The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – By Stieg Larsson

Review Time 😀

“Everyone has secrets…it’s just a matter of finding out what they are”, this true-to-the-core phrase, printed on the cover of this book, is exactly what this book explores throughout. “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, is the first book of the millennium trilogy, written by the spectacular author, Stieg Larsson. This is the only trilogy that Larsson wrote and denied us the pleasure of reading more of his works because of his early death. It feels very unfortunate when we lose such precious authors to the God.

So, coming back to the review of this book, I would say it is a perfectly pieced murder-mystery narrative, dealing mainly with incest, psychopathology and sadism. The plot revolves around the industrialist Henrik Vanger’s obsession with finding the murderer of his grand-daughter Harriet and is sure, that the murderer is none other than someone from his own family. The frame of the plot is very simple – somebody had killed Harriet and there is a lookout for the murderer. Now, the twisted part comes in when we get to know that it’s been 40 years to the killing (even her body could not be found) and someone sends a pressed flower frame, every year, on the occasion of Henrik’s birthday. Sending a pressed flower frame is like a ritual that Harriet used to do before her disappearance. So, it is quite clear that, definitely, the murderer is some family member who knows about this ritual but the question arises who could it be?

So, this is the basic plot and then, we meet Mikael Blomkovist, a financial journalist, who is entangled in his own plot. He had a wrong story published about some big tycoon and is, now, facing charges for defamation. Mikael is our protagonist, in future, he is appointed by Vanger to find out who killed Harriet. Now, this is what I loved about Larsson’s narrative, he makes a journalist to be the crime-solver of this nearly-impossible-to-solve case. Usually, in other crime-mystery narratives, we see that a detective or a police inspector is on the lookout for the killer but here a journalist is hired to do so.

Since, Larsson himself was a journalist, so, this book completely justifies that there is no better detective/investigator than a journalist. And, you will love Blomkovist for being an extremely relatable investigator. He won’t behave extraordinarily, like Sherlock or someone with super powers, his mind works exactly like you and me. He would commit mistakes, jump onto wrong conclusions and you would feel lethargic when he would feel so. This is why I loved Larsson’s characterization because his characters are with similar daily life problems like we do. Next is the character of Lisbeth Salander (she is the girl with the dragon tattoo) who is a psychologically problem adult. She has a very unique personality, especially on the physical front (spikes, tattoos, piercings). But she is a brilliant computer hacker and it is with her aid that Blomkovist is able to solve the crime.

Undoubtedly, I would recommend this novel for sure and there are 2 more in the trilogy which I would try to get hands on asap. The story is so engaging that you will find your fingers denying to let go of this novel!

I am not spilling any beans because I want you guys to read it and get the savory taste it offers for yourself☺

Exclusive by Sandra Brown

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Oh my, my!

After Gone Girl, I would want this story to hit the big screens. I cannot tell you, how amazingly Sandra Brown has written this novel. Till now, I used to think Gillian Flynn to be the ‘Queen’ of thrills which gives you chills, but with Sandra Brown, I want to rethink my decision.

“Crazy people can get away with just about anything. You’d be amazed”

After finishing this novel, I was feeling as amazed as anyone could be after having a mind-spinning time with this novel. Exclusive, is a tale of revenge, betrayal, corruption and a lot more unimaginable things.

Barrie Travis, a WVUE reporter doesn’t know what she is going to get into after she has an interview with the First Lady on SIDS. Vanessa Malcomb Merritt is the wife of David Merritt, a U.S. President. After losing their baby due to SIDS, Vanessa approaches Barrie to do a report on the subject, but her gestures hints toward something more malicious than what has been shown on the surface behind the baby’s death.

The novel starts questioning, whether the royal baby, Robert Rushton Merritt, died of SIDS or has been smothered due to some dirty reasons. The story unveils with the coming of Gray Bondurant, an ex-presidential aide, with the help of whom, Barrie can unearth nasty secrets of President’s Oval Office!

This novel is a suspense till the end! Let me tell you, whatever big guesser you have been in your life, this novel’s story can breach your guessing game. It is a  three times more thrill and aphrodisiac in nature than what you have seen in Gone Girl.

The fake innocence, the lies and feigned reputations, all comes to an end with this novel. Every character you meet is sharp and have something to be of guilty on their shoulders.

Along with the sensitive theme of SIDS, this novel carries a leitmotif of infidelity, power lust, and Frankenstein adage of, ” it fell to the creator to destroy his creation”.

I hope, you don’t want me to spill the beans and tell you the jaw-dropping end! Better buy this scorching novel and get a taste of intoxication yourselves! 😍 💖

In the end, I’m sure you also must have read those stories, which should be made into movies. I would appreciate, if you wanna list those novels and let me know about them in the comment box! 😊

 

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!

 

The Perfect Lie – Sharon Sala

This is my first novel by Sharon Sala and after reading it, I can surely as well as definitely can count on her as of a captivating writer.

Though, the outline of the plot is very much mundane, but the intricacy of the falsifying truths are really well threaded by Sala in the novel.

The title “The Perfect Lie”, on it’s own, though gives the readers a nice peekaboo of the things going to be , which is being untrue, but only the deepness of the lies is understood, when we delve ourselves into the story. Jonah Slade’s ( the protagonist), whole world turns around, when he comes face-to-face with a 16 year old lie in the form of an abducted son, by none other than the biggest & merciless Lord of drug mafia.

The pace of this action- based novel not only becomes unputdownable, but an all time “reader-guessing” too. Evan Blaine, the till now “unknown” heir of Jonah, gets abducted by the men of Miguel Caldrone, in the face of REVENGE. Felicity Blaine lies to Jonah, 16 years ago, that she aborted his child, because of the pressure of abandoning her from the Blaine estate by her father and a billionaire owner of the Blaine estate, Declyn Blaine.

Cauldrone’s “an eye for an eye and a son for a son” revenge plan takes shape, when Jonah, being a CIA undercover cop, kills Alejandro (Miguel’s son).

From the abduction till the rescuing of Evan, many unsaid and unrevealed truths unfold, making the plot, more and more chilling. Though, in the end, Jonah does looses a few ” very-close-to-his-heart” people but, finds new lovers and also starts a new life of truth!

The characters are powerful, commanding and overwhelming. Incidents touch the soul directly, making it a beautiful story of ” Family Restoration as well as Father-Son relation”.

Dark Places By Gillian Flynn

Oh My My!!

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Another gut-punching thriller by Gillian Flynn. Well! I think, after reading her “Gone Girl”, I’ve become overwhelmed with her suspense writing skills. The amount of enthusiasm she pumps into her “killer” climax is simply amazing.

If you are an avid “Thriller” fan and seriously, want a good dose of mystery, suspense and adrenaline rush, then, I will definitely recommend Gillian’s novels, because they are fabulous. She writes in such a fascinating way, that the novel becomes ‘un-put-down-able’ and ‘thrill quenching’.

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And, like I’ve said, this novel is another classic by Gillian. But, this novel is a little disturbing, as in, it includes – a lot of blood-killings, sacrifices, disturbing scenarios, horrifying situations, emotionally shaking, etc. We see a lot of temporal and spatial shifts. The novel opens up with two stories going on, simultaneously, one by present time Libby Day and the other set in 1985 happenings.

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The plot is about, “Day” family, living in Kinnakee, Kansas City, consisting of Patty Day(mother), Libby, Michelle, Debby and Ben (children), which gets killed at the night of 3 January 1985, in a very brutal manner, but two people survive those killings- Libby Day (7 year old) and Ben Day (15 year old).

The whole house gets painted by blood and Satan’s words. Ben Day is accused of killing, no, sacrificing his family in the name of Satan, as he is considered to be a Devil worshipper. Libby somehow, saves herself by running out that time, though her family gets killed. And, Libby is the one, who testifies, that her brother killed her family because she saw him doing that (this is really a question- did she really saw Ben killing or she is just depending on whatever she heard that day or she is saying because she got shocked)

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After 25 years, of that massacre, Libby is getting out of money, and so, she happens to meet a “Kill Club” (a club of people, who investigate mysteries), who thinks, Ben is innocent and the case should be re-searched. At first, Libby opts for this ‘researching’, just to get some money by selling them her family’s old things.

But, after some researching, she too gets a little confused about her decision of thinking Ben, as the main culprit. The story is loaded with neurotic suspense and the climax of “That” night, really unfolds the hidden mysteries of Day family.

I would have liked to unravel the real killer and flabbergasting suspense, the shocking things that happened that night at Day’s house and resulted in such a painful end, but, I really want you guys to have such an amazing dose of thrill yourself.

But, still if you want the “spoiler”, then do tell me, I’ll definitely post the spoiler for you and we can have a discussion on it.

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Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn (With Spoiler)

Whoa, Whoa, Whoa!!

Finally, I got my hands on this brilliant thriller piece by, the greatest thriller writer, Gillian Flynn.

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The 2012’s best selling novel is undoubtedly, a magnum opus of Flynn. Such deep insights of psychology of a human, especially, a married one, so flawlessly portrayed, can only be a work of a connoisseur!!

She has used her expertise to twist such an ordinary looking plot into a “gorgeous-adrenaline-rushing”one. It was so difficult to put it down and shift focus to other things.

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This novel, seriously, got me addicted. It starts with two perspectives, we have two narrators- Nick Dunne & Amy Dunne (a couple, obviously). The hubby telling us, how he lost his job of a writer in NYC and moved to Missouri to ‘Mcmansion’ on rent, owning a bar (opened with Amy’s funds) with his twin sis Margo, and with which, obvio, the wife was not happy.

The beginning is a l’il difficult to understand, if you are not a big novel reader, but as the story will move, you will understand it’s motive. Nick narrates the present scenario of his married life, which is not at all a satiable one. Amy, telling her story through her diary entries of the past, stating the life is good but Nick is a bit more aggressive and there is much more to his personality than he usually appears to be.

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The thrill part starts, when Amy gets missing on their 5th anniversary and everybody thinks, she is dead. The things go fine like normal mysteries, where detectives & police comes into picture doing investigation, till we get to the next part of the novel, informing us that both of our narrators were breaching our trust, that is, they narrated the story with so many lies!!

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In reality, Nick is having an affair and Amy is still alive, kind of hiding from his hubby, at some place. Meanwhile, all the fingers gets pointed towards the cheater Nick for murdering Amy, which is not true. Amy framed his hubby for her murder because she got to know, Nick has a ‘mistress’.

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So, Amy, takes help from his ex, for a hide out, but soon finds out that his ex is getting “over” romantic with her. She kills him, and returns back to her hubby and makes up a fake story of getting abducted and also tells us that she is pregnant.

The novel’s ending has been criticized by so many reviewers and I too would like to include myself.

Nick knew Amy killed her ex and is “not-so-innocent”as she looks, but he just writes a piece about it and also eradicates it, when he gets to know that Amy is pregnant. Well, he too cheated on his wife, so, I think they both are perfect for each other, as they both are conspirators of things (in my opinion).

A delight for thriller fans and to those, who have great interest in psychological insights.

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There is also an upcoming flick based on this novel starring, Ben Affleck, in October, 2014. But, ” A book is a book” (If you know what I mean).

Mistress – James Patterson & David Ellis

Phew!! I really took a long time to post because I was reading this magnificent novel, which had so many chapters. So, here I am, back with it’s review.

MistressWell, this was my first Patterson book and after reading it, I must say, that am really looking forward to bury my head in his many more novels. So, our protagonist and the narrator, Mr. Benjamin Casper, is a reporter of an online newspaper, “Capital Beat”, and he was having a normal life till now, he had everything he wanted- money, work and the lady, Miss. Diana Hotchkiss, he loved (at least he thought she also liked him).

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But, this protagonist is a little different, in a way that, his mind is over-loaded with thoughts of thriller movies, famous movie quotes and his ‘presidential trivia’ (he remembers a hell lot of US presidents and know so many details about), which he shares with us the “Readers”. Apart from being a reporter, he is an awesome logican and a sharp-eyed observer. The book starts with the suicide of Miss Diana, jumping off her apartment and suddenly, this case becomes a national interest. Casper, was not involved in the case, till, he becomes curious and finds out that the lady that jumped off was not Diana, but her friend, Miss. Nina Jacobs.

After finding of which, he does not become able to digest what he found out and decides to investigate the case himself too. The whole CIA, Russians and Chinese Govt. now becomes after Benjamin, which he himself does not understands why?

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A lot of rat-a-tat-tats of machine guns, threatening, black mailings, happens with Casper, which he finds that because everyone thinks that he knows about an intimate sex tape of the First Lady and Diana? Shocking? Well, yeah, because till now, I too was thinking that Diana was not a lesbian. Casper, discovers this truth that Russians are blackmailing, Mr. President on the basis of this tape, to take control over Georgia and names it as Operation Delano.

But our patriotic Casper, do not let that happen and risks his life to save US and it’s people. This book is not only a hard core thriller and serious, but, in fact, Casper’s thoughts and his wrong wild guesses, lands him into lot of trouble and tickles your bones too.

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A delight to read!!