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 PRINCESS DAIRIES SERIES BY MEG CABOT (PRINCESS DAIRIES, PRINCESS IN SPOTLIGHT, PRINCESS IN LOVE,PRINCESS IN WAITING)

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I read this series in my school days and really enjoyed at that point of time.the book and the movie are pretty different each with its own charm. I however enjoyed the book more than the movie.

 

STUFF ON THE BACKCOVER SAYS

What? A princess??

Me??? Yeah, right.

Mia Thermopolis is pretty sure there’s nothing worse than being a five-foot-nine, flat-chested freshman, who also happens to be flunking Algebra.

Is she ever in for a surprise.

First Mom announces that she’s dating Mia’s Algebra teacher. Then Dad has to go and reveal that he is the crown prince of Genovia. And guess who still doesn’t have a date for the Cultural Diversity Dance?

 

 

PLOT IN SHORT

The story of Mia Thermopolis’ adolescent turmoil as an average teenager and a princess of royal descent is chronicled in her on-going journal, where she explores topics of teenage angst, love, and betrayal through an opinionated eye.

The princess dairy – (volume 1)

Mia a funny (at least in her dairy) unpopular teenager with a spunky friend discovers that she’s the princess of a country

Princess in waiting (volume 2)

Mia’s mommy is pregnant and her baby daddy is Mia’s algebra teacher. Both her grandmas are up to no good and also there is a secret admirer in the picture

Princess in love (volume 3)

A love triangle ends with a happy ending giving us major couple #goals and Grand’Mere turns likable.

Princess in waiting (volume 4)

Mia battles her insecurities about her love life, gets some more advice on royal affairs by Grand’Mere and finds her talent – writing.

 

THE GOOD

A funny young adult series

The concept of being a modern day princess is every teenage girl dream brought to life

The book endings will leave you feeling happy

Clever writing

 

THE BAD

Mia can be whinny and annoying at times

Lot of pop culture references may turn some readers off

Some parts might come across as pretentious

 

MY THOUGHTS

This series is for readers with a love for the chick-lit genre or for those looking for a easy breezy read. I loved the third book of this series and found the rest of them to be entertaining .Although this isn’t quite the ‘chicken soup for the soul’ Mia might help you deal with life’s problems a little bit better or maybe not. Read and find out for yourself.

MY RATINGS

3.8/5

 

 

DOCTOR SLEEP BY STEPHEN KING

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This highly anticipated sequel to the iconic THE SHINING could be a hit or a miss depending on your liking or expectations. Reading the shinning isn’t necessary to understand this book

STUFF ON THE BACKCOVER SAYS

Stephen King returns to the character and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance and the very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals

PLOT IN SHORT

Danny Torrance is now Doctor Sleep. The story follows a now adult Dan a rootless alcoholic who  reaches a town called Fraizer and settles in a job that best enables him to use his gift. Then comes Abra Stone and her extremely powerful ‘shinning’ which attracts The True Knot which are Stephen King’s versions of vampires. The story of good vs evil ensues which will leave you with a satisfied end.

THE GOOD

Good to meet an old friend again

Well cut out characters

The villain  is also given enough “screen time”

THE BAD

If you came for another hotel horror story you will be disappointed

The villain isn’t scary enough

More of a super natural thriller than a out and out horror story

MY THOUGHTS

I personally liked the book but not as much as THE SHINING. A riveting book nonetheless.SK fans don’t miss this one.

My Ratings

4.5/5
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WILD BY CHERYL STRAYED

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This is one of those rare books that inspire you without being preachy and encouranging you to learn from her mistakes

Stuff on the backcover says

Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story, we tell ourself and so I choose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I safe . I was strong. I was brave. Nothing could vanquish me. Fear begets fear. Power begets power. So I willed myself to beget power. And it wasn’t long before I actually wasn’t afraid..

Plot in short

Story of a young women undergoing an very physically taxing journey across a beautiful but hard hiking trail alone to help forgive her past mistakes and heal herself through an impulsive decision.

The good

Nice pace..excellent setting

Inspiring

The bad

The start is a little slow

Actual bagpackers might snort at her unpreparedness

My thoughts

A great book which gave me a new flawed heroine to look upto. There is something for everyone to take away from.

My Ratings

3.9/5