Monday, October 24, 2016

Review: B is for Burglar (Kinsey Millhone #2) by Sue Grafton

4 stars for B is for Burglar (Kinsey Millhone book 2) by Sue Grafton.

Good story. Great writing.

I am totally clueless right until the moment author Grafton chooses to expose the perpetrator.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Review: The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins

5 stars for The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins.

This book has been sitting on my list of to-be-read ever since last December when it secured a whopping 106,149 votes out of a total 268,373 votes cast and emerged the winner in Best Mystery & Thriller 2015, Goodreads Choice Awards - the only major book awards decided by readers.

When I finally pick up the book and decide to have a go, I surprise myself by finishing it in three days, less to be exact. It seems like a lifetime ago since I lap up a book in so short a time..

The Girl on The Train is a winner right from the start. The first person narrative draws me in subtly and before I know it, I am all tangled up in the twists and turns of the plot. I feel as if I am part of the mystery, connected in one way or another as I set off on my journey; a girl on the train, going back and forth without point or purpose, watching and observing, constructing and deconstructing the lives of strangers from within a moving train, and suddenly I discover a different world, I discover myself. I am Rachel, the narrator.

The success of this thriller lies very much in the brilliancy of the author to story pace. It is common knowledge that pacing is critical to a good story but not all authors can or are able to pull it off effectively. In this case, author Hawkins does it so seamlessly - her decision on what happens, when it happens and how quickly the events transpire - that I cannot resist but keep the pages turning and turning until I make it to the end of the tale.

I am so glad to have finish reading this book in time to catch the movie on the big screen. Yea, it is after all not too late for me to catch the train, the one that has just started running since last Thursday.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Review: A is for Alibi (Kinsey Millhone #1) by Sue Grafton

4 stars for A is for Alibi (Kinsey Millhone book 1) by Sue Grafton.

I am happy, no, scratch that, I am elated to have discovered the start of yet another - good plot, great writing - mystery series.

Kinsey Millhone is now my latest kick-ass detective. For a private investigator with a no-nonsense attitude, one who owns few personal belongings and even fewer personal attachments, surprisingly, Kinsey comes across very much alive; a real life character. To quote "You try to keep life simple but it never works, and in the end all you have left is yourself". How philosophical..

Judging from the way the author chooses to title her books, I can say with absolute certainty that there will be at least another twenty-five more books to go before the curtain comes down on this alphabet series; definitely a discovery worth rejoicing. Yay!