Fellow Book Worms :)

My Bookish Friends :)

Friday, March 31, 2017

Dangerous Games by Danielle Steel: Review

image source

So some time back I received the book Dangerous Games by Danielle Steel. As most of us have done through our younger years, I also read a lot of her books and found them very easy and quick reads, entertaining and fun.

Of course over the years her writing style has also changed in some ways, and this I realized especially after reading this latest from her. By the way, she is set to come up with 4 more new titles this year, so that is something that I am definitely looking forward to!

You can read an excerpt from the first page of the book here.

Buy It Here

Cover Jacket

corruption, ambition, power and international intrigue..

Television correspondent Alix Phillips dodges bullets and breaks rules to bring the most important news to the world. With her daughter in college and working alongside cameraman Ben Chapman, an ex-Navy SEAL, Alix exhilarates in the risks and whirlwind pace of her work. But her latest assignment puts her at the centre of an explosive story that will reshape many lives, including her own: investigating damning allegations involving the Vice President of the United States, Tony Clark.

Alix starts with a nationally revered woman who may be the key to exposing frightening secrets. Olympia Foster is the fragile, reclusive widow of America's most admired senator who had been destined for the presidency before an assassin's bullet felled him. Since then, Olympia has found emotional support in Clark, who once wanted her as his wife but now stands as her protector and confidant. When Alix begins to dig deeper, federal agents pick up the trail.

 Then the threats begin.

 As the stakes rise in this dangerous game, Alix needs Ben's help like never before. Soon they realize they are grappling with an adversary far more sinister than they had imagined.

My Take

*I will keep it brief as I don't want to reveal any spoiler.

I liked the character of Alix, as she is one of Danielle Steel's more mature female protagonists. There is nothing flighty about her, and she felt more of a solid woman, with brains to match the overall personality.

As the story is set in a political backdrop, the pace is never dull, and there is a lot of action to keep the reader moving through the pages. It has just about 300 pages, so is quite a fast read as well. The characters are well built and you know a good deal about them without taking up too much time and space. This helps the reader connect more with the story, especially as you know the emotional undertones playing through the book.

There are quite a few interesting twists and turns of course that I will not get into. As the cover jacket already makes it clear, the story revolves around certain political twists that lead to some really dangerous games.

I would say that if you are looking for a light yet fast and interesting read, this book should surely be in your handbag, as it will be perfect to read during a commute. Or even when you are chilling at the beach or relaxing at home on a lazy day. Go for it :)

- Debolina Raja

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Rebecca's Tale by Sally Beauman #CoverJacket #OnTheCover



I have loved reading the classic Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, so when I saw this one at a book sale, I simply couldn't resist.

I am just about to start reading it, so can't comment on the story yet, but here's a look at the cover jacket that reads quite interesting.

I turned the page and discovered the two title words written in black ink, in a child's spiky hand, the tail of the last letter curling down the page in a long punning flourish... Rebecca's Tale...

April 1951. It is twenty years since the death of Rebecca, the strikingly beautiful first wife of Maxim de Winter. It is twenty years since the inquest, which famously - and controversially - passed a verdict of suicide. Twenty years since Manderley, the de Winter's ancient family seat, was raze to the groudn.

 But Rebecca's tale is just beginning.

 On the twentieth anniversary of her death, family friend Colonel Julyan receives an anonymous parcel in the post. It contains a black notebook with two handwritten words on the title page - Rebecca's Tale - and two pictures: a photograph of Rebecca as a young child, and a postcard of Manderley. Rebecca once asked Julyan to ensure she was buried in the churchyard facing the sea: if she ended up in the de Winter crypt, she warned, she'd come back to haunt him. Now, it seems, she has finally kept her promise.

Julyan's conscience has never been clear over the official version of Rebecca's death. Was it really suicide, or was it actually murder? Was Rebecca the manipulative, promiscuous femme fatale her husband claimed, or the gothic heroine of tragic proportions that others had suggested? The official story, the 'truth', has only ever had Maxim's version of events to consider. But all that is about to change...

 Sally Beauman has taken Daphne du Maurier's celebrated twentieth century classic, Rebecca, and crafted a compelling companion for the twenty-first. Haunting, evocative, mesmerising, Rebecca's Tale is for anyone who has ever dreamt of going back to Manderley again.

- Debolina Raja

Monday, March 20, 2017

#FirstpageMondays Dangerous Games by Danielle Steel



Buy Here



I recently received this brand new book titled Dangerous Games by Danielle Steel. Here's a quick look at the first page, review will follow soon so stay tuned.

Chapter 1

It was nearly four in the morning when Alix Phillips ran for cover as gunshots rang out. A fruit-canning factory had been shut down in Alabama, putting thousands out of jobs. The union had been trying to stop the shutdown for months, and finally violence had broken out in the town, out of desperation and frustration. Most of the factory workers were African American, some of whose families had worked there for generations. There had been looting and destruction in the town and surrounding area all night, and two young men had been killed. The riot police had been called in from nearby cities, and the acrid smell of tear gas was everywhere. Alix was reporting from a live feed, and had to abandon the spot where she'd been standing, as Ben Chapman, her cameraman, grabbed her roughly by the arm and forced her to leave. He nearly had to drag her to get her away from the scene, as troops narrowed in on the area, and flames exploded the windows as looters set a .....

- Debolina Raja