he enjoys the game of golf in his real life.
Thank you Dave for giving us the opportunity to read your book.
I give it a thumbs up and will pass the book along to friends to read.

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