What People Are Saying About What We Become
Updated: Jul 10
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 early reviews coming in for my second book and I'd like to share a selection with you.
Megan Green – Goodreads 5/5 Stars
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!
Dayna Willesee – NetGalley 5/5 Stars
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.
Susan Kaplan – Amazon 5/5 Stars - Surprising
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.
Tatjana C – Goodreads 5/5 Stars
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.
Heather Love – Amazon 5/5 Stars - 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.
When Ben met Kirsten, within the first 30 minutes of their first date, the way she behaved painted straight away what she would be like. Why, oh why is lust so blind? Why do people put up with so much from others? Kirsten was toxic from the first moment her character was mentioned in the book.
This obsessive relationship developed and destroyed Ben, the guy was broken and ended up in a downward spiral; he became an alcoholic and drug addict to survive, to make it through each day, if you can call how he ended up survival.
They had a daughter, Emma, whom Ben adored, she may not have been his, but that didn’t matter, he was a great father and Emma was a shining light. Sounded like a real cutie.
So what happened to influence Ben’s tragic self destruction? Why?
Definitely 5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ from me. Would highly recommend.
Ann Earl – Goodreads 5/5 Stars
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. It may be a fairly short book, but well worth the read.
Abbey Wilson – Amazon 4/5 Stars - 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.
Mary – Goodreads 5/5 Stars
Thoroughly enjoyed the storyline and read.
Amazon Customer – Amazon 4/5 Stars - 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.
Daniel Parker – Goodreads 5/5 Stars
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.
Taylor Johnson – NetGalley 5/5 Stars
Great writing and strong voice. Recommended if looking for a story that is as captivating as it is well-written.
Charlotte – Goodreads 5/5 Stars
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.
ciaotiamo – Instagram
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.
Nicole Garner – Goodreads 4/5 Stars
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!
Kelly Kay Erwin – NetGalley 5/5 Stars
What did I just read!!!!!! This book was so good, so full of emotions. What an ending!
Ann – Amazon 5/5 Stars - Surprising
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.
Mandy Godfrey – NetGalley 4/5 Stars
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.
Csimplot Simplot – Goodreads 5/5 Stars
Caroline Teel – NetGalley 4/5 Stars
What We Become is a great read! This page-turner won't let you put it down until the very end!
Jools Marshall – Facebook
I read it one go, was a great book - frustrating, sad and hopeful. Thank you for a brill read.
What We Become is available from Amazon