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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Review: Sparkles

Sparkles Sparkles by Louise Bagshawe
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Louise Bagshawe’s books are excellent to relax with – they have a good pace, always with some twists. This one is no different – a strong principled woman character in Sophie Massot, mystery, and other scheming characters.

The story is about the Massot family who own a large jewellery chain in France. The owner, Pierre has disappeared and it has been 7 years. His wife, Sophie Massot, decides to move on and declares her husband dead, effectively taking over the company till her son now studying at Oxford is of age. This does not go well with Pierre’s mother Katherine or her son Tom. There is the added complication that Pierre was not a loyal husband, and his mistress Judy is part of the firm. There is also the takeover bid being pursued by Hugh Montfort. With no business background, Sophie attempts to understand and improve the declining fortune of the company. It does not help that her mother in law and son are hostile to her, and Judy is scheming against her - smarting that she has not got her due for all she was to Pierre.

The story is interesting and as expected there are twists in the last quarter of the novel. However, the initial sections are far too long, not allowing the last section of the novel to assert itself. The language of the novel more or less gives you clues on what to expect broadly – it is still good reading though. It is almost as the story itself is tired of being so long, and the climax winds down too quickly.

I rate it at 3.5 stars. Though I liked some of Louise Bagshawe's other books better - for its story and characters, it is worth a read.

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Review: Host

Host Host by Robin Cook
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I like Robin Cook's medical thrillers - they are fast paced and provide a window into medical science and conspiracies without too many technicalities.

Host starts off well – getting very quickly into action, piquing your curiosity. A medical mystery of a healthy adult Carl who enters Mason Dixon hospital for a routine surgery and enters into a coma post surgery with brain damage. This leaves his girlfriend Lynn (a fourth year medical student) shattered as also his parents. Lynn harbours guilt as well since she had suggested the surgeon and the operation.

As Lynn makes preliminary enquires she find the whole scenario puzzling and gradually also suspicious. With help from her fellow student and friend Michael, she finds there are other cases as well. As they get deeper, they uncover a troubling conspiracy and threats to their lives.

While the book starts off well, the story is quite ordinary. The other positive is the characters of Lynn and Michael – which are very well developed and you find yourself emphatizing and rooting for them. If the story had been better developed, rather than just being about a few bad and evil men this would have been a much better read..

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