Good authors spend a lot of energy and time on constructing a plot and providing surprises to keep the reader engaged and entertained– when you come along and tell those twists and turns and outcomes, you have just spoiled it for anyone else–which is why it’s called a SPOILER. This is one time when you should be vague.
One thing that makes that challenge more formidable is the free-for-all that is the book review. It’s unfortunate that so many book reviewers don’t seem to understand what a review’s purpose is. In simplistic terms, a book review is meant to inform a potential reader of the merits (and sometimes, demerits) of a book, so that they can make an informed decision about whether or not to read it. A review is NOT a soapbox, a torture-chamber, nor an opportunity to elevate yourself above someone who does something you have never done yourself. Also, if you are not reading in a genre you like to begin with, you have no business doing a review.
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Source: Giving it Away : Spoilers as Both Noun & Accusation (Why Book Reviews Matter & How to Write a Proper One): (An Essay) | Watts Publishing | Group | http://wattspublishinggroup.com