BOOK REVIEW -BANISHED THREADS BY KAYLIN MCFARREN

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ON THE JACKET :

A valuable art collection disappears turning a treasure-hunting duo into crime-stopping sleuths committed to vindicating family members in Kaylin McFarren’s action-packed suspense novel, Banished Threads.

While vacationing at the stately Cumberforge Manor in Bellwood, England, Rachel Lyons and Chase Cohen attend an elegant dinner party hosted by her uncle, Paul Lyons, and his aristocratic wife, Sara. Before the evening ends, a priceless collection of Morris Graves’s paintings are stolen from her uncle’s popular gallery, throwing all suspicion onto his wife’s missing granddaughter.

Determined to clear Sloan Rafferty’s name and, in the process, win Paul’s favor, Chase scours the countryside looking for answers. In his absence, the police accuse Rachel’s uncle of an unsolved murder and secrets surrounding her grandmother’s death and the deaths of Sara’s former husbands turn his wife into the most likely suspect.

With the true villains hell-bent on destroying Paul Lyons and his family, solving both crimes while ensuring her uncle’s freedom not only endangers Rachel’s life but that of her unborn child. Will Chase save them before the kidnappers enact their revenge or will the ultimate price be paid, as predicted by a vagabond fortuneteller?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Since launching her writing career, Kaylin McFarren has earned more than a dozen Literary awards in addition to a finalist spot in the 2008 RWA Golden Heart contest. A member of RWA, Rose City Romance Writers, and Willamette Writers, she also lends her participation and support to various charitable organisation , as well her own foundation benefiting cancer research in the pacific northwest. McFarren currently lives with her husband in Oregon . They have three daughters and two grandsons and enjoy travelling the globe and making monthly visits to their second home in California.

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REVIEW:

Rachel Lyons and Chase Cohen decide to visit Rachel’s uncle – Paul Lyons in London to take his blessings for their impending marriage. With Rachel’s pregnancy sickness worsening day by day and Chase’s fears growing of losing Rachel, there’s trouble in paradise. Things turn worst when they reach London and find themselves involved into a mystery, mystery of stolen paintings from Paul’s Gallery, which everyone thinks his step grand-daughter Sloan has something to do with. Paul is sure Sloan is innocent but Sloan’s absence makes things dangerous. Chase and Rachel get themselves so involved in this mystery that their lives get in danger. While solving this mystery, chasing culprits and trying to save Lyons from bad guys, Rachel and Chase learn the most important lesson of their lives.

BANISHED THREADS is third installment in the THREADS series by Kaylin McFarren. Though its a series, one can easily read all the three books as stand-alone without getting confused. BANISHED THREADS is not as lengthy as its successors and that makes it a crisp mystery novel. Author McFarren ends each book with a cliffhanger which works in favour of the genre of the series. Banished Threads was supposed to be the last installment of the series, but Author McFarren has announced a fourth book in the series titled as Twisted Threads which will release somewhere in 2016 End. She promises to answer all the questions Banished Threads has generated in the end.

RATING :

****/5

NOTE :

THIS REVIEW IS FOR AUTHOR KAYLIN MCFARREN , THOUGH THE VIEWS STATED ARE COMPLETELY MINE.

#BookReview The Curse Of Surya by Dev Prasad

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On The Jacket :

Sangeeta Rao, a beautiful, feisty reporter at Channel 7 TV in Singapore, rushes to Agra on a special assignment after an early-morning phone call. At the Taj Mahal, she meets Alan David, a charming Welshman. But a terrorist attack on Mathura’s renowned Krishna temple turns them into fugitives from justice and the duo must decipher a series of complex cryptographs and unearth the illustrious Shyamantaka that belonged to Surya, the Sun God, to prove their innocence. Joined in their quest by an elderly Frenchman, Anton Blanchard, the duo race against time in helicopters, motor boats and yachts. In hot pursuit are the brilliant and daring SP Nisha Sharma and the most ruthless terrorist organisations. Before she realizes it, Sangeeta is trapped in a world of betrayal, decent and horror. Fast – paced and gripping, The Curse Of Surya will keep you hooked and on the edge of your seat while you unravel one of the biggest mysteries in 5000 years.

Review :

Quick Review :

Definitely a Must read. Gripping and thrilling from page 1.

Full Review :

The Curse of Surya is an Mythological mystery/ Thriller, as the name suggests. Good news is, there is not a single dull moment while reading this book. This book keeps you literally on the edge of your seat, sometimes due to the Mythological mysteries and sometimes because of Sheer excitement. The events mentioned in the book happen in the time frame of just two days.

Uttar Pradesh is all set to host two major international events, The International All Saints’ World Religions Conference at Krishna Janmasthan Temple in Mathura and the meeting between the Presidents of Singapore and India at the Taj Mahal in Agra. A day before the Mathura event, a Tibetan is found dead at Krishna Janmasthan, that Tibetan was a reporter working for Channel 7 TV, Singapore. Thus, Sangeeta, another reporter has to postpone her holidays to cover the Presidents meeting at Agra.

Sangeeta meets Alan Davies at Taj Mahal and they quickly become friends. Both travel to Mathura to attend the All Saints’ World Religions Conference. This particular conference has become centre of attention for not just Indians but also for all important countries and the Underworld Mafia due to one of the Speakers, Swami Brij Mohan. Swamiji has promise to reveal the current location of Shyamantaka, which is not just a precious 5000 old gem but also a very powerful one.

This fun trip to Mathura takes an ugly turn when a terrorist disguised as a Sadhu sitting beside Sangeeta kills Swami Brij Mohan. SP Nisha Sharma who is incharge of Mathura Event thinks Sangeeta is also a part of the Terrorist group. Alan and Sangeeta run for their life, somehow they are convinced that finding Shyamantaka is the only way to prove their innocence and thus their Quest begins. They meet a old man, Anton Blanchard during this Quest. Is Anton a good man? Will Sangeeta and Alan Find Shyamantaka? Will they be able to prove their innocence?

Read the book to find out the answers.

Rating :

****

#BookReview The Hanging by Lotte and Soren Hammer

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On The Jacket :

On a cold Monday morning before school begins, two children make a gruesome discovery. Hanging from the rooftop of the gymnasium are the bodies of five naked and heavily disfigured men. Detective Chief Superintendent Konrad Simonsen and his team from the murder squad in Copenhagen are called in to investigate this horrific case-the men hung in a geometric pattern ;the scene so closely resembling a public execution.

When the identities of the five victims and the disturbing link between them is leaked to the press, the sinister motivation behind the killings quickly becomes apparent to the police. Up against a building Internet campaign and even members of his own team, Simonsen finds that he must battle public opinion and vigilante groups in his mission to catch the killers.

Review :

Quick Review :

Unfortunately, The Hanging is Dry and Boring.

Full Review :

Simonsen has to cut short his vacation trip with his Daughter and report on duty for this mysterious homicide taken place at a school; five naked bodies are found in the gymnasium. He is given full authority to work and lead the team his way. While investigating the crime scene, the police finds a geometric pattern in which the execution has taken place. The team works out every minute detail that can help them solve this case early. Media and Govt ‘s interest in this case doesn’t help much.

The Hanging has the same basic plot of murders, Detectives, chase, mystery solving, etc., just like any other crime thriller. But, unfortunately The Hanging failed to match my expectations. It proved to be a total waste of time.

Rating :

*. 5

#BookReview Before We Met by Lucie Whitehouse

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On The Jacket :

A whirlwind romance.
A perfect marriage.
Hannah Reilly has seized
her chance at happiness.
Until the day her husband
fails to come home…

Review :

Quick Review :

Before we met keeps you hooked till the end.

Full Review :

Hannah Reilly reaches Heathrow airport to surprise her husband-Mark, but ends up getting the shocker of her life, that her husband is missing. She tries to trace Mark at every front, airport, work, the hotel he stayed at, but fails. Just as one mystery leads to another, Hannah realises there’s more to Mark’s missing act. Everyone at Mark’s office thinks the couple is holidaying together and thus Hannah starts to doubt her husband.

Women have this unique power of sniffing out the truth no matter what the men say or try to conceal. Hannah keeps digging down information about Mark, his family which he always kept silent about only to realise a bitter past. A dark and scary past attached to Mark and his brother.

Rating :

****

P. S.
I have added half a star for the lovely cover.

Book Review : Private India by Ashwin Sanghi & James Patterson.

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On The Cover :
In Mumbai, seemingly unconnected people are dying, strangled in a chilling ritual and with strange objects carefully arranged with the corpses.
For Santosh Wagh, head of Private India, the Mumbai branch of the World’s finest investigation agency, it’s a race against time to stop the killer striking again.
In a city of over thirteen million, he’d have his work cut out at the best of times, but this case has him battling Mumbai’s biggest gang lord and a godman who isn’t all he seems.
And then he discovers there may be an even greater danger facing Private India. Hidden in the shadows is someone who could destroy the whole organisation along with the thousands of innocent Mumbai citizens…

About the Authors:

ASHWIN SANGHI is counted among India’s highest-selling English fiction authors. He has written three novels, all bestsellers – The Rozabal Line, Chanakya’s Chant and The Krishna Key. Ashwin was included by Forbes India in their celebrity 100 list.

JAMES PATTERSON is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. He is the author of some of the most popular series of the past decade – The Alex Cross, Women’s Murder Club and Detective Michael Bennett novels – and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers.

Review :

Quick Review :

Private India is definitely a Page Turner. It keeps you engrossed till the very last page. If Thriller is your genre, then you shouldn’t miss this book.

Detailed Review :

This is my first experience with both the Authors work and may I say I am completely in awe of both of them for keeping my anxiety levels upright till the climax. First thing one might observe is the pure simplicity of language used, making it a delight to read. The book is divided into three parts and 116 chapters. Chapters are short and crisp.

There has been a detailed description of the city – Mumbai where the events take place. As I kept reading chapter after chapter, one thing was clear, I couldn’t keep this book away without finishing it.

As I am not aware of the writing patterns of the Authors, I couldn’t differentiate between both their writings. But then, does it really matter? Because I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book and felt variety of emotions as the story progressed.

Every thriller has mysteries to be solved. But what makes a thriller different from a good thriller? It’s the way the Dots get connected to form a picture. The picture that is revealed at the end of the story. I really liked how this book progressed page after page.

Just when I thought I know who the culprit is, the next page threw some new piece of information proving me wrong. And this happened every time till the climax and the anti-climax were revealed. I got completely involved and hooked up to the story and couldn’t keep the book aside.

Ratings : 4/5

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