It was recently pointed out to me by a blogger on twitter that she loved my new book - Playing House - coming out in Feb (yay!!) but was grappling with reviewing it because there were some scenes that might trigger people and she felt she needed to warn them but she was aware that, in doing so, she’d be giving away a huge spoiler, which other review readers mightn’t like.
She was finding it a tricky tightrope.
I must admit I’ve not read a book that’s triggered anything for me ever but then, I’ve been blessed with a pretty charmed life.
Have some books surprised/shocked me? Yes. Has it turned me off them? Occasionally, yes. Has it stopped me reading? I can think of maybe only once but that was due to the graphic depiction of violence and it wasn’t in romance.
Yes, I’m looking at you Wilbur Smith.
Has it stopped me buying/reading that author? Yes. I didn’t read Wilbur again for two decades but I’ve given up on way more authors because I didn’t like their style rather than the content of the plot.
So…now I’m curious. Do you like to know if there are any triggers in books before you read them? And what makes you stop reading a book/author, if anything?