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Book Review: The Bat by Jo Nesbo

Even before I had gotten to the first and my first Jo Nesbo I was kind of sure in my bones that I am going to like it. I have heard people rave about this particular author and since Stieg Larsson we have been flooded by so may Scandinavian authors each better than the last one and Nordic noir achieving a special status in its own right. Some part of me was a bit apprehensive, and not just with  this particular series but with thrillers generally, because can't take gory stuff or too much psychological chill because I don't have the constitution for that, but am I glad I took this up!

Anyway lets get back to the book in hand or in my case, the mobile phone, The Bat, the first Harry Hole (pronounced Holy) novel, by the Norwegian author Jo Nesbo.

The Bat is set in Australia, Sydney to be specific, where we meet Harry Hole the Norwegian police officer who has been sent here to investigate the murder of a young Norwegian celebrity Inger Holter. Harry befriends one of the members …

Book review: Unwanted by Kristina Ohlsson

Someone is abducting small children and leaving their dead bodies with UNWANTED scribbled on their foreheads. Fredrika Bergman is an academician and a civilian, and a new entrant on the investigation team whose instincts and insights are being ignored by her senior male colleagues at the Police department. Will the culprit keep getting away or will the team come together past its differences and nab him?
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Whoever said a book will take you to places that you might not otherwise get a chance to visit. While I would say that reading any author is like going inside his head and at times there you will find how a psycho thinks and works and there you might also find the wonder and inquisitiveness of a small child.

Unwanted by Kristina Ohlsson is a thriller that will take you through many Swedish towns and cities in search of the perpetrator of a crime that takes place in Stockholm. A young child of six, Lillian, is abducted from a crowded train. No one notices that t…

Book review: Detective Inspector Huss by Helene Tursten

Don't pick it up if you are looking for a fast-paced thriller but do read it for a female detective who has not been hardened by the difficult work that she does and leads a life as ordinary as you and me, yet is  gifted at her work.

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Detective Inspector Huss by Helene Tursten is the first in the series of crime fiction featuring the Detective Inspector Irene Huss of the Gotenborg Police Department . Hardly the hard boiled, cynic that we know our fictional detectives to be ( From Holmes to Harry Hole almost everyone of them is fighting inner demons! ), Irene Huss is every bit wife and mother as she is a professional in a male-dominated job. Tursten began writing when she could no longer continue working in dentistry due to arthritis. The novel came out in Swedish first in the year 1998 and was translated into English in 2003.

The story of this novel is both a murder mystery and a tale of a household with its share of eccentric characters and …

Book Review: No Time for Goodbye by Linwood Barclay

If you would want to give your system a shock or a jolt then this book is for you. If you are facing a reader's block and thrillers are your thing then read this book. Pick this book if you want to have a good time page after page.

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The Plot

No Time for Goodbye by the Canadian author Linwood Barclay is a nail biting thriller that is as simple and humane as it is complex. As a 14 year old Cynthia Bigge is dragged from her boyfriend's arms by her father who finds her sloshed in his car one night. Next morning Cynthia wakes up to find that her parents and brother have disappeared without leaving a single trace or note for her. The house is spic and span as her mother likes to keep it, nothing is out of place or amiss to suggest any kind of foul play and still no one can seem find anything about her family. On the twenty-fifth anniversary of this event, Cynthia agrees to feature in a documentary about this. A few days later strange things begin t…

Book Review: When life gives you Lululemons by Laura Weisberger

Read this book if you are looking to not tax your brain and a happy place to be in. Pick it up if female friendship and solidarity brighten your day and lift your spirit. Read it if you have or crave friends who stick with you and don't falter in calling out your self-harming (if any) games.

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Sassy and charming, as well as a social commentary of sorts that the over-the-top setting of the book would allow, When Life Gives You Lululemons by Laura Weisberger of the Devil Wears Prada fame, was a 'New York Times Bestseller' and among Best Books of Summer 2018. I don't remember how I got to it but am I glad that I did. It is a light read, pacy and with a kickass heroine and co-heroines who are all set to bring down a man who has set up one of these three friends.

If you have read either of the two Devil Wears Prada books or seen  the movie then you will be familiar with Emily Charlton (played by Emily Blunt in the movie), the former first assi…

The dilemma of reading the abridged versions

I grew up in a small town- Palampur- in Himachal Pradesh in the 80s and 90s. I was the only child in the house for quite sometime and was surrounded by adults- my maternal grandparents and uncles and aunts as well as doting neighbours of the now dead phenomenon called the mohalla. 

My grandfather who was fondly called Bauji by everyone, owned an electronics shop, the kind which sells you tube lights and fans and switches. Right next to him was a bookshop. Nothing big or glamorous by any means or standards but more like a rectangular box out of which came all sorts of stationery, chart papers and comics, some college course books  as well and ah how could I forget the copies and more copies of Rapidex English Speaking Course.

I was often sent over to my grandparents' house because my parents were both working. I can't recall my age at the time, but I must have been grown up enough to read very well because when Would begin to get on my grandmother's nerves, I would be banis…