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Book Review : The Devotion of Suspect X

Book Title : The Devotion of Suspect X
Book Author : Keigo Higashino, Alexander O. Smith (Translator)
My Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Publication Date : February 1st 2011


I’m a very big fan of fast paced book, thrillers and plots with twists. So it’s no wonder I was hooked up real fast with The Devotion of Suspect X.

It was super easy to get into the story, not the names though! (I literally had to note down who is who and what they are doing at the beginning of the book.) Having got through that, it was an extremely enjoyable read and a hard to put down book.

We get introduced to Yasuko, her daughter, her simple quiet life and a neighbor whom she had only shared a few moments with. When her ex-husband appears at her door without warning one day, all peace she has known is gone.

Enter the Tokyo police and detectives trying to make sense, put together the events of that particular day and solve one of the biggest crimes out there.

This was a standalone read. You do not need to read the past ones as they are not part of a series. There is also no reference or mention to the previous books.

Having praised the book and giving it a four stars, I have to mention my “but” about it. I’ve never been a fan of translated books, and though this book is brilliantly genius, it did feel a bit dry sometimes and I’m blaming it on translation.

Overall, I would totally recommend this book, have you pick it up right now and go on endless discussions about it.

 

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ARC Review : The Wardrobe Mistress

Book Title : The Wardrobe Mistress
Book Author : Patrick McGrath
My Rating : ⭐️⭐️/5
Expected Publication Date : September 7th, 2017


My first book by this author, Patrick McGrath.

A historical set in London and its theater, during the 1940’s, we follow our protagonist, Joan whose husband, Gricey, just died and she was over-engulfed in grief. After certain events, she discovered a secret and realized her husband is not the person who she thought he was.

With such a beautiful cover, I really wanted to love this book. Badly!

I found the first chapters as readable as could be. I was interested in Joan, her relationships with her daughter plus the husband, and quite a few characters being introduced in the book.

I kept on reading on the hope that things will eventually make sense, but Alas! I was almost halfway through the book till new things started to happen and it wasn’t as interesting as I thought it would be. The author have prolonged the grief part a bit too much and everything else was just vaguely described.

For a historical, there wasn’t much talk about the war or the events. For a theater-based book, there wasn’t much description about it either.

I believe those who are passionate about the theater might (I still say might!) find it more interesting than those who don’t. I personally have never been to a theater before and wasn’t able to imagine or connect to it throughout the book and actually found it a bit dull.

I wouldn’t really recommend the book as I didn’t really get anything out of it.

 

Thanks to @penguinUkbooks for this book, which was given in an exchange for an honest review.

 

 

Book Title : The Wardrobe Mistress
Book Author : Patrick McGrath
My Rating : ⭐️⭐️/5
Expected Publication Date : September 7th, 2017


My first book by this author, Patrick McGrath.

A historical set in London and its theater, during the 1940’s, we follow our protagonist, Joan whose husband, Gricey, just died and she was over-engulfed in grief. After certain events, she discovered a secret and realized her husband is not the person who she thought he was.

With such a beautiful cover, I really wanted to love this book. Badly!

I found the first chapters as readable as could be. I was interested in Joan, her relationships with her daughter plus the husband, and quite a few characters being introduced in the book.

I kept on reading on the hope that things will eventually make sense, but Alas! I was almost halfway through the book till new things started to happen and it wasn’t as interesting as I thought it would be. The author have prolonged the grief part a bit too much and everything else was just vaguely described.

For a historical, there wasn’t much talk about the war or the events. For a theater-based book, there wasn’t much description about it either.

I believe those who are passionate about the theater might (I still say might!) find it more interesting than those who don’t. I personally have never been to a theater before and wasn’t able to imagine or connect to it throughout the book and actually found it a bit dull.

I wouldn’t really recommend the book as I didn’t really get anything out of it.

 

Thanks to @penguinUkbooks for this book, which was given in an exchange for an honest review.

 

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Book Review : Half of A Yellow Sun

Book Title : Half of A Yellow Sun
Book Author : Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
My Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Publication Date : September 12th 2006


 

There’s no argument that Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is one of the best authors out there, in my opinion, with her exceptionally flawless writing and narrative style. Having loved and praised Americanah, I had to check out her other books and somehow I found myself group reading Half of a Yellow Sun.

A Historical fiction that is recounted with the point of view of three people, each chapter by one of them. Ugwu, the houseboy who works for a university Professor. Olanna, The professor’s mistress and Richard, and Englishman who’s in love with Olanna’s twin sister. We follow those three and other characters, back and forth, between the early 60’s and late 60’s, with events leading up to the Nigeria-Biafra war.

I can’t help but give a standing ovation to how the book, chapter and parts where structured. It was absolutely clever and I believe no one, but Adichie, can pull it off that easily and effortlessly. I was able to follow the plotline without any difficulty and was immensely enjoying it.

Another standing ovation for how brilliantly, a subject that may be kind of a bore to me, was expertly relayed thus had me hanging and interested in every word. I’m not a big fan of political or war related books but Adichie’s style makes it hard not to get absorbed in it.

But…

It’s quite a shame that for some reason, I cannot connect or fall in love with any of Adichie’s characters. I haven’t liked any in Americanaah and the same with Half of a Yellow Sun. They sounded flat and devoid of any characteristic-ish flavor. I wasn’t able to sympathize or root for any of them. I especially hated Olanna as it was confusing on how Adichie wanted to portray her. She wasn’t weak but she wasn’t strong either. Maybe, just maybe I could have liked her twin sister whom I felt was the most real of any of the characters.

As real as the writing is, and as the events, her characters are not. That was why I could not have given this a full five stars.

I would recommend the book though. It was worth the read but not worth the hype.

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Book Review: Into The Water

Book Title: Into The Water

Book Author: Paula Hawkins

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Publication Date: May 2nd 2017

Though I did enjoy, The Girl on the Train, I was still surprised by the major popularity it gained. Heck, it was even made into a movie which I also thought was fairly well.

So I decided to pick up Paula Hawkin’s second book Into the water and give her another chance. I would start by saying I was not impressed at all.

I know it became a trend that books have POVs, and alternating between the past and present but I believe not all books could pull it through. Some work and some don’t. This one obviously didn’t.

And the main reason why?

There were just way too many characters – most with their own POVs. If that’s not enough for you, add in snippets of the past which I thought some were truly unnecessary and adds or explains nothing to the plot.

I didn’t find it easy to get into the book once I started reading. I had to reread the first chapters more than once then gradually started to get impatient and didn’t really care to reveal “the mystery” behind all the events and to expose each character’s secret.

Overall, in my opinion, it wasn’t an intense read. It wasn’t as gripping and you won’t find me recommending it to any thriller fans.

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Book Review : The Kind Worth Killing

Book Title: The Kind Worth Killing

Book Author: Peter Swanson

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Publication Date:  February 3rd 2015

This book is for sure The Kind Worth Reading. A psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of whatever it is you are currently sitting on!

Two strangers meet at the airport and decided to play a truth-telling game. After a few drinks, it becomes a plot of a murder which is a necessary one since its decided that the world needs less of such people – which people? You need to pick it up and read it to find out!

This is a highly addictive read and truly a page turner. I enjoyed it immensely and was actually rooting for the killers to get away with it. It was also so full of twists and suspense that I was just taken away with and not able to put down.

I gave this a four stars because as much as amazing it was (it really was!), it did have a minor “but” which I think most could overlook. There were some repeated narrations/chapters which I thought was unnecessary and just added pages to the book. Again, four stars because there are also some elements in the book which I didn’t really like and hoped it was different.

Overall, I would totally recommend this book without hesitation, and I’m just about dying to discuss it with someone right now!

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Book Review : The Night Circus

Book Title: The Night Circus

Book Author: Erin Morgenstern

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

This is a second book I have read about the circus and again I can say I was not disappointed!

This book is a bundle of joy! It takes you back to your childhood days and you start to remember those good ol’ circus times. I can even smell the popcorn and caramel apples!

Circus and food aside, the real story is what goes on within. A competition between two contestants who were bound to it since childhood and have no idea who the other one is.

That’s my ‘but’ with the book. I couldn’t imagine or feel the fierceness of the competition. We are not told on the spot what is happening or how it happened but instead are just being told about it.
I would have liked, as a visitor of the circus, to actually feel and experience it on the spot, rather than being told about it.

All in all, it’s a great story filled with awesome magic that would keep you wanting more.
A must read. Go pick it up!

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Book Review: Homegoing

Book Title: Homegoing

Book Author: Yaa Gyasi

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Publication Date: June 7th 2016

“This is the problem of history. We cannot know that which we were not there to see and hear and experience for ourselves. We must rely upon the words of others.”

This was a great example of what storytelling should be like.  I wasn’t sure if I could rely on all the reviews and recommendations I’ve got about this book and I knew I had to experience it by myself.

I was not disappointed.

Yaa Gyasi made it really easy for me to mark this Historical Fiction as one of the best reads for this year. Set in Ghana, a captivating tale about two half-sisters, unknown to each other, born in different villages. Effia was married off to an Englishman, comfortably living in Cape Coast Castle, while Esi was sold into slavery and shipped off to America.

I didn’t know what to expect but I was so convinced this was going to be a tale about sisters reuniting, bonding with each other over tears of happiness and what’s not. Boy, was I mistaken. This was so much more than what it is, way more!

This was about history! It was about culture and traditions. It was about slavery, prejudice and racism. Lots of it!

I thought it was really clever how the structure of the book was written. Each chapter is unique and focusing on a descendent, alternatively, of one sister which talks about generational diversity of different times and places, where we get to experience their struggles whether it’s mentally, socially or physically.

I would totally recommend this to all historical lovers and especially if you are a fan of short stories.