Saturday, October 31, 2015

In the Woods by Tana French

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This is the debut novel by Tana French, an Irish novelist. This is also the first book in her Dublin Murder Squad series.

Rob Ryan and Cassie Maddox, two murder detectives in the Dublin Murder Squad, are assigned to investigate the murder of a twelve year old girl. But nobody except Cassie knows that Rob is actually the lone survivor of a missing case that happened in the same woods as the girl's body was found. Rob and his two best friends went missing in the woods twenty two years before and Rob was the only one to come back, but he had no memory of what happened. Rob fears that the two cases are related and it becomes inevitable that he remembers what happened 22 years before.

In the Woods is, without any doubt, a gripping novel. But the ending of the novel may disappoint you. Firstly, the real culprit gets off scot-free. Secondly, of the two mysteries in the novel, one remains unsolved. 

In the Woods shows Tana French as a promising novelist. I will definitely read the next book in the series. 3.5 out of 5.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Mrs. FunnyBones by Twinkle Khanna

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Twinkle Khanna, former Bollywood actress and star-wife, publishes her first book which is a compilation of her articles.

There are 26 articles in all, one for each English alphabet. Her writing surely is satirical and funny. She makes humorous observations about anything in life, from kids to karva chauth. There is not much to write in detail about  this book, other than it is what Vogue claims it to be- "Funny and Fashionable". Considering that former actresses usually write books(or bring out cd's) about staying in shape, Mrs. Khanna deserves to be applauded.

In short, this book is funny and will make a good airport-read. 3 out of 5.