Me and Will. Will and Me. A perfect match. He said he would always be there for me, but it’s been a year since he drained his coffee, walked out the front door and vanished.
Did he leave me? Or did something terrible happen? I’m scared someone finally found out about what happened on the drive home that night…
I lie awake at night trawling the internet for rental properties, desperate for an escape. Until I see my husband’s gorgeous face smiling back at me from a photograph on the fireplace in someone else’s home, and something inside of me snaps.
At the house, I find no trace of him and the woman who lives there has no idea who I am. But I’m certain she’s hiding something behind the locked door upstairs. I know that if I want answers, I have to stay.
You might think that what’s inside that room is the answer to all my questions and the end of all my pain. But it’s only the beginning…
1. Say something, I’m giving up on you
This was one hell of a slow-burner that did NOT pick up till I almost gave up on it!
2. Provoke me
The things I enjoyed most about this story were the thought-provoking themes peppered all over its pages.
3. Wait, What?
However, I was pretty underwhelmed by the big reveal but that’s probably because I had hoped for something more intricate and you know what they say about hope. It breeds eternal misery!
4. Let’s not Talk about it
Now, let’s talk about the last chapter…or maybe not as I’m honestly not sure how I feel about it so let’s skip ahead.
5. The Final Verdict
This was not my cup of tea but I’m sure other people will enjoy it.
I would like to thank the Publishers, NetGalley, and the Author for sending me a copy of this book.
A POWERFUL POLITICAL NOVEL RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES AND WRAPPED IN A LOVE STORY
It is late winter, 2020, and Nick has been pulled out of the CIA’s Kabul office and sent to Paris for what sounds like a simple assignment. Posing as a graduate student at a local polytechnic institute, his task is to build a case against Abdul Haqq, a brilliant engineering student suspected of building bombs for Hezbollah.
What should be an open-and-shut case soon becomes a tangled mess as Nick finds himself drawn into a friendship with the charismatic young engineer, then falls hard for Abdul’s adopted sister, the beautiful but troubled art student with a tragic past, Gabrielle.
As tensions in his personal life rise against a distant backdrop of geopolitical conflicts in Russian-dominated parts of Ukraine, Nick soon finds himself struggling to balance his passion for Gabrielle and his friendship for Abdul with his growing sense that something is rotten at the highest levels of the American government.
At the center of a hornet’s nest of political malfeasance and unbridled greed is a figure known only as “the professor,” an insidious intel boss whose sick ambitions threaten not only Nick and Gabrielle but the entire planet.
A powerful political novel ripped from the headlines and wrapped in a love story, The Parisian Professor explores the roots of state-sanctioned corruption and the scourge of dictatorship in America and beyond.
1. Paris, mon Amour!
“The rarest creature in the world is an honest person.”
As soon I read the title of this book, I knew I had to get my hands on it and good that I did.
The highlights for me were the beautiful writing and the thorough research behind it all, making it both, an informative and intriguing read.
2. Parlez-vous Francais?
I liked the mix of French, English, and a taste of Arabic in the book and since I love Paris, the setting was the cherry on top.
3. Trigger Warnings
The story touched upon a myriad important topics and it couldn’t do that without triggering a couple of warnings, ranging from rape to extremism, so tread carefully.
4. Bad Romance
A vulnerable wanna-be hero and a beautiful girl with a painful past, when you put these two together, the lines can get a tad blurry and what was called love in this book, I saw it as infatuation turned to pity and obsession. Bottom line is, I wasn’t a big fan of the ‘love’ story within this spy novel but I’m sure other people will find it romantically convincing.
5. The Final Verdict
In a nutshell, this was a gripping espionage story with a romantic touch to it. Would definitely recommend!
I would like to thank Joe for providing me with a copy of this book.
LONDON: On a fine avenue of grand houses, big cars and electronic gates, lies a neglected urban wasteland
It is nearly midnight, and very cold. Yet in this dark place of long grass and tall trees where cats hunt and foxes shriek, a girl is waiting…
When Saffyre Maddox was ten something terrible happened and she’s carried the pain of it around with her ever since. The man who she thought was going to heal her didn’t, and now she hides from him, invisible in the shadows, learning his secrets; secrets she could use to blow his safe, cosy world apart.
Owen Pick is invisible too. He’s thirty-three years old and he’s never had a girlfriend, he’s never even had a friend. Nobody sees him. Nobody cares about him.
But when Saffyre Maddox disappears from opposite his house on Valentine’s night, suddenly the whole world is looking at him. Accusing him. Holding him responsible.
Because he’s just the type, isn’t he? A bit creepy?
INVISIBLE GIRL: A story of secrets and injustices, and of how we look in the wrong places for the bad people while the real predators walk among us in plain sight.
1. The Magic Potion
A suspenseful read with some well-developed characters!
This is a story of lies, secrets, perceptions, and much more…
2. A Big Fan
A story with a great plot, intriguing characters, and the writing style is absolutely brilliant.
3. Tell me More
The highlight for me were definitely the characters, their backgrounds, and how they interacted with each other. I was quickly invested in each one of them and genuinely cared about their respective fates, so kudos to the Author.
4. Not a Big Fan
However, the big reveal did not live up to the intense build-up and I was left slightly underwhelmed but that’s probably because I expected something a tad more intricate.
5. The Final Verdict
All in all, it’s a great story that I’ll definitely recommend.
I would like to thank the Publishers, NetGalley, and the Author for sending me a copy of this book.
I would like to start this blog by giving a bit of a background on myself. Me and my sister were raised by my mother who was a widow at the early stages of her life. She worked very hard to give us the best she could give. Be it on getting a good education or having good food or clothing , she always tried her best to give us the best childhood. She taught me the importance of living in the moment and not to worry much about the future. She is the one person I look up to and am always grateful for the hardships she had to go through to make me who I am now. So here is the list of my top 5 tips for a healthy family and what I believe are the most important factors to consider while pursuing a flying family life.
1. Failures are just lessons
Raising your kids to make decisions on their own and not being scared of failures is key to great heights. I think, it’s important for them to realise that failures is not a bad thing while they are just lessons for them to stream line their future decisions. These days, people are so concerned about failures and thus missing out on the best things in their life because of the potential future failures and anxiety. Fail Fast and thus learn faster – is a good way to move forward.
I would encourage you to read the book “Power of Now” that was reviewed by us recently and you can find a short glimpse of the top 5 quotes in here . It’s not worth worrying about the future or the past as we don’t have control over both. But the best part is , you can control what you are about to do and each time you make a decision, the future changes. Making decisions and having that sense of achievement is a great way to increase the confidence of your kids and of-course for your own benefit too.
2. Encourage Hobbies
Hobbies are an incredible part of childhood. Encourage them to learn musical instruments, sports, dancing or reading books etc. These hobbies are going to support them throughout their life regardless of happy or sad times.
These days, there are so much of online materials out there and sources to learn new things, for eg :- learning piano. I have been using the best online piano tutorial called Flowkey for the past 6 months and it has been serving me well. I wish I had this earlier. It can take you from scratch to become an intermediate piano player.
3. Family Time
Spend time with family/kids as much as possible as I would always say “Life is too short”. Have trips with family and make good memories to cherish at a later point of your age. It doesn’t necessarily have to be always travelling though. Instead, some of the best activities to spend quality time are : going for a walk together, cooking, playing games, eating homemade food, spend less time on social media 🙂 , supporting them on their educational activities, doing some charity works along with them etc.
4. Set an example
Parents play an important role in bringing up their children by leading them and becoming their first role model. A lot of traits are being imitated by the kids while they grow up. So be mindful while they are around. Teach them to be kind and respectful by acting as such. It can only work by being the role model rather than by giving a bunch of advice (An act can replace a thousand words apparently). Train them on how to manage time and stress so they are prepared for their turn.
One last thing I like to mention in this section is really about how we all think. As far as I know, just like the coin have its 2 sides, everything we face in life has a positive and negative side. Question is when you are given a half glass of water – Do you see that the glass is half empty or do you see it half full. I guess you got my point! It is certainly the way we perceive and respond to anything. So I reckon we should strive to see what’s there instead of what’s not there.
5. Practice Reading
Having a set time for reading is an awesome habit that I feel everyone’s kids should have. Books are an incredible source of knowledge which some of our good elders have researched and written it to share with us. They have done the home work and we just need to read them 🙂 “It’s that simple!!!” . If physical books are not a convenient way, why not switch to the digital version. I myself use the Amazon Kindle which is such a good alternative digital format. The convenience of using Kindle is such that you get to use one small device for thousands of books along with the possibility of using audible (audio books) while driving or cooking.
We’ve heard that when in Hamburg, we have to try the fish…so we did. From a Fish platter at Hamburger Fischertube to a Fischbrötchen at Brücke 10, passing by Daniel Wischer for a cheeky little plate of Fish & Chips; some we liked, some were just ok. My favourite was, hands down, the Fischbrötchen mit Bismarckhering.
Hamburg has a lot of fish to offer and the variety can get a tad overwhelming at times. So we decided to take a little break between a Fischbrötchen and a Fish platter and go for burgers at Dulf’s Burger, we had to wait in a queue for about half an hour, which turned out to be rather worth it. The burgers were absolutely delicious but they weren’t the star of the show, the chilli cheese sauce was, I still dream of it to this day!
Another day, another story to tell. After coffee and a couple of Franzbrötchen at our new favourite place Nur Hier, it was time for us to discover the hidden gems of the city. As we strolled down the old streets of Hamburg, a delicious scent swiftly caught our attention and without thinking, we found ourselves inside an Arabic Restaurant called Azeitona, which means olive in Arabic. The scent of their fresh Falafel wafted out, begging us for a taste so we obliged and I’m glad we did. One bite and we were transported into Falafel heaven; it was heavenly to say the least.
When in Hamburg, try the fish and if fish is not your cup of tea, then there is a lot more delicious treats to sink your teeth into!
Shout out to all the Chocoholics out there, this is the place for you!
As a chocolate lover, I’m always hunting for chocolate factories and yes, I do blame this on Charlie and the chocolate factory but this is a story for another day. Chocoversum is a place where you get to learn about chocolate, talk about chocolate, taste chocolate, and make your own chocolate bar, what’s not to like?
3. Port and Evening Cruise
If you’re a sea person like me then Humbug’s port is a must-see!
I loved watching the sunset while munching on my Fischbrötchen or eating my Haagen-Dazs ice cream but being in a ship in the middle of the sea while the night’s slowly falling over the buzzing city, now that, has a whole different feeling to it. The choice is yours, chilling in the port or riding the waves? You can have both!
4. Miniatur Wunderland
There is something absolutely magical about seeing a miniature of the world!
Fancy feeling like a giant or Alice in wonderland then Miniatur Wunderland should be your next destination! My favourite station was the airport, perhaps because it felt strangely real, which made it all the more mesmerising. If you’ve ever been, then let me know, which station was your favourite and why?
5. Planten un Blomen
After a long day in the midst of the city’s beautiful chaos, we like to wind down in a park and Planten un Blomen was everything we could ask for; it’s our favourite place to read or listen to a book!
Greenery, peace and serenity, and a decoration that will leave you in awe. Planten un Blomen is the perfect place to start and end your day. It almost feels like a 5 star relaxing resort but for free.
These were our Top 5 things we did in Hamburg, we have also made a video, which you can watch here.
Eleven years ago, Lindsey Nash escaped into the night with her young daughter and left an abusive relationship. Her ex-husband was sent to jail and she started over with a new life. Now, Lindsey is older and wiser, with a teenage daughter who needs her more than ever. When her ex-husband is finally released, Lindsey believes she’s cut all ties. But she gets the sense that someone is watching her. Her new boyfriend is threatened. Her home is invaded, and her daughter is shadowed. Lindsey is convinced it’s her ex-husband, even though he claims he’s a different person. But can he really change? Is the one who wants her dead closer to home than she thought?
Chevy Stevens targets her readership with a novel that hits all the notes they come to expect from her—and ratchets up the stakes even more in a novel that explores the darkest heart of love and obsession.
1. The Ingredients
Secrets upon secrets upon secrets; what a wild journey that was!
Want to get a feeling of what this book’s about? Take a handful of secrets, mix it with a tablespoon of revenge, add a teaspoon of abuse, love, and obsession then toss it all in an abyss of lies.
“This isn’t just a stage-one disaster. This has gone into a nuclear meltdown too-late-to-run explosion.”
2. The Way you Make me Feel
Have you ever been in a situation where you felt completely and utterly helpless? Lindsay Nash has been there. The young woman found herself trapped with an abusive husband, Andrew Nash, who’s not just a mean drunk but also a possessive, controlling, and jealous human being with a knack for playing mind games. Despite being a good father to their daughter, Sophie, he’s an absolute threat to his wife’s wellbeing. Once she had enough, Lindsay plotted her escape; an event that will change her life forever…years later, Andrew is back in town after spending a good chunk of his life behind bars due to an accident. Soon after, strange things start happening and Lindsay is totally convinced that it is her ex-husband, playing mind games with her. Is he coming after her? Trying to make her pay for every year he’d spent in prison? Did he change and she’s just being paranoid? Or is it something far more disturbing?
“Get out of my head. Get out. Get out.”
3. Tell me Why
As an avid reader of the genre, it soon enough becomes less about the who and more about the why and it’s definitely the why and how in this story that got me flipping the pages, trying to get to the bottom of it all; a wild ride that only makes perfect sense towards the very end of the book.
4. Downhill we Go
Ms. Chevy can definitely write a good mystery, no questions asked. I enjoyed analysing every situation from both, Lindsay and Sophie’s point of view. I also appreciated the swaying between the past and present which definitely helped getting a clearer idea on the characters’ background and the roots of their troubles.
From the very beginning, this story will catch your attention and you’ll find yourself sprinting downhill, driven by your uncontrollable curiosity. As secrets keep unravelling, you suddenly realise that no one can be trusted or can they?
5. The Final Verdict
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in a good story, splashed with secrets, twists, and turns. This book will definitely get you to second-guess every line you read as you try to uncover the who/why/how of this rather nerve-racking mystery. So proceed with caution!
I would like to thank NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press, and Chevy Stevens for sending me a Copy of this remarkable book!
Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace: he has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You’d like to get to know Grace better. But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love.
Picture this: a dinner party at their perfect home, the conversation and wine flowing. They appear to be in their element while entertaining. And Grace’s friends are eager to reciprocate with lunch the following week. Grace wants to go, but knows she never will. Her friends call—so why doesn’t Grace ever answer the phone? And how can she cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim?
And why are there bars on one of the bedroom windows?
The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?
1. The Story
This book made me feel so helpless at times…
This is a story of abuse and desperation in all their shapes and forms; it’s terrifying and disturbing at the same time!
2. Plot & Characters
The plot line is well executed and the characters offer more than a few layers of sophistication. The combination of these two components gave the story a fair tint of enthralment.
3. Twisty Twists
Twists and turns were peppered all over the pages, keeping my head spinning till the quite satisfying finale.
4. A Little too Far Fetched you Say?
Not all scenarios presented in this book can be deemed as realistic but that didn’t bother me much.
5. The Final Verdict
I thoroughly enjoyed the thrilling ride, which kept me perched on the edge of my seat, from beginning to end. Will definitely recommend.
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?
**SPOILER ALERT** – This review is full of spoilers so read at your own risk!
1.Why this Book?
This book is the very first psychological thriller I’ve ever read. As soon as my eyes scanned the synopsis, my curiosity awakened and I was suddenly thrown into this new world (a whole new world playing in the background), that I later came to know of as the psychological thrillers genre.
2. The Psychology Behind it
Amy Dunne was raised by parents who, out of a fictional character, have created an invincible rival. Therefore, Amy spent most of her childhood competing with a perfect character, which resulted in her setting quite the unrealistic standards for herself and those around her. Standards no one could possibly attain, which brought about occasional disappointment and perpetual dissatisfaction.
3. Whose Fault it is?
This toxic environment has moulded her into someone who wouldn’t forgive, not hers nor anyone else’s imperfections. Therefore, when Nick stopped being the Nick she agreed to marry, she took that to heart. To her, he was failing as a husband and him cheating was the last straw. She had to punish him for not being the person she wanted him to be; he had to suffer for not being perfect (and apparently she does not care much if perfection is just an act or if it’s showcased through lies, as long as the person is making an effort to act the part, they’ll be alright!). I’m not defending Nick here cause he is, by no means, the innocent one in this story; in fact none of them is.
4. The Ending
Most people did not like the ending, whereas I found it quite suitable for the story, especially this particular conversation between Nick and Amy:
“My gosh, Nick, why are you so wonderful to me?” He was supposed to say: You deserve it. I love you. But he said, “Because I feel sorry for you.”. “Why?”. “Because every morning you have to wake up and be you.”
To me this was a rather powerful comeback. Nick actually felt sorry for her. Amy just being Amy, living with her own thoughts and twisted mind is an enough punishment for her.
5. The Final Verdict
All in all, I loved this book by Gillian Flynn and it made me want to read more of her work.