"One of the most difficult things about being an author must be living up to reader expectations because it’s a can’t-win-for-losing proposition. One of the hardest things about being a reader is not to have expectations. But, right or wrong, after we become so emotionally invested in a series and its characters, there are certain things we come to anticipate based upon what we’ve already been shown. And while I was in no way entirely disappointed in Starting Point, I also feel very strongly that it doesn’t live up to the intensity and emotional impact of the two books that came before it. The reality of it is that there was a huge contrast between the visceral grittiness of Point of No Return and Breaking Point, and the sweetness that is Starting Point, and it was those differences that were difficult to reconcile."