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review 2014-12-11 18:52
Die grausame Wahrheit der politischen Elite!
[(The Other Woman)] [Author: Hank Phillippi Ryan] published on (September, 2012) - Hank Phillippi Ryan



Eine Reihe an grausamen Mordserien erschüttert die Einwohner Massachusetts. In den Medien und in der Bevölkerung wird von dem Brückenkiller gesprochen, der anscheinend wahllos junge Frauen auswählt und sie vergewaltigt und misshandelt in einer Art Selbstmordszenario von den Brücken stürzt. Lange Zeit tappt der junge Detektiv Jake Brogan im Dunkeln, doch unverhofft kommt gerade von der Person der entscheidende Hinweis im zu Gute, von der er es am aller wenigsten erwartet hat - Jane Ryland, einer jungen und aufstrebenden Reporterin, die kurz vor der Wahl hinter ein dunkles und schmutziges Geheimnis der makellosen Fassade des Spitzenkandidat stößt!

Doch Welches Geheimnis umgibt den charismatischen Gouverneur und wie steht die Wahlkampagne mit der Mordserie vier junger Frauen in Verbindung?



Meine Meinung:


Hank Phillippi Ryan hat mit " Böse Zungen " einen Thriller geschrieben, der sich mit den schmutzigen Intrigen der politischen Elite befasst und er fährt wirklich ordentlich auf und haut harte Fakten ungeniert auf den Tisch. Sein super realistischer Schreibstil lässt den Leser nur daran zweifeln, dass hinter der Handlung kein Fünkchen Wahrheit stecken könnte, denn wie oft bekommt man im Fernsehen mit, welche Spielchen hinter den verschlossenen Türen der Regierung gespielt werden. 


Der Autor schafft es auf eine sehr authentische und glaubhafte Art, den Leser in seine Handlung einzuführen und ihn mit spannenden und unvorhersehbaren Wendungen zu fesseln. Er führt dem Leser knallhart vor Augen, dass hinter einem Schweigen oft die meiste Wahrheit steckt und wie hoch der Preis sein kann mit dem der Betroffenen zahlen muss.


Die Protagonisten sind wie aus dem wirklichen Leben gegriffen und wirken so sehr realistisch und sympathisch. Die Orte an denen die Handlung spielt sind sehr bildhaft beschrieben, so dass man sich gedanklich sehr gut dahin versetzen und sich in seinem persönlichen Kopfkino vorstellen kann, was die Protagonisten vorfinden oder sie sich sogar mit auseinandersetzen müssen.




Ein realistischer und spannender Thriller, der sich mit den schmutzigen Geschäften, Machenschaften und Intrigen der politischen Elite auseinandersetzt!

Source: www.egmont-lyx.de/buch/boese-zungen
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2014-11-14 07:04
Fade into Red by Reshma K. Barshikar

Thanks to the authoress Reshma K Barshikar for having sent across the book in exchange for an honest review. I have been waiting to review this ever since I started reading.

It is a lovely book based on the life story of an independent woman who is passionate about art history and is a banker by profession. She thinks her life is just perfect with the perfect job and the perfect set of people around, until she embarks on a journey which takes her to Tuscany for a deal as part of her job but it completely changes her life for good. This book gives you a Devil wears Prada or a Sophie Kinsella book feeling which is again reassured by the cover page of the book which is lovely and it also has a handsome hero in it.

The story is about Ayra who is sent to Tuscany to help a client buy a vineyard in Tuscany  and she leaves to Tuscany the same day she gets engaged to her childhood friend Karthik who is a very endearing character in the book. For quite a while I thought the climax made me sympathize with Karthik. There she guides the Malhotras in checking with various vineyards along with Ishaan Malhotra who is the main head honcho in this vineyard acquiring stint and Celio, the expert in wine making process. The descriptions in Tuscany about the nature as well as the wine making process is probably the best and my personal favorite parts of the book. I had never thought that it would get me really interested in the whole wine-making process, but I was totally glued when these things were described in the book. It also compelled me to google so much about wine. The authoress has really done a fine job here.

Then the story of course deals a bit about finding the true calling, friendship, following one’s passion, office politics and stuff which was quite predictable. But at the end, it was totally a surprise for me that Ayra didn’t choose to go with Ishaan but there is a hint of possibility in that last sentence which can give an opening to a sequel to follows this(Barshikar, are you listening?!!!!). It is quite difficult to choose a particular genre for it like romance, woman fiction. So I would put it into Chick-Lit. Yes, it falls in that category. There are many endearing supporting characters in the book of whom Narina was my personal favorite being Ayra’s best and ever-willing-to-help friend. Her parents, Aunt Ramya, Celio, Kartik all these characters bring out the best in the story.

I would give it a three out of five stars and would recommend it to all those who are fans of this genre. Its a fairly familiar themed novel yet delicious just like the vanilla icecream. If Reshma K Barshikar chooses to write a sequel to this one, I definitely don’t mind relishing it too :)

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review 2014-10-16 14:52
Arranged Marriage: Stories by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Arranged Marriage: Stories - Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Sometimes it so happens that when you read too many books from the same author, you begin to easily feel too comfortable with the theme and you can end up even predicting the end and can easily sniff what is happening after having just read a few pages. I had the same feeling with this book. After having read atleast four books prior to reading Arranged Marriage, I was not quite impressed with the theme and emotions as there was nothing new and fresh and it was the same glorified versions of tyrannical husbands holding captive of women, women trying hard to struggle after having left India as immigrants, women confined to the kitchen trying to bail out Indian curries reminiscing their hay days when they would have delicious Indian cuisine at their hometown Calcutta. I badly need to read something different from authors like Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Amulya Malladi and Jhumpa Lahiri. Am I asking for more?

Arranged Marriage is a collection of short stories written to speak the conditions of Indian women who have been married off in an arranged manner by their parents and who are trying really hard to adapt to the new family conditions or even immigrant experiences(Yes, a million times you see them reminiscing the curries and Bengalicuisine memories) and their whole life depends on tending to their husband’s and childrens’ needs. I believe these experiences of traditional tyrannical husbands and conventional suffering housewives may have happened around 50s and 60s and they don’t seem real at all. We have progressed and gone farther upto the Mars It is actually hard to digest the fact that the person who wrote The Palace Of Illusions has not tried to cover the nice things about arranged marriages like adapting to the other side of culture, the bonding between strangers who become partners. This book could have been much better had it not been for cliches in the stories.

I would like to highlight the fact that there are two-three stories with strong women characters but what happens to them later is left for the readers to imagine. I liked the two stories particularly-one of the woman whose husband runs a supermarket and the other is that of a girl wanting to adopt a son. They were different. Also there is a story here is ditto as the book by the same author Sisters Of My Heartand this part is exactly annoying that the story also ends on the same lines. For a new reader of Divakaruni’s may find it gripping and a page turner, but for me it was a very sore book. And for the same reason I may probably not pick up another book by her for the next one year atleast.

I will give it a generous two out of five stars for the writing. If you really want to read a book of this author, my hands up to The Palace Of Illusions. It is far far away from that gem

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review 2014-07-11 17:45
Big Implications, Small Cast
Cyteen - C.J. Cherryh

When Ariane Emory (the first), head of Reseune genetic facilities, is murdered by Jordon Warrick, the next generation at Reseune has their shackles weakened just enough that they might be able to make a difference. Ariane Emory (the second), a replicate of Ariane Emory (the first), grows up in a tightly controlled environment with the hope that she will be just like her predecessor, but things don't work exactly as they hoped, she's starting where Ariane 1 left off, with the skill, instincts, and knowledge, but with the determination to improve upon the legacy of Ariane 1. In particular Ariane 2 wants to make sure that Justin Warrick, Jordon's son and Ariane 1's victim, has the opportunity to achieve his potential and realize his dreams...under her benevolent leadership, of course. When politics don't stop and wait for Ariane 2 to grow up, she must walk a fine line between controlling and being controlled.

In some ways Cyteen is the story of the murder of Ariane Emory, as the cover promises, but it is also much more than that. It is more the story of the ripples in the lives of a handful of people as her death creates a large empty space in the world. It's a story about power: The power that elder's have over youngers; that leaders have over successors; that mentally flexible people have over mentally rigid people; the power that love both gives and takes away.

If all of that sounds like it is complicated and wide-ranging, you'd be correct. It isn't that this couldn't be boiled down to a Hollywood movie plot, it's more that Cherryh builds a level of intrigue and detail that would be ill-served when boiled down.

I highly recommend this book for those that enjoy the complications of space operas, but wish they had a smaller cast.

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