Posts Tagged ‘mystery novel’

Red Dragon I loved Dr. Hannibal Lecter from the book ”The silence of the lamb” which is second book in Hannibal Lecter series. Then I decided to read this series to get more details about Hannibal Lecter. ”Red Dragon” is the first book and it doesn’t give much information about Hannibal as  Will Graham takes the major role here. But still Hannibal succeeded to give the readers  creepy feelings few times.

FBI Special Will Graham has retired and lives  with his new wife Molly and her son Willie. He is retired becuase of the nearly fatal encounter with Hannibal Lecter, whose capture he was responsible for. But then his peaceful life was disturbed by his old boss when he came asking for help catching a serial killer named ” Tooth fairy” who killed two families so far. The Tooth Fairy, a serial killer who is named becuase of the tooth marks he leaves and for dicing his victims with shards of broken mirrors. But Will Graham decides to visit Hannibal in his asylum where he is kept guarded. But his encounter with Hannibal brings back the memory and the bitter realization that he can track killers becuase he can think like a killer. Killer is a fan of Hannibal and soon he tries to get in touch with Hannibal through letters and papers which is found out by FBI. Will Graham in his weak mental condition can he catch the killer? Who is this Killer who calls himself as The Red Dragon? What is the mystery behind all these murders?

I totally liked this book. Unlike other books it gives complete information about killer somewhere when you reach the middle of the novel. You will  know who is the killer, his childhood and his mental condition.  It’s like  you are just witnessing how he is killing and how FBI is working to catch him. The mystery is revealed in the beginning but getting hold of this mystery is a big mystery. I liked author’s  writing style. My rating: 3 out of 5. I heard there is a movie adaption by the same name, planing to watch it soon.

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Reptide I got this book from some random book store last year. I wasn’t aware of the author or the title before, just picked up because wanted to read something new and different. This was lying in my ”to read” list from one year and finally I read it last month. This is really kind of different from what I usually read. This is thriller, murder mystery with lot of suspense and twist.

Sergeant Sarah Delaney has a past which is haunting her everyday. But it becomes worse when she is assigned to solve a murder mystery in Caxton, the place where her boyfriend Tom had lived – and where he died. When she goes to Caxton, to those places and beaches where she lived before and had memories created, her past slowly starts to reveal. Not only past but also a mystery which is related to current murder. What is her past? Is it related to the current murder case? What had happened to her boy friend, even though he is dead why does she hate him?

It is  a good time pass mystery novel to read. In few places I found loose ends, where the story could have been more strong. But over all a good story with fine twists. Not that predictable ending! My rating: 2 out of 5.

Room emma donoghueToday I’m five. I was four last night going to sleep in Wardrobe, but when I wake up in Bed in the dark I’m changed to five, abracadabra. Before that I was three, then two, then one, then zero. “Was I minus numbers?”

One Room, one world! Story of Jack and Ma for whom their room is their world it is not that they like it, but they don’t have any option. Ma is surviving in single room with her kid Jack, who knows nothing about out side world. Keeping him safe is the first thing on her mind. Jack knows only 2 people, Ma and Old nick who comes only at night time and Jack sees him from his vantage point in a wardrobe.  Jack is satisfied and happy being with Ma as he has no idea whats outside. But Ma is sad because she wants to get her freedom back. You can see 2 different perspectives, two ways of looking at life.

I respect Ma for her creativity and courage to keep a child, even though  Jack’s Biological father is Old nick, her kidnapper. The way she thinks to keep him safe, entertained in all possible ways,how she uses the  tricks to escape. If you think escaping makes their life easier you are wrong. Imagine Ma who goes out after being in a room for 7 years. Even though she is seen 19 years of outside world before its not the same. And imagine Jack, who is never seen anything from outside, not even through a window, how can he adjust to sudden change like that?

Its a wonderful book, Jack is sweet and his way of thinking is very cute. His usage of   grammar is hilarious 🙂 Kidnapping is serious crime. Kidnapping and keeping a person for years and using her physically is cruel,disgusting thing to do! This is really a good read. My rating: 3 out of 5. I was reading a review and found out that such cases happens, if you can type Josef Fritzl and search in Google you will find out something 100 times cruel than what happened in this book.

House RulesI think cats have Asperger‘s. Like me, they‘re very smart. And like me, sometimes they simply need to be left alone

– Jacob ”House Rules” by Jodi Picoult

This is the third Jodi Picoult book I’ve read, the first two being “Picture Perfect” and “My Sister’s Keeper”. I liked both the books but one thing I found similar, that is  illness. May be its memory loss as in ”Picture Perfect” or it is leukemia as in ”My sister’s keeper”.  For my surprise ”House Rules” is also about a medical condition and here it is Asperger‘s syndrome. I have read recently a book about autism (”Curious Case of Dog in the Night Time” where the main character has autism) and found similar symptoms. I am not sure if both Asperger‘s and autism falls into same category.

I love the story line in this book, but it seemed to drag on forever! Emma Hunt is single mother taking care of her eighteen-year-old son Jacob who has Asperger‘s and Theo her 15 year old normal son. Asperger’s syndrome, a disorder characterized by a compulsive attachment to order and routine, a tendency to take comments literally, hypersensitivity to bright lights, human touch, and scratchy fabrics, a reluctance to make eye contact, lack of empathy, painful bluntness, and difficulty relating to others. Theo loves his brother but being normal makes him neglected. Jacob is found of crime busters series and loves to set up his own crime scene at home with corn syrup for Emma to find out the crime. He is  not friendly with everyone but he is very close to his tutor Jess. One fine day she goes missing and Jacob is murder suspect. Who killed Jess? Why Jacob was suspected? Will he be able to prove his innocence when he can’t even make eye contact?

Its a time pass story, my rating : 3 out of 5. Wanted to give 2 but the thriller story line increased my rating. Its a good book if you are mystery fan. Book started off well with lot of suspense in it, but sadly by end there was hardly suspense left.

The Stars Shine DownMy 3rd book of Sidney Sheldon, this book was short read, I read it in two days. I am not a big fan of  this author but I liked the book ”Nothings last forever”. I am ready to explore more of this author’s writing. But this book is not what I expected to be, I am not saying it was bad. The book was a good time pass read, but the mystery seemed very less compared to other two books I  read.

This is a good inspirational story of a woman who created everything from nothing. Lara Cameron, who made her way through success by achieving one of the top world site builders over a traditionally male dominant society. Lara is the daughter of a boarding house manager in Glace Bay with nothing in hand reached to the top level. She wanted to earn more power to prove her father wrong and she did succeed in that. She is a powerful lady who can do anything to get what she wants.  She is called as Iron butterfly but will she keep up her level forever? When one is dealing with real estate business its sure to make enemies, will her enemies can sit comfortably when a lady is over powering them? Will her affection to someone will turn into her enemy?

It is a good suspense novel, with good inspirational story in it. I recommend this book to mystery fans. My rating 3 out of 5.