My Review on 1st to Die by James Patterson

1st_to_DieHi Friends!! With the monsoon on its low and my laziness on its high, I hadn’t blogged for a while now. So here I am today with a sudden realisation that – come, what may, my blog post is going to come up. Over the past two years I have been reading at least 20 books in a year. I started going out of my comfort zone (that is basically murder mysteries) and started reading books by Danielle Steel. I loved her books. I would have read at least 10 of her novels. I was glad I did that as I learnt how to describe the characters flawlessly from her books.

Apart from that, I always wanted to read books by James Patterson. For a murder mystery person like me, James Patterson’s books are something which shouldn’t be missed. I randomly picked a book called the 8th Confession. What I didn’t realise when I picked it up was that it was the 8th book in his Women’s Murder Club Series (I know I am stupid to not have realised that). Though the mysteries are completely different in each of his books, the Women’s Murder Club is the linking thread. I realised this after I started reading. I ignored the fact that it is a part of the Series and started off. I request you not to do that because I ruined something which was there in the first book. Regardless of that I enjoyed reading it. So, the next thing I did after finishing that book was to pick up the first book in the series – 1st to Die.

I know, it sounds very scary and believe me, the book will keep you hooked on to it. I am glad I started reading this series. The book is about a serial killer who goes on a killing spree murdering newly- weds. The Case of the first murder is assigned to the only woman homicide inspector Lindsay Boxer. She has had a lot of personal problems in the past. She is trying to get over it with the help of her friends Claire, Jill and Cindy, along with whom she has also started the Women’s Murder Club. They somehow find the link between all murders being committed with their respective skills and arrive at the conclusion that a Serial Killer is on a killing spree.

How Lindsay solves the murder with her partner Chris Raleigh and the help of her Women’s Murder Club is the story. The way it unfolds is mind blowing. The way Patterson explains how the murder is committed is something which will give you a chill; it seems as if you are witnessing one. His writing is unique compared to others. You can see the murder happen in his books, but the icing on the cake is the twist. A twist which you wouldn’t have imagined.

Isn’t it a treat to read such a book? According to me, it is. I know that I’m not going to stop until I finish the entire series now. Why don’t you guys try it? If you are a fan of murder mysteries, then you must go for it.

While you grab this book, I will rush to finish the remaining books in the series.

Cheers!!!

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My Review on “Watermelon” by Marian Keyes

war=termelonHey friends! It feels good to be back blogging after a long time. Finally, I can sit near the window, with the laptop thinking about what to write, with breeze pushing my hair all over my face. It really feels amazing to sit and write on a super breezy monsoon evening. After such a long time, you can enjoy the weather without sweating. With the heat reaching new heights this year, I could do nothing I love, be it reading, be it writing. It took me about 2 months to finish this book, Watermelon. Yeah, it is one of my ways of justifying my laziness… So, this post is about the review of this book.

Watermelon is a funny book. It tickles your bones to the core. This is the first book of the author I ever tried reading, but believe me, I enjoyed it. It is a story about Claire. She has just given birth to the beautiful baby girl and her husband announces that he’s leaving her as he has been having an affair with a lady called Denise from their building. She is all heart broken and she decides to leave London and heads to Dublin where her parents and sisters live. In the beginning, she is all heart broken and depressed. She keeps to herself and her room. She is bribing her sisters to get drinks for her. She is always sprawling on her bed and crying over what happened to her.

Her dad walks into her room one day and advises her to hold herself together and come out of it. That is when she realises how stupid she has been, all the while. She decides to help herself and come out of it. She starts going out. She enjoys shopping with her baby. She starts going out more often, sometimes alone, when her mom minds her child Kate for her.

Enter sister’s classmate Adam!! She fantasizes him, though he is about 5 years younger than her. He also has a soft corner for her. They start meeting at Cafes and the Gym. He feels guilty about it, but then she realises that she is not having any affair but just enjoying, unlike her husband James. When things between her and Adams is turning out to be much more than just fantasies, James comes to Dublin. He wants Claire back in his life.

Does he genuinely want her or is it something more to it? What conditions does he strap her with, to get her back to him!

To know more about it, you must read this book. It is hilarious beyond belief.  I was reading the book for so long that I wanted to quit reading it at one point, but I am glad I did not do that. It is a big book with about 600 odd pages, but if you are free and can afford to read about 2-3 hours daily, you will be able to finish it by 4-5 days.

I hope you guys enjoy reading this funny book.

Cheers!!!

My Review on Danielle Steel’s “Winners”

9780552159128Hi friends! It is review time again. I know, I’m back with a review very fast this time. I have been reading way too much, these days. I am a huge fan of Danielle Steel. I can’t stop myself from picking up her book from the library. I just love how simple, but, yet how brilliantly she writes. This book ‘Winners’ is mainly about this girl Lily and her father. Lily loves skiing and she is practising to go to the Olympics. One tragic morning when she goes to the mountains to ski along with her trainer, due to bad weather, she and her trainer both fall off the chairlift. The trainer loses his life while she becomes a paraplegic. In fact, her dad would have warned her against going as it was snowing. She assures him that there is nothing to worry about as her trainer is very experienced.

She is rushed to the hospital and the doctors decide to go ahead with the surgery. That is when the specialist Dr. Jessie enters. She is a mother of three kids and she is all the time trying to balance family life with professional life. Her husband is of a great support to her. He is a doctor too. When she gets a call from the hospital to come for the surgery, her husband tells her to carry on. He assures her that he will manage. She is advised by her husband to go carefully since it had been snowing the entire day. As soon as she reaches the hospital, she explains to Lily’s dad the exact situation and convinces him to go ahead with the surgery as that’s the only option. He agrees, but he is still not happy about her being the surgeon. He feels, some experienced surgeon should take over. Everyone assures him that Jessie is the best and he finally gives his nod.

While on one side Jessie successfully operates on Lily, though she will be bound to wheel chair her entire life owing to the extent of damage on her spinal cord; on the other side Jessie’s husband goes to drop off his son at a friend’s place meets with an accident. The son manages to come out of it with a small nose injury while her husband Tim dies on the spot. Jessie comes to know of that after the long surgery early next morning. She is completely broken. Bill, from the beginning is quite rude to her, since he feels that she is not the best. He comes running to her to ask something, when she says that her partner will take over from her for the day, he is furious. He taunts her. When he goes to meet his daughter, he comes to know from one of the nurses that her husband passed away the previous night. He feels bad for his behaviour. He apologises for the same.

He wants to somehow make sure his daughter gets back on her feet, but Jessie tells him that it is impossible. He wants to take second opinion, so he decides to take her to London. Nothing works out for him. Everyone is of the same opinion as Jessie. So, he finally sends Lily to Craig, a rehabilitation centre for people with fatal injuries. He is impressed with how Craig is set up. After seeing all the facilities and after seeing how much Lily loves it, he decides to open a Rehabilitation Centre called The Lily Pad for kids under the age of fifteen with injuries (Craig admits kids over the age of fifteen).

Bill joins hands with Jessie, his old friend Joe and Jessie’s friend. They carve out a plan for Lily Pad and execute it. How they build Lily Pad from scratch is the next part of the story. To see what happens in it, you need to quickly go and grab the book. So don’t waste time here…

See you soon.

Till then, Cheers!!!