When will people ever learn it? If a deal seems like it's way too good to be true, that's usually what it is. Stay away from it. When Ben is asked to co-write a book with a famous author, he jumps at the opportunity immediately. Soon, he finds out that wasn't such a good idea.
This was a weird book, but not really in the good way. A lot was going on. The stalking/bullying together with a lot of mysterious (and unfortunately completely unexplained) things and more than a touch of fantasy and horror as well. It takes a wonderful conclusion to fit all these different elements together in the right way, but that's not what happened. The ending let the book down, as it didn't explain most of what happened and only left me with more questions. The last twist on the final page just left me with another sigh.
Ben is also a very annoying character. He felt like the character you love to hate, as he is portrayed as a jerk making fun of literally everyone who wants to help him, although I believe it was probably the intention you felt sorry for him, for all the bad things that are happening. He's not as freaked out as he should be considering what's happening to him and does he call the police at any point? Of course not, and all of that for perhaps 50.000 dollar. I admit, that's a lot of money, but way not enough for the things he's had to endure.
Besides this book broadcasts some of the worst German caricatures I've read in the last years. The whole company doesn't make any sense to me, but I won't disclose too much since I don't want to spoil it.
The writing was okay but the story far too long. Perhaps it was just me, but I didn't like the main character and I thought the story at times was just weird for the weirdness of it since it didn't get explained at the end at all.
I won a copy of The Pen Name in a BookLikes giveaway.