I've been rolling around in the query pile this morning and find, as usual, some of you are trying to tell me about your book by comparing it to other books.
This one made me laugh out loud: "..novel has many of the elements found in books by Patrick Lee and Kennedy Foster."
I'm pretty sure the only elements books by Patrick Lee and Kennedy Foster have in common are that they are written in the English language.
I've read them both, more than once. I should know.
It's one of the great mysteries of reading and writing that what an author intends is not always what a reader sees. I remember talking with the incredibly talented Kate Christensen about her amazing book The Epicure's Lament. I waxed on enthusiastically about the King Lear qualities of the book, how she'd so cleverly inserted the references and nuances.
Kate Christensen is nothing if not polite and kind to her readership but the look on her face soon revealed she thought I'd lost my mind. I stopped babbling and said "you did mean to do that, right?" and she said, very kindly, "well, this is the first time I've really noticed the things you've mentioned." In other words "no, you crackpot."
I mention this because if you are comparing your books to two very dissimilar books, tell me WHY. It's not obvious to me what Kennedy Foster and Patrick Lee have in common (except that words in English thing.) Maybe you do.
Of course, this only works if you've actually read both books and thought about them.