The whole point of Amazon customer reviews is that they are supposed to be the unsolicited opinions of disinterested amateurs. (A quote from Iain Manson, the No Hoper).
Harriet Klausner is neither unsolicited nor disinterested and she is not an amateur. She is a reviewer who is paid by the publishing industry, receives free books in exchange for good reviews, or free advance copies, all of which she is supposed to disclose. Do you see that disclaimer anywhere? Of course not, because she WANTS you to believe that she is your ordinary reader just like you and me. The new ethic in today's world of reviewing is that reviewers don't have to read the books they review, in spite of the consumer's belief that a reviewer has read the book. In fact, reviewers argue that because they don't have to read the books they review, they aren't required to SAY they read the book. Yeah, and I'm a carpenter--I've just never used any tools or built anything.
Harriet posted 45 bogus reviews overnight, all of which were 4 stars or higher. In the last 11 years she has posted 27,784 reviews, averaging 6.5 to 7 books fake read and fake reviewed every day of the week, every week of the year. She is employed as a paid staffer for the Washington Times, Baryon, Porthole Cruise Magazine, Affaire de Coeur, and I Love a Mystery; is an advance reader for Double Day, a print editor for Painted Rock, and a resident scholar of AllReaders.com; she is a member of many more online reviewing consortiums; she owns and operates two of her own websites. She makes an untold number of $$ from reselling her free advance copies of books back to other booksellers. She has skillfully packaged herself so that she is an invaluable marketing tool to publishers, authors, and Amazon while duping unsuspecting readers like you and I.
If you have any doubt about whether or not she reads the books she reviews, just go back to a review of a book AFTER you've read it to see how much she gets wrong and how much she leaves out. Then google her. She is a notorious fake.
Klausner is incapable of telling the truth because she is consumed with several things: being on the top of the heap, being famous, and making lots of dishonest money.
Her reviews devalue all reader reviews and she thumbs her nose at the entire process with help from Amazon. Readers everywhere should be insulted by this fraudulent activity.
It's time for a call to arms.