Saturday, December 31, 2016

Reflections 2016


Year 2016 is pretty uneventful but equally busy with many things that went on .

I read much less this year compared to previous years and there was a couple of times when I totally didn't read at all and that's reflective in my review posts.

I also didn't buy much novels this year as at the last count, I have nearly 150 copies of to be read novels.  If I successfully read 1 novel a month, it would take me 12 years to finish them..provided I don't buy any books at all from now onward!  If I read 2 books a month, it would take me 6 years to complete them. Wow!

So yup, that's where I stand.  But I know I read more than 2 novels a month so there!

My work travel also has reduced drastically since the last couple of years due to change of job and that pretty much relates to my reading habits too as I used to read a lot while on work travel as there's nothing much else to do in the hours in between.

On the other hand, I have stop doing any committed review for Netgalley and the likes for quite a while already so yes, I have confident in tackling them TBR pile!


I shall end year 2016 with 50 posts compared to 68 in year 2015. For year 2017, it will be an attempt and challenge to at least match this year in terms of posts and perhaps slightly more consistent and I would be pretty satisfied.

Favourites for the year....hmmm.... I would have to say it's discovering Joseph Finder, the author and so far I read two of his titles, Buried Secrets and Paranoia.  Hope to read more of him next year.

I hope you had a good 2016 and looking forward to 2017 with much anticipation and hope for better things ahead for everyone.

Good bye 2016. Love ya.


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Call The Dying by Andrew Taylor

Synopsis :

Love and need make unexpected bedfellows, and both are blind. As the grip of a long hard winter tightens on Lydmouth, a dead woman calls the dying in a seance behind net curtains. Two provincial newspapers are in the throes of a bitter circulation war. A lorry-driver broods, and an office boy loses his heart. 

Britain is basking in the warm glow of post-war tranquillity, but in the quiet town of Lydmouth, darker forces are at play. The rats are fed on bread and milk, a gentleman's yellow kid glove is mislaid on a train, and something disgusting is happening at Mr Prout's toyshop. 

Returning to a town shrouded in intrigue and suspicion, Jill Francis becomes acting editor of the Gazette. Meanwhile, there's no pleasure left in the life of Detective Chief Inspector Richard Thornhill. Only a corpse, a television set and the promise of trouble to come.

The storyline is set in the rural countryside of UK and started off rather mellow and slow with just a bit of hint of excitement.  This continues on almost throughout the book and the excitement builds slowing and gradually and if readers are patient (like me :), you will be rewarded with something unexpected that made it all worthwhile.

I kept this book in my car and read it while being caught in traffic and such until almost towards the ending then only I brought it home and read completed it over coffee during a particular weekend.

There's some history among the characters that might have started in previous books but even then, it doesn't really affect my enjoyment of the story. 

Friday, December 23, 2016

Christmas Greetings - 2016



Taking this opportunity to wish everyone a very 

Merry Christmas 

from

Purple Queen Fairy and the royal household.

God bless you all 

and 

may you have lots of books in your Christmas stockings!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

For The Sake of Elena by Elizabeth George

Synopsis :

Elena Weaver was a surprise to anyone meeting her for the first time. In her clingy dresses and dangling earrings she exuded a sexuality at odds with the innocence projected by the unicorn posters on her walls. While her embittered mother fretted about her welfare from her home in London, in Cambridge—where Elena was a student at St. Stephen's College—her father and his second wife each had their own very different image of the girl. As for Elena, she lived a life of casual and intense physical and emotional relationships, with scores to settle and goals to achieve--until someone, lying in wait along the route she ran every morning, bludgeoned her to death.

Unwilling to turn the killing over to the local police, the university calls in New Scotland Yard. Thus, Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and his partner, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, enter the rarefied world of Cambridge University, where academic gowns often hide murderous intentions.

For both officers, the true identity of Elena Weaver proves elusive. Each relationship the girl left behind casts new light both on Elena and on those people who appeared to know her best—from an unsavory Swedish-born Shakespearean professor to the brooding head of the Deaf Students Union.

What's more, Elena's father, a Cambridge professor under consideration for a prestigious post, is a man with his own dark secrets. While his past sins make him neurotically dedicated to Elena and blind to her blacker side, present demons drive him toward betrayal.


The above synopsis was taken from goodreads.com.

 This is my second time reading Elizabeth George.  The first book was about six years ago.  I wasn't very wowed by her then but am glad to say that For the Sake of Elena fares much better.  With so many to be read books, I tend to get impatient if a particular book did not live up to expectation.  While For the Sake of Elena wasn't great, it was quite good and I was quite patient with it.

Sad to say, I wasn't able to guess who the murderer was but it was revealed quite suddenly and there wasn't any clue for me to pick on as to who it might be. Perhaps I am not as good as I was in picking up clues nowadays in such detective novel. :)



Tuesday, December 13, 2016

The Shinning by Stephen King

Synopsis :

Danny was only five years old but in the words of old Mr Halloran he was a 'shiner', aglow with psychic voltage. When his father became caretaker of the Overlook Hotel his visions grew frighteningly out of control.

As winter closed in and blizzards cut them off, the hotel seemed to develop a life of its own. It was meant to be empty, but who was the lady in Room 217, and who were the masked guests going up and down in the elevator? And why did the hedges shaped like animals seem so alive?

Somewhere, somehow there was an evil force in the hotel - and that too had begun to shine...


This is one of the BEST horror book ever!  I read this when I was much younger many, many years ago and I decided to re-read it again recently.

Re-reading it doesn't make it less scary.  I remember being spooked out at home one night recently after reading this in bed and I refuse to venture into the kitchen to get a glass of water!

Readers have to pay attention to the details described by Stephen King.  One of my favourite part is of course the lady in room 217. That is just pure classical horror and the animal hedges that came alive....another superb narrative.

Danny's story continues in Doctor Sleep which was written by Stephen King in 2013, 16 years after The Shinning.  I have yet to read Doctor Sleep.  Will keep a lookout for this book in the store.



Friday, December 9, 2016

Paranoia by Joseph Finder

Synopsis :

It was only a prank: diverting cash from Wyatt Telecom's executive slush fund to throw a retirement bash for a member of the loading dock crew. But when corporate security catches up with Adam Cassidy, a low ambition junior staffer at the high-tech behemoth, they call it something else: embezzlement, to the tune of nearly $80 grand.

Ruthless CEO Nick Wyatt is impressed by Adam's scheming, and offers him one way out-take on the role of a rising corporate hotshot and infiltrate Wyatt's rival, Trion Systems. His mission is to get close to Trion's legendary founder Jock Goddard, and his ultra-secret "Project Aurora," and report back to Wyatt.

With Wyatt pulling the strings and a dramatically improved identity, Adam is set up as Trion's new boy genius. Suddenly, he's got a sweet new Porsche, a closet full of $1,500 suits, and even a lovely lady who thinks he's a dream. But it's all just a mirage, because Adam is about to learn that nothing is what it seems and that it isn't paranoia...everyone is out to get him...


Having greatly enjoyed reading Buried Secrets by Joseph Finder in August this year, I have been on a lookout for his other titles each time I went book shopping.  It was such an excitement when I came across this title recently when I was least expecting it.  Actually, I didn't bother much about the title. As long as it's written by Joseph Finder, I will certainly want it.

Paranoia did not disappoint.  It's a corporate espionage thriller which was both engaging and thrilling.  I wasn't supposed to read this yet as I have a few other titles  that take precedent but I was too impatient to wait.  Character development can be better but plot wise, it was exciting and I am always a fan of twist in the storyline and I certainly got that.

I think Joseph Finder is a wonderful thriller author and having just read two of his titles, I want more!

By the way, a movie adaptation of this book was released in year 2013. If I am not mistaken, it's very different from the book.  Knowing me, I prefer the book anyday.

Friday, December 2, 2016

My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult


Synopsis :

Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate -- a life and a role that she has never challenged... until now. Like most teenagers, Anna is beginning to question who she truly is. But unlike most teenagers, she has always been defined in terms of her sister—and so Anna makes a decision that for most would be unthinkable, a decision that will tear her family apart and have perhaps fatal consequences for the sister she loves.

A provocative novel that raises some important ethical issues, My Sister's Keeper is the story of one family's struggle for survival at all human costs and a stunning parable for all time.


Books by Jodi Picoult are never straight forward. It has to either be thought provoking or heart tugging.  In this book, it's gut wrenching but in a good way.

Anna filed a petition against her parents to prevent them from harvesting her kidney for her sister who is suffering from leukemia.   But is that all there is? Are there no other reasons?  Is that what she really didn't want to do?

I read this book over a couple of days.  I am glad I read it while at home cos I was crying buckets on and off.  Some people didn't like the ending but then I always like a twist in a story and I certainly get unexpected twist in this title.

I have yet to catch the movie.  I shall one of these days.


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

Synopsis :

The death of Judd Foxman’s father marks the first time that the entire Foxman family—including Judd’s mother, brothers, and sister—have been together in years. Conspicuously absent: Judd’s wife, Jen, whose fourteen-month affair with Judd’s radio-shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public.

Simultaneously mourning the death of his father and the demise of his marriage, Judd joins the rest of the Foxmans as they reluctantly submit to their patriarch’s dying request: to spend the seven days following the funeral together. In the same house. Like a family.

As the week quickly spins out of control, longstanding grudges resurface, secrets are revealed, and old passions reawakened. For Judd, it’s a weeklong attempt to make sense of the mess his life has become while trying in vain not to get sucked into the regressive battles of his madly dysfunctional family. All of which would be hard enough without the bomb Jen dropped the day Judd’s father died: She’s pregnant.


This book is both funny and sad...I can even go so far as to say it's funnily sad and sadly funny at the same time.  There are moments of near heartbreak but the next moment you will be ROTFLOL (rolling on the floor laughing out loud) ...er...did I get that right?

I felt for Judd throughout the book as he tries to come to term with all that happens and although he didn't say much, readers can sense that he missed his dad too and in a way, he missed is siblings.  There's a lot of stories that developed from this especially involving other siblings like Wendy and Philip.

It's quite like a chic lite but the main focus is a guy so what's the term for a male version of chic lite? 

I enjoyed this book and am happy with it. :)
 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Breaking the Rules by Barbara Taylor Bradford


Synopsis :

Following a terrifying encounter in the quiet English countryside, a young woman flees to New York in search of a new life. Adopting the initial M as her name, and reinventing herself, she embarks on a journey that will lead her to the catwalks of Paris, where she becomes the muse and star model to France’s iconic designer Jean-Louis Tremont. When M meets the charming and handsome actor, Larry Vaughan in New York they fall instantly in love and marry. Soon, they become the most desired couple on the international scene, appearing on the cover of every celebrity magazine, adored by millions. With a successful career and a happy marriage, M believes she has truly put the demons of her past behind her. But M’s fortunes are about to take another dramatic twist. A series of bizarre events turn out not to be accidents at all, but assaults on M and her family. The dark figure from M’s past, a psychopath with deadly intent, has made a vow: to shatter M’s world forever. But M also makes a vow: she will do everything to keep them all safe. When those you love are threatened and at risk, there’s nothing you won’t do to protect them… you’ll even resort to breaking the rules! Moving from New York to the chic fashion capitals of London and Paris, to the exotic locations of Istanbul and Hong Kong, this new tale from a renowned storyteller is a genuine page turner.

I am pretty disappointed in this book.  For a book that's about the great-grand daughters of Emma Harte, there's no substance and certainly no depth in any of the characters and in the storyline. 

I quite double of Barbara Taylor Bradford actually wrote this book because if she did, then she has very most lost it.

There's nothing much I can say except I will never read another book by Barbara Taylor Bradford again.

 

Friday, November 4, 2016

Certainty by Madeleine Thien


Synopsis :

Madeleine Thien's stunning debut novel hauntingly retells a crucial moment in history, through two unforgettable love stories. Gail Lim, a producer of radio documentaries, is haunted by the mystery of her father's Asian past. As a child, Gail's father, Matthew Lim, lived in a Malaysian village occupied by the Japanese. He and his beloved Ani wandered the jungle fringe under the terrifying shadow of war. The war shattered their families, splitting the two apart until a brief reunion years later. Matthew's profound connection to Ani and the life-changing secrets they shared cast a shadow that, later still, Matthew's wife, Clara, desperately sought to understand. Gail's journey to unravel the mystery of her parents' lives takes her to Amsterdam, where she unearths more about this mysterious other woman. But as Gail approaches the truth, Ani's story will bring Gail face-to-face, with the untold mysteries of her own life. Vivid, poignant, and written in understated yet powerful prose, CERTAINTY is a novel about the legacies of loss, the dislocations of war, and the timeless redemption afforded by love.

Madeleine Thien is an Asian Canadian author. I was given this book by a friend who's migrating to another contry and I kept and read this book most in my car and while waiting for traffic.

It' s a rather sad book and has lots of flash back.  I didn't quite like as I find the flow of the story wasn't really connecting but yet at the same time I was much intrigued by the story of Matthew and Ani.  That, to me, should be the focus of the book and in my opinion, if only it was developed that way, it would have been a great book.  

As it is, it's only a rather good book.




 

Sunday, September 4, 2016

The Bible Of Clay by Julia Navarro

Synopsis :

 In St. Peter’s Basilica, a man sits in a confessional asking forgiveness for a murder he’s about to commit. And a young priest begins a desperate journey to stop him.

It’s the beginning of a ruthless race to find a rumored cache of sacred texts that could be one of the most explosive discoveries of all time. For as Clara Tannenberg and a team of renegade archaeologists journey deep into an Iraq on the brink of war, another far more sinister group is determined to get there first. Sweeping from the time of the biblical patriarchs to the front lines of the Iraqi conflict, from the horrors of Nazi Germany to the back rooms of Washington, D.C., The Bible of Clay is a novel of unrelenting, thought-provoking, and all-too-plausible suspense.


This book is not spiritual at all and has nothing much to do with the Christian faith other than that the clay tables the archaeologists are trying to find supposed to have contained words by Abraham on how God created the world.

Other than that, its a struggle against time to find these tables in an archaeological site before the Iran war starts.  There's lots of characters and lots of frictions and it was all quite confusing at first but as the book settles itself down and the plot develops itself, the picture became clearer.

There's no one that I can really cheer and root for in this book.  While Clara Tannenberg is supposed to be the main character, there are many others vying for the limelight as well and Clara is not someone likable...in fact, I was quite hoping she would fail.

It took me quite a while to read this, reason being it's a thick book but also because I was busy with other commitments.  I was pretty glad to have finally done with it.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The President's Daughter by Jack Higgins

Synopsis :

When an evil extremist named Judas Maccabeus discovers that the president of the United States has an illegitimate daughter living in France, he strikes quickly, kidnapping and threatening to execute her if the president does not launch a military attack against Iraq, Iran, and Syria.

And it's up to our heron Sean Dillon to rescue her.  And rescue her he did. The End.

That basically sums up the entire book.  


Thrilling....yes.
  
Plot....acceptable.

Character development....not really. 

 It's very much the type of book you read during holidays, sitting by the pool or keeping boredom away while waiting for flights.


 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Babyhood by Paul Raiser



Synopsis :

I'm going to be totally honest. This is not the kind of book that can help you. It's not a "how-to, " a "when-to, " or a "what-to-expect." 

Let's compare: Those "know-it-all" books tell you how to have a happy, healthy pregnancy. My book mentions a squirrel. Those books tell you how to care for a newborn child. My book describes how tired I am. Those books give you essential information you can use in a life-threatening emergency. My book has some very amusing anecdotes about poop. So really, it's up to you. If you want to be prepared and well-informed, I understand. But if you enjoy seeing the words "pterodactyl" and "uterus" in the same book, you've come to the right place.
 
Funny man Paul Reiser gave an interesting and first hand account of the experience he and his wife went through in expecting their first baby.  It started with Paul and his bride encountering another couple with a young baby while on a flight and it ended with them and their young baby encountering another couple thinking of having their first child while on another flight so you can say they came full circle.

While the writing is very funny, it's very honest as well and certainly earns a few chuckle out of you as you go through the book which wasn't very thick and wasn't difficult to read at all.

Whether you are expecting or not and whether you are a parent or not, it's an enlightening book and quite fun to pass time with.  This is yet another book that I read in the car while waiting for traffic to move.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Buried Secrets by Joseph Finder

Synopsis :

Nick has returned to his old home town of Boston to set up his own shop. There he’s urgently summoned by an old family friend. Hedge fund titan Marshall Marcus desperately needs Nick’s help. His teenaged daughter, Alexa, has just been kidnapped. Her abduction was clearly a sophisticated professional job, done with extraordinary precision. Alexa, whom Nick has known since she was young, is now buried alive, held prisoner in an underground crypt, a camera trained on her, her suffering streaming live over the internet. She’s been left with a limited supply of food and water and, if her father doesn’t meet the demands of her shadowy kidnappers, she’ll die. 

As Nick begins to probe, he discovers that all is not quite right with Marshall Marcus’s business. He’s being investigated by the FBI, he has a lot of shady investors, his fund is in danger and now he has a lot of powerful enemies who may have the motivation to go after Marcus’s daughter. But to find out who’s holding Alexa Marcus hostage, Nick has to find out why. Once he does, he uncovers an astonishing conspiracy that reaches far beyond anything he could have imagined. 

If he’s going to find Alexa in time, he will have to flush out and confront some of his deadliest opponents ever.

Nick  Heller to me is the new James Bond...He's the new Jason Bourne probably even the new Jack Reacher and to me he's the new guy in town and he's here to stay.  If only more people are aware of him. If only there's a movie adaptation of his stories. *sigh*

I like this character as much as I like Scott Fenney by Mark Gimenez except Nick's more street smart, more resourceful than Scott.

This thriller certainly thrills and the momentum was very consistent and when I reach the last page, I actually went, 'oh! it's ending...I want more' and yes, I guess I can hame more of Nick as this is the second of three books featuring this character that the author has penned so far.  However, I won't be surprise if there's more titles featuring this hero.  I will certainly be on the lookout for the other two titles in the bookstores and also other titles by Joseph Finder.



 

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Who Doesn't Want Free Books?


I certainly do and I received some free copies recently from someone who wanted to give away hers.  I must say that I don't know this person at all. She posted in a FB group that I belong to that she'll be in town at certain dates and that she would like to giveaway some of her books to whoever wants them.

I was quite blessed to be the first one to reply to her and after a few online discussion, we made plans to meet up and viola! I am now the proud custodian of all these books :



There are five titles and out of these The Wicked Boy and Girl in the Woods came highly recommended.


I use the word custodian because that's how I view myself.

I am just a keeper and keeping them books for a period of time for me to read them and after I read them, it is my intention and plan to pass them on to others so that they can enjoy the books too and hopefully, they will pass them on to the next and the next and the legacy of such generosity lives on and on.

I really can't wait to get started on them but I have other TBR waiting for me too so I guess they will just have to wait their turn. :)

Monday, August 1, 2016

A Heartbeat Away by Michael Plamer

Synopsis :

On the night of the State of the Union address, President James Allaire expects to give the speech of his career. But no one anticipates the terrifying turn of events that forces him to quarantine everyone in the Capitol building. A terrorist group calling itself “Genesis” has unleashed WRX3883, a deadly, highly contagious virus, into the building. No one fully knows the deadly effect of the germ except for the team responsible for its development—a team headed by Allaire, himself. The only one who might be able to help is virologist Griffin Rhodes, currently in solitary confinement in a maximum security federal prison for alleged terrorist acts, including the attempted theft of WRX3883 from the lab where he worked. Rhodes has no idea why he has been arrested, but when Allaire offers to free him in exchange for his help combating the virus, he reluctantly agrees to do what he can to support the government that has imprisoned him without apparent cause.

Meanwhile, every single person in line for presidential succession is trapped inside the Capitol—every person except one: the Director of Homeland Security, who is safely at home in Minnesota, having been selected as the “Designated Survivor” for this event. With enemies both named and unnamed closing in, and the security of the nation at stake, Griff must unravel the mysteries of WRX3883 without violating his pledge as a scientist to use no animal testing in his experiments…and time is running out.


Having high expectations from my thriller, I wasn't putting much high hopes in A Heartbeat Away.  I haven't read Michael Plamer before and there's a lot of 'so so' thriller in the market so you can't really blame me for being pessimistic.

A Heartbeat Away started off by trying to change my mind and change my mind, I did for it was a very exciting start.  The virus was released and the president seems to be taking control and I was looking forward to an exciting read.

However, like a few books that I read recently, the author wasn't able to maintain the momentum and the book lost it's thrill factor a bit toward the middle of the book and it was quite a struggle to read and I developed a dislike towards the president but I am happy to share that that drop in momentum was just for a couple of chapters and the story picks up again and ended in a high note.

A Heartbeat Away indeed is a wonderful thriller and you can be sure I shall be on a lookout for other titles by Michael Plamer.






Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Flea Market Preview - July 2016


 It's been quite awhile since I took part in a flea market.  If I am not mistaken, the last time was in April/May.

I have been pretty busy since then but at the same time I have new titles to offer as well and some of them are really good titles.

Home Front by Kristin Hannah would be looking for new home at the market. 

The same goes for The Time Traveler's Wife.

Not forgetting An Unsuitable Job for A Woman by P.D. James.

and many more.

So, make a book date with me on Sat and Sun from 10 am to 5 pm in Green Heights Mall if you are in Kuching and bring home a book or two. :)

Friday, July 22, 2016

An Unsuitable Job for A Woman by PD James

Synopsis :

Handsome Cambridge dropout Mark Callender died hanging by the neck with a faint trace of lipstick on his mouth. When the official verdict is suicide, his wealthy father hires fledgling private investigator Cordelia Gray to find out what led him to self-destruction. What she discovers instead is a twisting trail of secrets and sins, and the strong scent of murder. 

An Unsuitable Job for a Woman introduces P. D. James's courageous but vulnerable young detective, Cordelia Gray, in a "top-rated puzzle of peril that holds you all the way" (The New York Time).

Cordelia Gray inherited a private investigator agency when her mentor passed on.  Slightly inexperienced, she tried her best to take on a job in investigating the death of Mark Callender. There are some who felt that she's not fit for the job...which I think hence the title, An Unsuitable Job for A Woman.

All in all it was a pretty decent read. This is the second title by PD James that I read.  I still have a couple of her titles at home.  The pace of the book is rather mellow. It focus on lives in the country in a very English manner.  Everything is rather prim and proper.

PD James's Inspector Dalgliesh made an appearance and yes, I think there's a work chemistry between Cordelia and Dalgliesh.  Perhaps he will be her new mentor in books to come?

Overally I enjoy this book at a time when I don't want to be thrilled too much and also at a time when I have enough of lite chic.  

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Home Front by Kristin Hannah

Synopsis :

All marriages have a breaking point. All families have wounds. All wars have a cost. . . .
 
Like many couples, Michael and Jolene Zarkades have to face the pressures of everyday life--children, careers, bills, chores--even as their twelve-year marriage is falling apart. Then an unexpected deployment sends Jolene deep into harm’s way and leaves defense attorney Michael at home, unaccustomed to being a single parent to their two girls. As a mother, it agonizes Jolene to leave her family, but as a soldier she has always understood the true meaning of duty. In her letters home, she paints a rose-colored version of her life on the front lines, shielding her family from the truth. But war will change Jolene in ways that none of them could have foreseen. When tragedy strikes, Michael must face his darkest fear and fight a battle of his own--for everything that matters to his family.

At once a profoundly honest look at modern marriage and a dramatic exploration of the toll war takes on an ordinary American family, Home Front is a story of love, loss, heroism, honor, and ultimately, hope.


Home Front has been sitting in my shelf for more than two years.  I always wanted to reserve certain books to read for certain occasions like when I am on a specific holidays or such but opportunities never seems to present itself for me to do so.

Until recently....where I have an unexpected one week break and the announcement of the break (in conjunction with a festive celebration) came rather last minute so I don't have time to plan for any trips, so it was very much a 'home-cation' that I had.  The princess was away at camp and in between some spring cleaning, I make time for my 'bookation' as  in 'book vacation' and it was certainly an enjoyable and guilt-free reading spree!

Home Front made it's debut in my reading plans and I had a grand time with Michael and Jolene and reading about their stories and what they went through and are going through.

Home Front deals quite a bit on PTSD of soldiers returning from war.  Michael was defending a war veteran suffering from PTSD accused of murdering his wife and Jolene herself had severe PTSD to deal with after suffering a physical disability upon her return from Iran.

There are some nice moments in the book but there are some annoying moments too and sand to say, I wasn't warm up to Michael and Jolene's two children - Betsy and Lulu.  I actually find them pretty annoying and clingy and all Betsy has to say to her mum is 'What is wrong with you?'  I don't think Kristin Hannah did a good job in developing these two characters.

All in all, I was happy to have Home Front's company during my recent 'home-cation'.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Synopsis :

Audrey Niffenegger's dazzling debut is the story of Clare, a beautiful, strong-minded art student, and Henry, an adventuresome librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: his genetic clock randomly resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous and unpredictable, and lend a spectacular urgency to Clare and Henry's unconventional love story. 

That their attempt to live normal lives together is threatened by something they can neither prevent nor control makes their story intensely moving and entirely unforgettable.

Time stood still for me as I enveloped myself into The Time Traveler's Wife recently.   This is not a new title and it was a very popular many years back and there was a movie adaptation as well.  I didn't read the book in it's height of popularity and neither did I watch the movie.  Such, I have no prior expectations from it other than it's a fairly thick book.

I have no idea why there are others who dislike the book and called those who do, having 'poor taste'.  Well I like the book. It wasn't the most easy book to read but the story itself was arresting enough for me.  It was emotional experience and I guess some people just don't have the imagination for it.

I won't analyse the book as to it's cultural connotation, no differential styles between characters and some even analyse to how many times certain phrase appears in the book! Well, that's them and I guess they don't get much enjoyment out of a love story for that's what this book is, not a science fiction, but a love story...a love story that transcends time and goes beyond dimensions.


I cry buckets at certain section of the books and yes, at the ending too....*sniff*  I love it.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

The Ritual by Adam Nevill

Synopsis :

Four old university friends reunite for a hiking trip in the Scandinavian wilderness of the Arctic Circle. No longer young men, they have little left in common and tensions rise as they struggle to connect. Frustrated and tired they take a shortcut that turns their hike into a nightmare that could cost them their lives.

Lost, hungry and surrounded by forest untouched for millennia, they stumble across an isolated old house. Inside, they find the macabre remains of old rites and pagan sacrifices; ancient artefacts and unidentifiable bones. A place of dark ritual and home to a bestial presence that is still present in the ancient forest, and now they’re the prey.

As the four friends struggle toward salvation they discover that death doesn’t come easy among these ancient trees...


My first book by Adam Nevill was Last Days which I read last year.  Since then I have been on the lookout for his books but they are not in the mainstream bookstores.  The only stores of which stocked Adam's title, so far, from what I can see, is Kinokuniya in KLCC.

And for course, the state library of which was my initial introduction to Adam Nevill's titles.  When I was there a few weeks back, I can't help to to see if there's any and yes, The Ritual was the only title there at that time so even though I have a lot of other TBR titles at home,  I just have to have this one.

The Ritual is creeeeeepy.  It is horrifying and it's thrilling.  The image cover itself is already extremely creepy.  From the first chapter right up to the last, it's not a book to be read while at home alone thus you might scared yourself silly but that's what I did and scared myself silly I did too!  

There's a section in the middle of the book that was a bit out of syn, like the author was a bit at lost on how to progress on with the story but after a while, I think he managed to bring everything back together and tie everything together rather well.

I can't wait until I get my hands on anther title by Adam Nevill.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

The Drop by Michael Connelly

Synopsis :

Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two.

DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? The latter possibility could compromise all of the lab's DNA cases currently in court.



Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics. Councilman Irvin Irving's son jumped or was pushed from a window at the Chateau Marmont. Irving, Bosch's longtime nemesis, has demanded that Harry handle the investigation.

Relentlessly pursuing both cases, Bosch makes two chilling discoveries: a killer operating unknown in the city for as many as three decades, and a political conspiracy that goes back into the dark history of the police department.

The Drop is the second of Michael Connelly's book that I read in recent years. The first was The Overlook read about four years ago.  The Overlook also features the same character but I guess he wasn't a very memorable character as I am not able to recall anything about him.

The Drop however, left an impression as it's a very thrilling thriller. It started off very well with the possibility of a crime and also investigation of a crime from a cold case.  There wasn't any connection but the movement from one case to another was very fluid and exceptionally captivating.

Harry Bosch wasn't a very nice person but where being a cop is concerned, I guess he is a good cop.

I highly recommend this book to those looking for a thriller. 

Monday, June 27, 2016

House by Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti

Synopsis :


A mind-bending supernatural thriller from the creators of This Present Darkness and Saint.

Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker -- two of the most acclaimed writers of supernatural thrillers -- have joined forces for the first time to craft a story unlike any you've ever read. Enter House -- where you'll find yourself thrown into a killer's deadly game in which the only way to win is to lose... and the only way out is in.

The stakes of the game become clear when a tin can is tossed into the house with rules scrawled on it. Rules that only a madman—or worse—could have written. Rules that make no sense yet must be followed.


One game. Seven players. Three rules. Game ends at dawn.


I bought this book because it's a collaboration of two heavy weights in the world of supernatural thriller especially one with Christian messages.  It sat on my shelf for a couple of years and for some reason and it was only recently that I decided to 'make an honest book out of it'. :) just playing with words here.

I love the cover....dark against an equally sinister and creepy background, it should house within it an equally dark and creepy story.  I was right and wrong at the same time.  The story was confusingly dark and creepy...confusing because everything just seems to go round and round and I got extremely muddled!  It was dark and creepy because there are scary moments and the message....I am not sure I am able to interpret it especially since there's always seems to be some sort of theology message behind books by these two authors.  

Can Susan be a representation of Christ who doesn't have to be in the world but yet came into the world (i.e. the house) to save those inside it?  And the characters and their actions, do they represent the dwellers of the world?  Perhaps someone can read and share with me your interpretation of this story?

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Not Without My Sister by Kristina Jones, Celeste Jones and Juliana Buhring

Synopsis :

The true story of three sisters betrayed in the name of love, deprived of their childhood and robbed of their innocence.

The devastating first hand account of three sisters' courageous struggle to escape a perverse community that robbed them of their childhood.

I didn't want to put up the whole synopsis.  I thought that would be enough and let the sisters share their stories with you if you choose to read it.

Not Without My Sister is quite a difficult book to read as it evoked emotions of disgust, sadness and disbelief of what the sisters went through.  The book itself is not any of the above.  On the contrary, it's a book of courage and strong convictions.  It's what they went through and the people that abused them were disgusting.

What is terrifying is that Not Without My Sister is a true story and the sisters are somewhere out there in the world and they are not the only ones with stories to tell.  There could be more equally sad or even with more terrifying stories.

I gave this book up for sale at a recent book exchange session with other fellow readers.  While it's a good book, it's not a book that I would like to read again.  Let others get to know of the stories of these sisters.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The Sixth Man by David Baldacci

Synopsis :

Edgar Roy--an alleged serial killer held in a secure, fortress-like Federal Supermax facility-is awaiting trial. He faces almost certain conviction. Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are called in by Roy's attorney, Sean's old friend and mentor Ted Bergin, to help work the case. But their investigation is derailed before it begins--en route to their first meeting with Bergin, Sean and Michelle find him murdered. 

It is now up to them to ask the questions no one seems to want answered: Is Roy a killer? Who murdered Bergin? With help from some surprising allies, they continue to pursue the case. But the more they dig into Roy's past, the more they encounter obstacles, half-truths, dead-ends, false friends, and escalating threats from every direction. Their persistence puts them on a collision course with the highest levels of the government and the darkest corners of power. 


In a terrifying confrontation that will push Sean and Michelle to their limits, the duo may be permanently parted.

The Sixth Man by David Baldacci brings reader to his two well know and probably pretty well liked characters, King and Maxwell.  I first met these two characters in another of David's title but I couldn't remember which title at this point.

That said, I think I would remember this book in years to come (hopefully) as it was a pretty good read.  The story is pretty thrilling and fast paced and I was pretty captivated by it especially since it was read during the recent long holidays that we had.

As for the ending, I won't actually call it a twist but it was a good enough ending for for that I do recommend this to you if you're looking for a thriller.


Thursday, June 9, 2016

Hello, Darkness by Sandra Brown

Synopsis :

Since moving to Austin to ease the pain of past, tragic mistakes, she has led a life of virtual solitude, coming alive only when she hosts her show. To her loyal listeners, she is a wise and trusted friend who not only takes their music requests but listens to their problems and occasionally dispenses advice.

Paris's world of isolation is brutally threatened, however, when one listener -- a man who identifies himself only as "Valentino" -- tells her that her on-air advice to the girl he loves has caused her to leave him and that now he intends to exact his revenge. First he plans to kill the girl, whom he has abducted -- which he says he will do in 72 hours -- then he will come after Paris.

Joined by the Austin police department, Paris plunges into a race against time in an effort to find Valentino before he can carry out his threat to kill -- and to kill again. To her dismay, she finds that one of the people she must work with is crime psychologist Dean Malloy, a man with whom she shares a history that had a catastrophic effect on both their lives. His presence arouses old passions, forcing Paris to confront painful memories that she had come to Austin to forget.

As the clock ticks down, and Valentino's threats come closer and closer to becoming a reality, Paris suddenly finds herself forced to deal with a killer who may not be a stranger at all.


It has been a long, long while since I read anything from Sandra Brown.  I remember she writes thriller. I remember there would be element of romance in the thriller but beyond that I have quite forgotten about her.

Hello Darkness are among the lot I bought from someone from the capital city quite a while back.  She wanted to contribute to charity and thus selling her book.  I helped by buying them so, it was a win-win situation for both.

I brought this title with me during my recent work trip and alternating between the other book that I brought, it was a very pleasant trip as I was practically in the middle of nowhere!

Hello Darkness is quite a page turner.  Readers were kept guessing as to who 'Valentino' might be and he could be a few of the characters identified earlier to the the readers.  Playing the guessing game is part of the thrilling effect in this book.

It's a nice title to get acquaiented with this author again.

 

Saturday, June 4, 2016

The Egg Race by Polly Williams

Synopsis :

Stevie Jonson is thirty-four. She's broody. And she's set to marry not-quite the-man-of-her-dreams in two weeks' time. 


Just as the reality of her marriage sinks in, Stevie's path collides with that of Katy Norris, a thirty-six-year-old narcissist with an inside knowledge of fertility indicator home kits and a desire to get her boyfriend to settle, at any cost. As Stevie lurches further into a life that never should have happened, she meets a man who reminds her that she's more than just the sum of her ovaries . . 


Set in London, Thailand and New York, this hilarious and heartfelt novel will speak to any woman who has ever met the wrong man at the right time.

This book is unique for a few reasons.  First, I bought this more than 10 years ago and started reading them twice since then but cannot really get through the first chapter.  I have no idea why.  Second, since I started this book a few months ago, I read 90% of the whole book in my car while stuck in traffic and at traffic lights.

Yup!  No kidding! The Egg Race spent the last few months in my car and I only read it during the many times I was stuck in traffic and you know what, it helped a lot in keeping cool during those times!  The only time I took it out to read it would be when I was lunching alone in a coffee shop and the book was my lunch companion.  The other times, surely and truly (in case you still don't believe me), it was read a few pages at a time while waiting for the light to turn green.

As a chic lite, it was a good read as the title suggest, it seems like a race against time for these two ladies, Stevie and Katy in the biological time clock race.  There's the usual comical situation but not really obvious.

If you drive daily or commute daily, you can attempt to try to read a whole book just during your commuting time for a different experience.  I am now looking into another book to reside in my glove compartment for the next few months or so. :)


Monday, May 30, 2016

Vince & Joy by Lisa Jewell

Synopsis :

Vince & Joy are both looking for something...

in their teens, in family holidays and bathroom mirrors.

in their twenties, in messy London flats and messy London relationships.

in their thirties, in marriages that appears stable - and feel anything but.

Seventeen years ago Vince and Joy met, parted and never said goodbye.  And soon they're going to have to ask themselves : could it be that they actually found what they've both been looking for, back in the mid-eighties, in a holiday park by the sea?

This is the third title by Lisa Jewell that I read.  I love first title which is 31 Dream Street but I didn't like the second book that I read which was One Hit Wonder.  But I do like Vince & Joy.

It runs a bit like Love, Rosie by another famous author but this storyline was told in a different manner and as characters, Vince & Joy shared very little 'book time' together and appeared in their own chapters but the way the author relates them was rather refreshing and enjoyable.

Thoroughly enjoyed this book from beginning to the end when I was stuck in hotel rooms at night during my recent work trip.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

A Twist of Fate by Joanna Rees

Synopsis :

Romy and Thea, two beautiful baby girls, their futures sealed with the flip of a coin.

One will enter a life of privilege, surrounded by only the best money can buy. The other will fight for survival in an orphanage, against an evil regime who seek only to exploit her. Throughout the years their paths will cross, neither knowing who the other one is, their lives overflowing with secrets, blackmail and murder. From the snow covered forests of Eastern Europe to the glistening white beaches of the Caribbean. From the gutters of London's Soho to the towering skyscrapers of New York, A twist of fate tore them apart, only their strength and determination can reunite them...

A Twist of Fate is and excellent and a wonderful book.   I thoroughly enjoyed it as it's both exciting and touching at the same time.

Right from the first chapter, I was drawn into the two extreme different lives of these two girls when with a flip of a coin, their future were determined.  I guess you can say that's fate because the coin can go either way but it went the way it did so Romy ended up in an orphanage whereas Thea ended up with great riches surrounding her.

The book wasn't really extreme and both Romy and Thea were not portrayed as super heroine but just any real life person trying to deal with what lives throw to them.  You might think that Thea has it good with great riches surrounding her but no, there's much trials for her to bear as well.

My favourite moments would be when Romy and Thea met unexpectedly and accidentally and one didn't know the other was there and even more didn't know that they are related.

Right up to the last page, my time was very much twisted around this book and it didn't take me long to untwist myself :)

If you come across this title, do make sure you twist your fingers around it and twist it home with you :).



Friday, May 20, 2016

My travel companion

A work travel is coming right up and I have decided to bring these two companion with me.  Although it's just a few days trip and one book would be quite enough but I am a bit 'kiasu' and decided to bring two books with me.

What if I only bring one and I didn't really like it?  Horror of horrors would be me ending up with plenty of time and nothing to read.   That would be the ultimate nightmare!

So, Vince and Joy by Lisa Jewell and Hello, darkness by Sandra Brown would be my upcoming travel companion.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

House Rules by Jodi Picoult

Synopsis :

Jacob Hunt is a teen with Asperger's syndrome. He's hopeless at reading social cues or expressing himself well to others, though he is brilliant in many ways. But he has a special focus on one subject - forensic analysis. A police scanner in his room clues him in to crime scenes, and he's always showing up and telling the cops what to do. And he's usually right.

But when Jacob's small hometown is rocked by a terrible murder, law enforcement comes to him. Jacob's behaviors are hallmark Asperger's, but they look a lot like guilt to the local police. Suddenly the Hunt family, who only want to fit in, are directly in the spotlight. For Jacob's mother, Emma, it's a brutal reminder of the intolerance and misunderstanding that always threaten her family. For his brother, Theo, it's another indication why nothing is normal because of Jacob.

And over this small family, the soul-searing question looms: Did Jacob commit murder?


Initially, I wanted to read another title of Jodi Picoult I have in my collection but for some reason I was drawn to House Rules.  I obtained this copy during a book exchange with another reader.

House Rules is quite a captivating read. and I was really engrossed in this book and in the lives of Jacob and Emma and Theo.  There are so many moments of sadness, exasperation, funny moments and thought provoking moments.  

Emma is a woman of strength and trying to make the best of a situation.  She won't want your pity but she would appreciate your understanding.  Whereas Jacob just wants to be one of the boys and being accepted while Theo just wants a 'normal' family and it can be said that because of all these wants that things turn out the way it did.

The ending was rather abrupt and unexpected but I guess the author has written all that she wants to write.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Between by Jessica Warman


Synopsis : 

Elizabeth Valchar - pretty, popular, and perfect-wakes up the morning after her eighteenth birthday party on her family's yacht, where she'd been celebrating with her six closest friends. A persistent thumping noise has roused her. When she goes to investigate, what she finds will change everything she thought she knew about her life, her friends, and everything in between. 

As Liz begins to unravel the circumstances surrounding her birthday night, she will find that no one around her, least of all Liz herself, was perfect-or innocent. And that some memories never stop following you, no matter how hard you run.

I was attracted to Between because I was intrigued by the cover. I thought was was quite spooky.  The synopsis was pretty mysterious too so I decided to read the first chapter there and then at the bookstore at it wasn't a very long chapter, probably a couple of pages only but at the end of it, I was captivated enough to bring it home.  

This was just a couple of months ago. Since then, I have read the book and surprise of all surprise, the princess read it too! in fact, she read it before me and told me that it's a keeper.  I quite agree with her. 

Readers must remember that this is a book for young adults. It was pretty heartwarming, bitter sweet and and sad at the same time. It is not terrifying at all but instead explore teens relationships.  You can say some of the characters pretty unreal and yes, it can be true but then character development wasn't really the main aim. 

I don't think I will be reading this again but since the princess says it's a keeper, it has since found a place in our shelf until such a time when the princess think otherwise, then only I will put it in the market.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Lyrics Alley by Leila Aboulela


Synopsis :

Set in 1950s Sudan, Lyrics Alley is the story of the powerful, sprawling Abuzeid dynasty.  With Mahmoud Bey at its helm, the family can do no wrong.  But when Mahmoud's son Nur - the brilliant heir to his business empire - suffers a near fatal accident, his hopes of a glittering future are dashed.

As the sun sets on the British rule,  Sudan is torn between modernising influences and the call of traditional past.  Mahmoud's first wife is confined to her open-air kitchen, while his second , a modern Egyptian woman, is intent on dividing the household.  And against the backdrop of this tension, Nur must rebuild his life, confronting a future in which he cannot marry his beloved cousin, Soraya.

Moving from the dusty alleys of Sudan to cosmopolitan Cairo, and a decimated post-war Britian, this is a heart-wrenching portrait of faith, redemption and history on the move.

Lyrics Alley was one of the books I inherited when a friend migrated back to her home country. I wasn't sure if I would want to read it so I left it at my TBR pile for quite a while.  It wasn't until recently that I thought I needed something different and Lyrics Alley fits the requirement.

I am so glad I read it.  It's really a hidden gem.  The story is about the family of Mahmoud Bey and his family in Sudan.  Mahmoud has two wives, one traditional and one modern.  Mahmoud has two sons, one poetic and brilliant and exposed to the modern western world and the other is the other side of the pole. There are many others in this big family, Soraya, who is the daughter of Mahmoud's brother who is in love with Mahmoud's poetic and brilliant son and who's sister is married to the other brother.

It took me a while to get round who's who and the family tree at the start of the book does help.  The story was rather sad in certain way but uplifting as well.  It's about lost and gain, about give and take and about making the best of a situation...but at the end, it's about hope.


Saturday, April 30, 2016

I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella


Synopsis :

I’ve lost it. :( The only thing in the world I wasn’t supposed to lose. My engagement ring. It’s been in Magnus’s family for three generations. And now the very same day his parents are coming, I’ve lost it. The very same day! Do not hyperventilate, Poppy. Stay positive :) !!

Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry her ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her “happily ever after” begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring in a hotel fire drill but in the panic that follows, her phone is stolen. As she paces shakily around the lobby, she spots an abandoned phone in a trash can. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect!

Well, perfect except that the phone’s owner, businessman Sam Roxton, doesn’t agree. He wants his phone back and doesn’t appreciate Poppy reading his messages and wading into his personal life.

What ensues is a hilarious and unpredictable turn of events as Poppy and Sam increasingly upend each other’s lives through emails and text messages. As Poppy juggles wedding preparations, mysterious phone calls, and hiding her left hand from Magnus and his parents . . . she soon realizes that she is in for the biggest surprise of her life.


I can never resist a title of Sophie Kinsella.  The last book read wasn't that good but am glad that tides are turning with I've Got Your Number. 

I've Got Your Number is an independent title and readers are first introduced to Poppy Wyatt as she frantically tried to find her missing engagement ring.  She found a phone instead and decided to make it her own so that the hotel can contact her when they found her ring.

The thing is, the phone belongs the the PA of Sam Roxton and he wanted it back but Poppy isn't letting go of it as it's her connecting in finding her precious engagement ring.  What follows can then only exist in the world of Sophie Kinsella which are both funny and bittersweet at the same time.

To me, at least Sophie Kinsella proved that she still got her number.  Right after The Wedding Night, I thought she has lost it.  Glad to have you around still, Sophie!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Flea Market Preview - April/May 2016


May - a month that sounds promising and full of possibilities.  It's also a month that I have a lot of my plate with work, certification, trips, wedding and what not and so before May make an appearance, I will be taking part again in a schedule flea market from 30 April to 1 May.  If I am not mistaken, it would be the last that I would have for quite a while to come.

So, what titles will I offer? Well, whatever that was not sold off in April would certainly be put out for sale.


The above titles were surprisingly not taken up so I really hope they would cos they are really cool books especially The Quickie which is a favourite title of mine.

The God of Small Things which has won a Bonker Prize is a rather insightful book which forced me to read it twice to fully understand it and understood it I did at the end.

Hazy Summer Night is a romance title by Nora Roberts which is not something I am keen on but fans of romance should find this a good read as there's two stories in one book.



I will also bring along Winter Wonderland by Belinda Jones which didn't get sold off earlier.

If I have time, I would preview more titles for your here but if not, just drop by Green Heights Mall on Sat and Sun between 10 am to 6 pm to check out the other selections. See ya!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

I, Claudia by Marilyn Todd

Synopsis 

Claudia Seferius has successfully inveigled her way into marriage with a wealthy Roman wine merchant.  But when her secret gambling debts spiral, she hits on another resourceful way to make money - offering her 'personal services' to high-ranking Citizens.

Unfortunately her clients are now turn up dead - the victims of a sadistic serial killer.  When Marcus Cornelious Orbilio, the handsome investigating officer, starts digging deep for clues, Claudia realizes she must track down the murderer herself - before he husband discovers what she's been up to.

This is an interesting book in that it was based in year 13 BC in Rome.  I wasn't that captivated by the book initially as this was one title bought in bulk and with the many TBR that I have, I thought I give this a pass.  It was only when I was caught with plenty of time and without anything to read that I decided to give it a try.

I read it over two days. I could have read it within a day but I was caught up with something so I have to put it off and finished it up the next day.

Claudia's an interesting character.  Although she is a woman in a civilization where men were in control, she certainly wasn't letting that get in her way in many of her actions.  She is sassy and in a way she reminded me of bounty hunter, Stephanie Plum.

Giving that she encountered many limitations in that era, she fared pretty well in many of her encounters with undesirable characters.  She might have something going on with Marcus Cornelious Orbilio in the future as there's another title after this.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Sudden Unexpected Windfall - April 2016


It is the most unexpected windfall when a colleague of mine came up to me and told me recently that she wanted me to have these six books of her.  Reason being she is migrating to another country in a few months time (which we all know of) and it would quite impossible to bring these titles along with her. Such, would I mind to take them from her?  I certainly wouldn't mind at all and thank you very much!

I have not read any of these titles but I have decided that I would be reading them soon but the difficult decision would be which title first?

I am quite keen on One For My baby by Tony Parsons having read his title on Man and Boy three years ago.

Perhaps I should read My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult as it has been a while since I read a title written by this author.

Anyway, I don't have to decide yet so I'll sleep on it.

Thank you dear colleague of mine for these titles.  Wishing you all the best in your new life in the land of Oz.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Bag of Bones by Stephen King

Synopsis :

Derry, Maine.  Mike Noonan's wife dies unexpectedly.  After this tragic loss, the bestselling writer suffers acute writer's block, unable even to face the blank screen of the word processor without being shaken by nausea and panic.

Then their nightmares and the voices start...nightmare of Sara Laughs, their beautiful lakeside retreat.  Still Mike is drawn inexorably to their once happy home; drawn to his old typewriter and the urge to write again.

But the once familiar Western Maine town has changed.  It's now int he tyrannical grip of millionaire Max Devore and his terrifying skeletal bookkeeper.  Devore is determined to obtain custody of three-year-old Kyra, his deceased son's child, and is twisting the community to his purpose.

When the girl and her young mother turn to Mike for help, he finds himself powerless to resist them. But there are other more sinister forces at Sara Laughs determined to stand in their way...

Bag of Bones is a gripping, distinctive, haunting tale of suspense, romance, terror and grief, of lost love's enduring bonds and of a new love, struggling to be free of the past and the sins of the ancestors.

It has been a while since I read a horror by Stephen King.  I love his old work as as The Shinning and It but lately his work is in the spirit of something as The Girl Who Love Tom Gordon or Dreamcatcher which aren't really what I like about horror books by Stephen King.

As such, I was a bit apprehensive when an opportunity arose recently when another reader wanted to swap some of her collections and Bag of Bones was one of the titles that caught my attention.  To be very frank, I still wasn't very sure but I gave it a chance.

It wasn't very long before the story captured my attention and suddenly, I have in front of me the type of Stephen King title that I love. 

Bag of Bones is a gripping horror that to me, defines who Stephen King is as a horror writer.  Why didn't he write more of such titles?   I was reading it alone one evening and I was creeping myself out with this book.  In a way, I was quite happy with all the rain that has been keeping us at home and keeping me engrossed in this exciting, horrifying, creepy and addicting horror title!

I am very glad to add this to my collection.