Based on Lies: It Begins by Debarshi Kanjilal

A psychological thriller that throws curve balls in every chapter. A story that innocently starts with what looks like an unhappy marriage soon turns sinister as the past secrets are revealed . There are no heroes or innocents in this story but everyone seems to have a dark secret and no one is innocent.
These skeletons of the past are revealed in a diary kept by the protagonist Anurag. The story ends on a cliffhanger where the diary is left for his wife to be found and what she does with the diary left to readers’ imagination or have to wait for the 2nd installment of the story to be revealed
I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

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The Modi Factor – An enigma (Divider in Chief or Uniter in Chief ???!!!

Modi Bhakt or a Modi Basher, hater or admirer one thing is to be noted, How a common man has emerged as one the most powerful leaders Independent Indian political scene has seen.
This elections have been long, weary and we’ve seen campaigning that seems to have touched the lowest levels of decency in the 70+ years of independent India by overzealous followers of losers and winners. But what is amazing is the factor is the rise of a leader who is not from the elite circles or noble birth or political family but a person from the masses , who started as a party member but rose through the ranks and became not only the Prime Minister a second time but emerged the only leader with no alternative. The BJP under Narendra Modi’s leadership is single largest party that won absolute majority after almost 48 years in the current Lok Sabha.
Who would have thought a simple man with humble origins would be the undisputed leader one who has become the identity of the party rather than the party being his identity.
Even when Mr Modi was appointed chief minister of Gujarat in 2001, No one could have predicted this meteoric rise of this enigma to be the undisputed leader in just few years. Love him hate him but hats off to him is justified. Being labelled the Leaer who has unifie India like no other from Divider in Chief- Even international media has been forced to change their stance. A man who was avoided to being embraced like a brother by international community is no mean feat – that too without any lobbying.
People allege cheating but on such a large scale when each step is being scrutinised . And cheating makes only a difference of 2-4% and not on this large scale.
Hate him or love him He is here to stay for next 5 years and more

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The Collection – G Edward Smith

First I am a great fan of Short stories / Flash Fiction but rarely I find that satisfy my craving. But few stories in this book really sates my hunger and then leaves you asking for more. The first story especially “A Strange Kind of Courage” looks like a simple plain story but just hits and jolts you in the last few lines and turns everything around.
The 8th story is also too good with an unexpected turn as well as the 6th story are just too good
The best is the 4th story has a twist that leaves you stunned and this story brings out the best of the book with such a great a plot twist in just couple of pages.
The collection has right amount of disgust, horror, disbelief and so many other emotions “What Just happened moments”
The rest of the stories are just ok
But this is a book that must be read for these stories I am going to read again
Thank you to the author and @BookTasters for this book
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Don’t Wake Up – Shauna Kelley

Don’t Wake Up by Shauna Kelley is the heart’s wish of Gillian for her comatose husband which may or may not be her fault and when he wakes up after a long time and doesn’t remember their marriage, she creates an alternate realty the way she imagined her life should be. The conflict she feels for this continuous lying and inner conflict are the most important part of the story.
This story is an intriguing take on the complexity of expectations from relationships and heartburns caused when they fall short and how it affects mentally and emotionally. It is mainly Gilly’s story from her childhood and told from her perspective, her inner conflicts, her arguments with herself and her disappointments and her hopes.
The only shortcoming was we are given only Gilly’s perceived husband’s emotional cruelty and infidelity, Whether it is Gilly’s imagination or real is never made clear. But still it is a very good read
Thanks Shauna and @Booktasters for this beautiful read

Incandescently – Sylvie Parizeau (Review)

Incandescently by Sylvie Parizeau is an extra sweet romantic book that one reads on an extra stressful and bad day. This is the story Liam and Eolie who though have never met before have a powerful connection which is lost and broken with time and try to believe in each other’s existence though the world makes them believe that each one is a figment of other’s imagination until they get connected again; otherwise they have noting to look forward to in their otherwise loveless existence, with Liam surviving an abusive mother and manipulative father and Eolie whose parents though did not hate or illtreat her but weren’t too good to her also.
Thrown into the story are Liam’s circle of friends who are with him all through. How they find each other and how they find happiness is the story. The first half builds the story to a great height but falls short in the second half but not too short.
Though I would loved more character development and more equations between the characters and more character building still it is worth a read
I received this book through @BookTasters from the author

Broken Code – Dr Ashish Rastogi (Review)

This medical thriller was a good and delightful read for me. The story shows how in today’s world something as innocuous as data can be used as a weapon and trigger a massive breakdown in today’s society.
The story progresses with Alisha as tries put together the clues along with Nick and Miguel and team and link unrelated murders and find out why data theft and hacking was taking place without any ransom demand. Also along the way Alisha and Nick have to resolve their differences and work out a way for their son Anmol and also find him after he is kidnapped.
The story has a good pace and there are not many dull moments in the story. The end is convincingly built and the personal backstory is nicely handled.
I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily

Snowflake Obsidian – Sage Steadman (Review)

Snowflake Obsidian is a book by Sage Steadman that deals many issues that assail that today’s teenagers and sometimes adults too; Lack of self appreciation most common and most devastating leading to many other mental issues and self harm. Though Willow has many friends supposedly steady home life at first look; there are many issues lurking underneath and how Willow recognises them and deal with them on her own and with help from friends family and professionals and finally accepts herself forms the crux. The fact being you should be have the courage to recognise the truth and be ready to fight the odds.
Its a good motivating book for teenagers I received this book from the author via @BookTasters30969643

Taming Crazy – Alicya Perrault (Review)

Everyone has felt anxiety or needless worry one time or other in varying degrees. This book deals with the paralysing depressive kind anxiety that consumes one so completely that it seems that it seems there is no hope or light. Told in a light humour, Alicya tells this tale of her journey of life living with crippling anxiety, depression and OCD all her life and humoursly tells the ways she tries to overcome this instead of just succumbing and making her and those around her unhappy.
This book is not only for those suffering from any of these but is for everyone . She also tells how first to acknowledge first and then seek help and support not necessarily from experts but from family and friends ; and then have the courage to let go of life long labels worries and anxieties because what is to happen will happen; Why to worry before and maybe it won’t happen For a normal per son this is easy and not noticeable but for a person with anxiety issues along with depression becomes an huge and almost impossible task just imagining the “What if” scenarios. So Alicya tries to help herself overcome and just live life.
I received this book from the author through @BookTasters40510250

A Woman’s Fear – Caesar Rondina (Review)

I won’t say that i loved this book because the stories that this book tells is to shake you, anger you and make you sad that this happens in this so called progressive world but not to be loved. The book is written without any sugar coating or polishing but real stories that the author has heard or been part of in his line of work.
The author not only tells the stories with great sensitivity also warns and deals extensively with how to recognise signs of abuse, danger and tells to always believe in a sense of self preservation and trust the instincts rather bow down to ridicule
Its a book that every woman, parent must read
The only shortcoming is that the book requires editing as there are some grammatical and spelling errors but these are over shadowed by the topic
I received this as part of review from the author through @BookTasters
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The Strange Life of Brandon Chambers – Scott Spotson (Review)

I downloaded this book because of the blurb and really loved it . The story is good and the twists in the plot are great. Its a book that intrigues, raises questions and keeps going through till you reach the end.
The story starts with Brandon Chambers seeing a strange sight that nobody else sees and goes through many twists and turn as Brandon tries to understand what is actually happening to him also solve the mystery of his missing parents and the actual perpetrators of the catastrophe his father is accused of ; to reach a end which can interpreted as happy or sad depending on the perspective.
Some portions of the book are a little confusing but still it is a very good read. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.