What People Are Saying About What We Become
Updated: May 2
A special thank you to all those who have purchased, reviewed and supported What We Become. It's been amazing to read some of the reviews coming in for my second book and I'd like to share a selection with you.
What We Become is available from Amazon
Taut, thrilling, a page turner, just a few words to describe this read. It is certainly destined to be a best seller. I don't give reviews like this often (in fact, I don't think I've ever given a 5 star rating).
Ben's heart is captured by a narcissistic love interest who leaves him broken emotionally, physically and mentally. I don't want to give any spoilers, so I will give a short synopsis. This novel swings between the past and present cleverly. Leaving the reader on the edge of their seat. It is a slick thriller that keeps you guessing until close to the end of the book.
If you are looking for a fast paced book, with twists and turns all over the place, look no further.
- Dayna Willesee, NetGalley
I absolutely loved the protagonist's self conversations. The battle between love and hate. Our mental well being is so important in crisis, the desolation is very well described. Love it.
- Wairimu K Warobi, Amazon
Well written, intriguing, emotional and mysterious!
I was captivated as soon as I began reading this book and found it hard to put down. The characters were interesting, the relationships believable and the author’s writing style, excellent! I was not expecting that ending at all. This is so sad!!
The storyline jumps from past to present, which I really enjoyed because it builds a deep insight and understanding of the characters and their lives, and I also love that the story stirred so much emotion. I felt so sorry for Ben (the main character).
This book kept me so intrigued, it was obvious Ben had something planned but the story is mysterious and slowly unravels bits and pieces as you go along, hence the reason I couldn’t put it down, I just had to find out how this was going to end. What I can tell you though, is everything I thought, was actually wrong, when all is revealed, I was not expecting it at all and it bought tears to my eyes!!
I really enjoyed this, it was emotionally engaging, mysterious, sad and it kept me captivated the entire way through.
- Chryssie, Amazon
Just finished this book. Another winner, couldn't put it down, I had to finish it. Looking forward to reading more by this author. Has a very different way of drawing you into another world with surprises around every corner.
- Theresa Evans, Facebook
I really liked this book. It is an unusual and suspenseful book that leaves the reader hanging until the very end. It’s impossible to say anything that’s not a spoiler, so I’m just going to say I read it in one sitting, was hooked into what I thought was reality from the very beginning, and was thrown completely off guard by the end. The story is told going back and forth in the protagonist’s life (Ben) and from his point of view, and it is told extremely well. Highly recommended. I’d love to read more by this writer.
- Susan Kaplan, Amazon
Wow! Okay, I read this book in one day and there are so many parts that I loved about this book. The writing style was great! I enjoyed the flashbacks that had meaning to the plot and weren't boring! The depth of the main character is insane and other characters were written well too. Overall, I enjoyed this wild story a lot more then I thought I would!
- Megan Green, Goodreads
Great depth to characters
I loved this book. A clever twist to the story leads you to believe one thing, and then you find it to be something else, entirely. Main characters Ben and Kirsten were illustrated in such a way to create full, extreme personalities that were so believable, I felt I knew them well. Ben has many issues and inner turmoil, the causes of which unravel as the story progresses. The book flowed throughout, carrying you to the end at a fast pace. Excellent.
- TEM, Amazon
What We Become is about a guy, Ben, deeply in love and almost obsessed with a woman - unfortunately, the wrong one. His character of Ben develops all the way through the book, but I will not reveal any more. It is interesting how the people around us can influence what we become in our lives.
I have just finished this book and I was really impressed with it. It is cleverly written and using variation in tenses, the focus shifts from past to present and gives an excellent view of the reasons why certain things take place. What is more, some of the book is set in Thailand, with beautiful descriptions of Phuket Island and Bangkok.
With all the little twists and turns the book really gripped me and kept me guessing to the end. The end, I could never have predicted.
- Tatjana C, Goodreads
Excellent Read, A Must
Fantastic read, well written with many twists. It's a page turning book. Unexpected ending, but I couldn't put the book down. So worth a read.
- Gill D, Amazon
I was immediately attracted by the pretty cover of this book which made me want to read the summary and especially to read this book. A book read in one sitting, so much I was hooked on the story. So gripping, addictive, captivating with endearing characters.
- Myreadbooks, Goodreads
Loved Towards the Within, the author's first book, so it was inevitable to read his second book as well. A different story. A different setting. But again his writing is detailed and passionate, it felt as if I was standing right there with the characters. Despite the fact, that I needed some time to adjust to the time jumps, I felt the urge to continue reading and just couldn't put it down. It was a fiery trip through the depths of the human psyche and interpersonal aberrations. It leaves you with lots to think about. Recommended! But beware: reading the final chapters in public might cause unexpected incidents. On my train ride I bawled my eyes out. I was heartbroken. Curious people looked at me. Awkward! This touching story left me no choice.
- Yvonne Oschmann, Instagram
This story was so heavy, it totally left me hanging until the very end. Also, I cannot tell a lot without spoiling the whole book. This story is so amazing that I read it in one sitting and I was hooked from the very beginning till the end. I would highly recommend this book to everyone loving thrilling stories.
- Esther Siedler, NetGalley
Written from the heart. So much emotion and angst!
I can’t breathe, I’m filled with sadness and shed a silent tear, my mind in a mess. I’ve just finished ‘What we Become’, a brilliant book. I was captivated from the start.
This book is written from the heart. So much emotion and angst. It’s a fast paced and easy read with twists and turns and loads of soul. The way in which Willis writes, he takes you there, you can hear it, smell it, touch it and imagine it. The depths of despair 😩 when he has put pen to 📝 are real, authentic and raw. However, revenge isn’t always sweet.
This book is about relationships, friendships and who one can trust. About how someone can break the spirit of a very dignified, fit and successful person. Kirsten brought Ben to his knees as a result of her narcissistic behaviour. She was warped, dangerous and mean.
The introduction paragraphs are so true to life, the way he writes encourages you to think about how you would feel and react in that situation, and it’s just so.... Willis gets across how it is, or is this the cynic in me. 😂 Willis has lived it.
He’s arrogant and rude. Which people don’t like, however he can’t make friends, he can’t show emotion. He has a job to do. I need to be careful as don’t want to go into too much detail, no need for spoilers, you just need to read the book.
So what happened to influence Ben’s tragic self destruction? Why?
Definitely 5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ from me. Would highly recommend.
- Heather Love, Amazon
A brilliant read. I couldn’t put it down, and it wasn't the ending I was expecting.
- Val Porter, Facebook
I received a copy of this book a while back and after reading what it was about I was intrigued to see what the author could do with the story. I am so happy to admit that this book did not only fulfil my expectations but it surpassed them.
The writing was good, it wasn’t too complicated or too simple and it allowed the story to flow naturally. The characters felt very real to me, I hated some, and my heart went out to others. The dual timeline was at first confusing to me, however, in the end when it all comes together I was blown away and I was able to appreciate why the author chose that type of narrative.
Overall, I was very happy I gave this book a chance, the ending left me with some type of uneasiness but I understand that was the whole idea. This book is a fast, thrilling and exciting novel about love, grief and how far we are able to go for those we love.
- Pao Vilchis, Goodreads
Absolutely loved this book. Read it whilst working nightshifts and literally couldn't put down.
- Tina, Amazon
This took a really interesting turn, it was something I wasn’t expecting. I liked how this was an abusive relationship story with the man as the victim.
- Natalia Bradley, NetGalley
Highly recommended, I had trouble putting it down.
- Teresa Lambert, Amazon
I did enjoy this book, though somewhat different from the author's previous offering. As I read, I thought I could predict, almost, how the the life of the main character, Ben would work out, but how wrong I was. There were shocking surprises and twists in the story, but it certainly kept my interest from first page to last. Well worth the read.
- Ann Earl, Goodreads
Couldn't put this book down until I finished!
We follow Ben down a dark path flicking between past and present to uncover the turmoil caused by Kirsten, questioning who he can trust again. There were several times within this book I had to stop in shock as past traumas were revealed. A story of inner turmoil and indescribable anguish in this suspenseful tale, that left me emotional to the end. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
- Abbey Wilson, Amazon
Enjoyable, descriptive, and dark
I really enjoyed this book, and although it was quite dark in places, there was a huge twist at the end that took me by surprise. It was as descriptive as Reece's first book, and I will keep my eyes peeled for when the third book lands.
- Amazon Customer, Amazon
I read this straight after Towards the Within. I didn't warm to the character Ben immediately, but then soon realised how cleverly the book was written for this very reason. I was hooked from the beginning and found the story to be utterly compelling. Reece Willis is now one of my all time favourite authors.
- Daniel Parker, Goodreads
Wow!!! I picked this book up because I saw some reviews on @rwillisauthor Instagram page talking about "staying up to finish", so I had to find out what it was all about.
This was a very fast, easy read. The end was NOT what I was expecting it to be at all. Actually, the whole story of Ben going after Kirsten was not what I was expecting either. Overall, I really liked this.
- Kuhlreads, Instagram
Great writing and strong voice. Recommended if looking for a story that is as captivating as it is well-written.
- Taylor Johnson, NetGalley
I really enjoyed this book. It’s well written and moves at a steady pace. Once I started I just kept going. The characters were interesting and the relationships between them complex, which for me made it all the more relatable and real. The story combines a clever scale of emotions from joy through to complete despair and illustrates how any one of us can be pulled from an ordinary life into one of desperation and hopelessness.
- Charlotte, Goodreads
Finished up 'What We Become' by Reece Willis on my lunch break. I didn't have much left because I tore through it last night. Such a great read. It was a lot different from my thrillers that I read, but definitely suspenseful.
- ciaotiamo, Instagram
I actually really enjoyed this book! I wasn't sure what to expect. I wasn't always sure if the perspective was present or past, it was easy to figure out though after I kept reading. And I also enjoyed the fact that is was written with a British accent at times. I was sucked into the book after the 2nd chapter and didn't stop until I finished it! Will definitely recommend it to my bookish friends!
- Nicole Garner, Goodreads
Wow! What did I just read!!!!!! This book was so good, so full of emotions. What an ending!
- Kelly Kay Erwin, NetGalley
A good read with a few surprises. Ben had a reasonably ordinary childhood & upbringing & after school he started his own business. Then he met & fell in love with a girl & they moved in together. What promised to be a happy future soon turned sour & Ben's life careered off on a very destructive path. Yet I couldn't help but feel for him as his life unravelled. Even though he had a couple of chances of happiness, sadly he seemed unable to commit to either & there were a couple of shocking twists I was not expecting. Overall a lot is packed into its pages & worth the read.
- Ann, Amazon
I really enjoyed this book. I did find the start a little slow but stick with it as it is all relevant to the story. Great characters, I felt like I knew them all personally and really routed for the main character, Ben.
- Mandy Godfrey, NetGalley
Wow! Not what I was expecting
Ben meets Kirsten and they fall in love, although, it appears that Ben falls a little harder. Kirsten moves in with Ben and then her true colors come out. She is self-centred and extremely selfish. Kirsten has changed Ben, and not for the better. This is written with every other chapter being present day and then events leading up to present day. You get to see where Ben started from and then how far he has fallen. You cannot like Kirsten. She has no redeeming qualities. And I had a hard time liking Ben in the present, until you find out why he has fallen so far. From the premise of the book, this book is not really what I was expecting. I was shocked at the ending. This is a fast and easy read, which I would recommend.
- Mary K, Amazon
What We Become is a great read! This page-turner won't let you put it down until the very end!
- Caroline Teel, NetGalley
I read it one go, was a great book - frustrating, sad and hopeful. Thank you for a brill read.
- Jools Marshall, Facebook
What We Become is available from Amazon