BOOK REVIEW: THE HIDDEN CHILDREN THE LOST GRIMOIRE

Book: The Hidden Children The Lost Grimoire

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Author: Reshma K. Barshikar

Genre: Fantasy, Fiction

Published by: Two Ravens

Number of pages: 401 pages

My Rating: 5/5

MY REVIEW: I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The main character of the book is Shayamukthy or Shui as she is commonly known as. She is a teenager in high school, who plays basketball and loves to hang out with her best friends Nallini and Jai. Shui is not as normal as she appears to be, as she has been diagnosed with dyslexia. She used to live in the US with her family but they moved to India three years ago.

Shui’s life is disrupted with the arrival of a new girl in their class, Anya. Nallini takes an instant dislike to Anya but Shui is drawn to her for some strange reason.

Anya shows Shui how to summon butterflies using magic and just like that Shui finds herself sucked into the world of the Witana. Shui attempts to discover whether she has magical powers. Anya reveals to Shui that the grimoire belonging to Anya’s deceased mother is lost and that Anya is desperate to find it.

The story is very fast paced as the characters zip all around Mumbai. Does Anya have a hidden agenda beyond looking for the grimoire? Does Shui really have any magical powers? The reader will have to read the story to find out.

I highly recommend “The Hidden Children”, as an extremely interesting story that has left me awaiting the sequel!

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BOOK REVIEW: THE DIARY ON THE FIFTH FLOOR

Book: The Diary on the Fifth Floor

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Author: Raisha Lalwani

Genre: Fiction

Published by: Rupa Publications

Number of pages: 164 pages

My Rating: 5/5

MY REVIEW: I received a copy of “The Diary on the Fifth Floor” by Raisha Lalwani in exchange for an honest review.

The story is about Savannah, a young woman who visits Dr. Rama Berry, a psychiatrist, whose clinic is located on the fifth floor. Initially, Savannah consults Dr. Berry under false pretences. However, the doctor sees through her deception.

Savannah leaves her diary with Dr. Berry. This diary contains her innermost thoughts. There are several stories and incidents narrated by her in the diary.

There is a deep, underlying message in the book. Seeking psychiatric treatment is considered to be a social stigma in our society even today. Are the stories and incidents written by Savannah in her diary real? Did they actually happen to Savannah herself? Will Dr. Berry be able to help her? What is actually wrong with Savannah? These are just some of the questions that arise while reading the book.

“The Diary on the Fifth Floor” is an extremely interesting story that is worth reading.

BOOK REVIEW: LOST WITHOUT HER

Book: Lost Without Her

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Author: Pournima Navani

Genre: Crime Thriller, Fiction

Published by: Srishti Publishers

Number of pages: 224 pages

My Rating: 5/5

MY REVIEW: I have received a review copy of “Lost Without Her” by Pournima Navani in exchange for an honest review.

First of all, I would like to commend the author for having the courage to tackle such a difficult subject. We read about such horrific incidents involving young children almost on a daily basis.

The story is set in the sleepy town of Marsti in the state of Tamil Nadu. One quiet afternoon, Samantha George, the six-year old daughter of Inspector Anthony George, is abducted. Though there is an extensive search for her, only her body is found, that too showing evidence of a violent assault.

Inspector Tony, who recently lost his wife, now struggles to come to terms with his daughter’s violent death. However, he is determined that her death should not go unpunished. He launches an investigation into her abduction and death. Even though he is suspended from the police for his unstable behaviour, he continues with his hunt for Samantha’s rapist and killer assisted by some loyal friends and colleagues.

Tony discovers that the town of Marsti contains a lot of dirty secrets which come out as Tony digs deeper to uncover the truth. Tony also finds a connection to a similar crime committed many years ago. This leads him to suspect that there is a serial killer on the loose and takes him across Chennai, Bangalore and Tiruchirappalli. Will Tony be able to catch the killer on time before another young child becomes a victim?

The tension in the story is built up wonderfully. I recommend this book to readers as it is an engrossing, interesting and taut thriller that will keep you guessing till the end.

BOOK REVIEW: THE DIAMOND CROWN

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Author: VS Rao

Genre: Suspense, Fiction

Published by: Srishti Publishers

Number of pages: 119 pages

My Rating: 4/5

MY REVIEW: I was provided with a copy of the book by the publishers in exchange for an honest review.

The story has been translated into English from Tamil and is a breezy and fast-paced read.

The story begins with a meeting of villains: the leader Balaram, Parabrahma Rao, Ramjogi, Gajapati and the seductive damsel Kumkum. The plan is simple, they will steal the diamond crown of Dasavatar Baba during his birthday celebrations and substitute it with a fake crown.

The robbery is executed and the police are called in. But the case cannot be solved without the expertise of Detective Tempo.

It is very difficult to review the book without giving away the plot. But there is yet another villain in the picture. Kumkum is not exactly who she seems and it is difficult to guess whose side she is on.

The climax is certainly thrilling as the different characters turn against each other.

I recommend this book to readers as value for money.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: VS Rao is a celebrated Telugu author, playwright, translator and scriptwriter. He passionately highlights women’s issues.