Review Policy & Contact

Review Policy updated: 16th June 2022
This is the current, most up to date version. If changes are required they will be made to this page accordingly.

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I am very happy to review books on request from publicists/publishers in exchange for an honest review which will be cross posted to Amazon UK/US, Waterstones and Goodreads a few days after being posted to my blog. I also post a snippet of my review to Instagram around the same time as posting to damppebbles.

However, please be aware that I am very selective about the books I read and will only take on titles I feel I will enjoy.

My preference is for:
💀 Crime fiction
💀 Serial Killer Thrillers
💀 Literary crime
💀 Psychological thrillers
💀 Suspense
💀 Dystopian thrillers
💀 Police procedurals
💀 Mysteries
💀 Domestic thrillers
💀 Horror, so please do not be offended if I turn down other genres.

I find I often struggle with:
❌ Espionage/spy thrillers
❌ Legal thrillers
❌ Financial thrillers
❌ Action-adventure thrillers
❌ Romantic thrillers
❌ Political thrillers
❌ Military thrillers
❌ Tech thrillers
❌ Thrillers with a James Bond type lead (even if it’s a female lead)
❌ Cosy crime
❌ Gangland thrillers
❌ Books not classed as horror but with a supernatural twist

I realise this list is quite detailed but I’ve learnt over the years the type of books I enjoy (it’s official, I am a very fussy reader 😂) and those that perhaps aren’t the best fit for me. My ‘go to’ sub genres are police procedurals and serial killer thrillers under the crime fiction umbrella, and 80s/90s slasher fiction in the horror genre.

If you would like me to review your book please email me (I’m Emma) at giving a brief outline of the book and any deadlines that need to be met. I’m currently working approximately two months in advance.

I’m happy to review paperback and hardback proofs and ARCs. I also review eBooks but I do prefer a physical copy. I do not review audiobooks at the moment.

I am not a qualified proofreader, nor am I a beta reader. There are much more qualified people out there than me who can offer these services, normally at a cost.

My reviews are always honest but I will not post an overly negative review. If it turns out that your book isn’t my cup of tea I will not review it. I do often award books three stars as to me, a three star rating equates a good enjoyable read. I do post half stars but I round up rather than rounding down when posting reviews to Amazon, Goodreads and Waterstones. An explanation of my ratings is below.

My ratings:
⭐⭐⭐ I liked it!
⭐⭐⭐⭐ I REALLY liked it!
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I loved it!

If you’re on Twitter give me a follow @damppebbles, my Facebook page is, my no-frills Instagram is or email me at (after 6 years of receiving emails addressed to Dear Damp Pebbles which is neither my name [I’m Emma], nor the name of my blog [ – all lower case and one word – with or without the dot com!], I tend to ignore these emails – just a friendly heads up 😂🤣). I do my utmost to get your name and the title of your book correct so it would be much appreciated in return. Thank you!