Mari The reviews in books are not unbiased! The author publisher are not going to put negative or critical reviews inside the book. Thier job is to make as much $ as possible on it. I remembered seeing something on tv about how publishers paid other people for thier reviews inside the book some of them never even read the book they were reviewing. The best way to find out if you will like a book or not is to find someone with similar reading styles.
MaryAlice I have read rave reviews about books that I could not get past three chapters; so I tend to do as Jeanne Rife said ~ get an idea of what a book is about via reading reviews; check out author's writing, then check book out of library hoping it will be worth reading.
Jeanne Rife I always take reviews of a book on the cover as practically paid for. Some of them are. For me, it's safer to just read the synopsis and see if it is the type of book I would like. If possible, I'll read a page or two on Amazon's Look Inside to see if the writing seems good. Can't take word of mouth, really. Lots of people loved Gone Girl and I hated it.