Sunday, 21 July 2019

Review - A Will to Kill by RV Raman

Title: A Will to Kill

Author: RV Raman

Publisher: HarperCollins India

Pages: 340

Story: An ageing and wheelchair-bound Bhaskar Fernandez has finally reclaimed his family property after a bitter legal battle, and now wants to reunite his aggrieved relatives. So, he invites them to his remote Greybrooke Manor in the misty Nilgiris - a mansion that has played host to several sudden deaths; a colonial edifice that stands alone in a valley that is said to be haunted by the ghost of an Englishman. But Bhaskar has other, more practical problems to deal with. He knows that his guests expect to gain by his death, and to safeguard himself against violence, he writes two conflicting wills. Which one of them comes into force will depend on how he dies. Into this tinderbox, he brings Harith Athreya, a seasoned investigator. When a landslide occurs, temporarily isolating them and resulting in a murder, Athreya finds that murder is not the only thing the mist conceals.

Who wants to Kill Bhaskar?
Who is the Murderer?
Why does someone want to kill Bhaskar?

Review:it's a MASTERPIECE.
I haven't read any of the previous books by RV Raman so far this was the first time I picked this book and now I became a fan of his writing. A will to Kill is the first book of a murder mystery series by RV Raman in which he introduces Atherya an Investigator with a sharp-minded. Who leads the whole book until the end.
The way he portrays the story and, with every chapter you read you get engaged with the story, you can't predict what is going to happen next while reading which I think the best thing while reading. There are many locations present in this book but there are two major locations. With every chapter, a new question will develop into your mind
The book will prove all your prediction wrong when you reach the climax.
Highly recommended to the mystery and thriller lover and those who want to start reading this genre can pick this book which will surely impress you.
Eagerly waiting for the next book from RV Raman.

Thank you, HarperCollins India for the review copy.


Cover: 5/5
Blurb: 5/5
Plot: 5/5
Overall: 5/5

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About the Author:
RV Raman
After a corporate career spanning three decades and four continents, RV Raman has moved away from fulltime roles to pursue other interests. He now teaches at an IIM, mentors young entrepreneurs, serves as an independent director on company boards, and writes. In his earlier avatar, he advised companies, regulators, and governments. Tired of extensive physical travel, he now prefers less punishing mental excursions into fictional worlds of his own creation. He writes crime fiction, including thrillers set in corporate India and murder mysteries. Details are available at He lives in Chennai and can be reached through his website. A Will to Kill is the first book of a new series of murder mysteries.

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Review - What Mina Did by Geeta Menon

Title - What Mina Did

Author - Geeta Menon

Publisher -  Rupa Publications

Pages - 296

A single betrayal can cost you everything... 1998. Twenty-two-year-old Mina is moving to the US from Bangalore to begin a new life with her husband. Then there’s a horrific murder and her life is turned upside down. Mina’s best friend Neelu helps her out of the abyss.
Mina gradually leaves her past behind and settles into a new life in the US. Years later, she is forced to return to India and is confronted by the demons from her past. In her fragile mental state, she is unable to support Neelu in her time of need. Their friendship hits rock bottom. Mina goes back to the US and faces further hurdles, this time on the work front. She tries to make amends with Neelu, but their friendship ends with Neelu accusing Mina of something unimaginable related to the murder.
Something, that deep down, Mina knows is true... Will Mina redeem herself? Will the people she loves forgive her for what she did? Alternating between flashbacks and the present day, What Mina Did explores how one betrayal can have catastrophic consequences, while delving into the complex bonds that link mothers and daughters, and best friends.


Story -
The Story of a lady called Mina who came to India after so many years to sell her old house situated in Banglore. Mina is suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder after her mother's death.
She had bad memories attached to her house which is not letting her to live peacefully she was getting scary nightmares somehow her friend helped her in that situation and her Husband also stood by her to get her out of it.
After some days when everything seems to be normal and she was happy suddenly life took a big turn where she started losing everything which is very important for her.

My verdict - 
The plot could have been more interesting at many points the author has failed to engage the audience. well, the author has given her best as per her capacity and thinking.
Hope so she will improve and come up with better than this in future. The cover of the book is well designed, but the title does not go with the plot of the book. This boo is also has something which I haven't revealed here to find out read this book.

Recommendation - Readers can pick this book for one time read.

Thank you, Rupa Publications for the review copy.


Cover: 3/5

Blurb: 3/5

Plot: 3/5

Overall: 3/5

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About the Author:

Geeta Menon
Geeta Menon grew up in Bangalore and moved to the US in the nineties. After completing her MBA in Philadelphia, she moved to Silicon Valley. Like any author, she draws upon her personal and professional experiences in writing her Simon and Schuster First Chapters award-winning book What Mina Did, but the book isn’t autobiographical. She lives in Silicon Valley with her husband, son and adorable pug, Blackberry.

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Review - Narasimha: The Mahaavatar Trilogy Book 1 by Kevin Missal

Title - Narasimha: The Mahaavatar Trilogy Book 1

Author - Kevin Missal

Publisher -  HaperCollins India

Pages - 350

Blurb - Narasimha, once a brave soldier, has left the war and lies low as a physician in a village. But a familiar face from his past seeks his help to stop the tyranny of the blind usurper Andhaka. If Narasimha refuses, the world might just end. What will he do? And why did he leave the war in the first place? Prahlad, the interim king of Kashyapuri, is torn between the ideals of his unrighteous father and his love for Lord Vishnu. Whom will he choose? Hiranyakashyap, the ruler of the Asura Empire, wants to avenge the death of his wife. To do that, he must go through the Trials and get the ultimate weapon - the Brahmastra. But the Trials have sent so many others to their death. Can Hiranyakashyap survive? Welcome to the reimagining of the fourth Avatar of Lord Vishnu by bestselling author Kevin Missal.

Review - The story is based on war and revenge. 
The story starts with Hirnyakashyap's wife Kayadhu fighting with Indra army to save their kingdom from Indra and Nara Killed her
somehow she managed to save her kid Prahlad and by sending him with Narda to the safe zone after that Hirnyakashyap wanted to take revenge from Indra.
Indra attacked the Hirnyakashyap in the absence of Hirnyakashyap. as Hirnyakashyap had gone to scatter the ashes of his brother over the Holy river in pataal.
Narasimha moved out of the battlefield because he thought that took a life of innocent people was not good.
Narasimha, once a brave soldier, has left the war and lies low as a physician in a village. who decided not to involve in any war which leads to the death of innocent people.
Some circumstances and time force him to question his decision of leaving the battlefield and then decides to come back on the battlefield for the larger good he's asked to prove his worth by Indra is he really Lord Vishnu's avatar or not?
and the story continues.....
To know what happens next and to enjoy this amazing journey do grab your copy.

This is the first book by Kevin that I've read as I haven't read mythology fiction till now.
The cover of the book is also a point of attraction towards this book but, I picked this book to get a new experience and I'm happy that I got a chance to enjoy this book.
At some point plot is predictable but overall this book gave me good experience as my first mythological fiction.
The author has done great research before writing this book which is remarkable. The development of the characters is impressive.
This book left many questions unanswered hoping to find the answers to those question in Book 2 (eagerly waiting for Book 2)

Thank you, HarperCollins India for the review copy.


Cover: 4.5/5
Blurb: 4/5
Plot: 3.5/5
Overall: 4/5

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About the Author: 

Kevin Missal
Kevin Missal wrote his first book at the age of 14, and at 22, the St Stephens graduate is best-selling author and a full-time writer. The first two books in his Kalki, Dharmayoddha Kalki: Avatar of Vishnu and its sequel Satyayoddha Kalki: Eye of Brahma, have both been runaway successes.


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