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‘Before I Go To Sleep’ by SJ Watson

When a friend of mine recommended this book highly, I jumped at the chance to read it, especially because it had been ever so long since I had a book-related conversation with anyone and I was dying to try out recommended books.

The premise is intriguing. Due to unfortunate circumstances, Christine loses her memory or rather, her ability to recall short term memories. She wakes up every day with no memory of who or where she is. Her husband and caretaker is her only constant source of support, who helps her remember every thing she needs to know to get her through the day. Every single day. Sounds pretty interesting, right?

But that’s where it starts and ends. While the foundation is great, enough to get you hooked on to an all-nighter, the writing falls short in more places than one. There are enough times you feel the author could have milked more out of the situation, there are a lot of times you think the terror passed away too quickly. And that is where the book starts to lose its compel. When pivotal moments keep getting proven as nothing of consequence, you start feeling disinvested in the story and wonder what’s gonna happen at all. What has the potential to be a cracker of a thriller, fizzles out and ends up as a sad reminder of what could have been.

Although, all is not lost yet. Every part of the story makes sense and ties back in to the central plot, making for a clear narrative experience. The beginning, focusing on Christine’s terror and how she copes with her memory loss, is depicted in an extremely realistic way and is sure to captivate the reader like no other.

Do try it out if you are looking for a completely new reading experience and storyline. But do not go in with high hopes, they can prove disastrous.


Transfer of Power by Vince Flynn

‘Transfer of Power‘ is a singularly awesome work by the hugely talented Vince Flynn. Kick-ass action, clean writing and a well-scripted narrative combine to provide some serious adrenaline rush. Due to time constraints, I had to settle for reading the book over a couple of bus rides, but I sure would have loved to read it over a single sitting.

When the CIA take into custody an Iraqi militant, they have no inkling of the humongous secret they are about to learn. An attack has been planned on the very same day by extremist forces to take control of the White House. But before they can summon the forces and the time to act on the information, the White House is down. The only ray of hope is that the President has been whisked away to his bunker. But he is not safe for long. As a series of events unfold that rock the seat of power in the most powerful country in the world, it is up to one man to neutralize the threat to the country.

Featuring Flynn’s recurring character, Mitch Rapp, the book takes you on a roller-coaster ride through the hallowed paths of the White House. Flynn has crafted a book no lover of political thrillers can afford to miss.

I’m a huge fan of political thrillers; Tom Clancy‘s ‘Rainbow Six’ was one of the first books that got me hooked and since then, I’ve been lapping up all the books on the genre I can get my hands on. Vince Flynn is considered a master of the art, as I have found out. I had read just one other of Flynn’s works-‘Term Limits’- and was sufficiently impressed to try another of his books. Well, the gamble paid off and I was left with a huge grin when I finished the book. Vince Flynn has just made it to the top of my ‘Must-Read-Everything-By-The-Author’ list.

Highly recommended!

’24 Hours’ by Greg Iles

One of the better books I’ve re-read in a while-’24 Hours’ is a satisfying piece of thriller.

I recently watched the movie ‘Butterfly on a Wheel‘ starring Pierce Brosnan and Gerard Butler and was immediately reminded of a similar storyline I’d read before. After a bit of digging into my book-shelf, I managed to locate this book and was convinced the movie is based on the book. However, a few seconds of google-search proved I was wrong-┬áthe movie has nothing to do with the book.

Anyway, since I now had the book in my hand, I thought I’d give it a read. A sleek, neat thriller it turned out to be. Will Jennings and Karen are living the dream life. The couple dotes on their daughter, Abby, who is a juvenile diabetic. When Will leaves home for a weekend to attend a medical convention, little do the pair realize that their lives are soon to be turned upside down. Abby is kidnapped for ransom and the kidnapper tells Will that he has carried out kidnappings periodically and that it’s only the money he is interested in. However, Will and Karen instinctively know the stakes are different this time-the life of their daughter hinges on their ability to outsmart a professional criminal, who seems invincible. In 24 hours. Does Abby survive? Does the family reunite?

Well-written with enough intrigue and suspense, the book qualifies as a good thriller. Thriller buffs will surely find this one to their liking! A book that reiterates the fact that familial love trumps every other hardship, ’24 Hours’ is well worth your time.

P.S. A few more seconds of google-search leads to this information-The 2002 movie ‘Trapped‘ is based on ’24 Hours’. Oh well.

You can buy the book here-