The Users Guide to Make-Believe by Jane Alexander @DrJaneAlexander @AllisonandBusby @annecater #BlogTour #MakeBelieveBook #RandomThingsTours

Firstly I wish to thank Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for inviting me on the Blog Tour for A User’s Guide To Make-Believe.

A User's Guide to Make-Believe: An all-too-plausible thriller that will have you gripped by [Alexander, Jane]


‘Terrifying…You may rethink your phone settings after reading’ Christina Dalcher, author of VOX

You create the fantasy. They control your mind.

Cassie McAllister worked at Imagen, the tech giant behind the cutting-edge virtual reality experience Make-Believe™, and she got to know the product far too well.

Now Cassie has been blocked from Make-Believe and legally gagged by the company. With Imagen holding all the cards and personal and public freedoms at stake, how far will she go to expose their deception?

A User’s Guide to Make-Believe compels you to enter its world and refuses to let you out. Read it, read it now!’ Helen Sedgwick, author of The Comet Seekers

What is Make-Believe™? Whatever you want it to be. Ever wanted to fly? Live out your ultimate fantasies? Tell your boss what you think of them? The only limit is you.

Cassie McAllister had the perfect job – bringing Make-Believe to life. Now the dream has been shattered, the nightmare has begun…


A User’s Guide to Make-Believe: An all-too-plausible thriller that will have you gripped


You know that this is only fiction but part of you wants it to be real. It only takes your imagination, a bit of time and of course a fee but it wouldn’t be long before it isn’t enough. Then, of course, there had been a few clients that had found more than they were looking for while using it.

Cassie had been with Imagen from the very beginning as one of the minds that they used to tweak the programme before the launch. For her and the other originals, it had become a daily fix. Well, that was until the day they were asked for the access passes and told they weren’t needed any more. A clause was put in place, a legal gagging order to prohibit her and those like her from telling anything about Make-Believe. So they form a help group and some of them seem very familiar to each other although they have never met.

I loved the concept of Make-Believe but the story turns edgy and darker when Cassie is dismissed. Who can she trust when she can no longer trust herself? Cassie is a well-developed character in the story that is easy to connect with. Beautiful descriptions of the Make-Believe places that made me think about what actually surrounded me that I took for granted. Plus the places that I could make myself. It is certainly a story that wakens up all of your senses.

I wish to thank the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.


Jane Alexander

Jane Alexander is an award-winning short story writer and novelist living in Edinburgh. She originally trained as an illustrator, before swapping sketchbooks for notebooks some years ago. She now works as a creative writing teacher and literary freelancer, as well as researching a Creative Writing PhD in uncanny short fiction. The Last Treasure Hunt is her debut novel.


Twitter: @DrJaneAlexander



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