Book Review: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Are females more psycho? At least the books that I am reading these days are making me think so. Sharp Objects was scary in more aspects as compared to the other books by Gillian Flynn, i.e. Gone Girl and Dark Places. This one deals with depression like neither did and so about the craziness to hurt – yourself, others, anyone.

Sharp Objects as the name of the book suggests the cuts and the words that the main protagonist of the story, Camille Preaker carves on herself when she feels different. So, tell me are you a female? Did you feel crazy at some point in your life? Did you feel the need to do such cut/carve on yourself? Not even once? Sach mei (truly)? Okay, confession time: I am a typical female and have felt multiple times such a need, and even in the past one month too. But let us not make this review of a psycho book – about “me”, just read it, because you must, if you like this genre even a tiny-weeny bit. I am not saying anything more about this book since I feel I will divulge the climax of the story, oops, perhaps just by mistake.

Two of my favorite quotes from the book:

Sometimes I think illness sits inside every woman, waiting for the right moment to bloom. I have known so many sick women all my life. Women with chronic pain, with ever-gestating diseases. Women with conditions. Men, sure, they have bone snaps, they have backaches, they have a surgery or two, yank out a tonsil, insert a shiny plastic hip. Women get consumed.

They always call depression the blues, but I would have been happy to waken to a periwinkle outlook. Depression to me is urine yellow, washed out, exhausted miles of weak piss.

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Book blurb:

Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.

About the author:
Gillian Flynn is an American author and television critic for Entertainment Weekly. Her work has been published in forty-one languages.

Flynn’s 2006 debut novel, the literary mystery Sharp Objects, was an Edgar Award finalist and the winner of two of Britain’s Dagger Awards—the first book ever to win multiple Daggers in one year. The book is now an HBO® limited series starring Amy Adams.

Flynn’s second novel, the 2009 New York Times bestseller Dark Places, was a New Yorker Reviewers’ Favorite, Weekend TODAY Top Summer Read, Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2009, and Chicago Tribune Favorite Fiction choice. In 2015, the movie adaptation starring Charlize Theron was released.

Flynn’s third novel, Gone Girl, was an international sensation and a runaway hit that has spent more than one hundred weeks on the New York Times bestseller lists. Gone Girl was named one of the best books of the year by People Magazine and Janet Maslin at the New York Times. Nominated for both the Edgar Award and the Anthony Award for Best Novel, Flynn wrote the screenplay for David Fincher’s 2014 adaptation of Gone Girl for the big screen, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike.

Her newest release, The Grownup, is an Edgar Award-winning short story and an homage to the classic ghost story. Universal has optioned the rights to The Grownup.

Flynn, who lives in Chicago, grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated at the University of Kansas, and qualified for a Master’s degree from Northwestern University.

Website: gillian-flynn.com
Twitter: @TheGillianFlynn

Rating: 10/10
Genre: Thriller
Book Name: Sharp Objects
Author: Gillian Flynn
Pages: 394
Publication Year: 2006
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Book Review: Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

I was looking for an interesting read, starting off and discarding books in between left, right and left. And then I wondered if my interest was in one of the authors that I have already read and yayy, the answer was Gillian Flynn. Though the time I had read Gone Girl, I had flashbacks of the coming scenes of the book seeming like I had already read/ seen it. I had neither. And thus, I decided my mind is more attuned to psycho-thrillers and to Gillian Flynn specifically.

Dark Places, yet another psycho-thriller masterpiece by Gillian, is a notch above Gone Girl, by all standards, especially with respect to the ending. My thoughts exactly. A family murdered gruesomely overnight, and culprit one of the family itself, jailed for years and years and the other surviving sibling crazy in her own way. The reading was scary, tempo change at just the right places and a book, I completed in two days flat. Perfect no? Now you know my recipe of completing so many books, which is, read a book in the genre that you like and just keep on reading the same till you are bored or cannot hold of another good book in the same genre.

Two of my favorite quotes from the book:

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.

Don’t be discouraged – every relationship you have is a failure, until you find the right one.

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Book blurb:

Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice” of Kinnakee, Kansas. She survived—and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club—a secret secret society obsessed with notorious crimes—locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to discover proof that may free Ben. Libby hopes to turn a profit off her tragic history: She’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club—for a fee. As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started—on the run from a killer.

About the author:
Gillian Flynn is an American author and television critic for Entertainment Weekly. Her work has been published in forty-one languages.

Flynn’s 2006 debut novel, the literary mystery Sharp Objects, was an Edgar Award finalist and the winner of two of Britain’s Dagger Awards—the first book ever to win multiple Daggers in one year. The book is now an HBO® limited series starring Amy Adams.

Flynn’s second novel, the 2009 New York Times bestseller Dark Places, was a New Yorker Reviewers’ Favorite, Weekend TODAY Top Summer Read, Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2009, and Chicago Tribune Favorite Fiction choice. In 2015, the movie adaptation starring Charlize Theron was released.

Flynn’s third novel, Gone Girl, was an international sensation and a runaway hit that has spent more than one hundred weeks on the New York Times bestseller lists. Gone Girl was named one of the best books of the year by People Magazine and Janet Maslin at the New York Times. Nominated for both the Edgar Award and the Anthony Award for Best Novel, Flynn wrote the screenplay for David Fincher’s 2014 adaptation of Gone Girl for the big screen, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike.

Her newest release, The Grownup, is an Edgar Award-winning short story and an homage to the classic ghost story. Universal has optioned the rights to The Grownup.

Flynn, who lives in Chicago, grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated at the University of Kansas, and qualified for a Master’s degree from Northwestern University.

Website: gillian-flynn.com
Twitter: @TheGillianFlynn

Rating: 10/10
Genre: Thriller
Book Name: Dark Places
Author: Gillian Flynn
Pages: 370
Publication Year: 2009

Book Review: The Black Echo (Harry Bosch #1) by Michael Connelly

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | The Black Echo (Harry Bosch #1) by Michael Connelly

It has been months since I have written a book review because I did not feel like opening a laptop and writing book reviews in the format I do with image, book blurb, and brief about author is easier for me on laptop, perhaps that is to do with generation gap 😛 Seems like being a mom, has already aged me and I want to do nothing in my spare time other than to read books (ah yes, sleep too, most important).

So, to come back , to the book in question, this was the only book I completed in the month of Feb ’19. How many I read in this duration? Oh, do not ask me. There are so many unread 5%, 10%, 15%….books in line, since now very very few books hold my interest. And so, if I have completed this book (for I only write reviews of completed books), this must be one of the few good ones (mind it, not the best though). I want to read at least one book in the popular series, and if it is a thriller murder mystery, good good!

This is an okayish book and only recommended for mystery and thriller buffs or those looking for typical books in this genre for a change. An easy read, it has all the masala (not Bollywood ones) that should make a mystery book a success. Ah, but that is my view, of course. And perhaps that is why I could complete this book in between a hectic schedule. Try checking this out, or read more reviews to find if this is the book that caters to your taste. All the best and enjoy! 🙂

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Book blurb:
For maverick LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch, the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic. This one is personal…because the murdered man was a fellow Vietnam “tunnel rat” who had fought side by side with him in a hellish underground war. Now Bosch is about to relive the horror of Nam. From a dangerous maze of blind alleys to a daring criminal heist beneath the city, his survival instincts will once again be tested to their limit. Pitted against enemies inside his own department and forced to make the agonizing choice between justice and vengeance, Bosch goes on the hunt for a killer whose true face will shock him.
About the author:
Michael Connelly worked at newspapers in Daytona Beach and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, primarily specializing in the crime beat. After three years, he began writing his first novel to feature LAPD Detective Hieronymus Bosch. The novel, The Black Echo, based in part on a true crime that had occurred in Los Angeles, was published in 1992 and won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel by the Mystery Writers of America. Connelly has followed that up with 26 more novels.

Michael is the bestselling author of thirty-two novels and one work of non-fiction with over seventy-four million copies of his books sold worldwide and translated into forty foreign languages. In 2002, Clint Eastwood directed and starred in the movie adaptation of Connelly’s 1998 novel, Blood Work. In March 2011, the movie adaptation of his #1 bestselling novel, The Lincoln Lawyer, hit theaters worldwide starring Matthew McConaughey as Mickey Haller. His most recent #1 New York Times bestsellers include Dark Sacred Night, Two Kinds Of Truth, The Late Show, The Wrong Side Of Goodbye, The Crossing, The Burning Room, The Gods of Guilt, and The Black Box. Michael’s crime fiction career was honored with the Diamond Dagger from the CWA in 2018.

Michael is the executive producer of Bosch, an Amazon Studios original drama series based on his bestselling character Harry Bosch, starring Titus Welliver. He is also the executive producer of the documentary films, Sound Of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story and Tales of the American. He spends his time in California and Florida.

Website: michaelconnelly.com
Twitter: @ConnellyBooks

Rating: 7/10
Genre:Mystery Thriller
Book Name:The Black Echo
(Harry Bosch #1)
Author:Michael Connelly
Pages:482
Publication Year:1992

Book Review: The Cafe by the Sea by Jenny Colgan

EtherealJinxed | book review | the cafe by the sea by jenny colgan

After completing Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella, Cafe by the Sea was a better improvement, though I liked Jenny Colgan’s other book The Bookshop on the Corner much much better. Okay, so since this is another chick lit, so people who do not like this genre, can stop reading this review right away; do not tell me later that you wasted your time.

The book started with someone who has got attuned to a hectic sad urban life but does not want to visit her origins for it is too rustic. Now, does this not correlate with many of us, who are working out there in big cities so so far away from our hometown to make name and fame, or money for ourselves or loved ones? In that way, the book will make you reminisce and be nostalgic of those golden childhood days which we have forgotten. Check out this line: It was like walking into something he was already nostalgic for, without it ever being his, without it even having passed him by.

And since this is a romantic book with a girl infatuated tremendously with her boss, you can very much expect the story-line but with dollops of relationships dose (family ones too), scenic beauty (Northern lights and endless beaches), exotic animals (seals and whales) and the best part, i.e. mouthwatering food (ah the aroma of baked stuffs and pies – you know there are recipes at the end of the book as well, awesome right?). Even though the story is not as strong as I wanted it to be, it talks about finding passion in things you did not even know yourself. Which by the way makes me think, am I missing something from my life? Umm, no no, not at all; I am very happy with my son. But what about you?

However, am I reading another chick-lit or romantic book for a month? Meh! As years have flown by, I have realized that a romantic/ love story book has to be too excellent to pull me into a trance and for me to give it a favorable rating, else according to me, ye love-shab couple waala bakwaas hai (the heightened interest towards love between couples is too much over-rated).

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Book blurb:

The beloved author of The Bookshop on the Corner returns with a sparkling, sunny, soulful new novel perfect for fans of Elin Hilderbrand.

Years ago, Flora fled the quiet Scottish island where she grew up — and she hasn’t looked back. What would she have done on Mure? It’s a place where everyone has known her all her life, where no one will let her forget the past. In bright, bustling London, she can be anonymous, ambitious… and hopelessly in love with her boss.

But when fate brings Flora back to the island, she’s suddenly swept once more into life with her brothers — all strapping, loud, and seemingly incapable of basic housework — and her father. Yet even amid the chaos of their reunion, Flora discovers a passion for cooking — and find herself restoring dusty little pink-fronted shop on the harbour: a café by the sea.

But with the seasons changing, Flora must come to terms with past mistakes — and work out exactly where her future lies…

Funny and heartfelt, The Café by the Sea is a delightful summertime novel that puts a modern twist on the classic Seven Brides for Seven Brothers story.

About the author:

Jenny Colgan is the author of numerous bestselling novels, including The Little Shop of Happy Ever After and Summer at the Little Beach Street Bakery, which are also published by Sphere. Meet Me at the Cupcake Café won the 2012 Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance and was a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller, as was Welcome to Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop of Dreams, which won the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2013.

Twitter: @JennyColgan
Website: www.jennycolgan.com
Rating: 7/10
Genre:Romance, Chick Lit
Book Name:The Cafe by The Sea
Summer Seaside Kitchen #1
Author:Jenny Colgan
Pages:416
Publication Year:2017

Book Review: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Ethereal Jinxed | Book Review | Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

I have read many books just for the reason that they are popular or cast into a popular movie/ TV series. Ok fine, I am charged guilty. But yes, popular does not mean brilliantly written. However, the way Big Little Lies was written by Liane Moriarty, I was happy that I picked it up. In the start, it reminded me of Desperate Housewives (I had watched two seasons of this series once. Now hush) but then the story changed.

This is a story of the mothers whose kids study in kindergarten, a story of domestic abuse and of sexual abuse and of shallowness and of friendship perfectly knit together in a recipe for success. Though my son is very small, I can feel snippets of how it could be relatable when he grows up to be of that tender kindergarten age. The style in which the characters are sketched and interact with each other, though cliche makes it seem like this is how it happens in real world (ok leave the dramatic part aside). The book made me cry at a few places and left me frustrated, check one paragraph for yourself:

Ungrateful bitch. Deserve to be hit. Deserve it. She pinched the flesh on her upper thighs until it brought tears to her eyes. There would be new bruises tomorrow. Bruises she’d given herself. She liked to watch them change, deepening, darkening and then slowly fading. It was a hobby. An interest of hers. Nice to have an interest. She was losing her mind.

Read this if you like women literature. It’s very good, a much better choice than my last read Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella. And I have not given ten-on-ten because I felt the start of the book was slow, otherwise it is just perfect.

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Book blurb:
Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).

Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.

New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

About the author:
Liane Moriarty is the Australian author of six internationally best-selling novels – Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist’s Love Story, The Husband’s Secret, Big Little Lies and Truly Madly Guilty

Her breakout novel The Husband’s Secret sold over three million copies worldwide, was a number 1 UK bestseller, an Amazon Best Book of 2013 and has been translated into over 40 languages. It spent over a year on the New York Times bestseller list. CBS Films has acquired the film rights. 

With the launch of Big Little Lies, Liane became the first Australian author to have a novel debut at number one on the New York Times bestseller list. An HBO series by the same name is based on Big Little Lies, starring Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon. 

Writing as L.M. Moriarty, Liane has also written a children’s book series, The Petrifying Problem with Princess Petronella, The Shocking Trouble on the Planet of Shobble and The Wicked War on the Planet of Whimsy

Liane lives in Sydney with her husband, son and daughter.

Facebook: @LianeMoriartyAuthor
Website: lianemoriarty.com
Rating: 8/10
Genre:Contemporary, Chick Lit
Book Name:Big Little Lies
Author:Liane Moriarty
Pages:460
Publication Year:2014

Book Review: Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella

I remember reading Sophie Kinsella’s other books where the female protagonist was always a strong character, or is it it was so long back that I am now mistaken. I think that sometimes you have such a good view of an author’s writings that when you read her other books, you compare and find the latter ones so much lacking, be it with respect to the writing style or the story-line. This is what happened when I picked this book Wedding Night for I was looking for a light chick-lit and because it was written by Sophie.

While reading this book, I could not help correlating it with Undomestic Goddess all the time, which of course was too too good. But, now to come back to the book in question, the story is a good time-pass, a page turner but only recommended for those who simply love happy ending chick-lits be it what may. The way the sisters Fliss and Lottie (female protagonists) keeps on behaving makes you want to kick them or give a tight slap to them at least once to bring them back to reality. Oops, my bad my bad, no more spoiler alerts. Is the story unbelievable? Yes, but people in love can behave randomly, I know a few who have done what not, yes in real life and not just fictional! And you know the story seems to be based on the idiom doodh ka jala chhachh bhi fook fook ke peeta hai (once bitten, twice shy). But if this is going to be your first Sophie Kinsella, you must give it a skip.

Book blurb:
Lottie just knows that her boyfriend is going to propose, but then his big question involves a trip abroad — not a trip down the aisle. Completely crushed, Lottie reconnects with an old flame, and they decide to take drastic action. No dates, no moving in together, they’ll just get married . . . right now. Her sister, Fliss, thinks Lottie is making a terrible mistake, and will do anything to stop her. But Lottie is determined to say “I do,” for better, or for worse.

About the author:
Madeleine Wickham is a bestselling British author under her pseudonym, Sophie Kinsella. Educated at New College, Oxford, she worked as a financial journalist before turning to fiction. She is best known for writing a popular series of chick-lit novels. The Shopaholic novels series focuses on the misadventures of Becky Bloomwood, a financial journalist who cannot manage her own finances. Throughout the entire series, her obsession with shopping and the complications that imparts on her life are central themes.

Twitter: @KinsellaSophie
Facebook: @SophieKinsellaOfficial
Website: sophiekinsella.co.uk
Rating: 5/10

Read reviews of Sophie Kinsella’s other books on this blog – Can You Keep a SecretMy not so Perfect LifeCocktails for Three, Shopaholic on Honeymoon, Finding Audrey and The Undomestic Goddess.

Genre:Romance, Chick Lit
Book Name:Wedding Night
Author:Sophie Kinsella
Pages:464
Publication Year:2014

Book Review: The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson

Have you read a book and felt so deeply that where were you missing out on such an amazing epic fantasy series all these years? This was the feeling I had when I was only a few pages into the book Mistborn The Final Empire.

Really, thanks to all those who had recommended this series the past year. Brandon Sanderson has put together this book so brilliantly without using too flowery a sentence or too tough a word for reading to be hampered even a tiny-weeny bit. Though Kindle makes it easy but still checking dictionary again and again breaks the flow of reading; I know most award winning books qualify in this category, but hey, those are not my type.

Here is what I wrote when I completed just 15% of the book:

Reading this much is still a lot for me considering there was no baby sitter today and I was letting baby play with one eye on him and one eye on book. The book is making me wonder when did I read a fantasy series this engrossing. Was it Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone by J.K.Rowling when it was released!?! Even Kvothe (a character in The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss) did not reach the level of awesomeness of Kelsier.

And I totally agree to this viewpoint even after I have finished this book. And I am happy that this was my first book of this year. Alas that someone else has borrowed the second book of this series in my e-library, but I am trying to think it is okay if I will get it in 15 days time. In the meanwhile, I will read some chick-lits. But you know, I am so so soooo waiting to read the other books by Brandon Sanderson as well, he is my the current favourite author. So you know, which book you have to pick next? Yes, this is THE BOOK.

Book Blurb:
The Mists rule the night.
The Lord Ruler owns the world.

Once, a hero arose to save the world. A young man with a mysterious heritage courageously challenged the darkness that strangled the land.

He failed.

For a thousand years since, the world has been a wasteland of ash and mist ruled by the immortal emperor known as the Lord Ruler. Every revolt has failed miserably.

Yet somehow, hope survives. Hope that dares to dream of ending the empire and even the Lord Ruler himself. A new kind of uprising is being planned, one built around the ultimate caper, one that depends on the cunning of a brilliant criminal mastermind and the determination of an unlikely heroine, a street urchin who must learn to master Allomancy, the power of a Mistborn.

About the author:
Brandon Sanderson is an American fantasy and science fiction writer. He is best known for the Cosmere universe, in which most of his fantasy novels (most notably the Mistborn series and The Stormlight Archive) are set. He is also known for finishing Robert Jordan’s epic fantasy series The Wheel of Time.

Sanderson was raised in Lincoln, Nebraska before attending Brigham Young University, where he received degrees in English literature and creative writing. In 2008, Sanderson started a podcast with author Dan Wells and cartoonist Howard Tayler called Writing Excuses, involving topics about creating genre writing and webcomics.

Brandon has been serving as a judge for Writers of the Future since 2016. He has hit the New York Times Best-Seller List fifteen times, most recently at #1 with Oathbringer, book three of The Stormlight Archive, which is also Audible’s most pre-ordered book of all time. DMG Entertainment optioned the rights to the Cosmere universe shared by his fantasy novels, and Fox acquired the Reckoners trilogy for Shawn Levy’s production company 21 Laps. Brandon’s books have been published in thirty-five languages.

Website: brandonsanderson.com
Twitter: @BrandSanderson

Rating: 10/10
Genre:Fantasy
Book Name:The Final Empire
Mistborn #1
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Pages:541
Publication Year:2006

Book Review: The House that BJ Built by Anuja Chauhan

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | The House that BJ Built by Anuja Chauhan When the year ends, you complete all the pending reviews of completed books. Though I am finishing off my quota on the last day and why so? Because last few days had been very hectic, what with joining office taking a toll on night awakenings with baby and I am so tired that I don’t even feel like opening my Kindle/ mobile middle of the night but it was good that my book reading slowed to a tortoise pace for this is my last pending review this year. So, here is the book – The House That BJ Built by Anuja Chauhan where the main protagonist Boney is a ballsy female. A fast paced book and a sequel to Those Pricey Thakur Girls, it is an easy to read one with Hinglish (Hindi + English) thrown interchangeably, a characteristic of Anuja’s books. Lots of narration adds to the charm of visualising the dialogues played between individuals. The icing on the cake was that this ebook was available free for Amazon Prime users for the month of December ’18. Awesome no even though I had not yet read the prequel. Anything for free good books! Well, this book is good, but not that extraordinary; a one time read, perfect for your train/ flight/ other solitary travels. Keep watching my blog for more book reviews! And a very happy new year to all you readers 🎉🎊🥂

Book Review: A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George

This is one book which came highly recommended by my book-reading-group-member-turned-new-friend Addy. And I was so happy once I started reading it that I completed it quickly. You know I have a very bad habit of reading two or more books simultaneously but once I started this book, I was so focused on finding what actually happened with the murder and what was happening with the detectives (ok, ignore the part that I was reading in between 1000 Year Old Boy by Ross Welford but very very slowly for it was accessible on my mobile and this one, I was reading on my Kindle. But hey, the one by Ross Welford is another great book whose review here will follow soon, very soon). Though the crude murder mystery solving made me suffer a night or two, if you are not easily affected by murders, you should read this book. And if otherwise, give this book a skip and read the next ones in this series, I am sure you would love Inspector Lynley, the main protagonist of this series.

The way Elizabeth George has described the scenes creates an aura of such great visualization of the country but at the same time not make it feel superfluous at all. In fact, as my dear friend Addy says, the people have such great meat on the bones, such characterization of British times (yes, it is a historical murder mystery) that it feels you are transported as one of the witnesses of what is happening in the book around you. And it also reminds me of the setup of Agatha Christie‘s Miss Marple series (by the way, I am a big fan of Agatha Christie books and as the reviews posted on my blog will show the count of her books being 20+).

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Book blurb:
To this day, the low, thin wail of an infant can be heard in Keldale’s lush green valleys. Three hundred years ago, as legend goes, the frightened Yorkshire villagers smothered a crying babe in Keldale Abbey, where they’d hidden to escape the ravages of Cromwell’s raiders.

Now into Keldale’s pastoral web of old houses and older secrets comes Scotland Yard Inspector Thomas Lynley, the eighth earl of Asherton. Along with the redoubtable Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, Lynley has been sent to solve a savage murder that has stunned the peaceful countryside. For fat, unlovely Roberta Teys has been found in her best dress, an axe in her lap, seated in the old stone barn beside her father’s headless corpse. Her first and last words were “I did it. And I’m not sorry.”

Yet as Lynley and Havers wind their way through Keldale’s dark labyrinth of secret scandals and appalling crimes, they uncover a shattering series of revelations that will reverberate through this tranquil English valley—and in their own lives as well.
About the author:

Elizabeth George is the New York Times and internationally best selling author of twenty British crime novels featuring Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and his unconventional partner Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers. Her crime novels have been translated into 30 languages and featured on television by the BBC. She is also the author of a young adult series set on the island where she lives in the state of Washington.

A longtime instructor of creative writing, she has taught at colleges, universities, writers’ retreats, and conferences internationally. She is the recipient of the Anthony Award, the Agatha Award, France’s Grand Prix di Literatture Policiere, and Germany’s MIMI. She has twice been nominated for an Edgar Award, and she is the recipient of an honorary doctorate of humane letters from California State University Fullerton, and an honorary MFA from Northwest Institute of Language Arts (Whidbey Island MFA Program).

Website: elizabethgeorgeonline.com
Twitter: @LynleyMysteries

Rating: 9/10
Genre:Mystery Thriller
Book Name:A Great Deliverance
(Inspector Lynley #1)
Author:Elizabeth George
Pages:413
Publication Year:1988

Book Review: Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery

Book Review Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery

With the way, I had written the review of Anne of Green Gables, the same way I am penning down the review of Anne of Avonlea this time. Since I am writing a poem or a verse after so long, please ignore the rhyming or such thereby:

Anna with an ‘e’, it seems she has settled down
As the favorite teacher of all
But her imagination still runs wild
Wild in the dreamy sort of way one who knows such things would love

Anne evokes love and respect among most
But is she not still a kid herself at such a tender age of sweet sixteen
And oh my my, what do we see
She has adopted the twins who keeps her hands full

There are friends aplenty, the same ones she had before
And a few new ones enchanted by her
She is vivacious, the charm of all gatherings
With such modesty that is natural to her

She makes her mind at A.V.I.S, you want to know what it is?
And if she will find her prince charming, the image of bookish perfect guy
What, I am not giving any more away
Pick up this one and start right away, but only after you have read Anne of Green Gables

Book Blurb:
A “kindred spirit” of readers around the world

At sixteen, Anne is both exhilarated and slightly terrified to be teaching at the Avonlea schoolhouse. But she’s determined to win the heart of every student–especially troublemaker Anthony Pye. After all, she still knows a thing or two about troublemaking herself…

With rambunctious six-year-old twins staying at Green Gables, a village “improvement” project that goes disastrously wrong, and her college entrance exams to study for, Anne will more than have her hands full. At least her best friend Diana and tormentor-turned-ally, the dashing Gilbert Blythe, will be there to help see her through.

Inspiring the dreamer in all of us, Anne is hailed as a favorite by everyone from Mark Twain to Duchess Kate.

About the author:
The author of the famous Canadian novel Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery, was born at Clifton, Prince Edward Island. She came to live at Leaskdale, north of Uxbridge Ontario, in 1911 after her wedding with Rev. Ewen Macdonald in Prince Edward Island. Her three children were born at Leaskdale, and she wrote close to a dozen books.

Rating: 9/10
Genre: Young Adult
Book Name: Anne of Avonlea
(Anne of Green Gables #2)
Author: L.M. Montgomery
Pages: 191
Publication Year: 1909
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