On my shelf in July 2016


“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” ― Toni Morrison


My stack of mysteries for July 2016


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Book Review – The Story of Us by Dani Atkins


Title: The Story of Us
Author: Dani Atkins
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Published: 14th August 2014

Tragedy befalls on Emma and her two best-friends, Amy and Caroline, while returning from the hen party. Life is never the same again.

Emma is about to get married to her childhood sweetheart Richard but on the fateful night of the accident, an American stranger, Jack comes to her rescue. Emma feels an intense connection with Jack Monroe. Its about Emma’s dilemma about drifting away from Richard, of course with a convincing reason,  and being drawn towards Jack.

The author has successfully woven the story about Emma’s feelings, of dealing with being betrayed by her friend Amy and Richard, and also her efforts in trying to deal with grief and forgiveness at the same time. The emotional turmoil can be felt by the reader.

Also, Dani Atkins has depicted how Alzheimer’s can affect not only the person suffering from it but also what the family members or care-givers feel or undergo, with great sensitivity by her character etching and description of incidents about Emma’s mother, Frances Marshall, who suffers from this ailment.

This is a love story that touches the heart and it is definitely a compelling read.

About the Author: Dani Atkins lives with her family in Hertfordshire. Her first book, Fractured, became a bestseller in 2013. The Story of Us is her second novel and was published in 2014.

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You can grab a copy of this book HERE. It is available in both Kindle Edition and Paperback.


Book Review – Life is What You Make it by Preeti Shenoy

Recently I bought the Kindle-Edition of Life is what you make it by Preeti Shenoy from Amazon.in.


The story is about the chief protagonist, Ankita Sharma and starts in the year 1989 when there were no mobile phones and other hi-tech means of communication.

An ambitious Ankita’s journey through teenage, college and how her life changes after Abhi’s death and the depression that follows leaving her in a Mental Hospital is heart touching. Bipolar disorder can change a life and how difficult it can be to regain normal life is described efficiently through this story. ‘Never belittle love’ said by Abhi’s grandfather struck a chord in my mind transporting me back in time to my own teenage days. Epistolary technique is used in some chapters and can be seen in exchange of letters between Abhi and Ankita, Vaibhav and Ankita, Suvi and Ankita.

To know more about Ankita’s journey, grab a copy of this book.  This book is not just a one-time read but can be read again many times. Go for it.

About the Author – Preeti Shenoy is one of the best-selling authors in India and has a magical ability of story telling. Her book ‘Life is what you make it’ was among the top selling books of 2011 in India. To know more about Preeti Shenoy and her books, visit her website : http://www.preetishenoy.com .