PRIVATE DELHI BY ASHWIN SANGHI AND JAMES PATTERSON

 

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Ashwin Sanghi and James Patterson come together for the second installment of the collab series this time in delhi. Having read and liked both of their stuff separately I was very excited to read this thriller.

 

STUFF ON THE BACKCOVER SAYS

Santosh Wagh quit his job as head of Private India after harrowing events in Mumbai almost got him killed. But Jack Morgan, global head of the world’s finest investigation agency, needs him back. Jack is setting up a new office in Delhi, and Santosh is the only person he can trust.

Still battling his demons, Santosh accepts, and it’s not long before the agency takes on a case that could make or break them. Plastic barrels containing dissolved human remains have been found in the basement of a house in an upmarket area of South Delhi. But this isn’t just any house, this property belongs to the state government.

With the crime scene in lockdown and information suppressed by the authorities, delving too deep could make Santosh a target to be eliminated.

 

PLOT IN SHORT

The plot follows a serial killer who is running around killing some very important people in gruesome ways and our protagonist Mr. Wagh is given the job task of getting to the root of the matter. How he deals with a collection of officials; Commissioner of Police, government ministers, chairmen, doctors, governors etc. ,some are working alongside each other, some are sworn enemies, all while finding the killer is the gist of the story.

 

THE GOOD

  • Typical fast paced thriller
  • Short chapters make you want to finish the book in one go
  • Enough gore for Stephen king fans

 

THE BAD

  • A huge cast of political characters may confuse some readers
  • Plot is a little predictable
  • I dint find it believable that the killer could kill people with that much precision in the ways he did with a medical background.

MY THOUGHTS

Even though this is a fast paced thriller with a star detective I dint find Mr Wagh to be the star at all in this book. He doesn’t find any major leads or use his brilliance to find and legit clues. Also the killers modus operandi is a little unbelievable. Having said that the rest of the book is fast paced and a good read for the fans of this genre.

MY RATINGS

3/5

 

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NOVEMBER READS

Hello my fellow readers,

We have finally entered my favourite time of the year- the winter season! I love this last quarter of oct-nov-dec as it always brings along Diwali, Christmas and a fresh new year. The cool, humidity free weather makes it the best time to live in and snuggle up with books in Mumbai.

This month I have challenged myself to read and review Indian authors only. Let me tell you why – I very rarely pick up Indian authors as I somehow cannot relate to the characters. Also me being a sucker for horror and all things Stephen King do not find Bollywood style rom-coms or intensely emotional books very enticing. There is something about blood gore and the supernatural that keeps me hooked. Fantasy and thriller genre also have a special place in my heart.

I plan on reading everyone from Savi Sharma to Jhumpa Lahiri. I am currently reading Everyone Has A Story by Savi Sharma and plan to put a review real soon. Any recommendations for me would be welcome.

THE SECRET OF THE NAGAS BY AMISH TRIPATHI

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I wanted to read the part two of the Shiva trilogy as the first book ended with a cliff-hanger and for the first time an Indian author has managed to retain my attention for such a long time.

STUFF ON THE BACKCOVER SAYS

In a journey that will take him across the length and breadth of ancient India, Shiva searches for the truth in a land of deadly mysteries only to find that nothing is what it seems.

Fierce battles will be fought. Surprising alliances will be forged. Unbelievable secrets will be revealed in this second book of the Shiva Trilogy, the sequel to the #1 national bestseller, The Immortals of Meluha.

 PLOT IN SHORT

The story continues with the adventures of Shiva and company in the pursuit of true evil and everything bad across India with a lot of twists thrown in the middle which climax to a ‘shocking’ reveal at the end pretty much like the first book.

 

THE GOOD

  • Fast paced
  • Nice set up for the next book

 

THE BAD

  • Predictable plot twists
  • Poor literary language

 

MY THOUGHTS

A good sequel for a great concept by an Indian author. This one is for the fans of inian mythology and for those who liked the first book. Others can give this one a miss.

 

MY RATINGS

3.5/5

IT BY STEPHEN KING

This massive SK hit is one of my best reads till date. I can’t wait to watch the 2017 reboot version of the movie based on this novel that  just released.

STUFF ON THE BACKCOVER SAYS

It was the children who saw – and felt- what made the town so horribly different. I’m the storm drains and sewers ‘IT’ lurked,taking the shape of every nightmare,each one’s deepest dread. As the children grow up and move away, the horror of  IT is buried deep – until they are called back.

PLOT IN SHORT

The story is set in 2 summers, 27 years apart in Derry, Maine. The members of the losers club namely –

Bill- the leader/ the stutter

Richie – the goofball

Eddie – the frail sickly one 

Ben – the builder / fat kid

Stan – the skeptical/ sensible one

Mike – the African American kid

Beverly – the tomboy/ the one from the broken home

Are a bunch of misfits who are brought together by similar strange experiences and the hatred for the local bully Henry Bowers. Their journey from being losers to standing up to their bullies and defeating IT forms the essence of this epic tale.
THE GOOD

– unforgettable characters

– Pennywise the clown is a true blue horror villain

– so many twists and turns

– well written

– scary for real
THE BAD

 lenghty with too much description in certain places

– a certain scene towards the end was unnecessary in my personal opinion

MY THOUGHTS

This is the kind of book that you either hate or you not just love but actually live it. The characters are so relatable as kids and even as adults and teach us so many things in their own flawed ways. My only complaint from this book was one scene towards the end. Must read for every horror lover atleast once every 27 years.

MY RATING

4.5/5


CARRIE BY STEPHEN KING

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This is the Stephen Kings first published novel. Its one of those things that come in small packages but make a big impact so don’t let the brevity of the book  fool you. The movie adaptations of this book are also quite popular.

 

STUFF ON THE BACKCOVER SAYS

Carrie knew she should not use the terrifying power she possessed… But one night at her senior prom, Carrie was scorned and humiliated just one time too many, and in a fit of uncontrollable fury she turned her clandestine game into a weapon of horror and destruction..

 

PLOT IN SHORT

Mr. King uses a series of articles, reports and books to string together a telekinetic catastrophe that occurs in Maine on a prom night due to our heroine or should I say villain Carrie White.

 

THE GOOD

  • Fast paced story
  • Well developed characters
  • Different narrators gives a better perceptive to the story
  • Well written scenes

THE BAD

  • Some of the stuff may turn some readers off Menstrual blood, electrocutions, live burning

 

 

MY THOUGHTS

I enjoyed this book but it left me feeling sad. I felt bad and rooted for Carrie and wanted a happy ending for her. However this ending feels more realistic. All the Stephen King lovers and the movie fan don’t miss this one.

 

 

MY RATINGS

4.5/5

THE TALES OF BEEDLE THE BARD BY J K ROWLING

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These tales were written by Rowling as gifts for her few close friends and then were published to the muggles next year because of the overwhelming  public demand .This was a book mentioned in the ‘Deathly Hallows’ so reading this book was a must for me.

 

STUFF ON THE BACK COVER SAYS

The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a Wizarding classic, first came to Muggle readers’ attention in the book known as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Now, thanks to Hermione Granger’s new translation from the ancient runes, we present this stunning edition with an introduction, notes, and illustrations by J. K. Rowling, and extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore.

 

PLOT IN SHORT

It is a collection of 5 wizarding world fairy tales along with footnotes by Albus Dumbledore himself. Each tale has its own message which is further elaborated by our headmaster extraordinaire .

 

THE GOOD

  • EVERYTHING

 

THE BAD

  • It could have been longer or may I say never-ending?

 

MY THOUGHTS

This is something I will read to my children and grandchildren. It bought back so many childhood memories of practically growing up with Harry Potter. Loved every bit of it. Must read for all the Potterheads .

 

MY RATINGS

5/5

JURRASIC PARK BY MICHAEL CRICHTON

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Who hasn’t seen The Jurrasic Park movies? It completely blew my mind as a kid. I wanted to read this book ever since I came to know it existed. The book and the movies are responsible for the way we look at dinosaurs today and also at special effects in movies.

 

STUFF ON THE BACK COVER SAYS

A billionaire has created a technique to clone dinosaurs. From the DNA that his crack team of scientists extract, he is able to grow the dinosaurs in his laboratories and lock them away on an island behind electric fences, creating a sort of theme park. He asks a group of scientists from several different fields to come and view the park, but something goes terribly wrong when a worker on the island turns traitor and shuts down the power.

 

PLOT IN SHORT

A rich old guy and his biotech firm has cloned dinos and created a park for the public’s  entertainment and ofcourse to earn money. He puts together a bunch of people from different fields along with his 2 grandchildren to show off the park and its security. A disgruntled employee tries to leak out the parks secrets to a rival firm and kicks off the events that prove how dangerous dinos really are.

 

THE GOOD

  • Edge of your seat thriller
  • The concept is amazing
  • The story line is crisp and fast paced
  • The characters are memorable
  • Well researched work
  • Dinosaurs !!

 

THE BAD

  • Lot of science stuff may turn some readers off
  • The character of Lex is extremely annoying
  • Some loop holes maybe still found in technical aspects of palaeontology

 

MY THOUGHTS

I absolutely loved this book. I personally think Michael Crichton is a genius. The story, the setting, the characters are all very exciting. However I loved the movie too and can’t decide which one I liked better-the book or the movie. I saw the movie first and then read the book .This helped me understand the book better. A must read book for the lovers of sci-fi genre. This science-at-the-brink-of chaos thriller will not disappoint you.

MY RATINGS

4.8/5