The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle Book Review

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Have you ever come across a book that is a page-turner from page 1? I had never, until now. That’s because The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle starts off right in the middle of a mystery. There is no setting up of pieces. No quiet beginnings. No parade of characters. No subtle hints towards their motivations. None of it. You are just thrust right in the middle of the perplexing situation. A word of advice from someone who has been through it - Keep water and snacks handy. You will have neither the will nor the sense to get up from your chair once you start reading this book. I realised it the hard way when I finished the book and got up with pangs of hunger from not having eaten anything for hours.  ... 

A Gentleman in Moscow Book Review

a gentleman in moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow written by Amor Towles is a story that may be highly relatable in today’s scenario of COVID-19 lockdown. Just like so many of us all over the world, Count Alexander Rostov was confined to a single location. The difference is that the location was The Metropol Hotel in Moscow. However, there was another catch. He was confined i.e. put on house arrest for the remainder of his life (he was ~33 at the time). Not just that, there was also the threat of death if he stepped out of the hotel ever again. Set in 1922, the story of Count Rostov moves along as he lives the rest of his days in the Hotel. While in the background, the story of a nation also moves along. It never takes centre stage but rather intersects with the Count's life in a very natural manner. ... 

The Testaments Book Review

the testaments

It has been 35 years since The Handmaid’s Tale was published, and fans have been waiting that long to know what happened to Gilead. In 2019, Margaret Atwood published The Testaments as a follow up to The Handmaid’s Tale. Much to the demands of the readers, The Testaments does offer closure of sorts, even if it is wrapped in Atwood’s quintessential style with a climax that is nail-biting, yet somehow leaving you asking for more.    ... 

Recursion Book Review

Recursion

Recursion is my second Blake Crouch book (Dark Matter was the first), and I am thankful to KoolSkool bookstore for introducing me to Crouch in the first place. Recursion is science fiction at heart but is written as an out and out thriller. Unlike a lot of Sci-Fi books and films, this is not based in the future but rather set in the 2010s’, which makes it highly relatable. We are introduced to the two lead characters (Barry and Helena) and the structure of writing gives the feel of a journal, with dates marking the start of each entry. Every entry corresponds to ‘a day in the life’ of Barry or Helena, and the accounts are from the first-person point of view. This way of storytelling is engaging and as a reader, I started thinking from the point of view of the protagonists immediately. ... 

Tinted Tales Book Review

Tinted Tales blog

For the last month or two, I have been trying to read and experience different styles in the fiction genre. While they are not strictly something I enjoy as much as fantasy fiction, I am happy that I have begun to widen my range. It started off with Forty Rules of Love, then came Handmaid’s Tale and the last one was Normal People. Tinted Tales is another book that is far from my usual taste. Written by debutant author Akanksha Shukla, Tinted Tales is a collection of 10 short stories that take you back to your childhood and make you reminisce that wonderful time, full of hope and dreams. Each story has its own particular setting but as you go on, you start to see the author’s stamp in all of them. ...