A very interesting item and discussion. I write in both the third person, (single viewpoint) for my Detective Inspector Horton crime novels and in the first person for my thrillers. I also always write from the male point of view and often get asked why I do so. I can't really say except that it was only when I started writing from the male point of view that I found my style! I have both male and female readers, which I find most rewarding. I enjoy writing (and reading) thrillers in the first person because it makes the novel faster and more 'thrilling'. When I first wrote In Cold Daylight ( a thriller) I wrote it in the third person and it wasn't until the revisions stage that I realised it just wasn't working, so I changed it to first person and it worked much better. Maybe readers thought so too because it was shortlisted for the World Book Day Prize and was voted by readers into the Top Ten Best Reads! I think it comes back to deciding, as a writer, whose story it really is, and what will be more entertaining for the reader.