Book: Volcanic Moments
Author: Mona Mohanty
Genre: Fiction, Short Stories
Published by: Authors Press
Number of pages: 144 pages
My Rating: 4/5
MY REVIEW: I was provided with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
It is very difficult for me to review this book without giving away the plot, but I will try to do so.
The book comprises of 25 short stories. There is no common theme running through the book except for the fact that each story has a twist in the tale. I found myself racing through each story eagerly waiting for the climax.
The stories in the book are as diverse as a landlord desperate for tenants to a strange ill-fated tattoo and a girl who has lost her mother in childhood to a successful but childless doctor couple.
No reader will be bored reading this book. I recommend this book as interesting and riveting.
Author: Kapil Raj
Published by: Write India Publishers
Number of pages: 216 pages
My Rating: 4/5
MY REVIEW: I was provided with a copy of the book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
The story is certainly different from anything that I have read so far. It deals with the pertinent question of rape.
Palak is a beautiful young woman studying in college. She is leading a fun life of drinking, partying and even drugs with her group of friends. While stoic Rohin in her group of friends appears to be attracted to her, Palak herself is interested in another friend Jahan.
Palak’s life takes a turn for the worse when she attends a rave party with her friends. She wakes up the next morning with no recollection of the previous night. But the battered condition of her body tells her that something serious and unpleasant has happened to her. She faces further humiliation when there is a sex video of her and Rohin doing the rounds.
Rohin takes Palak to his home town in order to get away from the gossip and speculation. Palak goes through a tremendous ordeal as she struggles to come to terms with what has happened to her.
Will Rohin be able to find out what actually transpired on the night of the party? Will Palak be able to heal? The author has beautifully depicted Palak’s thoughts, feelings and emotions in the story.
I recommend this book to readers as value for money.
Book: Lost Without Her
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: The Sum of all my Parts
Author: Andaleeb Wajid
Published by: Amaryllis
Number of pages: 287 pages
My Rating: 5/5
MY REVIEW: I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
The story is about Mariam, an elderly lady living in Vellore, who is teaching four young women how to crochet.
Though Mariam is extremely critical at times about the crochet work of her four pupils, at the same time, she develops a fondness for each one of them.
The four young women are: Nimra, who is bullied constantly by her stepmother, Arifa, whose husband is away in Dubai, Amreen who is unable to get pregnant and Shaista who is going through an unwanted pregnancy.
In and around the design of each crochet pattern, each young woman’s story, along with her emotions and frustrations are depicted. Mariam, also has her own fascinating love story that she shares with her four pupils.
Mariam’s love story is told in an extremely interesting manner in the form of flashbacks.
All the women try to find a solution to their individual problems while creating an elaborate crochet pattern on a bedspread for Mariam’s granddaughter Faiza.
The author has woven a compelling tale and has beautifully depicted each character and her emotions.
I highly recommend “The Sum of All My Parts”, as a highly enthralling and interesting tale that will touch the heart of every reader!