We Were Three… by Himanshu Arora – Book Review

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Title : We were Three
Author : Himanshu Arora
Pages : 274
Publisher : CreateSpace
Genre : Fiction

Rating :

Cover : 3.5/5
Blurb : 3/5
Plot : 4/5
Story-line : 3.5/5
Writing Style : 3/5
Presentation : 3.5/5
Overall : 3.5/5

Overview :

We were Three
We met for the first time during 1st year Masters in Biotechnology
We became friends forever
In Indore, our life was perfect…college, seniors, fresher’s, canteen, girl friend…
Then something happened…
One of us got murdered in mysterious circumstances…
We tried to find the answers…and it turned our lives upside down
Sometimes friendship is very costly… but it teaches the meaning and values of relationship, love, life and death.
And that is why; whatever it takes…after all…We were Three.

Beauty :

  • Storyline.
  • Humor.
  • Suspense, twist & turns.

Beast :

  • Editing.
  • Writing Style.

Review :

Our college life is the most fascinating time that stays in our memory for the lifetime. Our friends, the feeling of friendship, love, fights everything turns out to be the beautiful journey of roller coaster of emotional drama. The same is with this book which starts with Vikram’s first step in the college where he finds two of his best buddies, Ajay and Sameer.

The story is pretty well woven with the surprise elements and rib tickling humor. The chase for the first date was awesome. It made me literally laugh and roll over the bed. But the main story begins with the murder that unfortunately happens in front of Vikram. There begins the dark side of the story and thats the moment where it instantly grips the hold over the reader which stays till the end of the story.

Twist and turns are plotted over the story line pretty beautifully and makes this suspense thriller much more beautiful. We were three is truly a great story told by the author.

Now coming on the drawbacks. Editing of the book is not done properly, there are various points were you can see errors regarding the language. Another thing which I felt as the problematic area for the author was his writing style. Sometimes the dialogues seem to be very loosely written. But if we ignore these few drawbacks, the story of the book makes me recommend the book to everyone who loves to read a bit unusual.

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PRIVATE INDIA… BY ASHWIN SANGHI & JAMES PATTERSON – BOOK REVIEW

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Title : Private India
Author : Ashwin Sanghi & James Patterson
Pages : 470
Genre : Suspense/Thriller

Ratings :

Title : 4.5/5
Cover : 4.5/5
Story-line : 4/5
Writing Style : 4.5/5
Dialogues & Philosophy : 4.5/5
Characters : 4.5/5
Overall : 4.5/5

Overview :

Mumbai, a place where dreams get transformed into reality. But this season is a bit different. It has became the season of Murder 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…

Beauty :

  • Pacy plot.
  • Chilling twist and turns.
  • Innovating typesetting.
  • Small chapters.
  • Simple Language.
  • Brilliant storytelling.

Beast :

  • Frankly speaking…. there’s none.

Review :

Well, it was truly unexpected to see the collaboration of such great talents in the same genre, James Patterson and Ashwin Sanghi. It was truly a pleasure to see the ‘Private’ series getting expanded to India as well. Like everyone else, I too had great expectation from this collaboration and finally here’s what I feel.

First look towards the cover is enough to give you goosebumps. Gateway of India and Taj Hotel explaining that the main theme is based on Mumbai and that regular frame for ‘Private’ series books, man looking behind and running. And finally the Tag line, “It’s the season for murder in Mumbai.” Now that give you the motivation to pick up the book of 470 pages.

Now talking about the storyline. Story picks up it’s momentum pretty early without wasting any time and keeps up the pace till the end. The whole story is divided in small chapters, which helps you to switch over the scenes pretty quickly. Now the font is kept large enough to make it a quick turner and that’s the another beauty of this awesome thriller.

Ashwin Sanghi has given this book a mythological/ancient Indian touch and with that he claims his presence over the storyline. This book speaks about the sparkling lights and darkest sight of Mumbai as well. James Patterson’s Private Department is impressive as always and throughout the book, it’s pretty difficult to guess the murderer.

The only reason that I am taking off 0.5 ratings and not giving it 5 is that I expected much more than what I got. Maybe I expects a lot. But overall, this book is awesome.

 

Conclusion :

For all the Thriller lovers out there, I just want to say that you can’t even think about skipping this collaboration. Go and grab it for sure.

 

The Unwanted Shadow… by Bhaskaryya Deka

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Title : The Unwanted Shadow
Author : Bhaskaryya Deka
Genre : Thriller/Suspense
Publisher : Half Baked Beans

Ratings :

Cover : 3/5
Blurb : 3/5
Story-line : 3.5/5
Dialogues : 3/5
Writing Style : 2.5/5
Overall : 3/5

Overview :

The Unwanted Shadow is the story of a not-so-normal guy who tries to live his live the most normal way. But life puts him in a situation where he has no choice but to choose his darker side, the unwanted shadow.

Mohan lives in a small village in Assam with his parents and three sisters. He plans to study in Delhi and in order to that, he had to leave his family behind. Living in Delhi, Mohan becomes distant from home. He marries his beloved Shreya. But things go wrong when Shreya is raped and murdered on their wedding night and police arrests Mohan as the culprit. What happens next is not what you can imagine. Read the book to find out how Mohan deals with his life and, his unwanted shadow.

Highlights :
  • Good storyline.
  • Unexpected twists towards the ending.
  • All elements of a good thriller.
  • A quick read.
  • Good presentation.
Setbacks :
  • The build-up is slow. The starting chapters leave the readers in quandary as to whether they must go on or not.
  • The mystery of how Mohan is knocked out and his lack of remembrance remain unsolved.
Review :

“A quick read with all the essential elements of a good thriller. Leaves the readers in awe… get ready to accept the unexpected.”

The Unwanted shadow is all that you can expect from a good thriller. It’s a quick read with a promise to thrill and surprise you. The language is sober and everything is put in a simple manner which makes it a quick and interesting read.

One might find the build-up of the story a little slow as there is nothing interesting till the first half of the book. But as soon as you enter the second part, the story gets intriguing, surprising you at every step. The author has cleverly wounded up everything in the final few chapters. Yes, you can expect a Grand Finale.

The story is about a guy Mohan who has faced some serious issues growing up in a small town family. Mohan has his secrets, the dark ones, which affects his present and future. Now as his first love and his second one, his wife, dies and leaves him alone to suffer, he feels his dark shadow empowering. Now things take a sharp turn and Mohan finds himself in prison. The rest of it you would have to read in the book. I can’t reveal all the secrets here, can I?

Bhaskaryya has done a great job with The Unwanted Shadow. I enjoyed the reading session and it never failed to surprise me. Bhaskaryya reflects shear genius through his plot and storyline. I would like to recommend it to anyone who would love to read a good thriller. All the best to Bhaskaryya for his book. May his book reach lots of interested readers.

If only forgetting was easy……

It was a stormy night, or so she thought. It certainly was windy, and also looked like it might rain. Time and again, a stray yellowed maple leaf would get entangled in her hair, and she would retrieve it with slow deliberation, and toss it to the raving winds.

It was a regular path, taken regularly, to complete a regular task, but
quite contrarily, this was not going to be a regular night, if, of course,
the word ‘regular’ had any meaning…

***

Jenny wrapped her shawl protectively around herself. It was beginning to get cold, and a drowsy mist suggested that the raindrops too were on their way.
She did not exactly dread getting drenched, but a walk through muddy puddles was hardly what she fancied. A few drops descended on her face as she looked up at the heavily clouded sky. Her heart suddenly skipped a beat, as a similar scene from a few years ago floated in before her eyes.

Hadn’t this been the first place where she met him? , she asked of herself. The wretch who made her suffer, who was also the person she loved with all her soul. How could she ever forgive, and more importantly, forget, him?

For, people who live inside your heart will never leave you, even if they themselves break your heart.

She had been a foolish seventeen year old then, full of romantic stories of the cupid and was easily impressed. Falling in love with a man nearly seven years elder to her, was easy, to say the least, and marriage, then, was a mere celebration of love, something that took place in every movie and mushy novel, and had nothing to do with responsibility. All marriages were happy marriages, since how could two people who loved each not be happy living together? , she had asked herself. She would have prevented a catastrophe had she asked anybody else.

How madly in love she was, and how easily awed by his mannerisms! And how triumphant too for having found the perfect man for herself at the mere age of seventeen! How happy, how delighted, how overjoyed with love!

Her joy, however, had proved too good too last. She could not recognize, in a few months of marriage, the devil she had consented to being wife to. Her joy broke down into sorrow when she came to know that there was a violent streak about him, a tempest of a temper and irrational views when it came to giving her the freedom she so desired.

She divorced him, but it was only after suffering 4 years of hell and
getting inerasable marks, both emotionally and physically. It had been a month since they parted ways, yet it was the torture of those painful memories that would not let her get on with life ‘normally’, and she feared that they never would.

***

Tears mingled with the raindrops on her face as a vivid picture of her life a month ago flashed before her eyes, making her shudder. She had lately started to become an emotional wreck and would often stop in the middle of the way when she found her eyes flooded, and give way to tears. However, today, she wiped her eyes and continued on her way.

However, the road did not seem to be familiar any longer. Wherever had she wandered off to? This certainly was not the way to her home. This path seemed to be almost deserted, except for a few startling movements in the bushes along the road. Fear flooded her. Something told her that she was being followed, but nevertheless, she could not fully believe in her conscience, since it often deceived her with a picture of her former husband, evil and malignant, charging towards her with a diabolic glint in his eyes. She was paralyzed with fear by now, but decided to run as she had never run before, to wherever the way may take her, since it seemed the only
logical thing to do. She ran for a good half an hour, not worrying that the path grew darker along the way, nor either that the rain battered down hard on her. She was determined to follow the path God had led her to, even if it led to her to the devil.

She eventually reached what seemed to be a large pool of light at first, but on further inspection, she saw it for what it was – a huge lamp post, underneath which stood a boy of about eight. She was startled at first to see him in this solitary place, but relaxed when she saw him smile sweetly.

“It is you I have been waiting for all night,” said he, “not that it is
particularly you. I knew it was somebody in distress.” Jenny, who very much detested the concept of ghosts, just as she detested marriage, took the child’s hand in hers, and oh, what bliss it was! What lovely bliss to feel the satisfaction of having someone by your side, to take in the love he radiates, to share with him her feeling of security! How reassuring to know that there is someone to accompany you when the path is dark and fearful!

This really was a strange night, she thought, never before have I lost my way here, and I am certain that there is not a path in the area that I have not travelled before. In silent reverie, in tender hopes, in thoughtful musing – every path has been taken before for a walk to appease violent sensations. And yet, here I am, walking this deserted path at a time which seems to be somewhere between midnight and dawn, with a mysterious companion whom I know nothing about.

But wait, have I not seen his face somewhere before? In a dream? In images inside the mind? In abstract patterns? In…..God??

Was he a savior, somebody divine?

“I’m not”, said the boy, who seemed to have read her mind. Jenny, startled by his sudden speech, drew a long breath to calm her mind. Meanwhile, the boy had started to speak again. “It is not me you have to think about,” said he, “It is you. Your life, has it not been in a mess for the past few years?
Recall. Try to recall- what went wrong? , and whose fault was it? Pain and suffering is what everybody gets, but a few of us get more than the share we deserve. Is it fair? No. But thing, is it worth learning something from?”

Here the boy stopped and looked innocently into her face for a while. Jenny tried to look away from his eyes, but there was something so powerful, so compelling about them, that try as she might, she could not look away. There seemed to be a bit of herself in them, but that could easily have been her reflection. The boy took a step forward, and smiling a bit, said, “No, I’m not going to vanish into thin air, as you think I will. Forget all about me, but remember my words – it is important that you begin a new life. Do not sit down to pity yourself. The darkness is only temporary – it does not stay forever.”

Before Jenny could even react, she had the strangest sensation of falling into oblivion, into darkness. Various images from her life flew into sight and vanished again – Jenny riding her first bicycle, laughing loudly and crying uncontrollably, Jenny on the day of her marriage feeling infinite bliss, and the days afterward-the tears, the emotional breakdowns and the violent arguing, and silently crying into the pillow thereafter.

She would try, but would never be able to find the deserted path again. Some things in life were best forgotten, she decided. For darkness was only the absence of light, it had no meaning if the term ‘light’ did not exist……….

Submitted by – Vanya Nigam
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DELHI AT DARK… by Ram Vignesh

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REVIEW NO. – 8

NAME: DELHI AT DARK
AUTHOR: RAM VIGNESH
SOURCE: GOODREAD GIVEAWAY
GENRE: CRIME/THRILLER

RATINGS

STORY: 4.5/5
COVER: 3/5
WRITING STYLE: 4/5
DIALOGUES: 4/5
THEME: 4.5/5
OVERALL: 4/5

TAB’S REVIEW

Delhi, the capital of our country is now gradually getting transformed into the capital of crime. When night approaches, he wakes up. He looks like human but is a demon. He loves blood and his life only surrounds around the quest to fulfill his own demand of ‘Blood’.

People calls him ‘Cartoon Killer’ because he names his victim as cartoon characters. The brutal killing of people is just a cartoon play for him. He enjoys killing.

He is a genius killer, kills with a pattern and never leaves a clue. Trio of detectives Jay mithra, Asra Khan and Amar Rathore have to solve this case anyhow because next in the hit list of killer are their own relatives.

A thrilling, chilling and full of suspense novel, Delhi At Dark will never allow your eyes to see anything other than the next word of the sentence of the novel. You will feel the thrill and that’s for sure.

BEAUTY

  • Simple language.
  • Fast pace.
  • Detailing of events.
  • Story.

BEAST

  • Cover (It’s not catchy)

SANDY’S VIEW

I am a big fan of thrilling novels and I really loved this one. Simple language with a detailed description of events and the third person view on the story enhanced the beauty of this full of suspense crime based novel. Nowhere in the novel, Ram tried to create the events more crispy then they really are. He moved the story pretty well. Character description was phenomenal and each character had his own thinking and that was the thing which made me intact with the story.

I would really like to recommend this novel to all suspense/thriller/crime genre lovers.