Book Review of “Missing Melissa” by Alretha Thomas


Blurb:

Twenty-two years old with a journalism degree from UCLA and a promising entry level position at a television station, Madeline Patterson is ready to take on the Universe. Raised by two loving parents, adored by her grandmother, protected by her dog, Pepper, and supported by her best friend—Madeline has it all. There’s only one thing missing—literally missing—her identical twin, Melissa.

When Madeline and Melissa were three-years-old, their mother was carjacked in broad daylight while taking them to a doctor’s appointment. She was able to get away with Madeline in tow, but the assailants left the scene before she could rescue Melissa. A long and massive search ensued, but Melissa was never found and is believed to be dead. However, a dream Madeline has on her twenty-second birthday, wherein Melissa appears to her as a grown woman pleading for help, convinces her Melissa is still alive. Against her parents’ wishes, Madeline vows to find her twin. However, in doing so, she unknowingly stumbles upon a series of startling clues that point to her parents’ possible involvement in Melissa’s disappearance. Paralyzed by fear, Madeline doesn’t want to face what could possibly be the ugly and grim truth about her parents. However, her desire to find Melissa propels her forward—but nothing could prepare her for what she discovers.

Genre: Mystery / Family / Thriller / Suspense / Crime
My Review:

Very rarely do you come across a book, which makes you feel a movie on this book would be so much amazing. Gone Girl was one such book. And here is the second one. I was skeptical about taking this book up as I felt it to have disturbing content in it. But I was really wrong and the story is as much positive as it goes. In fact a bit too much of it.
The story is about a twin searching for her missing twin. The on and off support of family and friends throughout the story keeps the roller coaster ride very active and jumpy with fun. The ultimate twist with the climax is completely unbelievable but super exciting. The flow of the story is steady without losing pace anywhere. Suspense is kept alive till the very last page. Every character in the book feels suspicious at every stage of the story and ‘Whodunnit’ question keeps hanging at every turn of the page.
The story is built with an average number of central characters, which helps keep confusion away as to who is who.
But one thing where the story takes a fall is the believability of the characters. Every one in the book is too good to each other. It feels sickly sweet at times. That makes the characters feel fake and the story to be happening in a make-belief world. We all know that the people around us, even those who are very close to us, are not super nice all the times. This takes away one star from the rating
Other than that, it is a definite movie material book. Totally loved it

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Book Review of “Surface Tension” by Christa Maurice


Blurb:

Rachel doesn’t believe in Little Green Men, but she’s got a serious thing for Max. Wait, make that Rachel doesn’t believe in Little Green Men until her dog attacks one in the woods.

Max really likes Rachel, but what woman is going to want a guy totally obsessed with aliens? Then she turns up on his doorstep with an injured Extraterrestrial Biological Entity. Now they have to figure out how to help the alien without tipping off the FBI agent who has been surveilling Max.

Ranley is just hoping to survive overprotective dogs, stupid co-workers and well meaning superiors and get out of this situation with a couple of cool scars and a nice cushy lecturing job in Zenoexobiology.

 

Genre: Sci Fi / Fantasy / Extra Terristrial
My Review:

Surface Tension is a Science fiction based short story of a very interesting incident with an alien on earth. It is loosely based on ET with the exception that the alien here is well evolved. Although ideally I would have wanted the alien to play the main character in the story, I can very well settle with the current pivotal role played in the story.
The characters of Rachel and Max are very believable, although lack a certain depth to it. They come across as stereotypical and being too mechanical. The story covers all the bases by just touching upon all of them. It should have been a full length novel and not a short story. It feels more like a summary than a story with the current manner.
In spite of all this, the story is entertaining. No points can be given for character depth and overall feel of the story. But 1 point for fun, 1 point for the alien, 1 point for the climax. A total of 3 stars for the story.

 

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Book Review of “The Mystery of the Missing Actor (A Clarissa and Paw Mini Mystery, #5)” by Sandra Baublitz


Blurb:

What has happened to Robert Roberts, the new actor in town? Clarissa, Paw, and their friend, Shelbee, discover the back door of his house wide open. It is evident that a struggle has occurred in his kitchen. Where is he? Where is his cat, Kathleen? And why does his parrot keep yelling, “No! John. No!” It will be up to Clarissa and Paw to follow the trail to find Kathleen. Will they find Robert as well? And in time? This is a 7000 word mini mystery/short story. It is the fifth book in the Clarissa and Paw Mini Mystery series. The first book is The Mystery of the Blue Dolphins.

Genre: Mystery / Suspense / Short Story
My Review:
Clarissa and Paw are out with another mystery. Sandra never ceases to surprise the readers with totally new and exciting short stories of the two most lovable characters of mystery genre. This time, Clarissa and Paw are out to search for a missing stage actor, after he mysteriously vanishes leaving all his belongings behind.
Clarissa is developing with every book. The depth of her character shows maturity with every story. Paw becomes more and more of an expert in hunting for clues. By reading the stories from the start, you can see how the characters grow with each book and how the author gains experience and improves with every mystery. This book keeps up with the expectations I have come to set up with Clarissa and Paw. In the last book, I wanted a bit of romance for Clarissa and I found it this time. It is perfectly flaw less. Wonderful read for anyone who loves adventure and mystery of any age group
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Book Review of “Checkmate” by Hrishikesh Joshi


Blurb:

An upright judge is used as a pawn by the terrorists to hijack a plane. The militants strike with vengeance to free their most dangerous fidayeen from the Indian prisons, as they hold a hundred passengers in the plane to ransom. Calling the shots for jihadis from Pakistan is once upon a time the right hand man of Osama Bin Laden and now the most dangerous terrorist in the world, Muhammad Zia ul Afridi. With the Prime Minister in a soup, there is only one man to stop the diabolical scheme of the dreaded jihadis—Vikram Roy, chief Secretary of RAW, a dashing young man of action. As the Prime Minister is about to surrender the prisoners, Vikram Roy discovers the most shocking truth about activities inside the RAW. The weary nation holds its breath as the fate of a hundred hostages and the prisoners hangs in a limbo. However, the events that are about to follow are so unforeseen that they shock everyone to the core

Genre: Adventure / Thriller / FBI / Terrorism
My Review:

Yet another Indian author comes up with an interesting mystery. Checkmate is a story on terrorist hijacking of a plane. When you start the story, it feels like any other Bollywood terrorist movie ever made. The start of the book is quick and to the point. As the story proceeds, the story takes a turn for interesting-ville. The twist in the story happens in the middle, unlike the stereotypical end. The twist is unexpected and really makes you read it again to understand where the story changed lines.
However, the narration is dry and does not manage to keep the interest alive, as much as the story deserves it. There is a monotonous feel to the way the story is told, which kills the joy of the suspense, very much like how typical History professors manage to kill the interesting historical events by their tone. The characters are not given enough depth but a bit too much background. There was some more potential for Vikram in the story, which could have been explored, instead of bringing in his love life.
Stars are definitely deserved by the story line, pace and the twist. So a 3 star rating in spite of the amazing thriller.

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Book Review of “Six Days: Book One in the SIX Series” by Randileigh Kennedy


Blurb:

In an effort to disappear from the disappointing life she was living, Addie packed up her car in the middle of the night. She began driving, aimlessly, in search of a new life away from everyone and everything she’d ever known. Unsure of what she was even looking for, one brief stranger encounter opened her up to a new world. And better than that, one small, simple dare held the possibility of changing the only life she had ever known.

Genre: Romance / Contemporary Romance
My Review:

Six Days is the book definition on Contemporary Romance. The story is so sweet and soft without any sexual scenes. It is about two friends who fall in love with each other. The way the couple bond over unique mini adventures and how the love blossoms between them is something wonderful to read. The characters are very believable and the flow of the story is really smooth. The entire book is like a soft lullaby. You feel really good after reading the story. It is a book to be definitely read for anyone who likes contemporary romance in soft settings. A feel good book, it can be read even in low phases of life, as a pick up for the mood.

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