Angels Fall


Author: Nora Roberts
Genre: Murder, Mystery, Contemporary Romance, Thriller.

Page Count:  391

Book Synopsis:  A chef moves to a small town in Wyoming after her Boston restaurant is shut down because of a fatal shooting. She starts to come to terms with her situation and the town,  untill things take a turn when she witnesses a mass murder in a hiking trail.

Movie Adaptation: Angels Fall (2009) 

This is the first suspense/mystery novel I read in my early teens and it’s an absolute thriller!(And I don’t say that from a thirteen year old’s point of view)

The journey is fluid! Each event glides past smoothly and tantamounts to a really good mystery! The novel has elements of romance, mystery, thrill, murder-making it a really engaging experience.

Here’s a sneak:

REECE GILMORE smoked through the tough knuckles of Angel’s Fist in an overheating Chevy Cavalier. She had two hundred forty-three dollars and change in her pocket, which might be enough to cure the Chevy, fuel it and herself. If luck was on her side, and the car wasn’t seriously ill, she’d have enough to pay for a room for the night.Then, even by the most optimistic calculations, she’d be broke.She took the plumes of steam puffing out of the hood as a sign it was time to stop traveling for a while and find a job.No worries, no problem, she told herself. The little Wyoming town huddled around the cold blue waters of a lake was as good as anywhere else. Maybe better. It had the openness she needed—all that sky with the snow-dipped peaks of the Tetons rising into it like sober, and somehow aloof, gods.

My preferences don’t take a liking to reading romance, but this bubble of love painted by Roberts is subtle, is calm, and it just glides through like it was meant to be. The spark between the lovers is unmissable! 

Sly comments, under-appreciated symbolism, satisying and engaging and moreover, an overall terrific plot- this one definitely is worth the read!

 Ratings:

Critics : 4 / 5

I’d rate it : 4 / 5

 

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Dark Places

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Author: Gillian Flynn

Page Count: 349

Genre: Psychological thriller, Mystery.

Book synopsis: A woman confronts traumatic, childhood memories of the murder of her mother and two sisters when she investigates the possibility that her brother is innocent of the crime.

Movie Adaptation: Dark Places (2015)

Gone Girl led me here, lead me to read this one! And let me tell you, this one doesn’t disappoint!  Flynn spins off this piece with quite ease, thanks to her spot-on narrative style, which she has aced!

This book mostly covers what happened after the big event,  but it occasionally keeps swivelling back to the events before the big one.

It is really nicely written! I really appreciate the way Flynn  has arranged the specks of events, far apart but not so much to seem far fetched or disorderly! You might think you were there all the way or almost there only to be proved wrong!

Wrong people,  wrong perspectives, spurious events and the tedious that is the life and task of a survivor, and the exhaustive investigation,  plus the survivor’s quest for the truth,  for the unclouded version of the truth, is artfully revealed.

Here’s an excerpt:

Libby Day

Now

I have a meanness inside me, real as an organ. Slit me at my belly and it might slide out, meaty and dark, drop on the floor so you could stomp on it. It’s the Day blood. Something’s wrong with it. I was never a good little girl, and I got worse after the murders. Little Orphan Libby grew up sullen and boneless, shuffled around a group of lesser relatives—second cousins and great-aunts and friends of friends—stuck in a series of mobile homes or rotting ranch houses all across Kansas. Me going to school in my dead sisters’ hand-me-downs: Shirts with mustardy armpits. Pants with baggy bottoms, comically loose, held on with a raggedy belt cinched to the farthest hole. In class photos my hair was always crooked—barrettes hanging loosely from strands, as if they were airborne objects caught in the tangles—and I always had bulging pockets under my eyes, drunk-landlady eyes. Maybe a grudging curve of the lips where a smile should be. Maybe.

The novel along with its complex storyline is dark, almost disturbing (Massacre, Satanic cults). Make sure you have something happy to do while reading this or else the darkness will sweep you over. Incredibly demented , it’ll keep you scared, yet riveted to keep going!

You just sort of hang onto the book, hang on to it all the way, step by step until absolute finality finds you.

Finally, Flynn indeed accomplishes her mission to keep you guessing!  Maybe that is infact the motto she lives by!

Do not read this if you like happy novels. This book may probably be the literature version of Black Metal music.

 

Reviews:

Critics: 3.9/5

I’d rate it: 4/5

Angels & Demons

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Author: Dan Brown

Page Count: 616

Genre: (Fiction) Thriller, Mystery, Crime, Conspiracy

Book Synopsis: When Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon discovers the resurgence of an ancient brotherhood known as the Illuminati, he flies to Rome to warn the Vatican, the Illuminati’s most hated enemy. Joining forces with beautiful Italian scientist Vittoria Vetra (Ayelet Zurer), Langdon follows a centuries-old trail of ancient symbols in the hope of preventing the Illuminati’s deadly plot against the Roman Catholic Church from coming to fruition.

Movie Adaptation: Angels and Demons (2009)

You may call it a sequel or a prequel to Brown’s other works; I’d just like to think of it as  one of the series of hefty cases in Robert Langdon’s life,thanks to Dan Brown!

I may be completely wrong when I say this one is not one of Dan Brown’s finest works, nevertheless it doesn’t fail to make you inquisitive! Based on a highly misunderstood secret society, this novel uncovers the depths and takes us back in history to the times of Galileo and Newton, to the atrocity Religion imposed on Science during those times.  (Also see The Da Vinci Code)

Although not a religious book, it has religious elements and covers both Rome and Vatican city. Terror attacks and hostage situations turn the novel  pretty graphic: Brown holds nothing back!

Here’s a peek:

PROLOGUE

Physicist Leonardo Vetra smelled burning flesh, and he knew it was his own. He stared up in terror at the dark figure looming over him. “What do you want!”

La chiave,” the raspy voice replied. “The password.”

“But…I don’t… ”

The intruder pressed down again, grinding the white hot object deeper into Vetra’s chest. There was the hiss of broiling flesh.

Vetra cried out in agony. “There is no password!” He felt himself drifting toward unconsciousness.

The figure glared. “Ne avevo paura. I was afraid of that.”

Vetra fought to keep his senses, but the darkness was closing in. His only solace was in knowing his attacker would never obtain what he had come for. A moment later, however, the figure produced a blade and brought it to Vetra’s face. The blade hovered. Carefully. Surgically.

“For the love of God!” Vetra screamed. But it was too late.

The novel is exhausting, really talky and unnecessarily long. There were times halfway through the book where i couldn’t find the motivation to continue reading; but i managed to finish it as it somehow managed to pick up the long-due  pace. It starts of spectacularly, looses pace, gains pace and looses it again.

There have been substantial amounts of discrepancies and inaccuracies in the facts stated in this novel, so make sure you verify before you believe although there are updated versions of the novel published correcting the same.

Otherwise the novel is totally action-packed and fast-paced (and melodramatic!)  and undoubtedly remains true to it’s genre!

Ratings:

Critics: 3.8/5

I’d rate it:  3.3/5

Broken Harbor

  • Author: Tana French
  • No. of pages: 496
  • Genre: Mystery thriller

Are you the type of reader who loves murder mystery thrillers, especially the serial killer ones which keeps you hooked on every single word as you try to figure out who did it?? So am I! And this book caters to exactly us!

A family of four is violently murdered in their own house with the mother being the lone survivor, still fighting for life. In the beginning the solution seems quite obvious, mind you. But soon enough, as facts are revealed, we know that things are very far from simple. 

Here’s a scoop from the detective’s point of view-

One of the reasons I love Murder is that victims are, as a general rule, dead… I don’t make a habit of sharing this, in case people take me fore a sicko or- worse-a wimp, but give me a dead child, any day, over a child sobbing his heart out while you make him tell you what the bad man did next. Dead victims don’t show up outside HQ to beg for answers, you never have to nudge them into reliving every hideous moment, and you never have to worry about what it’ll do to their lives if you fuck up. They stay put in the morgue, light-years beyond anything I can do right or wrong, and leave me free to focus on the people who sent them there.

Interesting isn’t he?

This is a tale of love and obsession and nostalgia and bliss and utter helplessness of human life. Horror dripping from each of its pages, you slowly and steadily come to realize how this tragedy will end. And even then the climax is a bit too distressing.

Broken Harbor does what good mystery thrillers are supposed to do; it thrills you and astounds you. It also does what good literatures are supposed to do; it changes you’re outlook on the world and forces you to see what you’ve chosen to ignore.

Ratings:

Critics- 3.9/5

I’d rate it- 4.5/5

The Da Vinci Code

Author: Dan Brown

Page Count: 573

Genre: Mystery,  Thriller

Book synopsis: 

Symbologist Robert Langdon travels from Paris to London to discover the truth behind a mysterious and bizarre murder. Later, he learns about a religious mystery protected by a secret society.

Movie Adaptation: The Da Vinci Code (2006)




A thriller to keep you on your toes! That is what this book is! One of Dan’s Brown finest works about the exceedingly intriguing and historical work of Leonardo Da Vinci! 
This book outstretches it’s arms and grabs a hold of you!A hold so firm and steady; while slowly revealing the depths in it’s pages; keeping you just there, steadfast! 

It will educate you, it will inspire you to curiosity; and it will give you a griping experience all the while retaining it’s title of a cryptic, ancient, and perhaps a scandalous novel! History has never been more interesting ; Science has never been more charismatic! 

Here’s an excerpt from the Prologue:

Louvre Museum, Paris 10:46 P.M. 

Renowned curator Jacques Sauniere staggered through the vaulted archway of the museum’s Grand Gallery. He lunged for the nearest painting he could see, a Caravaggio. Grabbing the gilded frame, the seventy- six-year-old man heaved the masterpiece toward himself until it tore from the wall and Sauniere collapsed backward in a heap beneath the canvas. As he had anticipated, a thundering iron gate fell nearby, barricading the entrance to the suite. The parquet floor shook. Far off, an alarm began to ring. The curator lay a moment, gasping for breath, taking stock. I am still alive. He crawled out from under the canvas and scanned the cavernous space for someplace to hide. A voice spoke, chillingly close. “Do not move.”

 
This book outstretches it’s arms and grabs a hold of you!A hold so firm and steady; while slowly revealing the depths in it’s pages; keeping you just there, steadfast (although the writing is nothing great)! It will educate you, it will inspire you to curiosity; and it will give you a griping experience all the while retaining it’s title of a cryptic, ancient, and perhaps a scandalous novel! History has never been more interesting ; Science has never been more charismatic! 
Dwelling on the depths and past of Catholicism and Jesus Christ, it teaches you to have an open mind about religious beliefs, because beliefs are made by man and man is not unknown to mistakes. You may find it offensive, you may find it shocking, but it is what it is!

 It effectively couples religion and science! It gives you a basis for your beliefs, both religious and atheistic! If this book doesn’t give you a new perspective, I don’t know what will!

Read it with an open mind, read it with a curious mind, read it not only because its based on a famous painting but read it because it is one hell of an experience! 

Ratings:

Critics: 3.8/5

I’d rate it: 4/5

The Partner

Author: John Grisham

Genre: Legal thriller

Page Count: 412

Book Synopsis: They watched Danilo Silva for days before they finally grabbed him. He was living alone, a quiet life on a shady street in Brazil; a simple life in a modest home, certainly not one of luxury. Certainly no evidence of the fortune they thought he had stolen. He was much thinner and his face had been altered. He spoke a different language, and spoke it very well.But Danilo had a past with many chapters. Four years earlier he had been Patrick Lanigan, a young partner in a prominent Biloxi law firm. He had a pretty wife, a new daughter, and a bright future. Then one cold winter night Patrick was trapped in a burning car and died a horrible death. When he was buried his casket held nothing more than his ashes.From a short distance away, Patrick watched his own burial. Then he fled. Six weeks later, a fortune was stolen from his ex-law firm’s offshore account. And Patrick fled some more.But they found him.

Movie Adaptation: (Development ongoing)



This one may not be Grisham’s finest work but it is worth the read! A cleverly plotted story seen from different perspectives, it incorporates violence,  drama, sardonic humor to make one edgy thriller.With every turning page the plot perfectly fits; It’s all relative!

Grisham’s sense of social satire and wittiness is perhaps unsurmountable! Such clever manifestation of legal proceedings, court trials and perspectives of prosecution into a novel should be a crime! The need for freedom emphasized by the elusory protagonist is elaborately explained, moreover, even justified!

This book is vile, but satisfying; shrewd, but exceedingly clever ; adorned with court related humor, but is impartial. Grisham leaves it to you to judge what is right and what is easy!

Here’s an excerpt:

December 7, 2008

They found him in Ponta PorÒ, a pleasant little town in Brazil, on the border of Paraguay, in a land still known as the Frontier.They found him living in a shaded brick house on Rua Tiradentes, a wide avenue with trees down the center and barefoot boys dribbling soccer balls along the hot pavement.They found him alone, as best they could tell, though a maid came and went at odd hours during the eight days they hid and watched.

The writing has no special elements but is fairly plain, thus does justice to the exhaustive story! You’d be disappointed if you expect murder/killing from the start, since neither of that happens, atleast not during the story timeline the writing is based on.

I found the ending a bit upsetting but that’s no biggie!

What more can I say? Well, for more details, all you gotta do is READ IT and decide for yourself! 😉

Ratings:

Critics: 3.9/5

I’d rate it:  3.5/5