Archive for the ‘Suspense’ Category

”The Girl with all the gifts” by M.R Carey is a dystopian thriller. It is the sort of book I normally prefer to read. I was thrilled to read the first half with but second half fell from the original story line and I was bit disappointed.

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Melanie is ten and she is in a base. Her entire world consisting of her cell, a corridor, a shower room and a classroom. Five days a week, Melanie is strapped into a wheelchair, fastened securely and wheeled into the classroom where she, and her fellow classmates are taught. Melanie is a bright and quick learner, who worships her teacher Miss Helen. Although Melanie is content enough with the world that she knows, she is concerned when two children from her class suddenly disappear, taken by the aggressive Sergeant Parks to Dr Caroline Caldwell’s lab, never to return.

First part was great, but second part was full of zombies and stuff like that. It felt like reading 2 different books. Interesting twist at the end and it ended abruptly as if to indicate the hope for the better world. There is 2nd installment in this ”the girl with all the gifts” series and it is called as ”The boy on the bridge”-Published on May 2nd 2017.

My rating: 2 out of 5. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate this book.I can’t describe it, because part of its wonderful but then part two begins and almost all of that is thrown out the window.

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I don’t know how I missed out on this book for so many years? I love YA, that too dystopian books are my favorite. The Giver by Lois Lowry is the first book in ‘The Giver’ series and in 2014 it was made into movie. I have watched the movie, but as usual I liked the book better.

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Jonas lives in colorless and ideal community where questioning is not allowed. He is content to live there until he receives his life assignment as the receiver of memory. He comes to know the ancient way of life and hidden secrets which were kept from community. He starts to see the bleak and uninteresting existence they are following blindly.

I liked this book, the concept is very interesting and fast moving. As soon as I finished the book I wanted to read the second installment. My rating: 3 out of 5. Its been 3 years, now I don’t exactly remember why I gave this book 3 in spite of liking it. I guess I was bit disappointed with characters.

I wanted to get scared, after ‘the exorcist’ and ‘Dracula’ I didn’t come across any book that scared the hell out of me. I want horror books to haunt me, I love watching horror movies and reading about real life incidents. Don’t get me wrong, I am not the bravest person, actually no where near brave 🙂 I am just fascinated by the idea of all these. I can get scared in plain day light 😉 🙂

So  I picked this book which was in horror category. It says real life story so I had to read this. I did a quick research about  Ronnie DeFeo, 23, was convicted of shooting his parents, brothers, and sisters. George and Kathleen Lutz thought it was ideal place to move into with their 3 kids after buying this place complete with finished basement, swimming pool, and boathouse. Twenty-eight days later, they fled in terror, leaving most of their belongings behind.

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It was a good read, but bit slow. By coincidence  I started waking up in between 3 AM to 4 AM after reading this book. I really got scared to even go to washroom, cause in the book, at the same time scary stuff happened to the people who were at that house. I used to wake my husband and ask him to stay awake until I return from wash room 🙂

I read in internet somewhere that George Lutz was into black magic. I think that is why he chose that place believing that Ronnie DeFeo killed his family under the influence of devil and he might be able to practice his black magic in that house. But something went terribly wrong and his magic backfired on him. I read that one of his kids accused him of practicing Satanism and magic even before they moved to into the quiet suburban neighborhood on the south shore of Long Island, New York. He recalled the family’s bookshelves lined with books on the occult and demonism. Anyways we don’t know what really happened. But this story is interesting if you are a horror lover. My ratings: 3 out of 5. A one time read which I can’t forget easily.

”The Last Echo” is the 3rd installment in ‘The Body Finder’ series. I kinda had mixed feelings for this series from the beginning. I was torn between 2 and 3 stars for this book. I would rate 4 stars for the series, but for this particular book somehow I want to give 2 stars.

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Violet is back with more action, as usual she can find the dead body and by some magic she can connect that to the murderer. Now that she is working for Govt, she has few gifted people who work with her too. But then things are not so easy, there is this serial killer who is on a killing spree in the name of love.

Violet’s  struggles to keep up with normal life and normal boyfriend is getting harder as she starts mingling with her new friends form work. Especially a boy who she kinda falls for, Rafe. Rafe can understand Violet on entirely different level, where Jay will never be able to. This book is more of a Rafe than Violet. But this is not the final book, there is one more book called ”Dead silence” which I might read someday. Somehow I feel that this book could have been the final book in the series.

Desires of  the Dead”Desires of the Dead” is the 2d installment in ‘The Body Finder’ series. I liked the first book but was not happy with the crime part of the story. But I still wanted to read and see how things went afterwards so I picked up the second book. Crime and romance go well together, I mean it is a good combination to read. OK, may be this two shouldn’t really go together, but what I meant was it is fun to read.

Dead bodies calls to Violet, not only that but the murderers will also have this different smell and aura around them which will attract her like magnet. This echos and imprints help her to solve the crime cases for her uncle and father who works in the crime related department. Only those closer to her know about her capacity but when a dead boys body calls her she gets into trouble, now FBI are aware of her special instincts and they want her to tell everything about it. When she is happy dating her best friend Jay, there is this new guy and his sister in town who are kind of obstacle for her love life.

I rated this book- 3 out 5, compared to the first book it was brilliantly written. There was lot of suspense and crime detail involved which made this book an interesting read.

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea I’m kind of torn with this book. I am utterly uncertain about how I feel for this book. Did I love it or did I hate it? I really don’t know. Set up and atmosphere gets 5 stars but mystery and romance is what I didn’t quite buy as much as I wanted to.

Violets parents have been in Paris for months now. They are off exhibiting their paintings there, leaving Violet with her brother Luke. When they run out of money violet decides to rent out the guesthouse and a teenager named River West comes to live in their guesthouse. But strange things begin to happen around and their small town is in chaos. Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark haired sexy teenager for whom violet will fall for.

I liked the story, it was really creepy and for some odd reasons I like creepy stories. If you are looking for a good paranormal mystery with a little Gothic touch then this is perfect choice. My rating: 3 out of 5.

Hannibal ”Hannibal” is 3rd book in Hannibal Lecter series. Lecter is one of the most appalling,brilliant, classy, terrifying, ruthless and popular characters of fiction world. Widely known as ‘Hannibal the Cannibal’. I agree its hard to live up to the success of ”The Silence of the Lambs”. But author had done pretty good job with this book. Other than ”not as good as expected” ending I liked the book.

After 7 years of Dr. Lecter’s escape he is back but this time to help  FBI agent Clarice Starling, the woman who once stood for him and in a way responsible for his escape.  FBI agent Clarice Starling is facing some serious issues and Lecter wants to help her. But there is someone out there waiting for his revenge on Dr.Lecter, who is more than willing to do anything to get to him. Clarice Starling is going to be pawn for corrupt people who take orders from insane multimillionaire.

My rating is 3. I wanted to give 4 but then the ending was not at all satisfying. I almost felt like Thomas Harris went out of his way to include tawdry little details in his book and that cheapened it.

*Spoilers Alert*

  • did we really need a body-building lesbian sister, after her brother’s sperm?
  • did we need to feed a man, parts of his own brain?
  • did we need man eater Pigs?
  • Did we need Clarice Starling to get brain dead and follow Dr. Lecter?

I wanted more actions from Clarice Starling‘s side and there was not much. I liked how the actions and suspense played in the story but I am disappointed with the ending. More than crime thriller it felt like a sappy romantic ending. There is more book in the series – ”Hannibal Rising” I think its about Lecter’s childhood life, so the story of Clarice Starling almost ends here.