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Book Review: Death Unmasked

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Title: Death Unmasked
Author: Rick Sulik
Genre: Fiction, Crime, Murder
Pages: 265
Publisher: Christopher Matthews Publishing

Rating: 3.8/5


Death Unmasked by Rick Sulik is a story about reincarnation and revenge and personally, I love this combination! Add some murders and a few chases and you have my attention, alright!

Sean Jamison is a Homicide detective in Houston and is about to get retired when there is an urgent serial killing case that requires his expertise. While on the case, Sean realizes that he was Emil in his previous birth and both his wife and he were killed in the most brutal way as a result of being war prisoners. As he is desperate to find his beloved in this reincarnation, there are women being murdered in Houston and a lock of hair seem to be missing from each of them. The murderer has a final strike to make before he leaves town but will Sean and his team be able to stop him? Will Sean finally be reunited with his one true love?

This book really puzzled me. Why? Because I…

Spotlight: Avishi by Saiswaroopa Iyer

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AVISHI by Saiswaroopa Iyer



Blurb
Long before the times of Draupadi and Sita Immortalised in the hymns of the Rig Veda But largely forgotten to the memory of India Is the Warrior Queen with an iron leg, Vishpala
Brought up in the pristine forest school of Naimisha, Avishi reaches the republic of Ashtagani in search of her destiny. When Khela, the oppressive King of the neighbouring Vrishabhavati begins to overwhelm and invade Ashtagani, Avishi rises to protect her settlement. But peril pursues her everywhere.
Separated from her love, her settlement broken, with a brutal injury needing amputation of her leg, can Avishi overcome Khela?

If stories about ancient India, especially those with strong women characters interest you, then Avishi is a story you must read!


Read an excerpt here: The structure under the outcast control looked like an autonomous garrison. It was on the Southwestern corner of Vrishabhavati hidden by wild growth and as heavily guarded as the city square. Avishi counted two doors …

Book Review: Broken Rules

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Title: Broken Rules
Author: Hanleigh Bradley
Genre: Fiction, Romance
Pages: 128
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform 

Rating: 3.5/5


Broken RulesbyHanleigh Bradleyis the first book in a three book series. It is a contemporary romance set in London and is a treat for romance lovers for sure.

Aurora Stone has led her life following a rigid set of rules dictated by her parents. Her sister chose to ignore them but Aurora, being the good girl as always, doesn't even think of it until a night at a bar where she is celebrating the return of her close friend. A glance at Landon and she somehow knows that she will be breaking a few rules with him. Landon, on the other hand, is a person who never sleeps with a woman twice but as it turns out, even he ends up breaking and twisting quite a few rules himself. Despite their personal indifference, they find themselves drawn towards each other without reservations until each one encounters a secret from the respective families. Where wi…

Book Review: From Yesterday

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Title: From Yesterday
Author: Anupam Dasgupta
Genre: Fiction, Romance
Pages: 224
Publisher: Frog Books

Rating: 3.5/5

From Yesterday by Anupam Dasgupta is a tale about romance, heartbreak and sacrifice. Although I wouldn't say I am excited about the book, but it does have instances which capture the melancholy of love lives in a subtle manner.
Adi falls in love with Anita almost immediately after they meet for the first time. What started off as a casual online chat, develops into a sweet, caring relationship. But Anita comes with a lot of baggage from her past. Having suffered with relationships and the fact that she is much older than Adi, doesn't make it easy for her to commit wholeheartedly to a fulfilling relationship. When she breaks up with Adi for the very same reason, he is torn apart. Years later, he is in Chicago and meets Christina who seems to have fallen in love with him. But when he sees a reflection of Anita on The Bean, he is confused as to what life has in store for …

Spotlight: Beyond Secrets by Alka Dimri Saklani

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BEYOND SECRETS by Alka Dimri Saklani


Blurb
Noel is a counsellor, risking his career for volunteering in an orphanage.
Nidhi is an engineering student on the surface, but deep down a broken girl in search of some unanswered questions.
Appu is a sweet little orphan, unaware of the cruelties of the world.
Despite being miles apart their stories interweave in “Aashiyana”, the orphanage. Their little journey together changes their lives in ways they never imagined.
One recurring nightmare, one unexpected phone call, one stolen diary, many lies and secrets, and a calling from the past are just the highlights. And when they depart, they are not the same anymore.
They didn’t hurt each other, it was a game of destiny. Will they ever be able to rediscover themselves and more importantly, will their paths ever cross again?
Beyond Secrets is a novel with layers of suspense and different nuances of relationships. And one question that can’t have just one answer - How long does it take for a scar to heal?

Rea…

Book Review: Kaash Kashmir - A Play on Love and Loss in the Valley of Fear

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Title: Kaash Kashmir: A Play on Love and Loss in the Valley of Fear
Author: Rajesh Talwar
Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction
Pages: 218

Rating: 3.2/5


KAASH KASHMIRbyRajesh Talwaris basically a retelling of the purging of the Hindu Kashmiri Pundits in the year 1990. The book is set in Srinagar and is in the form of a play. It has been long since I read one but I love reading plays as, in my opinion, they get straight to the point and also work up one's imagination in a different, albeit interesting way.

The play begins as Rohan, the son of a Hindu Pundit expresses his love for Ayesha, the daughter of a Muslim, on the sprawling lawn of Rohan's ancestral Kashmiri house. Rohan's and Ayesha's families are close friends and have been neighbors for many years. As the play progresses, the setting shifts from Srinagar to Pakistan where a plot is being hatched to remove all Kashmiri Pundits from the area so that Pakistan can claim Kashmir as their own. It is the year 1990 and suddenly…

Book Review: The Haunting of Barry's Lodge

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Title: The Haunting of Barry's Lodge
Author: Annie Walters
Genre: Fiction, Horror, Thriller
Pages: 218
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Rating: 3.5/5


The Haunting of Barry's LodgebyAnnie Waltersis a quick, engaging horror/thriller with settings that are very typical and anticipated. A quintessential ghost story to curl up with would rather describe it perfectly.
Alfred is an aspiring author who has been trying to write a book since years. But due to his familial responsibilities, he ends up doing odd jobs without making any real progress with his book. When his father in law suggests that Alfred spend a week at the isolated motel, Barry's Lodge, he jumps at the opportunity. A week without disturbances should be enough to come up with a draft. But little does Alfred know that Barry's Lodge has a disturbing past and he realizes it soon as it doesn't allow him a moment's peace. Amidst zero connectivity, strange noises and even stranger sightings, Al…

Book Review: Retrograde

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Title: Retrograde
Author: Peter Cawdron
Genre: Fiction, Sci Fi
Pages: 259
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Rating: 4/5


Retrogradeby Peter Cawdron is a science fiction based on the lives and events surrounding the scientists in Mars. It is unlike what I have ever read before (because I usually don't go for science fiction), but after the movie/book The Martian, I guess interest levels have piqued regarding the subject and that's exactly the reason why I agreed to review this book. So, here goes.

The story is set in the future. A hundred and twenty experts, from various fields and countries, have been deployed on Mars by NASA. When there is an attack on Earth, discrepancies arise among them, not knowing whom to trust. Everyone thinks they are safe in their respective modules but when information is found tampered, all hell breaks loose.

The summary seems very short than what I would normally give out but I am doing that on purpose. There is suspense to the story and I, for one, wo…