Angel of the Dark by Sidney Sheldon. Read the blurb and grabbed a copy from Amazon. Been reading SS since school and, of course, a hardcore fan.
Genre – Thriller as usual
First Impression – Can any complaint about the book cover, title or blurb? One of its kind!
Overall Impression – His formula and mind games are always the best. One can just not decipher his thought process; it was a sheer spine-chilling read. Though, I have seen a few movies that were adapted and altered from this books; still the book was a relish.
What did I love about the book? I love the story; it had a proper start, the similar confusion crimes, proper investigation details, and finally filtering the culprit behind the crimes.
Wow factors 1) Geography followed throughout the book, there are multiple places, and they were followed diligently 2) Sidney’s way of connecting the open threads at the end to ensure the no-nonsense and no-loophole finish 3) Language – Simple and up to his mark.
Frown factors 1) More dramatic than realistic – a few parts were exaggerated and much far from possibility. 2) Investigations could have been detailed better 3) the relationship between Frankie and Sophia was not clear which should have been for the strength that the characters carry throughout. 3) Using the same old first name – last name changes to confuse the readers from figuring out the person.
A minute to Death – Ganga Bharani. A very good friend and well-wisher of mine. We discuss a lot on writing, improvising, reading and marketing. So here is a review of her second book. The first would follow shortly.
The novel falls under “Thriller” genre. It is about two similar reports on a case which looks like an assembled suicide but actually murders. The story revolves around the investigation, the revelations and the murderer in the most interesting way.
First Impression – Intriguing title, and not so interesting but an apt cover, I would say. A blurb that would interest any writer to pick.
Overall Impression – A very good attempt. It would convince any occasional reader or those who don’t read hardcore thrillers day in and out.
What did I love about the book? The book is indeed a page turner that nudges you to read. You just can’t leave the book and mind your business, as you’re pulled and process in it already. You’ve got to read to find the ‘who’ factor. A very neat job! Kudos to the author. The final crime scene was written really well. Intentionally avoiding spoilers here.
Wow Factors: 1) Minute details about the social media invasion and how well it can be used when it comes to investigation 2) Well-defined plot and characters 3) Good twists and turns, the mind game was interesting indeed
Frown factors: 1) though the story is based in Chennai, the names used were not typical. Similar names like Riya, Riyaz were a turn-off. 2) Editing – not up to the mark 3) Riya’s character was not well defined and the geography details were not followed properly.
My opinion: An awesome evening read. Worth the time and money!