Book Review: Just You, Me and a Secret by Ganga Bharani

This book is a perfect travel read!

The Blurb:

Pitch dark. Extreme Silence. Felt like vacuum. I opened my eyes and found nothing familiar. Where am I? First of all, who am I? Ashruth says I was head over heels in love with him. He says our wedding was fixed. But there is no trace of love for him in me. I don t remember anything. Why would I have loved this pumpkin? San was drunk but I got intoxicated. I had fallen for him gradually. I can t imagine marrying anyone else. But how do I stop my wedding now? Don t say I am dead. I am all alive, standing right in front of you. I am not dead. Trust me. And the secret comes to light. Just you, me and a secret -A battle between past, present and the nothing called future.

Excerpt:

He looked at me but I was still looking at Santhosh in the photograph. He was tall, fair complexioned and looked very adorable. Even in that confused state of mind I couldn’t resist admiring a guy like that. I could have forgotten the past but I still remained a girl made of flesh, bones, blood and hormones. Ashruth toggled the photo and diverted me before I could think any further about Santhosh.

My Review:

Having read GB’s interesting tales, crisp reviews and watched creative short movies on her blog, I read her debut book with a lot of expectation and I must say that she did a wonderful job, much better than established writers did. GB opens her debut book with questions like “Who am I?” “This is me?” “How old am I?” and succeeds in making us feel the same. Meera, the female lead character, do not know who she is finds herself in a locked room in a stranger’s house, Ashruth, who claims to be her lover and she was head over heels in love with him, which she could not believe it.

She was given her diary (Clara, I liked the fact that she named her diary) by him to learn her past. As she reads the diary, she believes that ‘she’ in the diary could not be her, though it is written by her. She gets to know about San from her diary and tries to uncover the mystery behind her past. Will she find how she lost her memory? Will she find out if she was really in love with Ashruth? Or was it San whom she loved deeply and madly? Will she uncover her past? Will she marry Ashruth or San?

To know the answers read the mysterious gripping fast-paced novel from the pen of GB – Just You, Me, and a Secret – A battle between past, present and the nothing called future.

For sure, the book will, tempt you to read the book at one stretch, as the more you read; the more you get into the story. The more you get into the story, the more the twists you expect, and GB does not fail us to surprise with the twist. I have read a book with the similar story line written by a famous Indian author published months after the release of GB’s Just, You, Me and a secret; the author failed to surprise us, but GB managed to do well. She deserves a High-Five for such a fantastic attempt. Overall, it was a great read!

The negative points are the font used in the book, paragraph alignment and other formatting stuff. I felt that it could have been done better, but then that does not take away any of the accolades, I have to give to this fantabulous book. I give this book a five-star rating.

Rating:
Plots: 5/5
Characters: 4.5/5
Writing Style: 4.5/5
Twists: 5/5
Book Cover: 5/5
Overall Rating: 4.8/5

Book Details:
Title: Just You, Me and a Secret
Author: Ganga Bharani
Genre: Mystery
Type: Paperback
Publisher: Tales4 Publications
Language: English
No. of pages: 168
Year of Publication: 2013
Price: 150 Rs.

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Mystery served with a twist to read again and again! This book, Just You, Me and a Secret, is a gripping fast-paced novel with a twist that kept me hooked till the end. A ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Book, A Brilliant Attempt by a Debut Author, Highly Recommended for all the Mystery Lovers, No Second Thoughts!

This book was bought by me from FlipKart.com. This is not a paid review. The opinions expressed in the review are my own, and remain unbiased and uninfluenced. I have given a five-star rating on Goodreads and FlipKart as I felt nothing less than that would be fair.

Book Review: God Is A Gamer by Ravi Subramanian

This book is absolutely a fast-paced thriller from India’s No. 1 Thriller Writer!

The Blurb:

Aditya runs a gaming company that is struggling to break even. A banker slips off a highrise building, plunging to her death. The finance minister has made some promises that he is finding hard to keep. The LTTE has unleashed terror in America that sends the FBI on a wild goose chase, bringing them to Mumbai. Enter Varun, parttime drug dealer and fulltime genius. He turns around the gaming company before disaster strikes. Meanwhile, the investigators plunge headlong into the shady world of bitcoins and the Dark Net, websites that only exist for illegal transactions—drugs, sex and money. God Is a Gamer culminates in a stunning climax where money means nothing, assassination is taught by the ancient Greeks, and nothing is as it seems.

My Review:

Thriller stories are not easy to write. If somebody says this then ask him/her to read, “God is a Gamer” by India’s No. 1 Thriller Writer Ravi Subramanian. The first thing I noticed is the cover of the book, a very Famous Place, the Dark Clouds (much needed for the thriller), and a Question (IS REVENGE A CRIME?) on the front and a blurb that activates (did it activate or confuse?) the reading hormones is more than enough to read the book while staying with my wife in the hospital. God Is A Gamer by Ravi Subramanian is a treat to the activated reading hormones.

The story opens with the well-planned murder of a USA Senator who is about to meet the President of USA. Before FBI gets into business, USA experiences the largest ATM heist, carried out by a team of smart individuals. An Indian Service Provider for the International Bank is questioned, the owner Aditya, an honest businessman gets into it. His son, Varun, a handsome young man falls in love with Tanya. Her mom commits suicide on her birthday. After which her archrival dies in a car accident. The RBI Governor is linked to the suicide. A poetic CBI head, and a dozen of characters…murders, scandals, drugs, suicides, online games, investigations, good romance and a couple of love making scenes, a pre-climax and a mega twist to it and guess what?…we have The Pages That Turn Themselves.

One interesting aspect of the book is the usage of real names of people and places and its well-researched backgrounds. There are places where I felt lost with too many sub-plots, and the climax also sounded much like a summary (I too do this while scribbling short stories), but that does not take away any of the accolades it deserves! The introduction of BITCOINS to the world of Indian Writing, the short chapters, ideal font-size, makes this book an absolute page-turner, no second thoughts. Now it is your turn to read the book to unravel the title “God is a Gamer”.

Rating:
Plots: 5/5
Characters: 4.5/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Twists: 5/5
Book Cover: 5/5
Overall Rating: 5/5

Book Details:
Title: God Is A Gamer
Author: Ravi Subramanian
Genre: Thriller
Type: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books India
Language: English
Pages: 324
Year of Publication: 2014
Price: 299 Rs.

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Mystery mixed with Banking and Technology. This book, God Is A Gamer, is a nail-biting thriller with major twists that kept me hooked till the end. A ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Book, An Absolute Un-put-down-able Page-Turner, No Second Thoughts!

This review is a part of the Book Reviews Program for Indian Bloggers. This is not a paid review. The opinions expressed in the review are my own, and remain unbiased and uninfluenced. I have given a five-star rating on Goodreads and FlipKart as I felt nothing less than that would be fair.

Book Review: Private India by Ashwin Sanghi & James Patterson

This book is an absolute un-put-down-able page-turner!

The Blurb:

In Mumbai, seemingly unconnected people are dying, strangled in a chilling ritual and with strange objects carefully arranged with the corpses.

For Santosh Wagh, head of Private India, the Mumbai branch of the world’s finest investigation agency, it’s a race against time to stop the killer striking again.

In a city of over thirteen million, he’d have his work cut out at the best of times, but this case has him battling Mumbai’s biggest gang lord and a godman who isn’t all he seems.

And then he discovers there may be an even greater danger facing Private India. Hidden in the shadows is someone who could destroy the whole organisation – along with thousands of innocent Mumbai citizens…

Excerpt:

Having located The Nine Durga Avatars of Hinduism, they sat down at an illuminated desk. Nisha began to read aloud the relevant passages to both men as softly as she could.

“The mother goddess—Durga—has three basic forms and each of these has three manifestation thus resulting in a total of nine avatars. Each night of the nine-day festival of Navarati is dedicated to one of the nine avatars—”

“Yes, yes, I know that,” said Santosh impatiently. “I want to know what each avatar looks like.”

***

Turning the pages further, they saw an illustration showing what Shailputri looked like. There was a moment of hushed awe when they saw the image of the avatar holding a trident in one hand and a louts flower in the other.

***

Nisha quickly flipped the page and found that the second avatar was called Brahmacharini. She was pictured with one hand holding a water pot, and another holding a rosary.

***

Nisha browsed the pages to find the third avatar, Chandraghanta. This avatar of Durga was shown riding a tiger. She was holding a bell and had a semicircular moon painted on her forehead.

***

My Review:

When two best-selling authors of the same genre from different corners of the world team up to write a novel, we have The Pages That Turn Themselves. The first thing I noticed is the cover of the book, two images super-imposed into one under the title on the front and a blurb that activates your reading hormones. Private India by Ashwin Sanghi and James Patterson is a treat to the activated reading hormones. Gangsters, godmen, celebrities, politicians, orphans, prostitutes, beggars, police, journalists, nomadic tribes, local trains, rundown buildings, malls, libraries, hi-fi gadgets, laboratories, terror attacks, millions of people and what not – this story connects with every single element needed in a spine-chilling thriller.

For Santosh Wagh, head of Private India, the Mumbai branch of the world’s finest investigation agency headed by an ex CIA Agent Jack Morgan, it’s a race against time to stop the yellow garrotte serial killer who yearns for limelight.

Santosh is an extra-ordinary chief with the cane at day and lives with a Johnnie Walker bottle at night to solace his troubled past. Hari Padhi, Private India’s technology geek, cracked almost all the security gates, was arrested for trying to flee the country under a false identity. Ragini Sharma, the Honorable MLA from Alibaug constituency, was once a sex worker. We have more than dozen of characters in this story, each one of them is a two-dimensional character, having a troubled past that makes them a suspect. The story opens when visiting Thai surgeon Kanya Jaiyen is killed in mysterious circumstances at the Marine Bay Plaza; Private India gets to the scene as it is employed by Marine Bay Plaza. From then on, like a ticket collector, Private India’s Mubeen, collects dead bodies of people killed in mysterious ways using a Yellow Garrotte.

One interesting aspect of the book is adding Indian Mythology into the murder scenes, especially when the killer leaves tell-tale signs. Somehow, I wished that the authors justified the murder with more details of the forms of Goddess Durga rather than just portraying the forms.

The Yellow Garrotte, Nine Forms of Goddess Durga, Two-Dimensional characters, Hi-Fi Gadgets, detailed description of the autopsy, short chapters, ideal font-size, make this book an absolute page-turner, no second thoughts. Now it is your turn to read the book to unravel the mystery behind the Yellow Garrotte.

Rating:
Plots: 4/5
Characters: 4.5/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Twists: 4/5
Book Cover: 5/5
Overall Rating: 4.5/5

Book Details:
Title: Private India
Author: Ashwin Sanghi & James Patterson
Genre: Thriller
Type: Paperback
Publisher: Random House
Language: English
Pages: 480
Year of Publication: 2014
Price: 350 Rs.

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My Verdict: Mythology mixed with pace and served in a mysterious way! This book, Private India, is a spine-chilling thriller with major twists that kept me hooked till the end. A ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Book, An Absolute Un-put-down-able Page-Turner, No Second Thoughts!

This review is a part of the Book Reviews Program at BlogAdda.com. This is not a paid review. The opinions expressed in the review are my own, and remain unbiased and uninfluenced. I have given a five-star rating on Goodreads and FlipKart as I felt nothing less than that would be fair.

Book Review: Sorry… Again? by Amit Singh

This is a fantastic evening read!

I believe, there are only a few things in this universe which God creates himself, for everything else he recruited management trainees. While I was an abhorrent work of an inexperienced yet overburdened trainee, I was watching at one of the God’s own creation, even God must have felt proud of her beauty after creating her.’ – Amit Singh, Sorry…Again?

Can you beat this phrase while appreciating a woman’s beauty? Sorry…Again? is a romantic thriller written by Amit Singh with a gripping story-line.

The Blurb:

Sid is the inevitable effect of what a small town upbringing brings to the city life. A self-confessed “unromantic”, somewhere in his simple exterior lies a weak preacher, whose yardsticks of life change radically when the unpredictability of life starts experimenting with him. Anushka, armed with her unselfconscious beauty and poisons imbued into her life, has declared war on the world of men from a young age.

Their romance, even after her protest, is ignited by a train robbery that becomes unforgettable for reasons other than the robbery, catches the warmth because of an adolescent romance that reaches consummation, but remains within the periphery because of a live-in relationship that is on the verge of break-up.

They fall in love, but somebody is not happy with their relationship. Sid is threatened. Will he rise above his fear this time?

My Review:

Having read Amit Singh’s interesting tales on his blog, I read this book with a lot of expectation, and I must say that he did a wonderful job in this book. The story opens at an unearthly hour of 3 a.m. Sid locks the main door of his flat in Kolkata, where he spent most of the part of his life, moves to Bangalore. For a moment he looks at the opposite door hoping she (Madhumita) would open the door and come rushing him, but she did not. He gets into the cab. His transfer to Bangalore means, his designation “Sales Manager” gets added with a new word “Area”, he could meet his best friend Aakash, and above all, he can bring out the “Old Sid”. Sid and Aakash, like before, they had fun in Aakash’s apartment, at the cost of his live-in relationship with Neha. Sid meets the mystery girl Mallika again in a food court. The story then moves into Sid’s past, on how he met the most beautiful God’s creation in a train journey, the haunting memories of the journey to Delhi, and the eyes that always puzzled him. Sid also realises the hindrance he brought in his friend love life, and does the repair work, which brought him close to the mystery girl Mallika. Nope. Anushka. Will he express his love to her, despite threatens he received from an unknown retired army man. Or his visit to Kolkata in search of the army man at the cost of his career helped him to settle the scores? What happened to Madhumita? Did he purge his sins?

Unfold the answers by reading this book. My verdict is…It was a great read! Unlike other fiction novels, this had a real life touch to it, which kept me engrossed. The plot is very well woven and presented well. The only negative point, which I felt while reading the book, was too many sub-plots to decipher. And at a point of time, I felt when this is going to end, but then the author brought back Madhumita’s episode again and did justice to it. Overall, I liked the book except for the cover. I felt that it could have been done better, but then that doesn’t take away any of the accolades, I have to give to this fantabulous book. I give this book a four-star rating.

Overall Rating:
Plots: 4/5
Characters: 4/5
Writing Style: 4/5
Twists: 4/5
Book Cover: 3/5
Overall Rating: 4/5

Book Details:
Title: Sorry…Again?
Author: Amit Singh
Genre: Romance
Type: Kindle Edition
Pages: 202
ASIN: B00JJH6Z9K
Publisher: Self-published via Amazon
Price: 69 Rs.

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Book Review: Sirens Spell Danger by C Suresh, Radha S, and Karthik L

This is what you call a best-selling book!

Sirens Spell Danger

Sirens Spell Danger is a fantastic collection of three novellas by three wonderful authors under one common theme – crime thriller. Having read them previously on their wonderful blogs, I expected a lot from them, and I must say that they have done a splendiferous job!

I cannot actually call this a review, but then this is my observation and thoughts on the book. The first thing I notice is the cover of the book, and I felt that it could have been done better, but then that doesn’t take away any of the accolades, I have to give to this fantabulous book.

Femme Fatale” by C Suresh, is the story of Vicky, to be an IPS officer, celebrates the special moment of his life in a bar alone, and is lured by a sexy siren, Tanya, which leads him into so much danger. Will he survive and save Bangalore? Or be betrayed again by Tanya who tries to help him to get out of the mess? The plot is very well woven and presented well with subtle humour. I give this story a five-star rating.

Bella Donna” by Radha S, is the story of a serial killer in the city, leaving laminated paper carrying a picture of ‘Atropos’ around the bodies. Inspector Shardul Reham investigates the case using the picture. Will he find the killer? Or the killer succeeds? The story is fast-paced, well-plotted thriller with the best use of the unique term – ‘Atropos’ In fact, this is my personal favourite. I give this story a five-star rating.

Bellary” by Karthik, is the story of Jay, an officer sent to Bellary to investigate a matter of national interest. Will Jay be killed by Raju for Balla? The plot is mythical, slow, and well plotted; with the addition of supernatural elements, that transforms the story to a different level. I give this story a five-star rating.

I liked all the three stories. I am nobody to comment on the writing skills. Overall, all the three has made a fantastic debut, so do check this book out.

Overall Rating:
Plots: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Twists: 5/5
Book Cover: 3/5
Overall Rating: 5/5

Book Details:
Title: Sirens Spell Danger
Authors: C Suresh, Radha S, Karthik L
Genre: Thriller
Type: Kindle Edition
Pages: 211
ASIN: B00HBJ5TMM
Publisher: Self-published via Amazon
Price: 99

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