The Standout by Laurel Osterkamp *Review

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Minneapolis, MN – Fans of Laurel Osterkamp’s Robin Bricker novels are in for an exciting treat asThe Standout is a 2015 Kindle Scout Winner!

The novel tells the spellbinding tale of Robin’s quest to win The Standout- a ballet themed fashion reality show. Surrounded by backstabbing contestants and haunted by mysterious ghosts from her past, Robin can’t trust anyone, including herself.

The Standout is a psychological thriller about love, betrayal, tall buildings and finding the courage to jump. The author skilfully weaves an engaging plot guaranteed to keep readers glued to the pages and at the edge of their seats. Though The Standout features the same characters as Osterkamp’s previous two Robin Bricker novels, the book can be read as a stand-alone without the reader feeling as though they missed something.

Asked about the inspiration behind the enthralling tale, Laurel said: “I got the idea for The Standout at a “Fashion Through the Decades” exhibit I saw at Minneapolis Art Institute. I was also inspired by reading books like Gone Girl, Girl on a Train and We Were Liars. Finally, stories from classical ballets like Giselle and Swan Lake also really influenced me, and I wove them into the narrative.”

The Standout was recently selected as a 2015 Kindle Scout Winner. Kindle Scout is a relatively new, reader-powered publishing program by Amazon, and it’s highly competitive. Selected books are published by Kindle Press, and authors receive a full publishing contract.

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5 Fangs
Robin and Nick just got engaged. Robin is trying to plan a wedding to happen in June. Then she gets a message to dump Nick or else. She is convinced it’s from an old friend who she unknowingly had an affair with her husband. Someone has hacked into her phone and Facebook and made a website just to slander her. Then she gets a call to go on the reality show The Standout. It’s a fashion reality show. Robin has already been on a reality show The Holdout and that’s how they know her. Nick promises to fix the issue while she is on the show. Things end up getting worse and then things are happening at the set of the show.
This was a good book. It has a fast pace that keeps you reading to find out more. The characters are interesting. I actually preferred reading about her brother Ted. I found his problems interesting. There was lots of mystery and and twists as to who was playing these games on Robin. I only wished they would have tied it up more at the end as to the why this person did it. The book The Holdout comes before this one but I did not feel like I had to read it first to be able to follow this one.
I would recommend this book to any one who enjoys suspense thrillers.
Reviewer for Paranormal Romance and Authors that Rock.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1450424357https://www.amazon.com/review/R21DQATCEWN8QG/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

About the book:
The Standout by Laurel Osterkamp
ASIN: B01678FMWY
Publisher: Kindle Press
Date of publish: November 10, 2015
Pages: 348
S.R.P.: $3.49

About the author:
Laurel Osterkamp is the author of eight novels and two novellas. Her first novel, Following My Toes won the Indie Excellence Book Awards for Best Chick Lit in 2008. Her next book, Starring in the Movie of My Life was a finalist in the 2011 Indie Excellence Finalist Book Awards and the International Book Awards. The Holdout was named one of the best books of 2014 by Indie Reader, and The Next Breath recently received Honourable Mention for Women’s Fiction for the 2015 RONE Awards.

Laurel teaches high school English and Creative Writing in Minneapolis, and she is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing.

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