Friday, August 21, 2015

After The Crash by Michel Bussi : A Book Review

Inside the airplane before a crash, a journal with a suicide note and a newspaper that holds the key to an 18 yearlong mystery starts the incredibly fast paced thriller After The Crash by Michel Bussi who has been a French writer for almost a decade and won countless awards for his novels and publications.

After The Crash is the story of two families, a young man and a private detective trying to find the true identity of a sole survivor of a plane crash, a young baby girl who on turning eighteen makes a drastic decision and runs away.

The story is intelligently layered and moves back and forth from the time of a plane crash in 1980 to its current day in 1998 with an update on the time and the date in the beginning of each chapter, giving an urgency to finding the truth before it’s too late.

Lyse-Rose or Emilie is the sole survivor of a plane crash in 1980 and two families claim that the girl belongs to them. A private detective is hired to find out the truth of her identity before her eighteenth birthday and he leaves behind a journal that could reveal it all. But before he can discover the truth, he is murdered and the girl disappears. And thus begins a hunt for the truth by her sibling Marc who she leaves the journal with.

As more murders take place, scandals get revealed and more secrets get hidden.

Michel Bussi has all the ingredients of an exciting thriller in his novel. From interesting characters that show different shades, murders that go back and forth in time, lust between the most unusual pairings, intrigue on if it’s actually the truth and a fast pace that keeps the readers hooked till the last page, After The Crash is an un-put-down-able book.

It is obvious that it is an intelligent thriller that doesn’t require too much grey matter to bog you down. There are references to Haiku, dragonflies, music and art, facts from History and a true to the era account of the time. The dialogues between the characters are thought out and move with the swiftness required from a thriller.

It reminds me of the old Grisham when the suspense remained till the very end. You can’t guess what will happen at any stage and when the last page is turned, you can’t wait for the movie to be released!

Would definitely recommend getting your hands on this book if you like thrillers!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Scandalous Housewives in audio format!

For all those who love stories being narrated and never have the time to sit and read a book, here's the audio version of my explosive book Scandalous Housewives. Sit back and visualize the steam! And get a copy to read if you think it's good.  Always helps me write more!

The Story:

What happens when what lies between the sheets becomes the linen that is washed in public?

Sapphire Towers: just another residential high-rise in Mumbai where the humdrum routine of daily life carries on with clockwork precision. But, beneath the tranquil surface lurks a web of deceit and lies spun by a group of lonely housewives.

Gita, frustrated mother of two young daughters, longs to escape the monotony of marriage—and spice up her sex life in the most wicked fashion. 

Sarita, conservative Gujarati housewife and mother, is addicted to kinky sex and pays a dear price for it. 

Stylish working mother, Aarti, nurses an appalling secret that could end her marriage. 

And sultry ex-model Natasha, who seems to have it all, is hopelessly in love with a much younger man—the son of one of her friends.

Even as these women scramble to conceal their darkest secrets, an anonymous email is sent out to all the residents of Sapphire Towers, and has horrific consequences.

Racy and unputdownable, Scandalous Housewives: Mumbai is the first book in the sizzling new series by bestselling author Madhuri Banerjee, which  tell the stories of the unsung housewives of urban India who will go to any lengths to fulfill their deepest, darkest desires. 

Read it here:

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