This book was a difficult read. Mainly because of the thee it tackled. Human trafficking is not a light subject to write about. Even if you do manageThis book was a difficult read. Mainly because of the thee it tackled. Human trafficking is not a light subject to write about. Even if you do manage to write, it is still difficult to get the right balance between voyeurism and reality. Barry Eisler however manages to strike this right balance. Though he may have downplayed some of the harsh realities.
The feeling of helplessness and the sense of despair that the world has come to this evident in every page of the book. While Eisler managed to create an avenging super woman to try and bring some balance to the equation the sense of despair prevails. However that is one of the good things about things about this book. What is wrong however is some of the implausible plot devices that author has included just for the sake of completeness. For most part the novel builds up a sort of mysterious vibe. You can't help feeling the need to know more about what is about to happen. The basic plot is that of human trafficking and the plight of Livia Lone who was a victim of one such incident. She and her younger sister was sold off by their parents and separated by some unforeseen and unfortunate circumstances. Livia however is a survivor and she vows to find her sister one day. Her journey towards that end forms the rest of the story.
The writing is fast paced though the author some times have the tendency to provide too much details. Livia is a character worth rooting for and the way she developed as a person and a character is very enjoyable to read. The end was a bit rushed and could have done with a bit more build up. There is bit of violence in this book that might make some readers uncomfortable. However the book is tells a gripping tale that keeps you interested till the very end. Would have rated it higher if not for some of the unbelievable twists. Definitely something to try....more
Welcoming someone new into your family is never easy. Especially when that person is taking the place of your mother. Resentment might give way to angWelcoming someone new into your family is never easy. Especially when that person is taking the place of your mother. Resentment might give way to anger and anger to hatred, Who is to be blamed in such a situation the parents or the children. Can you really blame any of them?
The Stepmother by Claire Seeber introduces us to such a family. A broken one that is having a hard time accepting the reality. When Jeanie decides to marry Mathew, she was expecting a new start. A new beginning for her and her son. A chance for a happily ever after. So what if her step children doesn't like her she is still going to make it work. She will love them and finally get some acceptance in return. If only that was easy. Especially when one is constantly rebuked, sabotaged, loathed and trying to escape from their own nightmarish past. Add to that a shifty ex-wife, things are bound to get messy. Guess step mothers have to try extra hard for their happily ever after that is if they get one.
The book has all the classic elements of a mystery/thriller and has the ability to keep you hooked from the very first page. However the writing at times is confusing. There is definitely a lack of details with some of the plot twists. Characters are introduced without enough of a back story and frankly some of the plot twists were a bit ridiculous. The author seem to have sacrificed clarity for plot devices. The weakest link in this book however is the main character. She is underdeveloped and comes across as very meek. There were points in this book that I was very annoyed by her inability to stand up for herself and her readiness to blame herself for everything that goes wrong. If fact we can also add stupid to her list of attributes. Despite these flaws and a very uninteresting main character 'The Stepmother' is an interesting read that keeps you entertained till the very end. The author has a talent for making the premise really intriguing and a way of tying up everything neatly together. Just wish the writing was not so convoluted. Thank you NetGalley for an advanced reader copy of this book. I will definitely try another book by this author if I am looking for thrillers....more
I am starting to think Gillian Flynn's gone girl was a one time thing as all her other books are just weird. It is depressing and at times downright d I am starting to think Gillian Flynn's gone girl was a one time thing as all her other books are just weird. It is depressing and at times downright disgusting yet for some unknown reason you read on. Plod on through all vile stuff that the author throws at you, loose faith in humanity and root for flawed characters that are just simply twisted only to be disappointed at the very end.
What do you do when you have to read a book which is full of disturbed people bent on self destruction? Hope that at least one of them come to their senses.
The story follows Camille Preaker, a journalist who has just recovered from a stint in a metal institute. She is assigned to cover the kidnapping and murder of two pre-teen girls in her hometown bringing her in direct contact with her hypochondriac mother and reclusive half sister whom she has not seen and have been avoiding for more than 10 years. Talk about trauma...especially for someone who is trying hard to be stable. The deeper she goes into the case the more she realizes that she is identifying a little two much with the victims. Will she be able to find the connections while keeping her sanity intact or will the search lead her to confront some sad truths that were better left forgotten.
I for one am trying very hard to forget this book. To be honest I just don't get the point of the whole exercise. It is entertaining and the has that quality that makes you want to read more. Yet it is still let down by the fact that the plot of this book is wafer thin. I get the idea of creating characters grounded in reality, but too much reality is not recommended especially when it is leaning towards the ugly side. Is there no decent and good human beings out there? The author has tried to make her charterers as realistic as possible but failed to give any of them a coherent plot. They just do stuff for the sake of doing something and most of the time it is just senseless destruction that follows. There is no mystery as to who did it. You will pretty much get who is the culprit from the beginning. Even if you don't you still wouldn't be surprised. I would only recommend this for the those who are not put of by disturbing story line and sick characters. ...more
I feel like I am trapped in a cycle. I keep reading the same books again and again. Correction not same but similar books. However being in a readingI feel like I am trapped in a cycle. I keep reading the same books again and again. Correction not same but similar books. However being in a reading cycle like the one I am in, ensures that you are satisfactorily entertained most of the time, some times even more. Paper princess is one such book that is so similar to other books I have read but still managed to capture my attention from the very first page. Reminiscent of Abby Glines "Fallen too Far" the base premise is the same just the treatment in different.
Lets take a look at the plot. A teenage girl with an unknown father and a mother whom she recently lost to cancer decides to take on the world and make something of her self. As a norm she is a absolutely gorgeous. Enter Rich guy who is the best friend of her deceased recently known yet unknown father and her present legal guardian. Rich guys decides to take girl to meet his family which consists of five extremely handsome, spoilt and messed up teenage sons. The plot thickens. We can pretty much guess what will happen from here but that doesn't reduce the book to a boring read. In fact I don't remember enjoying a book this much recently. I was reading even when I was cooking for a party of six in between stirring the dishes and chopping vegetables. The book has that quality that makes you eager to find out what happens next irrespective of the fact that it is neither a thriller or mystery.
The characters are good yet a bit inconsistent at times. I liked the female protagonist. She was strong and knew how to fight back though she lost a bit of her attitude towards the end. Of the other characters the one that definitely struck me as well written was not the main protagonist Reed but his brother Eaton. He was a regular funny guy to the brooding mess that is Reed. I would recommend this book to all the readers out there who enjoy book with teenage high school romance, angst, drama and power play. ...more
Where do I begin... Blue Lily Blue shows exactly why it is wrong to release series books so far apart. By the time the sequel comes around you have to Where do I begin... Blue Lily Blue shows exactly why it is wrong to release series books so far apart. By the time the sequel comes around you have totally lost the plot. No more hand holding till you are acquainted with the characters and you are just expected to start off from where previous books were left off from.....almost an year ago!!!.
I am sorry to say I am one of those readers who couldn't enjoy the book just because I couldn't remember all the minute details from the last books. I loved the Raven boys series when it fist came out. It was like a breath of fresh air and I just couldn't get enough of it. I devoured the second book as well immediately after it was released but for some reason I just couldn't get into this book. The characters where too boring, the dialogues too complex and the narrative downright confusing. It is more like a poem in the form of a novel and it just drags on. No particular revelations are made, no interesting story-lines are introduced..just strange in total. All through the book I kept thinking why does everyone in this book speak and feel in riddles. The book is as much of a mystery as Glendower is.
As I mentioned before the books starts off where it left off in the last one. Blue's mother is missing, Gansey is in search of Glendower, Ronan is trying to come to terms with his power, Noah is at the verge of perishing and Adam is fighting to live a normal life even though he is the mouth piece of Cabeswater. Gansey and Blue as usual are trying hard to stay away from each other in consideration of Adam's feelings and Blues prophesied kiss of death. A new villain comes to town and he is as strange as they come. Mystery, Magic and Mayhem...at this point anything can happen. As you can guess since this is 4 part book series and this being the third there is a cliff hanger in the end. However the journey of getting there is so tedious you might feel thankful that this is a series and there is no rush to start the next book. Recommended for only those readers who have stayed with Raven boys so far. ...more