Therapy- Jonathan Kellerman

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The name should be KILLERMAN instead of Kellerman, because this guy just nailed it!💝

After having a not-so-good experience with Baldacci’s True Blue, I decided to take up another thriller and voila! I made the right choice.

Therapy is a psychological thriller and you will just love it. Starting from a simple crime scene, where we have two teens dead, up at Mulholland, in a car – Gavin Quick and an unidentified Blondie- this novel ends in the most unexpectedly surprising manner!

Gavin Quick, a brain-damaged child with OCD, is murdered and the reason behind it, is just so large to even guess it! The gay cop, Milo and our psychologist sidey, Alex Delaware, take up the case and jump into this complex murder mystery.

Already finding it a not-so-normal murder mystery, the case becomes even more muddling, when Gavin’s post-accident psychologist, Mary Lou Koppel is also found murdered at her apartment, in the same manner as the Blondie was murdered, which was, a .22 bullet shot plus an impalement through a rod.

Too many suspects, but not finding any connection with a motive to murder a teen and his therapist! In the middle of the story, you start feeling, that you are in a pool where every character you meet, needs a therapist, even the therapists themselves need to go under the therapy. The plot stretches way beyond our imagination, and this teen related crime unravels the billion dollar scam going on in the country by government people, psychologists with a help of few thugs.

An interesting psyche-thriller with amazing “unputdownable’ quality. Kellerman is a very aware and intellectual author, who covers political issues with a dose of psychology and mysteries.

Even if it was a fiction work, Kellerman has touched on issues like – sexist view towards LGBT, Israel-Palestine conflicts, genocides, scams in government sector, psychological disorders, etc. So, apart from enjoying the plot, you also get educated about various issues!

Glad, I bought this novel👌

Amazing! Looking forward to read more work by him😁😍

 

True Blue – David Baldacci

Phew! Done with birthday hangover and now back on track with reading and reviewing novels.

So, as I was going across my book stack, I decided to choose to finish my half read novel, which I started last year, back in December, but dropped it off in between because of some other important stuffs and also of book’s slow pace!

it’s my first Baldacci book and I would say, I liked the adventures it propounded. It’s about a “Blue” trying hard to be “Blue” again. By “Blue”, I mean a cop, so, here we are, with our protagonist being an ex DC cop, Mace Perry, whose blue badge was snatched and she was incarcerated into prison for doing wrong stuffs. But, the twist is, she didn’t do a wrong thing herself, instead she was drugged, kidnapped and was framed into a crime scene.

Mace’s sister, Beth is a chief police officer and even Beth couldn’t save her sister’s reputation. So, the novel opens with Mace being released on parole and as determined as she is to get her blue badge back, she tries to find out who framed her!

Meanwhile, in the novel, we see the entry of a DC lawyer,Roy Kingman, whose colleague, Maria Rollover has been raped and murdered. Thus, this case comes as a chance for Mace, to prove how much ” True Blue” she is. Though, she is off duty and is not allowed to solve the case, but still she does that.

Along with this, when solving the case, Mace partner’s up with Kingman and they go through a lot of adventure (by adventure, I mean, a lot of face-to-face with goons, police, mafia) and it turns out, it’s not a simple case but rather it’s more of a coated in danger, with all kinds of high criminals and authority, linked with.

And, Mace also finds out, that Mona Danforth was the one who sent Mace to jail and still, doesn’t wants her to come back and become a blue again.

Lots of political angles, local goons ,terrorists and corrupted authorities will be seen in this novel. It is a woman empowering novel, but it gets a little snoozy in between, you start getting tired of murders, police, mafia and goon fights!

For me, I would rate it so-so. Good time pass, if you are into police and murders!

Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

Okay, so, it is  considered as being one of the first Gothic and scientific novel by a woman. It was published in 1818, by famous female prodigy, Mary Shelley. Mary was the daughter of two famous radicals of England – Mary Wollstencraft and William Godwin and got married to the most famous radical poet of Romantic era, P. B. Shelley.

Well, I think I enjoyed reading the lives of people that were there in the Romantic Era more than their poetry -Wordsworth, our opium guy Coleridge, the rake Byron etc. Their promiscuous lifestyle and eccentric habits, made me their fan.

Coming back to the novel review, it is a novel which is written in a Chinese box tradition – a narrative within a narrative – there are 3 narrators. So, the story goes like this – Victor Frankenstein, a scientist, creates a creature by collecting the dead body parts from the grave and infusing into it life. But the sad part begins, when Victor having thought of making such a discovery which would abnegate nature laws and he will be worshipped as a great scientist, turns out to be a disaster! The creature he makes, has abhorring physiognomy and detestable eyes, due to which without even talking to his creature or nurturing it, Frankenstein turns his back on it. He abandons the creature he makes and ahead in the novel we see, the creature becomes a monster because everybody starts negating it because of his detestable looks!

Creature tells his story of abandonment and how he became a bad guy to Victor and he tells his story to Walton, who tells all this to his sister through letters. Walton is that character whom Victor meets, when he was following the creature to make it dead. 

Interesting novel plot but more interesting are the questions it raises – the question of parent-child relationship(Victor father, Creature child), the issues of male-motherhood, the treatment of women writing in 19th century, patriarchal society, and the most important question – are we born monstrous or the world’s cruel treatment makes us a monster?

These are the questions that Mary Shelley raises in this novel and this novel has also been considered as being the finest example of l’ecriture feminine (feminie writing), a concept introduced by Cixou, Irigaray and Kristeva. This style of writing, was the goal of many feminists to achieve that female style of writing which was not patriarchal and more libidnal & plural like a woman’s body!

 

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”
― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

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The free spirit writing of Bronte and the depiction of “wild” spirited Jane (protagonist) in the novel “Jane Eyre”, has been the attraction for many readers towards this feminist and widely read novel.

The Gothic elements, a critique of 19th century Victorian society, representation of repressed sexual desires of women, the Christian dogma and the bildungsroman of a rebellious protagonist, are some of the words which sum up this exquisite piece of writing by Charlotte Bronte.

Not like Austen’s “fairy-tale” romance, which although gives its readers a hope of feminism but eventually culminates into the hands of patriarchy, Bronte shows far more audacity and writes something which can be called feminist in a true sense.

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The novel starts with “Jane Eyre’s” autobiography presenting to us a protagonist ten years old and orphaned. She lives with her “cold-eye, stern-looking” aunt Mrs. Reed at Gateshead Hall, with her three cousins. The constraining and indifferent behavior of her aunt towards Jane does not stops her in-built rebellious nature against the injustice and she raises her voice against such cruel treatments. Although, the rebellion lands Jane into Lowood institution, where she is sent and abandoned by Mrs. Reed.

After completing her ten years of restrictive and Christian education, Jane finally finds a way to her freedom and applies for the post of a governess at Thornfield, where, our protagonist finds the love of her life, Mr. Rochester, a wealthy man of handsome property but older than Jane.

Jane’s character does not possesses any class-consciousness, instead her egalitarian and open responses towards Rochester, is what that attracts him towards Jane. But their marriage becomes a fail because of the exposed bigamy of Rochester and Jane runs away from Thornfield to Moor house, where she discovers her another cousins and gains wealth from the demise of her wealthy uncle.

 

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The temporal shiftings, not only suggests the external hardships of Jane, which has led to her unsettling character from place to place, but also becomes the manifestations of her inner on-going conflicts as well as struggles. The novel ends with the matrimony of Jane and Rochester (one-eye blind and crippled due to the mishap after Jane left Thornfield), which shows the winning of internal beauty over external and also the strong bond of love, which can overcome anything!

A benchmark novel with an undoubtedly the most intriguing love-story within it! ❤

 

The Client – John Grisham

” At times he thinks like a terrorist, then he cries like a little child.”

                                                                                             – The Client (John Grisham)

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My first Grisham novel and gratifyingly, looking forward to read more!

The quote above I’ve given, becomes a synonym for Mark Sway, the protagonist, in this novel. Mark is an eleven year old child of a single mother, Dianne Sway and have one younger brother, Ricky. But, do not fool yourselves, by looking at his age because his mind works faster than any brave adult or “The FBI”.

No, no,wait! He is not a terrorist, but he is that child who by an incident happens to come to know that fatal secret, which is definitely not suitable for an eleven year old to be familiar. And, that deathly secret, turns his whole life upside-down in just 7 days. From being a trailer kid, he becomes the center of attraction for the paparazzi, FBI, mafia and of course, the headline of ‘Memphis Express’, continuously for those life-changing 7 days.

The Client by John GrishamWell, Grisham is a very brilliant writer. He tells his readers, that “fatal secret” in the beginning itself. As soon as we start reading the novel, he provides us with the secret, to swallow from the start only. So, now, you know what all mystery is there but, you do not know what will be its’ consequences. Likewise, the start is very intriguing, he gives us an almost flabbergasting description of Mark sway, a cigarette smoking child, who now will show Ricky how to smoke.

After, all this, we come to know about the secret, which is, the corpse of a U.S. Senator has been hidden somewhere by a known mafia man, Barry Muldanno and his lawyer, Jerome Clifford, spills his beans to Mark, who is a far-away stranger to him. Jerome, before committing suidcide, tells Mark the exact place where the body of Boyd Boyette is hidden and this directly lands Mark Sway in the world of danger.

FBI, who has been finding this corpse from past eight months and failing on every attempt, now gets all magnetized to our little Mark, whom only Reggie Love (Mark’s lawyer) can secure from FBI, mafia and an all-eyeing Memphis residents.

Though, we know the secret from the start, the story still not fails to make it an unputdownable one! Grisham, himself, being a Law graduate, shows off his knowledge of laws and legal terms, throughout the book and when you’ve finished the reading, you’ll definitely be acquiring much of the knowledge about laws and stuff.

Undoubtedly, I recommend this novel!

 

 

Before I Go To Sleep (Movie Adaptation)

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First of all, hello guys! After being absent from 1 month due to my exams, here I am, back with so much to share. I missed you all so much and my lovely lovely blog! 🙂

So, I was trying my hard to get a copy of this titillating novel, but I couldn’t get one due to it’s non-availability at my buying bookstores 😦 I know it feels so sad, when you want to read a novel so badly and you just can’t get it! (It’s worse, actually).

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Thus, I put a stone on my heart and decided to watch its’ movie adaptation (It’s very painful for novel aficionados to watch movie instead of reading!).

But, because S.J. Watson has written such a great plot, no one could deny that the movie had to be fabulous and it really is. It is really worth watching! 😀

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Nicole Kidman is playing the lead. It’s a story of a woman called, “Christine Lucas”, who is amnesiac. After she had a very brutal accident, she has lost her memory. She got blows on head, which resulted in her memory loss disease. She wakes up every day, but doesn’t remember anything what happened to her last night or who herself is she!

The plot picks when she wakes up one day and going with the tradition of oblivion, she asks the man sleeping with her about the questions of her identity and of course, his relationship with her. She is living with Ben Lucas, her husband and has a neurologist on her side, Dr, Nasch, who every day in the morning calls her to tell her who she is. This is done by telling her that to retain her memory he has given her a camera to record things she does everyday and watch it the next day, when she forgets everything.

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All this neurologist thing is hidden from Ben, because everyone and Christine herself has to find out that who gave her this injury and in that case, no one can be trusted, not even the man she is living and waking up with everyday!

The story gets interesting and hell lot interesting at every twist and turn when Christine starts remembering things, because she and only she knows, who gave her head those barbaric blows, but the freaking problem is of her memory.

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I really freaked out when I came to know about the real truth because Christine is really living hell everyday, without her memories and her identity crisis!

A must watch or a must read!

 

Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift

The most fantastical travelogue, you’ll ever read!

It’s a narrative about the protagonist, Lemuel Gulliver, traveling to four different lands. I’m sure you all must have read/seen the story of ‘gullible’ and ‘naive’, Gulliver, traveling to uniquely different places,like the land of “six” inch people, called the “Lilliputians”, the giant “Brobdingnagians”etc. We all are actually familiar with this story and have, undoubtedly, enjoyed Swift’s piece of such a beautiful imagination.

Swift has used simple rhetoric, so, it’s easy to read and understand. But, the twist is, when you are a literature student, then you just cannot simply read and leave it. We are trained to read beneath the lines. I mean, if you are an ordinary reader, you won’t understand the political allusions, references and satire,which is garbed under those simple lines and people like us dig it!

So, if I have to give a review like a normal reader, then I would say that it’s seriously, a commendable piece of imagination. To think about names like “Lilliput, Laputa” etc, and design such creatures, is just fantastic. In addition, it’s highly entertaining, includes humor , contains fantastical elements and it’s considered one of children’s favorite narrative (and believe me it really is fabulous).

But, as I’m a literature student, I cannot limit myself by just telling you the “half-truth”.

Yes! “half-truth”, because it’s not just a fantastical book addressed to children and merely for entertaining purpose, but it a satire of a high-level. It contains political allegories and satirical elements beneath it’s imaginary lines. It is a Juvenal and Mennippean satire, in which, Swift is critiquing human vices and follies, corruption in England, satirizing England’s religious and political conflicts (Whigs and Tory’s, Catholics and Protestants) and human intellect under the garb of his imaginary travelogue.

But don’t worry, you don’t have to go into such profound details, unless you’re interested.

And, yes, of course, when you read books just to enjoy and relax, then you should definitely buy this entertaining and captivating book. You just need to read it, once in your life.

Hence, get yourself a copy as well as the honor to admire Swift’s imagination!

 

 

 

 

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

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The Woman in Black (1983) by Susan Hill

With Halloween just a few weeks away, there’s no better time to snap up a copy of this perfectly rendered Gothic ghost story. A young London lawyer travels to a remote corner of an eerie Englishmoor to settle the estate of a recently deceased client. Of course, circumstances require that he stay the night in the haunted house, isolated daily by the rising tide that renders the one road in and out impassable. He soon learns why villagers behave so strangely when they learn his destination, and then comes to wish he’d never set eyes on the mysterious woman in black. Dripping with creepy atmosphere, this old-fashioned supernatural tale will have you gleefully turning pages. I dare you to read it late at night.

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The Purloined Letter – Edgar Allan Poe

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Whenever I get the honor to study the detective fiction narratives, I just go into the state of “euphoria”. Especially, when I’m exposed to the works of Poe, Doyle and Christie, my ecstasy becomes inexplicable!

Likewise, recently I was reading this short story, “The Purloined Letter” by Poe (father of detective fiction) and found myself overwhelmed with this brilliant piece of one of his ‘tales of ratiocination’.

The story revolves around a pivotal letter getting stolen and the way with which our detective & protagonist, C. Auguste Dupin solves the case. Though, this case of a letter being purloined is crystal clear and the person who has stolen it is also known, but still it is a mystery which is “simple yet odd”!

In short, it’s just a story of finding a “purloined letter”. On one side, the Police Prefect, turns upside down the whole house of, Minister G (culprit) and yet couldn’t find the letter, while on the other hand Dupin, just solves it the minute he listens the case. Dupin gives a beautiful explanation of his “logical deduction”, suggesting that the perspective with which one looks at things is all that matters. It is a story of “looking at things differently”.

So, Dupin explains that the Prefect was searching it in all the wrong places, while the letter was just lying right in front of his eyes so casually.      

We all do this, right? Whenever we loose something we just look for that thing in difficult places and couldn’t find it, while that thing is lying right in front of our eyes. Because, we are told that complex things can’t be solved easily, thus, we avoid to “look at the other side of the things”.

In the end, I can just say that while being a detective story, it also carries a very strong message on “the perspective of looking at things differently”!
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Beloved- Toni Morrison

                                “A magnificent achievement… An American masterpiece”                                                                                                   – A.S, Byatt, “Guardian”

belovedFirst of all, do not confuse yourselves in contemplating this novel to be a romantic fiction, portraying a lover and his “beloved”. No! Not at all. In fact, this intriguing fiction by Nobel Prize winner, Toni Morrison is about the barbarous history of slavery of ‘Black People’, back in the time during the 18th Century.

The cruel treatments of Black folks by White people, Slave trade laws, racial discrimination and the haunting re-memory of the past are the main themes of this fiction. Rather than, giving us the account of “slavery and it’s repercussions” in a very monotonous manner, Morrison takes up the very genuine story of a black slave woman, naming, Margaret Garner, who actually killed her own small child, to keep it free from the prevailing brutal slavery and it’s aftermath. Morrison includes supernatural interventions to fabricate this authentic story and makes into a  very poignant as well as the very marker of the history of Afro-American.

The fiction moves around an ex-slave Sethe, a black woman, who escaped from her earlier slave home, named Sweet Home in Kentucky, with her 3 children and 1 new born-baby, who took birth during her escapade and now lives in Cincinnati, Ohio. After 18 years from that escapade, those haunting memories of slavery still haunts the present of Sethe and her daughter Denver. Apart from loosing so many significant persons in her life, she also lives with the pain of the loss of her two year old baby, Beloved.That escapade really cost a huge amount from Sethe, she is right now, living with her 4th no. daughter, Denver in a house that is haunted by the ghost of the baby (Beloved), she killed, in order to save her from slavery.

Now, after all these years of living with Beloved’s ghost, both Sethe’s and Denver’s almost stable life shudders with happiness and nostalgia, when Beloved’s ghost appears in the form of a full-bloodied woman.

Thus, what is the purpose of this ghost appearing after 18 years of her killing has to do with Sethe and Denver’s lives, is what all we see in this fiction. Not only the haunting by the ghost, but also the ‘shocking & shaking’ truths about slavery and the experience of that homicidal past through a woman’s eyes, is what makes this novel a “Pulitzer Prize” winner.

A must read novel to experience the ghostly truth of slavery in America!!

Also made into a film, starring Oprah Winfrey- do watch it (The following is a teaser)