D.I.Kim Stone Book#10: Dead Memories Review

This is the only series that has kept my interest for so long, I mean 10th book in this series and it is still awesome like the first one. It even gets better with each book. D.I.Kim Stone has the ability to shut her traumatic memories in sealed boxes in her memory, but someone has got access to a file from her past life and has started re-creating those traumatic memories and Kim has to stop that person before it is too late.
This one wasn’t predictable and as a matter of fact I went with Kim looking for that unknown person who hated her so much. In that way, the suspense was too good until the climax.
The D.I. Kim Stone series has been close to my heart for years now; and I eagerly wait for the next book to be released.In Dead Memories, DI Kim Stone must face her past in order to determine her future and to catch the killer.Kim has arrested many bad people, many have grudges, many had their lives changed due to this, who has the most hatred for her? Read this thriller to know.
I would suggest to start from Book#1 for those who haven’t read this series so far. My rating is 5/5. Highly recommended.
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Fatal Promise (D.I. Kim Stone, #9) Book Review

D.I.Kim Stone had become part of my life sometime back. After the tragic and heart breaking climax of book#8, I wanted to know how Kim and her team moved ahead? So, was eagerly waiting for this book. After the last case, Kim Stone’s small team was moved to various stations to handle different things. Now, they regroup to catch a serial killer.

They have got Kev Dawson’s replacement, but Kim isn’t willing to accept his replacement Penn. With each book, we get to Kim Stone and her team members: Byrant and Stacy better. Especially, Kim, who thinks she is personally responsible for Dawson’s death, retreating into her shell like a tortoise, boxing the things that bother her much. Kim doesn’t even open with her best friend at work Bryant.

Though Kim has returned to work after the surgery, her boss Woody wants to know if she mentally fit for re-joining work? Ted’s analysis of Kim towards the end and even Byrant’s chat with Kim are well done. I had to re-read those parts as they were best parts of this book. Angela Marsons happens one of the best crime writers of our time. This one is the best longest series I have read so far. Still it is as good as any book in this series. I highly recommend this series to those who like suspense and nail biting thrillers.

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Dying Truth (Book#8) Review

This is one series along with D.I.Erika Foster series that I have been reading. Also this is the first book which I read on my new Kindle. I never thought a crime series would make feel so emotional. In someway, I got attached to the characters of this series for so long. I felt like I personally knew each one of them while reading this series. So, it was really heart breaking when one of those characters meets with a tragic end towards the climax of this story. The best part of the Kim series is each one of the characters of this series. Angela Marsons is no doubt one of the best crime writers. It is not an easy task to keep series alive after say 7th Book. The last two chapters of this book emotionally drained me. It was like in real life when you lose someone whom you knew…when you realise that person is no more…it is the same feeling that lingered in my mind for days. Now, I would like to see how the story progresses further in Book#9. If you like suspense thrillers then this is one of the best series to read. I highly recommend it.

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Deadly Secrets Book Review

I have been following Detective Erika Foster series and this one is the 6th book in the series. The story is set during Christmas, it is about Marissa Lewis who is young and beautiful and who is murdered in front of her house. As Erika tries to put the puzzle together through the bits and pieces of information shared by people who knew Marissa, it becomes complicated as a stalker who attacks both men and women – witnesses describe him as very tall, and wearing black clothes – but what makes him stand out from the usual attacker is the fact that he always wears a gas mask. Is he related to this murder case? The suspense runs almost close to the end. It keeps readers guessing! To make matters worse, Erika’s father-in-law has a fall and is hospitalized. So, Erika has to handover the case to Moss and rush to her father-in-law’s care. Will Moss be able to solve this case? You need to read this fast paced thriller to know more about the story. Robert Bryndza has emerged as one of the best crime writers and in turn, making Detective Inspector Erika Foster a memorable character. It is 4 stars from me.

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This Dark Place (Detective Kelly Moore#1)

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This Dark Place (Detective Kelly Moo#1) is debut crime novel by Claire Kittredge in which she introduces the reader to NYPD detective Kelly Moore who comes to London under recommendation to solve a case and to catch a cold blooded serial killer. What I liked most about the book was that it was a good page turner which kept me guessing until the very end and I had no clue who the killer was? I would like to read more about Kelly Moore and her missing sister. Hopefully, the story would continue in the next book. The book was well written by Claire and I was drawn into the story. Also I was concerned about Kelly, as I started liking her. The characters in the story were well developed. Every writer leaves a part of her/him in the story. Likewise, I found some part of Claire in Kelly as well. Both are good at boxing! So, be careful 🙂 This seems to be a promising series like other D.I. Series I have been reading : D.I. Kim Stone and Erika Foster. Surely, Claire is the author to look out for! I am eagerly waiting for the next book in this series. Many thanks to Claire for remembering me and providing me a copy to read. I wish Claire all the very best for her writing and loads of success with her new series.

The Storyteller Speaks by Annika Perry – Book Review

The Storyteller Speaks is a collection of short stories by Annika Perry. The collection of short stories are both uplifting as well as heart breaking. 

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I loved the story “Biding her time” as it took me to the magical world of two lovers, I was so much lost in the story that I felt forced to come out of it into the real world when it ended on a positive note. That is the first story of the book.

I should say that the writing by Annika is mesmerizingly wonderful, poetic and is a beautiful read. The stories are different from each other: some are dark while some are light hearted. However, the best thing about these stories are that they have deep emotions of ordinary people as they go through various human feelings. The readers feel connected to these wonderful stories while reading them. The first and the last story are my favourite stories of the book.

I highly recommend this book to all those who love reading short stories, as each story is well written bringing characters to life, surely these powerful stories do win your heart. The book is available on amazon.in as paperback which would cost Rs.661+Rs.90 shipping charges and Kindle edition ebook would cost Rs.241. Here is the link..

 

 

A face in the Dark & other Hauntings Book Review

“That night there was a thunderstorm. My bedroom window kept banging in the wind, I got up to close it and, as I looked out, there was a flash of lighting and I saw that frail body again, swinging from the oak tree..” these are the line from one of the collected stories of the supernatural named “Topaz” by my favourite writer Ruskin Bond.

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The book has some 28 short scary stories written by Ruskin Bond over five decades.

The book opens with well known story “A face in the dark”, My two favourites are “Topaz” and “A face in the dark”. These two stories refused to go out of my mind. In fact, these two stories inspired me in writing my own scary short stories.

Well, one story from the book “Susanna’s seven husbands” was adapted and made into a movie named “7 khoon maaf” starring Priyanka Chopra.

“The trouble with jinns” is a story about a jinn who loses one hand, and learns his lesson the hard way. “The daffodil case” has Sherlock Holmes and Watson.

The best thing about these supernatural stories are that they have a feel of natural and therefore, give the reader a feeling of close to reality.

This one happens to be one of my favourite book from Ruskin Bond.

 

Heidi ~ The Book I loved as a Kid

When I was a kid I had become a member of my local library hoping to borrow books and read them in leisure at home. However, only after becoming a member did I realize that the best books are only for reference and not to be taken outside the library premises. Well, I had spent hours together every weekend going through one story book after another. I had loved many stories as a kid. My favourite one and the story I loved most was Heidi, which was written in the year 1881. Heidi is a novel set in the Swiss Alps. It is about a little girl of 5 years who is sent to live with her uncle.

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The story was so enchanting that I was magically transported to the world of Heidi when I started reading the book. It was only after this book did I realize that stories are immortal as they live for ever, making the writer immortal as well. It was more than 100 years later I was reading this mesmerising story of a girl whom no would hate, but would love. That is the magic of Heidi.

Even after many years have passed since I read this book, Heidi has always dwelled in my heart. The book was written by Mrs.Johanna Spyri, who was a native Swiss, the book was originally written in German first. Later, it was translated into English and many other languages. I would like to read this book once again sometime and relive my childhood days through this wonderful story.

Shiva Trilogy #1-3 By Amish Tripathi Book Series Review

Among Hindu Gods, one God I had fallen in love during my childhood days was Lord Shiva. I believe in universal God, but still I was attracted towards this God who is so serene and peaceful during his meditation. However, his angry form is beyond anyone’s imagination. I remember the Shivaratri festival since those days, which is coming tomorrow. It is observed by chanting prayers, fasting and by remembering Lord Shiva, the biggest or the greatest Hindu God.

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When I came to know that a series was written by Amish Tripathi – Shiva Trilogy namely three books : 1) The Immortals of Mehula, 2)The Secrets of Nagas and 3) The Oath of Vayuputras, I was sceptical to read this series for a long time. I had my own imagination and reverence of Lord Shiva. And this was purely fictionalised form of story telling which would be far from the mythology that has been preserved and passed on from generation to generation.

As many people whom I know started asking me if I had read this series? I wanted to see what this series is all about. So, I started reading this series.

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As I started reading the first book, I was drawn into the story. It had the connecting dots of popular beliefs and rituals. The plot twists were also there which made it an amazing read, and sustained in my interest as the story unfolded. The good vs evil which has been there for eternity also finds a place in this series. The true and deep love between Shiva and Sati was like something breath taking, and you feel for them both, which made me to realize that this was an amazing series like say The Lord of the Rings series.

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I had to keep aside whatever I had learnt through the Hindu mythology while I was reading this series as this is a fiction and like a thrilling love story between Shiva and Sati. I fell in love with Shiva a thousand times or even more while I was reading this series. Also I am looking forward to re-read it sometime once again. I had gone through various emotions while reading this series. I have to conclude that it was an amazing series depicting Hindu Gods as human beings for the sake of this fictional series.

These books gives new definition to evil. It says that extreme good turns into evil. The best part is that no one is evil in this book, everyone acts as per the situation. Only after reading this series that I started thinking about Asuras, the demons. From their point of view, they are not bad and that is the main problem. They see Gods in different shade altogether.

It is a wonderful series. I felt that last book could have been different or better. Maybe, that was the only way to conclude this amazing series.

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I know God doesn’t have any form. But if I could see him once, just once then I would like to see in form of Lord Shiva, the greatest Hindu God. Yes, I have seen him many times in my dreams.

Tea for two and a piece of cake by Preeti Shenoy Book Review

Tea for Two

Book Review

It was really nice to meet Preeti Shenoy, author of three books, during the book launch of “Tea for two and a piece of cake” at Landmark, Bangalore, on 14th Feb., along with my colleague Prashanth.

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To be frank, the synopsis of this book didn’t appeal much to me when I read it, but then, I had loved the author’s previous book “Life is what you make it”. So, I wanted to read this one too.

The story is about ‘Nisha’, who had lost her mother in her childhood, and has uncaring father. Her job at point to point travel agency is her world, and the only friends she has are her colleagues Chaitanya and Akash. A chance date with the office hunk Prashanth and a bizarre twist of events sees her losing what she values so much in her life – her Job. When she almost gives up hope of finding another job, she meets Samir Sharma, who helps her to get a job in a better company. She ends up marrying Samir. All seems to be well.They have two kids, Tanya and Rohit.

Eight years later, the comfortable world she carved for herself comes crashing down, when Samir announces that he is leaving her for a younger woman, Maya.

As Nisha, struggles to stand on her own feet, hope comes into her life in the form of Akash, a younger guy, who is certain he has found the woman of his dreams in Nisha, who does not ever want to depend on another man again, nor does she want Akash to be straddled to a woman with two children.

You may ask, what the “Tea for two and a piece of cake” has to do with this story? It is the sweet and warm character Mrs.B, Nisha’s neighbor, who brings in this concept, while having conversation with ‘Nisha’.

The book focuses on the point that by just giving birth to children, we don’t make good parents. It is bringing them up with love and care, which makes us so.

I really loved Akash’s endearing  character in this story. Also my heart went to ‘Nisha’, despite life pushing her off track…she manages to stand up with courage and fights back.I wish every woman reads this book and takes control of her life like ‘Nisha’ does in this story, if at all life throws a challenge like this one in their individual lives.

Also every husband should read it too so that they could understand their spouses better.

I am really glad that Preeti is writing something different every time. I wish she starts writing her next book soon, so that I don’t have to wait for it long.

Thanks to Preeti, this is my second book review. My first one was for her book “Life is what you make it”.

Preeti could be one of the best story tellers of our time, if she continues writing wonderful and heart touching stories like this one.