Sunday, June 12, 2016

A cry in the night - Mary Higgins Clark

This is my Twentienth book of Mary Higgins Clark, my favourite author. 20 more to go. 

 Jenny met Erich during one of his exhibitions. He was a renowned painter. And that tryst changed her life forever. Before meeting him, she was a single mother who was struggling hard to make both ends meet. Her two daughters were her world. Though divorced, she was also shelling out money to her ex-husband Kevin, who was dreaming of making it big in acting.  

Clark’s simple way of putting things has always helped me to walk with the characters and this time too, it is not different. Jenny got married to Erich in a hurry thinking that she had finally found the right man. What allured Erich to Jenny was her uncanny resemblance to his mother, Catherine. But was he her right man?

Things started going awry when she moved with him to his big mansion in Minnesota farm. Her happiness was short-lived. It all started with Erich insisting Jenny to wear Catherine’s gown which is aqua green in colour. After that, a series of incidents happened one by one which started straining Jenny’s sanity. Was she losing it?

The end was not unexpected. But what caught my attention was the way Clark delved into the psyche of Jenny. When each time she shuddered at various happenings in the mansion, I too shuddered.

I would give 4 stars for the book.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Keeping the Dead - Tess Gerritsen

This is the first story of Tess Gerritsen which did not excite me or scared me. Long and short, I did not like it and I also did not like how Dr Maura Isles is portrayed as a pining woman for a ' Daniel'.
Still, I will be her fan. Because she is the one who has actually scared the shit out of me through many of her other works.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Welcome Tess Gerritsen

Two years ago, I bade adieu to Tess Gerritsen with a heavy heart.
 Why so? I loved her books and when you part with something you loved, you will be obviously, sad. 
The gruesome details she explained in her books were something hard to digest. Her books would send shivers down my spine. 

I remember going to the library and forcing myself not to look at her books kept in the shelf.
When the yearning to read her books goes out of control, I would go to my parents home and ask my mother to sleep in my room until I finish it off. Now, mustering all the courage, I have decided to read her books one by one. A challenge to battle to my own fears.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Soil for my roots – Minal Sarosh

This book throws an important question – How could one preserve one's own roots in a cross cultural society ? Or rather, can one retain his/her individuality in a cross cultural society? When some characters in the book could retain it, some utterly fails in it. Unfortunately, the latter did not even realise that they do have one. 

This is Minal Sarosh's first book of fiction. The story progresses through Angela, the protagonist, a Gujrati christian. The story happens in Nasik and from there extends to Ahmedabad. Ask what is unique in her book ? It is her meticulous descriptions of place and events. You could feel the pulse of places and emotions narrated here.

Minal opens the story with Angela's ( protagonist) childhood and talks at length about the social scene which existed then. Gujrati, Tamilian, Malayalee – every one stayed together, she says. But as years flew by, the transformation occurs - the secular scene slowly turns into communal. Amidst these social changes, there are some who steadfastly holds onto their beliefs. Even for a moment, they are  neither ready to budge from it nor ready to put themselves in others' shoes. While, there are some who dares to delves into their inner self to know their identity and roots. And one such character is Sarah.

 Though the protagonist is Angela, my thoughts always lingered around Sarah, Angela's cousin. I felt, she is the one who could be called 'liberated' in the real sense. When Angela just went with the flow, Sarah showed some courage to know to her roots. Being a Christian does not stop her from participating in the Gharba dance or many such things which she was not allowed to do just because she is a christian. It's also strange that Sarah was finally let free by a superstition.  I could relate to her strongly.

Unravelling Sarah would have offered the reader many a revelations. I wish Minal had delved a bit more into Sarah's character. I still want to know more about her. Apart from it, how people responded to the earthquake that hit Gujrat once,  the gruesome Godhra carnage and also the riots that followed subsequently were also dealt with.  She has got a beautiful language that her words painted  a picture for the readers. 

I give her three stars. For a time fiction writer, she did well. 

Minal Sarosh started her literary career as a poet writing in English. She won the commendation prize in the All India Poetry competition 2005 organised by the Poetry Society (India) Delhi. 


Sunday, September 13, 2015

Want to delve into a mystery or just be a reader

I have been reading Mary Higgins Clark books continuously for about two months and thought would write a review only when I think I should write one.  Then I read “ No place like Home”'. And it's time to write something. What I am writing will not be a typical review.

Before explaining further, I would just write a few words on “ No place like home”- First off all, I loved it. A husband buys a plot for his newly wedded wife ( Celia Nolan). He keeps it, a secret until she is brought to the house as he wants to surprise her. And the house shocks her. It is her house where she had killed her mother years ago. She was a little girl, then. But did she kill her mother deliberately ? For that you will have to read the whole story. She was Liza Barton then and now her new identity is Celia Nolan. Then there comes a twist in the tale - The real estate agent who gets them the house is killed.

 I am not going any further. Because, any more information would kill the real joy of reading it. 

As I said above, it was an interesting read. But right from the beginning of this story, a name popped up in my mind – the name of 'who dunnit'. There was no hint strewn in any part of the story. But sometimes after reading years of thrillers and who dunnits, you  somehow garner that trait where you could tell who is the culprit. Many times, your guess would go wrong too. But that trait gets rooted, eventually.

Another logic also works behind it. If you want to have the real impact, the villian should be somebody whom you might not have thought about in your wildest imagination . And a reader like me, then start looking for someone who seems quite unattached with the murder. 

It gives a sense of satisfaction and thrill when you could identify him/her from a great writer's book. And this time, I was right with this book. But there is another point to ponder :  When you get a cue on the culprit, the culmination of final thrill is lost somewhere. I was mesmarised by the ending of ' The Murder in the Orient Express” by Agatha Christie. Could anybody have guessed that ending?

Long and short, If you want to be a good reader, stop guessing, And if you want to be an excellent writer, delve, delve and delve.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Going to read ' Gone Girl'. This is my first Gillian Flynn book. I was thinking of getting acquainted with a new crime writer every month. I, of course started it with ' Harlan Coben'. But as I got a transfer to other city and could not take many books with me. 'Harlan Coben' is safe in my own home in the other city. I will finish it, once I get back there. Now I have' Gone Girl' with me. I read great reviews about it, online. Hence, I thought I would go for it. Let's see how many days, I will take to complete it.