Friday, 24 November 2017

Book Review: The Weight of Lies by Emily Carpenter



Book: The Weight of Lies

Author: Emily Carpenter

Pages: 382

Read on: Kindle {Via Kindle Unlimited}

Read in: 3-4 hours 

Plot Summary: Reformed party girl Meg Ashley leads a life of privilege, thanks to a bestselling horror novel her mother wrote decades ago. But Meg knows that the glow of their very public life hides a darker reality of lies, manipulation, and the heartbreak of her own solitary childhood. 

Desperate to break free of her mother, Meg accepts a proposal to write a scandalous, tell-all memoir.
Digging into the past—and her mother’s cult classic—draws Meg to Bonny Island, Georgia, and an unusual woman said to be the inspiration for the book. At first island life seems idyllic, but as Meg starts to ask tough questions, disturbing revelations come to light…including some about her mother.
Soon Meg’s search leads her to question the facts of a decades-old murder. She’s warned to leave it alone, but as the lies pile up, Meg knows she’s getting close to finding a murderer. When her own life is threatened, Meg realizes the darkness found in her mother’s book is nothing compared to the chilling truth that lurks off the page.

Things I Like:
  • This is a book-within-a-book novel and I simply love this format, where you get to read two stories in one book. Always a win! 
  • The premise of the book is interesting. A daughter who has had a troubled relationship with her mother decides to unearth a murder mystery at the heart of her mom's cult classic bestseller book. This leads her back to the little island, where her mom's book was based and the consequences of her actions are quite devastating. So much drama to be expected, right?! And the book does deliver on all the drama- both in the present day and 40 years ago. 
  • The writing is solid and the scenes set of Bonny Island are very atmospheric. The spookiness and derelict-ness of the place comes to life in the pages of the book. As Meg tries to question the super-elusive and also super-weird Doro (the owner of the island and the child that was accused in Meg's mom's book of a murder 40 years ago), strange things start happening. The island has a slightly crazy vibe with wild horses running free and snakes of all kinds slithering around. Very atmospheric. 
  • There is a 40-year old murder mystery at the heart of Meg's mother's book, which attracts a ton of hardcore wanna detective fans, who did a lot of research in their attempt to solve the murder. I thought even this was nicely depicted in the book. Meg lays her hands on one such fan's book and the annotations and theories on the sidebars were really interesting. 
  • There is a nice little twist at the end of the book, which you, sort of, see coming, but not fully, which is always a good thing!  

Things I Didn't Like:
  • I wish there was a little more time spent showing Meg unearthing the mystery of the island than fighting with her mom or her weird 'agent' (a dude called Asa, who seems super sketchy!) 
Rating: 4/5
 


Monday, 20 November 2017

Monday Moods: Life Lately + NaNoWriMo Update!


Ring and the setting sun. 


A city of lights. 


Some favourite stationery bits. 
A glimpse into my sister's dori and a happy mail day! 



Bag loving. 
This bag is from Jaypore. 


Cactus on cactus. 

The pouch is from Cyahi.
The cactus bag charm is from H&M. 

Hello! 

Hope your week is off to a good start. 
Mine was a slow one. After a weekend of writing my butt off I've taken today a little slow. 
I am currently 15,300 words into my NaNoWriMo project and I am so happy.  I don't think I will finish my book by month end but I am more than happy to have made a big dent in my book and just to be writing again. I will write well into December and hopefully have my book finished by December 31st. 

That way I will have a book done by the end of 2017. 

:)




Sunday, 19 November 2017

Stationery Sunday: Speckled Fawns Traveler's Notebook and New Stamps!

In today's edition of Stationery Sunday, I'll be sharing two new acquisitions with you!

The first is a new Field Notes (FN)/ Pocket sized Traveler's Notebook (TN) from Speckled Fawns and the second is a set of floral collage stamps from MyPaperProjects.




Here  is the TN. It is in Speckled Fawns' limited edition Stampede leather (that's now sold out) and this TN is so well made! The leather is really interesting and sort of dual-toned and lovely. 




I love having an outside pocket as it comes in super handy to tuck in bits and bobs and receipts and things in it. I use this TN for my weekly chores, home-related expenses and tasks tracking. 

The stamps are just stunning! I will share what they look like on paper in a future post. I love using them to decorate my memory-keeping pages and do some fun collaging on the pages of my Hobonichi. 



A closer look at the decorative clips on top of my TN as well as at the leather of the TN and the stamp.

Hope you enjoyed this quick haul (of sorts).

Have a great week ahead! 


Friday, 17 November 2017

Whimsy Wear: Red and Black and Kutchi Embroidery.


Hello! 

Time to share yet another Whimsy Wear post. 
I wore this predominantly red outfit for Ashtami, so this post is seriously a #Latergram. 

But better now than never! 

I loved this outfit of mine. 
It was comfy and I could walk around and breathe in this outfit. Perfect for a muggy September evening. 






Outfit Details/// 

Kurta- Fabindia 
Bag- Either Or, Pune 
Ring- Darjeeling 
Jootis- iTokri 
Silver- Fabindia & Amber Colaba 
Beaded Necklace- The Orange Bicycle Bangalore (now closed) 




Thursday, 16 November 2017

Fashion Haul: Desically Ethnic Earrings! {Part- I}

Hello! 

Today I want to share a little haul of some seriously delightful things. Since I got quite a few goodies, this haul will be split into a few parts. This Part - I will include all of the earrings I got from Desically Ethnic,  a brand I spotted while browsing on Instagram. They have a ton of stuff- clothing, bags, wallers and other accessories and even home decor bits. 
I stuck to my favourite and got mostly jewellery and some other miscellaneous things (those will be shared soon.) 

For now some beautiful earrings! 
Most of these earrings are from their Up-Cycled Collection- where they use leftover fabrics and put them to good use. I think this is such a good idea and I wish more brands sought out ways to reduce their waste and bring out something beautiful at the same time. 


I got this pair because something in the blue family goes with everything. And I do own a lot of clothes in shades of blue. 


I am always drawn to bright yellows. Yellow is such a happy colour it just makes any outfit pop. 
Plus, these little birds are too cute to pass up! 


Lotus loves! 
My Dad called these my BJP earrings! :) 


More birds because clearly I am mildly obsessed! 
I also loved the fall colours on this one. 


Pinks and Red. 


And one more bird themed jewellery piece! 

I have quite a few bird motif jewellery pieces. I should do a whole collection post. 

I am so in love with these jewellery pieces. They are well-made and fairly affordable. Go check them out. 

:) 




Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Book Review: Sold by Patricia McCormick {Non-Fiction November}



Book: Sold

Author: Patricia McCormick

Pages: 227

Publisher: Walker Books

Read On: Paperback

How Long it Took Me To Read: 2 days

Plot Summary: Thirteen-year-old Lakshmi lives with her family in a small hut on a mountain in Nepal. Though they are desperately poor, Lakshmi’s life is full of simple pleasures: playing hopscotch with her best friend, looking after her black-and-white speckled goat, having her mother brush her hair by the light of an oil lamp. But when Lakshmi’s family lose all that remains of their crops in a monsoon, her stepfather says she must leave home and take a job in the city. Lakshmi undertakes the long journey to India full of hope for her new life, proud to be able to earn, daring to hope that she will make enough money to make her mother proud too. Then she learns the unthinkable truth: for 10,000 rupees she has been sold into prostitution.

General Thoughts: I am trying to read as much non-fiction as I can manage in the month of November for Non-fiction November. I am mostly and largely a fiction reader and lover. But there is always room to read more varied books.

This book in particular I've wanted to read for a long time, ever since I first heard of it in 2014 I think, but for some reason I had a hard time getting my hands on it. I finally spotted it in Kitab Khana on Saturday and I had to get it. I started reading it pretty much immediately.

Things I Liked: 

1. The writing was absolutely beautiful and such a delight to read. The best part was that this lyrical and poignant writing style made this book seem very unlike usual non-fiction reads.

2. This book is so important. We need to know more and learn more about this growing epidemic of sex trafficking and sexual slavery that effects so many girls and women. It is high time the world woke up to the exploitation and human rights violations these girls endure and we need to help in any which way we can. The first step to help and make a difference is to understand and learn as much as we can about the situation these girls find themselves in. The best way to learn and fully grasp these situations is to know of their lives. To see their misfortunes. I absolutely loved learning more and immersing myself in this world- as difficult and painful as it was.

3. I loved that this book showed so much of Lakshmi's life before she enters the murky world of sex trade. We see her life in her little village and it's people and the rhythm of her daily life. This makes you connect with Lakshmi from the very beginning and you get to know her and dreams and aspirations very well. We get to meet her mother, a woman working so hard to make ends meet and provide for her daughter and baby son. This makes us get to know Lakshmi's life inside out.


4. Apart from getting us to connect with Lakshmi, this detailed delve into her backstory explains plainly how your life goes from normal  to terrifying in a matter of moments. It makes its amply clear how poverty, drought and illness make people vulnerable to making poor decisions.

5. I loved Lakshmi, she is such a wonderful character, full of heart and hope and little dreams. Her simple hill life and her aspirations for the future will break your heart. You desperately want her to escape her hellish life in the brothel and make it back to her Ama and her baby brother.

6. The life in the brothel is told with unflinching honesty, yet it isn't graphic. It will move you, shock you and leave you numb (especially as a woman) but it paints a clear picture of the life of the women living and working there.

7. This book had me from the word go, I was hooked and pulled into this world from the first page. I couldn't put it down. It is an engaging and intense in parts and gripping.

8. The women in the brothel- Monica, Pushpa, Anita and the horrible, cruel and abusive Mumtaz are all so well etched out and we also get to know some of their back stories and get a glimpse into their lives. I really liked getting these additional stories.

9. I also loved and really appreciated that there were some light moments and some camaraderie shown between the women at the brothel. Life, even as it's hardest can come with little respites and some laughs. It doesn't reduce the suffering considerably but life is always a mixed bag, even in hellish circumstances life throws you some joy now and again.

10. The ending did take me by surprise, I was expecting a few more pages and a proper and neat closer but there wasn't there. I will admit for a moment it did bum me out a little. But once I finished the book I realised that it was perhaps the best kind of ending for a book like this. It leaves certain things to your own interpretation and imagination and I for one, imagine Lakshmi living a happy life. Normally, I am not one for open ended books, but this one I think it makes sense.

Rating: 5/5

I cannot recommend this book enough! It was a fantastic, insightful and heart-breaking and eye opening read. So good! Read it NOW!



Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Book Review: Turtles All The Way Down by John Green.


Book: Turtles All The Way Down

Author: John Green

Pages: 336

Read On: Hardback edition

Publisher: Penguin

How Long it Took Me To Read: 3 days

Plot Summary: It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward. Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.In his long-awaited return, 

General Thoughts: A John Green book after ages! Like everyone else I was very excited to read something from Green. Plus this book had a slight mystery element attached to it and mental health and struggles with mental illness are an important part of the narrative. My excitement was super high to delve into this book.

Thank-you, Penguin for sending this book my way.
The book was sent to me for review but my thoughts and opinions are entirely my own!

Things I Liked:

1. The writing was typically John Green- smart, quirky, clever and uniquely his own. If you are a Green fan, this book is just the thing for you, it won't disappoint.

2. The depiction of mental illness in YA or in any other genre really is often watered down or altered slightly to fit in with the milieu of the book. Sometimes certain aspects of mental illness are made more palatable and easy to swallow, and what this does it make the mental illness in question seem nothing more than a trope, a prop and lose it's authenticity completely. I take writing on mental illness very seriously since this is what I have my degree on (I am a trained Clinical Psychologist). Nothing irks me more than poorly or incorrectly written descriptions of mental illness.
Mental illness isn't pretty. It isn't a character quirk. It isn't a prop to make a character seem real and lifelike. Mental illness is hard. It is cruel. It is crippling and debilitating. It kicks your ass on a daily basis. It is a part of you, some days a dominant part and on some a small yet significant part of your psyche.  In the hands of a less than competent writer, mental illness loses it's essence. But John Green makes Aza's OCD come to life in all of it's gritty and messy glory. Perhaps he is aided with his own struggles with OCD. His own experience and his own battle with obsessive thoughts has made Aza's life seem unflinchingly real. Hard to read in parts but so brilliantly lifelike.

3. Aza Holmes is her thoughts. She is her inability to control the route her thoughts take. But she is also more. She is a friend, a daughter, a teenager and she is also trying to be an amateur sleuth. Aza and her messy and spiralling thoughts will stay with you long after you put this book down.

4. It might sound silly but I really enjoyed reading about Aza and Daisy's internet sleuthing techniques. It seemed so real and something I am sure most of us at some point in our lives have undertaken.

5. I also really liked Daisy and I liked the friendship between Daisy and Aza. I liked that there was some squabbling and fights and resentments. Friendships, especially teenage friendships aren't all rainbows and butterflies.

6. I love books. Well, obviously I do. But I LOVE books that make me learn new things and make me see a situation in a new light. This book does that and so much more.

7. John Green is a clever man, you'd know this if you've seen any of his videos. The thing I love about this writing is that he talks about so many different things in this books. This book for instance, talks about art and constellations and animals and Star Wars and the whole time, Green doesn't dumb things down. He never, not for a minute talks down to his readers or insults their intelligence. This book really felt like talking to an intelligent person who has very diverse interests.

8. Even though the love story aspect of this book wasn't the biggest part of this book but I still really enjoyed the love/relationship bits of this book.


Things I Didn't Like: 

I did like this book, and I appreciated a whole lot, I really do appreciate it but ultimately I don't think I LOVED this book. This is an important book that talks about mental illness and living with a mental illness with grace and sensitivity. I cannot give it enough kudos for that.

BUT this was a hard to book to read. Too hard in some parts. Aza's swirling, and spiralling out of control obsessive thoughts while done really well were not my cup of tea and I found myself getting bored and losing interest rapidly. I just didn't want to read anymore about stomach bacteria!

I also found that some of the more 'philosophical' portions of the book just didn't hold my interest at all.

Rating: 3.5/5




Monday, 13 November 2017

Book Review: Terribly Tiny Tales.


Book: Terribly Tiny Tales

Author: Various (An Anthology)

Pages: 317

Publisher: Penguin Random House India 

Read On: Paperback

How Long it Took Me to Read: 4 hours, with several breaks.

Plot Summary: A collection of Terribly Tiny Tales from 100 writers. A compilation of some of the best stories from the very popular Facebook Page.

General Thoughts: If you've been a fan of TTT then you've heard about this book- that compiles some of the most popular and best loved stories from these flash fiction gems.

Review: Things I Liked

1. I will be honest, I am not what you'd call the biggest TTT fan. I don't follow the page on FB, nor do I have the app. I have never really loved the concept of super short fiction. It's just how I am. I prefer pages and pages instead of 140 words. It's not quite my thing. So when this book arrived in the mail from Penguin for a review , I was a little unsure if I would read and enjoy the book. I thought of passing it on to someone who would appreciate it more than I was likely to. I have several friends and cousins who are OBSESSED with these stories!

BUT! WAIT! I started flipping through the book and reading and I was hooked.

2. I read this book in under 4 hours and kept flipping pages and reading the stories and enjoying them.

3. If you are already hooked to these stories then you will enjoy this book immensely. It is a collection of some of the best stories from the FB page and if you are a fan you might find some of your favourite stories in this compilation.

4. If like me, you are not someone wholly into these stories so far, you might find ones that move you and are wonderfully written.

5. I think this book works wonderfully as a coffee table book, even though it isn't traditionally a coffee table book. It's great to leave it out on your coffee table and flip through it while sipping a cup of coffee or tea. Read a few stories now and again.

I of course, read it all in one sitting like a moron! I wish I had read a few stories and really savoured this book and made it last longer. But I can go back and re-read them at a much slower pace.

6. I enjoyed most of these stories. I also loved that several of them spoke of relevant and prevalent social evils. They will move you and make you think about the state of our society.

7. Even the genre of stories were pretty diverse- contemporary stories were the most predominant kind, but there were also love stories, several twist in the tale stories ( which might I add is remarkable to do in under 140 words!) and even some horror stories. There is really something for everyone!

Things I Didn't Like: 

1. The only con I can think of is that some of the writers are repeated several times throughout the anthology and I wish we hard heard newer voices.

2. Also, since this is an anthology the quality of writing differs from one writer to another.
Therefore, some stories were brilliant while others didn't quite measure up.

Rating: 4/5

A quick and easy and a fun read. I highly, highly recommend it.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Vignettes/// Postcards from Diwali 2017!


Sparkle Sparkle! 




Lights that were so bright and beautiful but kinda went kaput! 
Like seriously, these lights went out with a damn bang! 



A flower rangoli and the hand that put it together! 


Patakha! 




Diwali this year was small, quiet and went by way too soon! 

Come back soon Diwali and bring lots of light and love with you. 


Friday, 10 November 2017

Book Haul// Book of October 2017.

Hello! 

It's time to share yet another haul of books, this time for the books that I've added to my bookshelves in the month of October. 

I will say, my book buying has become a whole lot tamer in 2017. It's not really been a conscious decision, just life taking it's own course. I guess after years and years of buying over 10 book minimum a month, I had a slow down coming. 
I once bought over 30 books in one month way back in 2014..good times. Good times!
But I just no longer feel the need to buy so many books in one go. My personal library is exactly how I need for it to be. A good mix of classics, modern classics and some contemporary books thrown in as well. Plus my Kindle is full of books I borrow from Kindle Unlimited and full of thrillers that I buy.

Do you find your book buying change from one year to the next?

📚📚📚

Now coming to October! 

I bought 3 books and 2 books were kindly sent to me by the folks over at Penguin India for review (those reviews are coming soon!). 

I love every single book I've added to my shelf this month.
I've already read 2 of these, my sister has read one and I am currently enjoying my Illustrated Harry Potter. 


Books Bought: 

Terribly Tiny Tales { Sent by Penguin India for Review} 
The Killing of Polly Carter by Robert Thorogood 
The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan 
Turtles all the Way Down by John Green { Sent by Penguin India for Review} 
Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling 







As always this book is a thing of beauty! 




I am still to buy any book in the month of November!
Maybe I will, maybe I won't!
:)

Have a wonderful weekend folks!

:)


Thursday, 9 November 2017

Book Review: The Swastika Killer by Mahendra Jakhar




Book: The Swastika Killer

Author: Mahendra Jakhar 

Pages: 497

Read on: Kindle {via my Kindle Unlimited subscription}

Read in: 6-7 hours (spread over two days)

Plot Summary: 2006, GERMANY, FIFA WORLD CUP

In Berlin, a killer begins targeting the most dangerous criminals and brands his victims with the symbol of the swastika. The day of each murder coincides mystically with the navagrahas, the days sacred to the nine planetary gods in Hindu mythology. And the dates correspond to hidden horrors of the historical past.

Only one man can decipher and look beyond symbols — the unassuming Bala, the sharpest sleuth in the Indian Intelligence Bureau.

The chase of a lifetime begins!

7/11, MUMBAI EXPLODES

Three friends who were born and grew up in the city's brothels, thrown apart by riots, are brought together by the swastika.

The killer takes them into the streets of Mumbai, to the den of underworld kings, inside prison complexes, terrorist cells and the snake pit called Bollywood.

They will need more than friendship, love, and luck to survive. Is the swastika killer a self-proclaimed vigilante, out to end evil?

To find out, and put an end to the killings, Bala will have to go to the beginning. The past that lies hidden in the streets of Old Delhi.

KILLING FIELDS

The killer moves through Afghanistan and Pakistan to target the world’s most guarded man. It will change the course of our history. Friendship will be tested with blood and death. Can Bala stop the killer? Can the blood-thirsty navagrahas be pacified?

Things I Liked: 
  • A book about a ritualistic serial killer. Say no more! Add to that some connections between Indian astrology and German war crimes from WWII. Gimme me the book now, I say!! Just gimme the book already! 
  • This book has a great build-up. The first set of murders are set in Germany during the 2006 Football World Cup. Several influential men with connections to human trafficking and prostitution are found brutally murdered and the killer seems to be able to vanish into thin air! The German police and two Indian sleuths from the Intelligence Bureau (IB) are on the case to stop an even bigger crime from happening. The chapters based in Germany and, then, Amsterdam are fast-paced and interesting. 
  • The key crime solvers are also nicely crafted. We have Bala- a senior IB officer, whose wife has Alzheimers and whose only focus is his job and stopping threats to the country.  Then there is Bala's protege, Maksud Ali, a mathematical genius, whose sharp mind tries to stay ahead of the killer. Michael, the German cop, also becomes part of the team and even travels to India at a later stage of the investigation.
  • The story weaves together discrete events in Germany, Mumbai and, finally, Afghanistan quite effortlessly. The killer seems to get away with murdering high profile people quite effortlessly, making the investigators wonder how this could possibly be happening! 
Things I Didn't Like:
  • Each crime has some connection with the navgrahas or the nine planets that make up the birth chart under Hindu astrology. However, these connections are not fully leveraged. There is some connection between the dates of the murders are brutal events of World War II in Germany, but no real connection between the significance of choosing each of the nine planet-Gods and the murders. The links are superficial and tenuous and I was expecting some richer connection between the murders and these navgrahas. 
  • The author has tried really hard to connect all kinds of evil events and people together in this book, making it span across 5 countries and multiple evil people in the process. However, all this achieves in doing is making the book much lengthier and diluting the motive of the killer. It seems like all the killer wants to do is correct wrongs in any and every part of the world! It would've been much better to focus on crimes in Germany and India. The parts of the book- the last 20% of it- set in Afghanistan and Pakistan were a drag! At this point we know the killer is and it is boring to read hundred plus pages waiting for the book to end! 
  • The author gives the killer away at the 40% mark, when he mentions where the killer is from. After that it is quite dull to read about the rest of the crimes and also the whole Bala-has-gone-mad-and-is-the-killer nonsense! 
  • The end is weird! And too convenient! 


Rating: 3.5/5 
This is an interesting book and worth a read in spite of some of its flaws. 


Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Book Review: A Murderous Family by Manish Dubey


Book: A Murderous Family

Author: Manish Dubey 

Pages: 61 

Read on: ARC kindly sent by Juggernaut

Read in: An hour 

Plot Summary: Things aren’t going well in Ranjana Agarwal’s household. Husband Kamal has sunk further into the cult of Isvari Mata, and refuses to warm up to Gurgaon, the new dog and the Cool Parents' Group from son Prateek’s new school.

Things I Liked:
  • I love reading about dysfunctional families and stories set in our current urban milieu. These are so relatable and I am sure each of us knows of a family like the Agarwals- where each person is unhappy but keeps trying their best to adjust with the demands of urban, showing-off-on-social-media type of life. So, I was quite excited when Juggernaut approached me to review this book. 
  • The Agarwals are your typical urban family. An upper-middle class couple with one son, who live with their in-laws. They are trying to provide the best opportunities for their only son, which includes uprooting him from a "bania school" in Delhi to a new fangled International school in Gurugram, even though the poor kid is so lonely and is almost-bullied in that school!
  • The gradual dissolution of this family unit is really well done in this book. Ranjana keeps pushing Kamal and Prateek to do things they don't want to do. She keeps trying to suck up to the pretentious parents in Prateek's school. She blames everyone else for her plight but takes no responsibility for her unhappiness and that of her husband and son. She is self-absorbed and obsessed with curating a certain image. I really enjoyed reading about this family falling apart. 
  • Ranjana is a typical over-involved, helicopter mom. She is also a really bitter and smug woman. Her husband is not good enough for her, his parents are not good enough, his sister is not up to her standards (whatever they are!). She is constantly trying to appease and befriend the, apparently, 'Cool Parents Group' in her son's school. She is kinda pathetic but relatable, I guess. She had imagined a certain kind of life for herself and whatever life she is leading is not good enough. 
  • Kamal, Ranjana's husband, feels lost and over-looked and trapped in his own house. He has to walk a dog he didn't want. He has to throw a lavish party for people he can't stand. He just doesn't understand why his wife is so deeply unhappy and why she constantly tries to get him to do things he doesn't want to do. Kamal is a deeply unhappy man and, again, a relatable character. 
  • Prateek, Ranjana's son, is the one I felt the worse for. He is over-weight, made fun of in his school, over-looked by teachers and has to live up to his mom's ever-increasing expectations. All of this gets to him and pushes him to do something terrible. 
Rating: 4/5 
This is a great little book, especially, if you enjoy reading about families and of families set in our current context. 

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Book Review: The Killing of Polly Carter by Robert Thorogood




Book: The Killing of Polly Carter 

Author: Robert Thorogood 

Pages: 369

Read: Paperback copy 

Read in: 4 hours 

Plot Summary: Supermodel Polly Carter was famed for her looks and party-girl lifestyle. Now she's dead, apparently having thrown herself from the clifftop near her home on the island of Saint-Marie. Those who knew her say Polly would never have killed herself…and when he is called in to investigate, DI Richard Poole is inclined to agree there is more to Polly’s death than meets the eye.

Already fighting a losing battle against the intense summer heat of the Caribbean, Richard now faces fresh adversaries: a stream of alibis; a host of conflicting motives; and, worst of all, a visit from his mother. A frenzy which would surely allow a murderer to slip away unnoticed…yet Richard is certain that the guilty party is still on the island.
As his team closes in on Polly’s household, Richard becomes convinced that the model’s death was an inside job. And he's determined to prove who planned the killing of Polly Carter, and why…

Things I Liked:
  • The premise is really interesting. A supermodel, supposedly, jumps off to her own death in front of a couple of eye witnesses. Everything points to her death being a suicide, but a few things don't add up. Multiple people in her life with a motive to want her dead. Multiple people with questionable alibis. A very interesting story about complicated interpersonal dynamics. 
  • This was a really great murder mystery. Like I said, Polly Carter had a lot of unhappy, angry people in her life; people who hated her and would rather see her dead. So, it was no surprise that she died under mysterious circumstances. But the way in which she died made it seem impossible for anyone to have killed her. I love how Richard and team went about solving this crime and the multiple new motives they unearthed. 
  • There were some very good red herrings in this book! About two or three people looked like they could easily have killed Polly. I love nicely created red herrings in murder mysteries, especially, when they could all potentially be the real killer.
  • This book was also very entertaining to read because Richard's mother is visiting Saint-Marie and having some sort of a mid-life crisis! Richard trying to Parent Trap his parents is hilarious! 
  • There is a very neat twist at the end. I love how the murder is explained by Richard! I live for good reveals in mystery books and TV shows. Any Monk fans here?! 
Rating: 5/5
This is a really great murder mystery book that fans of Agatha Christie and classic whodunnits will really enjoy! Highly recommend! 

Monday, 6 November 2017

Monday Moods: In & Around My City.


Hello! 

Hey Sunshine! 


Fluffy little clouds. 


Dusk at Worli. 


Hello Kitty. 
A tired litt;e meow napping in the hot October afternoon. I feel ya kitty, I feel ya! 


Rain soaked days are the best. 


When you are stuck at a signal and see a pretty doorway, you click it. Pretty sure this is some movie star's house! 


Sunday, 5 November 2017

Stationery Sunday: Stamp Haul from Cute Things from Japan



Last month we got ourselves some very cute Kodo Mo No Kao stamps via Cute Things from Japan





These stamps (one on top and the one below) are Kodo Mo No Kao's Fusen Stamps. These are the size of a post-it flag and are perfect for adding to monthly calendar boxes or to any planning spread, where you want some cutesy or just want to highlight something important. 





The panda stamps are just LOVE!! I love how cute these are!! 






Hope you enjoyed a quick look at these adorable stamps! 

Have a great week ahead, guys!