Only One Life – Sara Blaedel

When a women’s body tied around a piece of concrete with two mysterious circular patches is pulled out from water Detective Louise Rick is assigned the case. The dead women’s name is Samara who is part of the Muslim immigrant … Continue reading

The Midnight Witness – Sara Blaedel

A young woman is found strangled in the park and a make journalist has been killed in the backyard of the Royal Hotel in Copenhagen. When Lousie rick is assigned for this homicide case her best friend Camilla Lind is the journalist covering the story. Along with Camila covering the story Lousie realizes that her best friend is entangled in the case as she knows the murdered man. Camilla wanting to get more information on the case not knowing she is involved goes too far.

The story was relatively okay for me. I enjoyed reading the novel. I liked how Camilla is involved in the case and not just a journalist. There were few surprises towards the end of the book. I accidentally read Call Me Princess which should have been read after this, but I am glad as I liked this book more than the second one. It felt like watching a crime episode which is so long. Overall, it was a good novel.

Wild – Cheryl Strayed

Wild is a memoir by Cheryl Strayed. It is number one New York best seller. It was part of Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 from which the novel gained momentum. This novel focuses on Cheryl who is 25 years at the time. She lost her mother 4 years prior to disease and her marriage has always been on the rocks and now with multiple cases of cheating she is divorced and decides to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. She plans on travelling form Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State alone.

What I liked about the book is that she is struggling in life. She was so close to her mom and losing her at young age of 45, her constant habit of cheating on her husband and finally separating from him while the divorce process is going on, meanwhile dating Joe and getting into the habit of shooting up drugs and getting an abortion. One day she decides to hike and starts planning. I liked how she is upfront about her past and her struggles. I liked how in the end of the book she overcomes her fear and she is clean and self-empowered and independent. She hiked in the year 1995 (when I was still a toddler) and she was brave enough to stick to her plan and get it done. While I was her age I was working, and I had not conquered anything as such. That is brave.

What I disliked about the book is that it is monotonous read. For me just looking at the trail did not give me the feel of wow she did something great. She keeps on thinking about her mother on and off again. It is like she faces one or the other challenge and overcomes it. Reading the novel was boring for me nothing new. She has strong will power but, in the end, it was a dud. This is probably the first book that I forced myself to finish. It was not bad enough that I wanted to just stop reading. But I felt like it was about someone overcoming their fear and finding a direction to her life and I should support that and how bad can it be? It was dragging for me, but I survived. I was glad the novel came to an end. 

Shanghai Girls – Lisa See

Shanghai Girls is a novel by Lisa See published in the year 2009. The story explores complex relationship between two sister who are very close with each other. It explores love, hate, jealousy between them. The theme is how the … Continue reading