Well, the fact of the matter is that yes, nine out of the ten 5-star reviews were from people who beta read my novel before it was published. That being said, however, as I wrote in a previous post here on this site, I had a broad cross section of beta readers, all of whom I requested that they give me honest feedback on this story. They gave it to me then, and they were anxious to give their opinions on Amazon once I finally published it.
So what makes their reviews any more "fake" than any others? Is it somehow a crime to have friends who like a book post good reviews about it? I would love to have impartial reviewers read and rate this book, and am not afraid of negative reviews, but as an unknown author, I am finding it hard to obtain reviews from anyone but friends. So what's the answer? I don't know. I only know that I will never stoop to the level of these two trolls and trash someone else' work without at least reading it first.