Interesting. I wonder if it's skewed in any way.
As an example... ages ago, (practically with cavemen) when Amazon was still fairly new to me, I saw where another author had taken a reader review posted in one forum, and shared it on Amazon.
I thought, "Huh. Good idea."
So I did the same, noting the name of the person who had posted it, and where I'd gotten it.
At the time, I didn't see anything wrong with that. I was a new author just sharing good reviews I'd gotten to a broader audience.
But then Amazon did this thing where they changed the anonymity of the poster (moi) and suddenly, it didn't matter that I'd shared all the info, it looked like I'D given myself some good reviews.
Readers lynched me at least a dozen times. I felt like an immortal, because they killed me over and over.
No explanation was good enough.
But I was young and green about the biz and unaware that it was a no-no to share reviews from one forum to another.
That was my first lesson that some readers are in a love/hate relationship with authors and they're anxiously waiting for a chance to pounce.
I HOPE I haven't made any mega big mistakes like that since, but I wouldn't swear to it. I'm human.
So yeah, this author might be trying to manipulate reviews, but I saw nothing directly from her, just from other people quoting her. And not being in the class of "she without sin" I'm not going to throw a stone.
I hope it gets resolved without turning into one of those enormous online time-sucks. Life's too short and we could all be a lot happier.
Rainstorms and cold winds here today.