Tribin and the Battle Axe by Abhijit Chaki

I received Tribin and the Battle Axe by Abhijit Chaki as a review copy from the author and I am thankful to him for the same.

The Blurb:

Sayali Deodhar is having a bad year. A professional badminton player, she’s parted ways from her coach who is also her father. She’s alone, friendless and taut as a racket gut. Her game is falling apart. In stumbles Tribin Sarkar, jaded writer and flawed human being, facing the slow unravel of a conflicted existence. An uncanny quirk of nature brings them together. He’s drawn towards Sayali. Is she amazing, or confounding? The feeling isn’t mutual. Is he a maverick, or a deadbeat? Either way, Tribin’s determined to change the narrative of Sayali’s life. He comes up with an outrageous plan to get on her inside track, and it works. But not for long. As love and hate collide, a rollercoaster ride of events culminates in the biggest sporting event on the planet. The stakes have never been higher for Tribin and Sayali…or for India’s shot at an Olympic medal at the 2016 summer games in Rio. No pressure. So, what happens when the Unstoppable meets the Immovable? The Unthinkable.

The story:

Tribin Sarkar, a journalist and writer, is writing a book, a biography for a sportsperson, and for that he is in Kerala. One day, he hears a scream. He realises that he has a neighbour. Sayali Deodhar,  a reputed badminton player who has hit a low, after an altercation with her father cum coach, and losing her ranking. She is in Kerala to mend herself.  

Tribin is attracted to her and takes it on himself to become her mental coach so that she can make it to the Olympics. So he enlists the help of Mannu, his best friend and  Sethu Raman, badminton player turned coach. 

Will Trbin be successful?

Will Sayali take his help?

Will she make it to the Olympics?

My take:

The story is different, not a romance, nor a self-help book.

This book is the story of a girl, a badminton champion on a low phase of her career, and an author. The story has so many emotions involved, insecurity, hatred, romance, drama, light-heartedness and sports. The language is simple and the story moves at a pace that was comfortable to me, sometimes, it becomes fast paced and sometimes, it slows down when the descriptions start. The descriptions are detailed that the scenes can be visualized be it the boat-rides, the badminton matches. The funny one-liners make the story more interesting.

The characters are well developed and realistic and have been described well. Tribin and Sayali are opposites and sparks fly when they meet. Their temperaments are always at war with each other, but that creates a nice read. Secondary characters, be it Mannu, Tribin’s best friend, Sethu, the satellite coach or even Sayali’s father, have important roles to play. 

I loved the matches and the way they have been described. It kept me at the edge of my seat.

Highly recommended.

DISCLAIMER: I received a free copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I have not received any monetary compensation for the same.

The Right Kind of Wrong: A Passionate angst ridden romantic thriller by Shilpa Suraj

I received The Right Kind of Wrong: A Passionate angst ridden romantic thriller by Shilpa Suraj as a review copy from the author and BookR3vi3ws and am thankful to them for the same.

The blurb:

He’s dangerous, damaged and doomed but he’s hers…

With no name, no medical history, multiple gunshot wounds and enough security to rival the Prime Minister’s, Dr Aria Dubey’s new patient is something more than she asked for. And everything she might just need.

Intelligence Officer Karan Bhatnagar has only vengeance on his mind. Nothing will stop him from seeking justice for his murdered parents.

Not even almost losing his own life. And certainly not the doctor who healed but couldn’t save him. The woman he can’t afford to fall for. And the killer’s next target.
There’s only one thing left to do…find the killer and end him before he ends them. Will Karan and Aria risk everything for a love that is all kinds of wrong? And yet, is the right kind of wrong.

The story:

Dr Aria Dubey, the older daughter of a filmstar, is the odd one out in her family, having chosen a non-glamourous profession as against her sister, Alia, who is a fashion designer. She is a surgeon who lives and works in Delhi. She has recently broken off with her boyfriend and loves her house, her job and her me-time.

Special Agent Karan Bhatnagar was six when he lost his parents in a car crash and the Bhatnagars adopted him. And then he loses them as a collateral damage because of his high profile cases. And he is scared to love.

Aria is on duty in the casualty of her hospital when a person reddened with bullets is brought in by six huge oddly menacing men and is ordered by them to make sure that he lives. She does not know the identity of the patient and names him ‘X’ and she is surprised to see his security detail. And much to her shock, she is assigned as the doctor to the case and told that he is important and it is her duty to ensure that he is alive.

And to make matters worse, ‘X’ disappears one day and she is grilled by the cops. And if that was not all, she is dragged into the chase when there is an attempt on her life in her own house.

My take:

Having read beautiful romances by the author, this one came as a surprise, but nevertheless, she has done a wonderful job with this one too.

The characters are realistic and strong, and have a sense of humour. I loved how Aria assigns a name for ‘X’. They have been described in detail and their back stories help us understand their actions and fears. I wanted to see more of Aria’s relationship with her mother, but I really loved the friendship Karan shared. The descriptions are detailed and many scenes could be visualised easily.

The story is a mixture of so many things, suspense, murders, safe houses, politicians, film stars, hired killers, body guards, friendship, and love. The book is so addictive, and it was very difficult for me to keep the book down once I started it, because I really wanted to know what happened next.

DISCLAIMER: I received a free e-book from the author and BookR3vi3ws in exchange for an honest review. I have not received any monetary compensation for the same.

Along Came a Spyder by Apeksha Rao

I received Along Came a Spyder by Apeksha Rao as a review copy from the author and B00kR3vi3ws and am thankful to them for the same.

The blurb:

Samira Joshi wants to be a spy!

Samira is smart, sassy and … seventeen.

Her only dream in life is to be a spy. Leading missions, running agents, evading exploding napalm – Samira wants to do it all.

And, why not? After all, spying runs in her genes.

One day, she accidentally discovers a secret sisterhood of teen spies – The Spyders, and Samira wants in!

The question is, do they want her?

To find out, read this fast-paced and thrilling spy adventure by debutante author, Apeksha Rao.

The story:

Seventeen year old Samira Joshi lives in Mumbai with her grandmother and her parents live with them off and on because of their job. Samira comes fom a hearty, sneaky, nosy stock and has only one ambition in life, to be an elite intelligence agents/ spy like her parents. Though her parents have read bedtime stories of the girl who worked for the French Resistance, made her solve anagrams and numeric codes and trained her in spycraft, but now they want her to become a doctor and not follow her dreams.

One day, she follows a classmate to protect her and lands up into the secret sisterhood – The Spyders. Will she be accepted there?

My take:

A thrilling book with many adventures. The story is written in first person from the point of view of Samira. I read the first book, Itsy Bitsy Spyder by Apeksha Rao, before I started this one and I can say that this book can definitely be read as a standalone.

The story is fast paced and a page turner. The language is simple and funny at times. The story moves back and forth between the past and the present. I loved the twists and turns and how the adventures come in one after the other. The book also talks about the unpredictable lives of spies and their difficult training.

The author has created realistic characters. Even the secondary characters were important and have been developed well, though I wanted to know a bit more about them. They are tailing, eavesdropping and making gadgets, all in their day’s work. The back stories have been written in such a way that I could understand her relationship with her parents. I loved Samira and her grandmother’s closeness and also her difference of opinion with her mother.

The immense research that has gone into the book is clearly visible. I could feel the scenes move right in front of me. And the way it ended made me realise that there is more to come and I am really waiting for the books in the series now.

The book is a must read for adults and young adults alike.

DISCLAIMER: I received a free review copy of the book from the author and B00kR3vi3ws in exchange for an honest review. I have not received any monetary compensation for the same.

The Backyard Tales by Aniesha Brahma

CoverImageI received The Backyard Tales by Aniesha Brahma as a review copy from the author and B00kr3vi3ws and am thankful to them for the same.

The blurb:

Mia Basu Roy has always been extremely fond of cats. When a stray kitten wanders into their house, she makes her parents grant her permission to keep him and names him Pippo.

Unknown to the family, Pippo, possesses the ability to talk. The insults from the street cats are getting harder to bear. And someone has been summoning him every night. But he’s a house cat, who has never left the house to even visit the premises. When he finally gathers the courage to run away from home, he greatly upsets Mia.She refuses to accept the fact he’s gone and goes after him, which leads her into the magical world of The Backyard Tales, where all the animals are all serving a higher power – The Witch.

But is The Witch really what she seems to be? In her crew, there’s a crow, several cats, three dogs, and a squirrel. Nevertheless, what is the strange band up to in any case? And what is her beloved Pippo’s role anyway?

The story:

Seventeen year old, Mia Basu Roy finds a kitten and adopts him, and names him Pippo. She even talks to her best friends, Zinnia and Jas, about Pippo all the time. But Pippo is not a regular house cat, he is violent, even bites and scratches the family to get what he wants. He is even taunted by other cats around. Pippo is different from other cats because he can speak ‘human’.

One day, Pippo goes missing. And when Mia goes looking for him, she finds that there is a lot going on in her backyard.

My take:

The cover is beautiful.

An interesting story with great characters- there are humans, animals and even a witch. At the beginning, I found the book to be a bit slow and found it difficult to follow. Then Mia’s story starts and the book became unputdownable.

The human characters are realistic and the animals can talk. This is a fantasy which would be a great read for the children. The story talks about the bond between humans and animals and I loved the relationship between Pippo and Mia. I loved Rachana, the witch as well.

The language is simple and the story is a fast paced adventure moving from one world to next.

This book can be read by both adults and children alike.

DISCLAIMER: I received a review copy from the author and B00kr3vi3ws in exchange for an honest review. I have not received any monetary compensation for the same.

Guardian Knight (Book 1 of the Knights of Justice Series) by Aarti V Raman

51-EIPrLfBLI picked up Aarti V Raman’s Guardian Knight (Book 1 of the Knights of Justice Series) from Amazon Kindle. Presently, it is available for free on Kindle.

The blurb:

Akira licked her lips and asked, “Who are you?”

Brandon waited a beat before answering. “I am the man who saved you.”

Security expert Brandon Rice is a hardened soldier who’s seen it all. But his latest assignment is also his toughest – Head of Security to Sebastian Delgado, the leader of San Magellan, a tiny country in South America slowly descending into political and economic turmoil.

His mission is to protect Sebastian Delgado from all threats.

He didn’t count on a smart, distracting woman.

Mumbaikar Akira Naik is defined by her job as an experienced war reporter. And her latest assignment –interviewing Sebastian Delgado on a super-expensive yacht – should be a cakewalk.

Then she meets Delgado’s arrogant, dangerous Head of Security.

Instant attraction explodes in a steamy moment of passion that ends badly…but tragedy strikes Sebastian, the country…even Akira herself.

So, Akira goes on a hunt for the truth surrounding this political conspiracy, which leads her from Mumbai, Paris, back to San Magellan…

Even a second chance with the mysterious and alluring Brandon Rice?

Guardian Knight is a high stakes, high octane, hot and passionate, opposites attract, thriller romance for fans of Nora Roberts and Robert Ludlum.

The Knights of Justice are dangerous, capable alpha heroes who work in secret for national and world security. The only thing they don’t count on is being saved by strong, capable alpha heroines!

The story:

Arika Ashwin Naik, 31, journalist by day and night and foreign correspondent for a news agency called Free Press Agency of India (FPAI) in Mumbai, is on an assignment of a lifetime. Courtesy her best friend, Rumi Bali, she gets a chance to interview, a powerful man, a man who ran a country, Santiago Sebastian Delgado, Premier of San Magellan, a small country in South America. And for this interview, she travels to South America and goes on board Sea princess, Sebastian’s yacht.

As she is about to board the yacht, she loses her balance, and is saved from falling by Brandon Michael Rice, Brand. Brand is Sebastian’s security head. He also happens to be Rumi’s fiance’s best friend. He saves her yet again on the yacht when her cabin is attacked. But on the night of the gala, there is a security breach and Akira and the Premier are among the ones brutally injured and have to airlifted to the hospital to save their lives. Akira survives and the Premier is dead. Once she regains consciousness, Akira is told that the Premier did not make through the life-saving surgery, but she does not buy it.

She is sent back to India, but she wants to find the truth but Brandon has to stop her. Brandon spends as little time with himself as possible, a survival tactic in his line of work. And he never, ever wants to get up close and personal with the subject of his surveillance, he does his job, gets out and gets paid. But what about the attraction between them.

My take:

I loved the story and how it moved at a fast pace, continuously in the fifth gear. Everytime I would think, this is it, there would be a twist in the tale and then I would not be able to put it down.

The lead characters, Brandon Rice and Akira Naik, are realistic, flawed and well developed. The conversations are natural. I liked the secondary characters as well, be it Brand’s team and friends or Akira’s family. The author has done justice to them as well and they deserve their own stories.

The story is a fast paced thriller with lots of suspense, politics, espionage and adventure rolled into it. And the action kept me on the edge of my seat till I finally kept the book down.

The language is simple and the story has been narrated in such a way that many of the scenes could be visualized.

Highly recommended with a warning, finish your chores and then start the book, or else….


Book Blitz: Gangs of Social Media by Vasimraja Bhavikatti

About The Book


‘Gangs of Social Media’ is a mirror of our present situation all over the world. Our lives are taken over by Social Media and we are a slave to our apps. And one of the most poisonous side effects of social media is Fake News. 

The story reveals how India’s one and only Forensic Cyber Psychologist, Professor Fabulous is summoned by the National Cyber Defense of India to hunt down the mastermind behind a cyber-attack on social media users who intentionally or unintentionally spread fake news. 
In a desperate race against time, Professor Fabulous encounters online scammers, cyber hacktivist gangs, paid trolls, Social Media business executives, Politicians, Cybersecurity Start-ups, and a forgotten victim of fake news before the mastermind reveals his motive behind the cyber-attack.

Will this be the end of fake news or the end of social media itself? 
Gangs of Social Media is a crime mystery thriller set-in present-day India. The story is of 12 hours when Mr. RAJPUT, Deputy National Cyber Defense Chief teams up with PROFESSOR FABLUOS who is India’s only Forensic Cyber Psychologist to hunt down the MASTERMIND of the worst cyber-attack of all time on SOCIAL MEDIA users who often indulge in spreading FAKE NEWS.
The story begins with three nameless youths in three metro cities of India, namely Bangalore, New Delhi, and Mumbai. All three of them heavily use WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter to do one and only one thing, to spread FAKE NEWS motivated by aimless emotion, blind political affiliation, and money. These three represent most social media users in India. 
But that day, all the social media users who have been spreading fake news with whatever intention and without any consequences will have to pay a heavy price. Ransomware (computer virus) disguised in the form of a WhatsApp message or Facebook post or as a tweet is circulated and as usual, without thinking of consequences, the users start sharing this message. The moment the users shares any fake news, their device either phone, tablet, or laptop, or computer will hang, and a message is displayed, demanding a ransom of Rs.1,00,000 to be paid within 12 hours as a consequence of sharing fake news. If users fail to pay the ransom, the devices will be destroyed and all the data on the device will be made public.
Professor Fabulous and Mr. Rajput have a bitter past, but they put their personal differences away to catch the culprit behind this cyber-attack. The story narration is sequential but keeps the reader guessing. The division of the book into 15 chapters with titles that almost foreshadow the narration that would happen in the chapter is marvelously and artistically done by the author.
Gangs of Social Media sounds dangerous but there is not much to be worried about as Professor Fabulous is fabulous at his job. But what happens at the end. Is the search over? Does Professor Fabulous get to the criminal? The book trades us through the process. It takes us from one person to the other. The end is what the reader must discover herself or himself. It’s the most surprising the realistic climax and leaves the reader with a few open-ended questions.
Book Purchase Links: Amazon India | Amazon USA

Some Interesting Quotes from the Book: 

“Fake news existed in the past and will continue to exist until human civilization exists, there is no escape from it… “– Professor Fabulous

“Three greatest inventions of the 21st century. The Smartphone, the Internet, and Social Media. The device, the medium, and the platform. The holy trinity of Fake news Empire.” – Professor Fabulous

“The color of this shirt is blue…that is a fact, and nobody can dispute that. The color of this shirt is awesome!!! That is an opinion… it is highly subjective, biased, and customized to individual needs. The color of this shirt gives me superpowers… that is false or fake news…” 

– The prime suspect

About The Author: 
Vasimraja was born on 29th February 1984, in India.  He currently lives in San Francisco Bay Area, California USA. He started reading fiction novels at the age of eight after overhearing a story narration of Sherlock Holmes by his father. He grew up in different towns of Northern Karnataka State before his family relocated to Dharwad, the literature capital of Karnataka where he met celebrated playwright and author, Late Girish Karnad. He was greatly influenced by Karnad’s writing and personality.
Vasimraja works in the field of semiconductor engineering and has two patents on semiconductor memories. He is an avid reader of English, Kannada and Hindi literature.  He presents the most complex ideas in a very simple form, leaving a lasting impression on readers.

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A Tangled Web by A. Claire Everward

41YiHTP4TdLI received A Tangled Web by A. Claire Everward as a review copy from StoryOrigin and am thankful to them for the same. This book is an unputdownable romantic suspense.

The blurb:

A woman needs to disappear. A man must get his life back on track. They are both willing to pay the price.

“A superb tale of suspense spun together with intelligent characters, corporate espionage, and closely held secrets that will catch readers from the very first page! ” -In’DTale Magazine

Data expert Tess Andrews thought she was finally safe. All she wanted was to stay where she was, keep the job that she liked and the only friend she trusted. But an unexpected turn of events puts her in danger, and she has only three days to find a way out.

Billionaire businessman Ian Blackwell wants the gossip chasers to get out of his way. Besides the obvious disruption to his life, their recklessness also puts at risk a critical merger he is after, one that would put his company’s artificial intelligence arm at the forefront of technology.

With contract marriage their only resort, the two are trapped in a relationship full of disdain and mistrust. But when Ian is threatened, Tess has a choice to make. Protect herself, or help the man she married deal with an opponent who could destroy them both–and risk her secret being uncovered.

Facing an opponent who is always one step ahead of them, they must find a way to stop him before they pay the ultimate price.

A Tangled Web weaves a tale full of romance and suspense with characters who pull at your emotions and a wealth of twists and turns you can lose yourself in. A recommended read for fans of Nora Roberts, Robert Galbraith, Sandra Brown and Linda Howard.

If you like page-turning suspense and enjoy contemporary romance tinged with plenty of thrill, you’ll love A Tangled Web, the first novel in the Blackwell romantic suspense series!

The story:

Powerful, rich, and respected, Self-made Billionaire, Ian Blackwell is the darling of the Social media and being good-looking does not help. He is portrayed as a playboy by the media and that is one image he needs to kill because it would not help his businesses. So he asks his best friend and personal attorney, Robert Ashton, to hire him a wife, an ornamental wife, who should be socially adept, tasteful, intelligent to accompany him to the social functions, and the relationship would be strictly businesslike. He tells Robert that he trusts him with his choice, because he knows that Robert would find him a socialite who would be after his wealth, and he wpuld be left alone to do as he pleases, discreetly.

Ian is a ruthless and relenting, but also fair and relenting. His company IBH, Ian Blackwell Holdings is his sole focus. IBH, with its head office in San Francisco, makes companies that are not doing well its subsidiaries by buying them out. When he is in Denver in the process of such an acquisition, he is misled by his team to fire a key employee which is timely averted by Tess Andrews, Data Expert of that company. And Ian does not like it.

Unknown to them, Robert is watching this exchange and decides that Tess is the girl he is looking for to be Ian’s wife and goes through her background. She is an orphan, has no social life, no friends except her colleague, Jayden Rees and his wife, whose apartment she rents. She likes her privacy and prefers to read and is not active on social media and does not even own a television, so she knows nothing about Ian or Robert or the gossip.

Hiding his and his client’s identity, he approaches Tess and offers her a marriage of convenience with ‘his client’ and creates a marriage contract for the two of them after she agrees (because she wants to save Jayden from Ian’s wrath). And he keeps her identity from Ian, a secret, and introduces the two of them on the flight back to San Francisco. But, both Ian and Robert don’t know why she agrees.

Once she arrives at Ian’s home, she handles the social engagements well, much to the surprise of Ian who thinks that she is reserved. At home, they address each other as Mr and Mrs Blackwell (a clause in the contract) and maintain their independent lives. She gets along well with his domestic staff and also with Robert’s wife Muriel, but still she is inaccessible and untouchable. As time passes, Ian and Tess become friends and start liking each other’s company.

Ian also takes her help in business matters. And once while going through his spreadsheets, he realizes that someone is hacking into his business internally and tells Tess. She agrees to help him and the two of them start working side by side. And they are attracted to each other, though both of them do not want to acknowledge it.

So what happens next? Read the book and find out.

My take:

I enjoyed the story and loved how romance and suspense build side by side. The cover is so apt.

Initially, I found the book slow, what with descriptions of mergers, and then as the story moves, it picks up speed, so much so, that the book becomes unputdownable. The story flows smoothly and the twists and turns kept me hooked. I read till 2 in the morning, but then my Ipad had no battery left so I had to reluctantly put the book down, but I could not sleep as I really wanted to know what happened next.

The characters are so realistic, both of them have a past, which gradually is revealed. I really wanted to know about both Tess and Ian’s families and their early days. The feelings of the characters for each other become evident as the story progresses. The romance is slow and beautifully written. Secondary characters like Robert, Muriel and Graham have important parts to play in the story.

The suspense is such that I really wanted it to end soon, the stress was just too much. Though a lot of computer language is used, which I could not understand much, but still I loved how the author went about it step by step.

The scenes and some places are so well described that I could actually picturize them like the library, the apartment, the den, the office.

This is not a love story out and out, it is about friendship, trust, understanding and romance. The slowly simmering romance has been written very well.

This the first book I’ve read by the author and I plan to read more of her books. I would love to read the next books in the series. And this book can be read again.

DISCLAIMER: I received a free e-copy of the book from StoryOrigin in exchange for an honest review. I have nor received any monetary compensation for the same.

Murder in the Chowdhury Palace by Sharmishta Shenoy

41+Bj2IyM3LI received Murder in the Chowdhury Palace by Sharmishta Shenoy as a review copy from the author and am thankful to her for the same. This is a murder mystery full of twists and turns.

The blurb:

Orphaned in her childhood, Durga has always longed for wealth and security.She finds it all when she marries Debnaryan Chowdhury, heir to an immense, multi-crore estate. But there is a curse on the family, due to which the first-born of each generation dies young. When her father-in-law Birendrnath dies unexpectedly, Durga and Debnaryan come down to the ancestral home, near Kolkata. The Moment Durga enters her new palatial home, she crosses a threshold of terror. She loses her husband within a month of her marriage and inherits the estate. Family and friends believe that Debnaryan died due to the curse on the Chowdhury family. But is it really her bad luck that Debu died? Was Debnaryan’s death an accident? Everyone in her new family and the neighborhood appear to be sympathetic. Yet, most of them have a motive to kill her. Is she now on the murder’s radar? Or is she the master of the game?

The story:

Durga’s parents died in a car accident when she was six and she was brought up by her grandmother till she was 10 and then by her maternal uncle and aunt. Her aunt did not like her so she was sent to boarding school and her parents’ property was taken away from her. And while she grew up in poverty, her uncle and his family lived comfortably off her parents’ hard earned money. And she understood the value of money at an early age and promised herself that not only would she become successful in life, she would also become rich and famous.

In school, she had no friends but books and music for companionship and she loved physics and maths and wanted to become a scientist. She joined Presidency College for her undergraduate studies in Physics and met Nagendranath, Nag, her batchmate, an orphan like her and he became her friend and mentor.

She and Nag met Debnarayan Chowdhury while they were doing their Masters in Pure Physics. And the three of them became inseparable. Debu belongs to rich family but their family is cursed: the eldest son dies without producing an heir. Durga and Debu fall in love with each other and get married. And then they receive the news of Debu’s father’s demise. So Durga and Debu leave for Debu’s hometown and Nag goes to the USA for further studies.

In the village, the big joint family has problems accepting Durga, but her mother-in-law accepts her. And then Debu dies under mysterious circumstances and unexplained things start happening in the palace.

My take:

The cover is very apt for the title. And the book begins with a family tree which looks complicated but is easy to comprehend as the story moves. Though there are many characters in the book, but the way the author introduces them into the story does not confuse the reader.

The story has been written in first person from the point of view of Durga. And I was hooked to the book from the point where Durga introduces herself.

The characters, though many, have been introduced beautifully and it was easy for me to follow them without getting confused.

The story has love, friendship, family relationships, and most of all suspense and the twists and turns that keep coming up unexpectedly make the story unputdownable.

The author has developed the plot well and the suspense is not revealed till the end. Everytime I felt that I knew who was behind it, I would be wrong. The language used is very simple and easy to follow and the story is paced well. The scenes have been described in detail and that adds to the beauty of the story.

A must-read.

DISCLAIMER: I received a free ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review. I have not received any monetary compensation for the same.

A haunting tale: The Heir of Kingsley by Leena Varghese

heir of kingsleyI received the book The Heir of Kingsley by Leena Varghese as a review copy and am thankful to her for the same. This is her first attempt at this genre and I must say that she has really done a good job.

The blurb:

“From the deepest desires often comes the deadliest hate.” – Socrates

Nearly on the verge of retirement, Professor James Kingsley inherits the Kingsley Bluemount Arches, a dilapidated plantation bungalow previously owned by his Anglo-Indian uncle, Albert Kingsley. The vast run-down estate in the ethereally beautiful mountains of Munnar is more than just a legacy of ruins.

As James takes over after the death of the old care-taker, Kunju Maria, who had lived on the premises for decades, he begins to feel the suffocating burden of being the heir of Kingsley estate. Kunju Maria’s pervasive presence haunts every corner of his property.
His uneasiness and confusion are magnified when he starts to see the apparition of a young woman even as he sinks into a strange depressive introspection, concerning his own unresolved issues. He is unaware of the danger in his surroundings until he is nearly killed by a freak accident on the estate. As each day becomes a threat to his life, he gets obsessed with the reason behind the mysterious incidents at Kingsley.

James realises quite soon that his hallucinations are not figments of his disturbed mind, but deadly phantoms that have a deeper connection to his past.

Would he succeed in his quest to find the answers to the dark past of Kingsley Bluemount Arches? Or do the apparitions consume him as he grapples with his own lack of faith?

Does James rise out of his diffidence to become the true heir of Kingsley on his journey of self-discovery?

The story:

James Kingsley, a professor of botany at Hyderabad, arrives at Kingsley bungalow Bluemount Arches, a property in Kerala, that he inherited from his uncle who was a bachelor when he died eight years ago, at the age of eighty three. And now he is here because Kunju Maria, Kochamma, the care-taker of the estate, had died in an accident at the age of ninety six. He had met her then and she was enraged that James had inherited the estate.

A widower, whose daughter is in the US, James plans to move to the estate after retirement and as he is settling down in the estate, he is haunted by a young woman with a baby who keeps calling him by singing to him, crying and even talking to him.

Who is she? And what does she want from him?

My take:

This book is the author’s first attempt at paranormal by the author and I must say that she has done a convincing job.

The story has been written in first person from the point of view of James Kingsley. She has added many layers to the story and they keep coming off as the story proceeds. The characters, though not many, have been developed well and something or the other about them kept coming up as the story proceeded.

The scenes have been described in detail and I could actually visualise the arches and also Kunju Maria. The twists and turns kept me at the edge of my seat.

The story is crisp and to the point and the author gets to the end of the mystery beautifully. But that is not all, she leaves us with a sentence that tells us that there is more to come.

DISCLAIMER: I received a free copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I have not received any monetary compensation for the same.


A book for the strong hearted: The Lion of Kashmir by Siddhartha Gigoo

the lion of KashmirI received the book The Lion of Kashmir by Siddhartha Gigoo as a review copy from the publisher and am thankful to them for the same.

The Blurb:

Commandant Abdul Aziz, Special Forces, Kashmir is a legendary police officer in the valley, albeit not always for good reasons. And then one day he disappears. His daughter, Zooni, a human rights activist has to return home for her missing father. Bizarre events unfold in the ensuing night at a safe house where she’s forced to stay and where she comes face-to-face with the most disturbing truth of her life, and of the lives of her father and half-brother. Through the eyes of the daughter are seen the dilemma and the moral crisis of a legendary police officer torn between his past and present, duty and desertion, loyalty and treachery, and right and wrong. Award-winning author Siddhartha Gigoo’s The Lion of Kashmir is not just a story of a father and daughter’s intrepid struggles in Kashmir, but also the story of present-day Kashmir itself.

My take:

The book gives an account of how a Kashmiri Cop is alienated from the local people because of his profession. This book is the story of Commandant Abdul Aziz of Special Forces, Kashmir and has been divided into three parts: Penumbra’, ‘Umbra’ and ‘The Journal of Abdul Aziz’. The narration is initially from the point of view of Zooni, the daughter of Commandant Aziz, who is a human rights activist in London. The narration is confusing as it keeps moving between the past and the present and between dreams and wakefulness and I found it a bit difficult to distinguish between the two.

This is one book that needs to be read with a lot of concentration so as to get the facts clear.

DISCLAIMER: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I have not received any monetary compensation for the same.