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Deceived — Book Review

Last November, I did cover reveal for my dear friend Heena Rathore P. as she declared the release of my first book Deceived (Deceived — Cover Reveal).

Today I finished reading the galley that she sent me.

And I was BLOWN AWAY!!!!

Blurb:

How well do you know your loved ones?

A girl struggling to cope with the murders of her mother and five-year-old brother.
A journalist chasing the ghost of a potential serial killer.
A thirteen-year-old girl who slaughtered her parents.
And a revenge-driven psychopath who is about to destroy everyone’s life.

After 9 years, a young writer is still coping with the brutal murders of her mother and five-year-old brother, as she moves into a house of horrors, to start a new life with her lover. Will friends and family be able to redeem Ally out of the impending doom in time? Will her infallible love become the key to the destruction of her already fragile world? Will madness prevail over love; true love over revenge?

Deceived is a gripping psychological thriller that mazes through the deepest, darkest emotions of human mind through the story of a vulnerable girl who treads in the mist of deception bred from a long unforgiven betrayal.

Review:

The plot, subplots, characterisations, starting, climax, ending, were phenomenal. I was never so creeped by a fictional character as I was by the two psychopaths in this book.

The Foreword by Patrick H. Moore has been really helpful since the terms psychopath and sociopaths are confusing to most people.

From the prologue itself the book will grab your attention and I’m sure you won’t rest until you’ve read the very last page.

The nail-biting suspense, the unprecedented twists and turns just blew me off and spiced up my otherwise boring vacation by at least two folds.

I found myself wracking up my brain trying to solve the mystery, though I ain’t no Sherlock, but I was okay-ish, hehe. 😅

I so wanted to shred the character Michael to pieces. He angered me to those psychopathic levels.

I haven’t read many books in the thriller category, but I immensely enjoyed this book. I still have a few questions that haven’t been answered, will I never get them??? OH God!!

My Rating is undoubtedly 5/5 🌟

I have been following Heena since the past two and a half years, from the time she had been writing Deceived and I’m so so glad that it’s getting published and hiting the shelves in a few days and also that I got to read the Advanced Reader’s Copy.

Good luck Heena for this book and I so hope this book becomes a bestseller.

Deceived releases on 24th June, 2017. Please do read, you’ll have one hell of a ride.

P.S. Heena, I wanna read Sinister Towns real bad. Send it soon 😊.

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Unpacked Sparkle — Book Review

Blurb:

Over a year ago, I left a Mariah Carey concert in Las Vegas after six songs. I had gone on the trip as a present to myself for turning forty. But I couldn’t enjoy it. I was high on multiple drugs, but mostly crystal meth, and extremely drunk. I had been this way the majority of the year and a half since my partner Pack had suddenly passed away.
I found him dead on the bathroom floor one January morning while I was getting ready for work. The police told me I had no rights in my own home and asked me to leave. This was before gay marriage became legal. Life as I knew it changed instantly.
His family pretended I didn’t exist. They mauled our home the day he died, leaving it a ravaged mess. I was kicked out of that home. I was also disinvited to his funeral. In eight days I lost everything that mattered. Not even the law protected me from this.
So I got high in an effort to shoulder the pain. It didn’t work. I carried the heavy weight of unresolved complicated grief and addiction on my back. It was like an elephant. A large, unwieldy elephant that wanted me to die.
No longer able to participate in anything that mattered and unwilling to bear this burden anymore, I went back to my hotel room on the twenty-sixth floor of a casino and looked out on the sparkly lights below. I wanted to be in the light. So I opened the window and decided to jump.
But God intervened. My mother had somehow found me. Help came and I surrendered to the powerlessness of my situation. I asked God to help me. I stayed and I fought and I learned how to love myself. I put on a pair of sparkly shoes I had bought for that barely attended concert and I walked in to the rooms of Crystal Meth Anonymous. I had bought the sparkly shoes hoping Mariah would see me in the audience. Though she didn’t get the chance, you did. You all embraced me and my sparkly shoes. They have become my calling card of experience, strength, and hope.

Review:

I had mixed feeling about this book. I got depressed at times, I got irritated at times, I did empathise with the narrator/protagonist.

Mental illness can create a havoc in one’s life if proper care is not provided and here is a family with a history of mental disturbances that has ruined their lives. The society doesn’t take mental illness seriously, for them I should say, they should give this a read. Yes, this book can get you off, obviously, mental disturbance is no fun. I got depressed too seeing the narrator and how his behaviour was affecting his personal and social life. The storytelling is as frenzied as the narrator’s mind must have been during that phase. This book seems a lot like his journal, he’s speaking his heart out- irrespective of the chronology.

Moving on is hard and you can evidently see in this book. Even after reading majority of the book, he’s still stuck to that one fateful day. Many events have been repeated many a times — so even after reading a certain number of pages, I felt I still haven’t progressed much in the story– that put me off a bit and a little irritated.

I was more irritated with his addiction and the justification and also with the fact that he was connected to his partner through drugs. I so do not empathise with addiction, whatever the reasons may be.

Another reason why people should give this a read, is that this book deals with a homosexual relationship. Most of us, heterosexuals or the “normal” ones, even if we don’t admit, have homophobia to some extent. Books like this, which helps us to connect to homosexuals can put some sense to the majority that they are as normal as we are and they deserve as much recognition in the society as we do.

My Rating: 3/5

P.S. I had received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Something Needs Bleeding — Book Review

Something Needs Bleeding is a compilation of few of late Thomas Singer’s last works, complied by Christopher Long.

The stories are of the Horror genre, my first horror read. Each of them were thrilling, creepy, I wouldn’t say I scared out of my wits (thank God! else I would’ve lost my sleep after those late-night sittings) but yes, they freaked me out. The twists and turns had a lot of surprise elements, though I needed many sittings to finish this, I wouldn’t say I was bored.

There were introduction of  few pages at the beginning of each story, where Christopher Long gives us an insight about Mr. Singer and his personal connections with the stories and the characters. At few instances the introduction did act as a mild spoiler for me — but… reast asssured, none of the climax or the important elements were spoiled.

Thomas Singer’s works were concluded with an unprecedented confession from him, which is the ultimate answer as to why he chose to write Horror genre. You might judge him but I felt a little honoured that he chose to first disclose his darkest secrets to his sincere fans.

There was also a bonus story, penned by Christopher Long, which was equally commendable, unpredictable, creepy and thrilling.

 

My Rating: 4/5

 

 P.S. I had received an ebook in exchange for an honest review.