Mystery-Suspense-Thriller · Psychological

Review #16 :- The Lost Children By Helen Phifer

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The Lost Children By Helen Phifer

“ ‘Alice? Alice?’ Lizzy Hissed.”

Ward thirteen was unusually quiet. In fact it was too quiet, and this was what had disturbed Lizzy… Alice who had been there much longer than Lizzy…was asleep.”

“Lizzy noticed that Tommy’s bed was empty. This afternoon he had gone berserk and he’d been taken away for treatment…Treatment-the very word struck fear into Lizzy’s heart. She was only nine years old, but she knew well enough that if you didn’t behave they would inject all sorts of poison into your veins and call it medicine.”

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SummaryLizzy pulled the covers over her head. Then she realised what was being dragged behind the person with the torch. She rammed her fist into her mouth to stop herself from screaming…

For decades, The Moore Asylum was home to the forgotten children of Brooklyn Bay. But ever since a scandal forced its closure, the abandoned building has cast an imposing shadow. Until now – when an elderly man is found dead, his body strapped to an ancient gurney… 

Detective Lucy Harwin, still reeling from a previous case that ended in the devastating murder of a mother and her child, finds herself on the trail of a killer ruthlessly fixated on avenging the asylum’s wrongs. 

What disturbing secrets lie within the asylum’s walls? Together with her partner Detective Mattie Jackson, Lucy begins to unearth its terrible history, and the horrors endured by the vulnerable children.

As the attacks escalate and a woman is murdered on her own doorstep, Lucy is forced into a terrifying game of cat and mouse with a twisted individual. But can Lucy stop a murderer with nothing left to lose? 


Summary (1) In a nutshell this is a story of a child thrown into a mental institution(known as The Moore) for unknowingly killing her baby brother where she had seen and experienced enough trauma to become bitter in her adult life and avenging those who had harmed her. Our fearless Detective Inspector Lucy Harwin takes up the job of solving the murder mysteries and catching the criminal red handed.

  • The story showed me a part of surgeries of mental illnesses called Lobotomy. I didn’t know anything about it. But as I Googled about it, I realized I had jumped into a hellhole. How such a brutal procedure can be a cure for an illness?

Also it seems that mostly women were the patients to undergo lobotomy. According to the Wikipedia, “The majority of lobotomies were performed on women; a 1951 study of American hospitals found nearly 60% of lobotomy patients were women.”   Seriously??

Although it says that in the 1950s lobotomies were almost eradicated this book’s timeline shoes 1975 and that means the institution were performing it illegally.

  • Anyway coming back to the book again, it is a well constructed plot. The authoress has run the past and present events very skillfully, without making her readers confused which actually happens to many books with such plots.
  • Another amazing thriller with strong back-boned lady detective. Lucy Harwin is the oxygen of this novel. A woman of blood and flesh, trying to balance the work and family together and failing, Lucy can be interpreted as any working woman. She intakes alcohol too much to keep the nightmares of her job at bay.

The story is same in India now as more and more women are now educated and trying to be financially independent yet have to suffer.

Her husband George should have been more supportive not leaving and having an affair. That was disappointing of him. Her daughter was better than him. Well this is entirely my opinion.

Also I am not at all distressed about the doctor and abusive nurse’s death. They deserved it.

  • Diction is not very catchy or compelling yet has enough aura to suck you in. Well suited for such a plot.
  • Cover is stunning. Blue and black with the silhouettes of two girl children shows something ominous will happen to the innocence.

Summary (2) Only drawback I felt that the authoress has left many loose ends for us in the earlier chapters to grasp on who is the real killer. Although Lucy is one amazing woman and she has intuition of a detective still it felt as if all the things she guessed about the murders (which were actually right) were too good to be true. How can you grasp all things right at once?

However, those are not enough for me to not enjoy book. It was truly one great experience. 4 stars truly deserved.

4stars


Summary (3)Thanks to Netgalley, the publisher and the authoress Helen Phifer for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book. I will be waiting for more Lucy Harwin books from the authoress.

 


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Historical · Mystery-Suspense-Thriller · Supernatural/Paranormal

Review #15:- Let the Game Begin by Sandeep Sharma

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Let The Game Begin by Sandeep Sharma

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“4000 years from now, everyone involved now will take birth once again. This is the principle of nature and you must be aware of it. Once every 4000 years later, nature repeats itself. The only thing that will remain the same…would be you; the immortal one.”

Let the Game Begin by Sandeep Sharma is a classy historical-political murder mystery with a superb touch of supernatural elements.

 

SummaryTwo kingdoms, Chaturanga and Sarprakt, separated by a mystic mountain range are at war with each other since ages. Chaturanga, ruled by King Viratha, is soon bestowed with a dynamic heir, and the whole kingdom is drowned in rituals and festivity. On the other side, Sarprakt is executing a cruel conspiracy. King Viratha, crippled by the conspiracy, urges the mysterious man of the mountain to devise a method to recreate the conspiracy and that gave birth to ‘The Game of Chess’.
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Serial killings shock the nation as the police are rendered clueless. The killer leaves behind a trail of chess pieces with a strange message. Random people are murdered. Connoisseurs of different fields – History, Chess and the Security forces – have united as the next intended victim is the most powerful person of the country. How is Chess involved in the whole scenario? How will they find a man who died 4000 years ago? Can a person defy the laws of nature? Does history really repeat itself? Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
 

 

Summary (1)The story is divided into two different timelines:

One is about two ancient Indian neighbouring states known as Chaturanga and Sarprakt, divided by a natural barrier Lamvasa Parvat. Just like any neighbours those two also had enmity between them since time immemorial. Chaturanga king Viratha had his only son Devrat and Panchdhaar the legendary weapon consisting five great warriors always ready to fight while jealous Sarprakt king Veeshadhar and his minister Kripal concocted a terrible conspiracy. They made the members of Panchdhaar betray Devrat and ultimately succeeded in killing him.

In throes of losing the only child king Viratha went insane and killed thousands of innocent people in the name of revenge. A curse had blackened his soul and only killing all the betrayers would save him from degeneration. In this meantime entered mysterious man Vyaapi the Immortal and promised to help him when he will reborn 4000 years later. All those who were liable to his son’s death will be born again and he will kill them all and be free of this curse.

After 4000 years is modern era:

All of them have been reincarnated again. Police as well as RAW and CLAW are investigating murders of random people who were murdered after getting a box containing a piece of chessboard and a paper “Let the Game Begin” written on it in an ancient Indian language. Even PM has been presented with one of these boxes.

The mysterious man Vyaapi emerges once more with the prophecy of death and history of carnage 4000 years ago. So what will happen next? Will they find the murderer? Can this mystery be solved?

  • What I actually liked is the use of chess. Chess has always been a grand game hence the international chess players are known as grandmasters. With the origin in India it truly is not just a game but a battle of wits and intelligence with a heavily devised strategy, a very Battle Royale with King, Queen, Horse, Rooks and Bishops. A very clever tactic! The nearly almighty killer sends a warning first before moving to kill.
  • The plot contains immortal person and reincarnations, two things exclusively about Hindu Samsara. I loved it. Author has deftly mixed facts of real life (as Shah Rukh Khan the Bollywood king) and his fictional characters.
  • Characters are intriguing too. I find some really compelling characters, one of them is Surya and the other one would be Dinesh Gandhi the historian.
  • Diction is very easy yet suspense creating. Short chapters are also good enough to read without lagging much.
  • The cover is also very nice. My book is a Second Edition book and I liked this edition cover more than the first one. Font size is adequate, not straining to my eyes. And I really liked the sweet author’s and editor’s note in the end.

 

Summary (2) The plot while interesting enough has quite a few disconcerting points to be noted.

  • “Mrs. Maria Powell, a nurse lives with her husband and two children in a small town in Jamaica.” [Chapter 4, Page 18]. The woman is another pawn of this mystery and she is being killed by our killer after getting a package.

Now my question is why a nurse of Jamaica is being targeted here? Even if she is a reincarnation it is a bit difficult for the killer to find her in a country of long distance.

Also we find later that Surya is naming all the victims and Maria is one of them. How did he get all the info about her so soon and won’t this be some international problem?

I want author to look at this fault.

  • Vyaapi is a fraud and was feeding the RAW lies altogether, okay I get that but then again Dinesh turns into a killer all of a sudden?
  • And there are some minor grammatical errors.

However, there will be a sequel of this book in the December. Hopefully that will be enough to clear some doubts from my mind.

Overall it is a good book. Quite lightweight, softcover and feels good in the hand. Recommended to all. Give it a read. 4 stars.

4stars

 

Summary (3)I won this book in a Giveaway. Thanks to the author for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book.

 

  • Total Pages– 174 pages
  • Publisher– Inspire India Publishers

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Mystery-Suspense-Thriller · Romance · Sci-fi

Review #14 Control- The Treacherous Moon by Tushar Janjalkar

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Control the Treacherous Moon is the debut novel of Mr Tushar Janjalkar. It is an amalgamation of murder-mystery-crime-thriller with a touch of romance and science fiction delicately added in the main plot.
Summary They say your acts resemble the machinations of your thoughts. But the great question is: Are your thoughts, your feelings really yours?

The financial capital of the world, New York, is terror-stricken. Death is crawling forth from the sewers, every full moon nights. On each occasion, an Indian is found involved and the diplomatic relations between the two countries are at breaking point.

NYP detective John is continuously failing to track down the true perpetrators behind these incidents. The situation worsens when John’s case causes a threat to his love, Disha, a neurologist. Alongside, her security becomes his priority.

When Disha learns that it’s not just her life at stake and her own past has united with the present in the cabal to ruin the future of many lives, she secretly sets out to uncover the mystery.
Will Disha and John succeed in their journeys? Or will end up losing everything including their love?

And above all, will the secret of moon ultimately be revealed? Continue reading “Review #14 Control- The Treacherous Moon by Tushar Janjalkar”

Book Buzz · Random Ramblings

A Fangirl’s Diary Entry:- New Bookish News

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Entry #1:-

Hi friends! It’s been quite a few days I am updating. The thing is my TBR is full. I have some 16 reviews pending (Save Me Someone!!) and I want to read the books slowly, enjoying them and cherishing them. So I am now on a brake enjoying the books.

But I couldn’t help coming back for this news( Some of you might know it already).

In 2016 I read and reviewed the book Wintersong 24763621 by S Jae Jones. It was just amazing. (You can read my review of Wintersong here.)

At first I thought that this book is a standalone. But look what I have. JJ(author’s nickname) is going to publish a sequel of this book. She named it Shadowsong.306941681

Do you see the COVER????!!!## Do you really see the FREAKING OMG COVER???????!!!!!!!!

According to the authoress this book will be published in 2018. I just can’t wait.

 

Manga Love · Random Ramblings

Current Obsession Manga:- Kuroshitsuji/ Black Butler by Yana Toboso(Writing and Illustration)

As the newest chapter 129 has been released my obsession for Kuroshitsuji  is high again. Let me tell you what is the story about.

Suppose,

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Ciel Phantomhive

You are the master

He is your servant

Your wish is his command

Your enemies, he will eliminate them all

In return though you have a small price to pay… Your Soul.

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Dare to sign the Devil‘s deal. He is called Black Butler.

Summary  Victorian era England. Ciel Phantomhive , the prodigy of 13, is the Earl. However, he has another name Queen’s Watchdog. The earl of the underworld who manages and executes all the dirty works of the Buckingham’s royal family.

At the age of 9 his family manor was attacked and arsonists killed his parents, he was sold as a slave to some satanic occult group where they performed illegal sacrifices of children to call up demons.  After being tortured out of limit he abandoned all his beliefs towards God and well being of people and a demon appears, he makes a Faustian contract with it, the demon will be his servant and carry out every job he wishes from menial servitude to assassinations, in  return he will feed it his own soul. He named the demon Sebastian.

The manga (published since 2006) has been a huge success.  It is a perfect blend of catchy the-then royal repartee, humour as well as horror and gore. Ciel the young master is so cute and Sebastian is just “One Hell of a Butler”(pun totally intended).

It has been adapted as anime too and the English version is just too good with it’s use of neat British accent.

If you are a fan of manga and anime and have not seen or read it yet. I recommend please do. I know you will like it.

Book Buzz · Points to Ponder · Random Ramblings

New Book Buzz: Sita by Amish Tripathi

Courtesy: t2, The Telegraph, 21 June, 2017

The author of Shiva trilogy is back with another new book, also based upon Hindu mythology, named Sita

In the Hindu myth Sita is the wife of Lord Sri Rama and she has already been portrayed as such in his book The Scion of Ikshvaku,  the story of Ramayana the epic.  However in this book she has been portrayed as a warrior woman. In his own words “When Vishwakarma is discussing her suitability, there are various issues that they debate-is she too young, is she qualified enough…but the fact that she is a girl is not even discussed. Because it is not even an issue”.  The author calls it in his words Positive Feminism which isn’t pro-men or pro-women. The treatment of women is on their skills not because they are women. 

This part made me intrigued enough. I am so gonna read this book. Definitely on my book haul. 

Do you like this post? Do you want to read this book? Have you already read it? How did you feel? Please state in comments. 

About the Author · Author Intreview

Author Interview: Let’s see what Aashish Gupta has to say about himself

Today I am back with another interview, with none other than Mr. Aashish Gupta whose book Demons in My Mind left a huge impact on me.

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Aashish Gupta, author of “Demon in My Mind”

 

 

Aashish Gupta, as he says himself, “A regular MNC professional who is trying hard to break the monotony that comes with a life that imposes a certain set of rules to be followed every day. In the hope that I would flow like music through the hearts and the water through the stubborn mountains.”

He wrote the book “Demons in My Mind” – a dark, philosophical account of the human mind. To cool down the intense impact of the book,  he wrote the second book – “Anecdotes of a White-Collared Slave” (available for free on Juggernaut app) – a light corporate satire that will make you laugh your lungs out.

Welcome to my blog A Bookaholic’s Utopia. It is an honour to have you here. Congratulations to the immense success of  your debut book Demons in My Mind which is simply mind blowing.

Q. Did you ever think that someday you will become a professional writer?

A. Well, I wouldn’t call myself a “professional” till the time I am able to pursue writing full-time. I doubt that is ever going to happen, because making writing the only source of my bread and butter will kill my creative instincts. However, I never knew I would become a writer. The journey has been really painful. If you want to read about it, find it here – http://authoraashish.com/the-making-of-demons-in-my-mind-an-all-pain-no-gain-story/

Q. Are you solely devoted to the writing (as in is it your full time job/work or you do it as your hobby)?

A. As I mentioned above it’s part time as of now, but practically it’s full time for me because my stories haunt me throughout the day.

Ok…so next question

Q. How much supportive is your family?

A. They have always been helpful provided the writing doesn’t come at the cost of other priorities. It is always hard to explain what you are up to, but then when you are passionate about something you steal your moments to do what you like. It’s a busy day at the office day, but I still managed to steal a few moments for this interview. That’s how it works.

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Q. Who are the inspirations of your characters?

A. The character of the first monk, Rizwan, is in a lot of ways a reflection of myself – of course, not the crime part! The others are figments of my imagination.

The character were truly amazing.

Q. Was it really necessary for Roy to hurt Alia like that? She was but a child!

A. Great question! This is going to be long. Now there is a problem with us. We tend to segregate everything in white and black. Life, as we know, falls in the grey. There is everything wrong about what Roy did to Alia, but if you stand on the grey strip, you will also find something beautiful – a girl who volunteered to be the Jesus of our time – someone who gave everything she had so that her life could end with purpose. Also, if Roy had to shake the foundation of the ideas the other two monks formed, he had to do something heinous enough to make them re-think about their actions – even if that meant being called a sinner himself, because the purpose of all that was much higher and noble. Alia was an empathetic, sensitive girl who could re-kindle love in their hearts. When the two prisoners witnessed the monstrosity of the act, they actually saw the monstrosity of their own actions.

Beautifully said

Q. How bumpy was the ride to success?

A. Well, I won’t call it a success until the book makes the bestseller. I know I have created something unique, but people have to know. People don’t know about it yet. I don’t have a big marketing budget. My reviewers are my only promoters as of now. The journey of “Demons in My Mind” has been really painful – battling unemployment, depression, anxiety, rejections from publishers, agents, fighting publishing scams, and what not. If you read the story that I shared above, you would get a good idea of the whole journey. There is a lot to share.

We completely understand.

Q. What are your future plans?

A. I am working on my third book, Faith’s Eternal Sunshine. It will touch a subject which few writers will dare to touch. Even if they do, most of them will fail to deliver the expected outcomes. I have taken on this daring project, and by all means, I want to make it one of the best works in the Indian literature.

Ooh! sounds really interesting!!

Q. What would you like to advise the budding and inexperienced authors?

A. If writing comes to you naturally, do it. Don’t think of this as a business idea. Live your story, immerse yourself in it, and go crazy. If your story doesn’t come at a cost (more than just money), it is not a story worth telling.

Thank you so much for being here with us. We wholeheartedly wish for your success in the near future.

Follow author on his website Aashish Gupta

Horror · Mystery-Suspense-Thriller · Psychological · Supernatural/Paranormal

Review 13:- Demons In My Mind by Aashish Gupta

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There are lots of remedies for physical ailments and very less for mental illnesses. Human mind is an enigma. It is a part of our body yet we don’t know what it is or how it actually looks like, however, unbeknownst to us most of us are controlled by our minds throughout our whole lives.

Sometimes our minds guide us towards some noble cause; sometimes they fill themselves with seven deadly sins and take us to the deepest pits of Tartarus.
That is the premise of this book, a debut novel by Aashish Gupta Demons in My Mind.

 

 

SummaryAre crimes and mental illness related?
Is your mind under your control?
Is your life an illusion created by you?

Dakshesh, an old man in Sirubari village suffering from cancer, wishes to be released from excruciating pain. His journey takes him to the three monks, known for miraculous healing and life transformation. He discovers they are no saints, but hardened criminals. The three monks – Rizwan, Murli, Joseph – narrate stories of unprecedented savagery that would make even the most cold-hearted criminals look down with shame.

The dark stories of the three monks leave Dakshesh gasping, but there is something about their dishonorable lives that relieves Dakshesh from his pain.

 

 

Summary (1)

 Honestly the contemporary Indian English literature seems to be half-hearted to me, so lifeless as if half of its essence is not poured into it. I guess it is possible as English is not our mother tongue (however it has now become our second mother tongue). However our old Indian masters of literature took this language in their works to its zenith for example Raja RamMohan Ray, Rabindranath Tagore, R.K. Narayan, Mulk Raj Anand etc.

But this book…Oh. My. God simply stole my breath away; excellent choice of words, beautiful imagery, brilliant portrayal of characters and perfect blend of suspense, horror and subtle supernatural elements.

The author considers the criminals as patients; he feels that there are some diseases taken root into their minds, some childhood trauma or heartbreak and betrayal from near and dear ones or some sordid experiences might make you bitter towards people and drive you towards the path of destruction. He wants them to treated than imprisoned. That is what has happened in the lives of the legendary three monks.

“It looks like there is no difference in the illness of the demented and those convicted of serious crimes. They all need to be treated, not imprisoned.”

The book is amazing, it is horrible, it is twisted but it is horrendously beautiful. There are some dirty languages in it which might make you want to wash your eyes with bleach. There are descriptions of innocents being victimized would make you want to throw the book outside but there is also an attraction in it that would make you pick it up from the floor and continue reading.

 

 

Summary (2) There are some spelling errors I have spotted. And at some points a bit confusing. But as it is an account of roaming around the alleys of mind I guess it was necessary in the plot.
In the end I want to say to all my followers and blogger friends, especially those outside India, kindly take a peek in the book. I believe you won’t be disappointed. 5 star.

5stars

  Highly Recommended

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Summary (3)

 Thanks to the author for giving me the opportunity to read this book and thanks to my dear friend Banaja for recommending it to me.

 Best of luck to the author for producing such a great work as a debut. We have many expectations from you in the future.
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Horror · Mystery-Suspense-Thriller · Supernatural/Paranormal · Teen/YA

Review 12:-Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault (Glass Vault, #1) by Candace Robinson

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“Overwhelmed with boredom, Vale stares down at his fingernails. He can only spend so much time tormenting hose he encounters in the afterlife. After making them as miserable as possible, he finds himself needing to search for new prey.”

Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass vault is one of a kind, a spectacular piece of horror and supernatural genre.

       “Some see it… Some don’t…”
People in the town of Deer Park, Texas are vanishing. There is a 

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strange museum, known as Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault, that appears overnight. Perrie Madeline’s best friend and ex-boyfriend are among the missing. Perrie, along with her friend August, go on a pursuit to search for them in the mysterious museum. Could the elusive Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault have anything to do with their disappearances?

A book that intertwines horror elements and retelling, with humor and darkness.

Continue reading “Review 12:-Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault (Glass Vault, #1) by Candace Robinson”

About the Author · Author Intreview

Author Interview:- Let’s see what our guest J. Alchem shares about himself

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J. Alchem is a voracious reader and a critically acclaimed author. He is the winner of StoryMirror- 2015 (a nationwide writing competition), NaNoWriMo-2015 & 2016, and superhero storyteller (2014).

He has written in several magazines and newspapers and received the appreciation for the same. His stories have been published in numerous Anthologies such as Blank Space, Love Bytes and Mighty Thoughts.

Not only that he is also actively involved in writing quotes and short write-ups which are often seen being circulated among the youth in Facebook, Whatsapp, and other Social networking sites.

Recently he has signed a contract for a short movie on one of his award-winning short stories.

And also he looks as handsome as a Bollywood hero. However, he is very shy about it. Continue reading “Author Interview:- Let’s see what our guest J. Alchem shares about himself”