Hi Readers,

I got to read this book as part of Indiblogger’s book review program. I was intrigued by the title itself. But like they say, never judge a book by it’s cover. So, here’s my review for Yashodhara Lal’s – There’s Something About You.

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Synopsis:

This book is about a girl Trishna fondly called as Trish. She’s 28, Unemployed, little overweight, single and just wants to be how she wants to be. Thus if you’re around her and trying to change her, then mister you surely are on the block list (if you know what i mean). After being unemployed, she gets a freelance job from the same company that fired her. To get back at them she writes the column in the most sarcastic way possible. Yes, the column becomes an instant hit and thus gets her a job. (Quite amazing how life can get, right?)

Here’s a gist of the characters in the book.

Trishna and her Family:

The story begins with the author giving us a gist of Trishna’s life. The who’s who in her life. Her parents, a friend, work, the city etc. Trish prefers working a lot which means she doesn’t prefer being home. For her it’s not a home sweet home kind of a thing. It’s more like a “Home sweet Hell”. She has her ever complaining mother who always has a say in anything Trish does. Her father is old, has lost major part of his memory but is the reason why Trish goes home everyday.

Friends:

This is the one section where she sucks the most. She just has one friend i.e. her neighbor Akanksha aka Akku. She is a good friend and always listens to Trish. She has a daughter Lisa fondly called as Leeez who feels her mother has no time for her.

Love:

Here’s one section which she hasn’t had any experience on. She has never believed in love and destiny. Then enters Sahil, the geeky  guy who feels he has a superpower. He can foresee something in your future if he touches your hand. (Yeah, he thinks he can do that)

Work:

There’s Nivedita and Zee who are a part of the editorial team that land Trish the freelance job. She hates both of them to the core and the feelings are mutual from the opposite side too.

What I liked:

The way the author could describe things, situations etc. Since the story is in Mumbai I could actually imagine every sequence. Yes, I could feel like almost watching everything unfold in front of me.

If you can make me imagine it so clearly then yes, you’re awesome.

The day to day problems that Trish faces often can be related to all us working professionals too. Yes we all somewhat go through a string of problems right from work issues, troubled relationships etc. I could relate to a lot of issues and thus i must say that the author has done her homework pretty well.

What i didn’t like:

I hate to write this part as I know how it feels when someone tells what they did not like in my posts. But these are my thoughts which i must share.

The only thing I did not like is the flow of the book. It wasn’t a well gripped one. I usually read a book and am done with it very soon. But this book took me a while. It lost the plot midway. The family drama and the love story somewhat just didn’t connect. I feel it had to be either one of them.

Conclusion:

All in all, I did enjoy reading this book. It had a lot of positives and some points to improve on. Every mumbaikar can relate to this book. They’d know the troubles and fortunes of staying in this city.

Hats off to the author for penning down this untypical story.

You can purchase this online on Flipkart by clicking HERE.

Find out more about the author by visiting her page HERE.

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A city that never sleeps…

A wicked serial killer who hates women…

A corrupt system…

And

One guy who dares to stop him

This is a classic James Patterson plot.

And I like it as I have liked his other ventures.

With the help of fellow author Ashwin Sanghi, this book gave me as a Mumbaikar, an altogether different feeling.

The storyline being set in Mumbai gave me more benefits in terms of visual referencing as I could make out majority of the places mentioned in the book.

This couldn’t be done in his previous books. 😛

Also, the story is set during the Navratri season. Guess what? As I’m typing this, we are in the middle of the Navratri season. So the book reading experience goes up to an all together new level for me.

 

Anyways, the story is set up this time in Mumbai, as “Private” officers try to decode the prolific cases in the country, without the ordinary public knowing much about them.

This time, they handle a serial killer, whose specialty is only with killing females.

Also the perpetrator gives the murder an artistic look, with some random prop’s which won’t make sense to you and me unless we break our heads together and search for a pattern.

 

The killings seem to be on a random basis. Santosh Wagh, the head of “Private India” alongside his team are always 2 steps behind the killer.

It’s almost as if the only way they can track the next victim is post her death!!

Private Officers then try various angles, which also makes them enter the forbidden territory of the rich and influential people who have their derriere insured by the politicians.

Of course they get some clues but to link them become a problem. But to use them, means raising alarm bells which ain’t a good sign for them. With majority of police officers under the payroll of the politicians, it gets tough to cough up information and leads in order to solve the case.  

Also, the killer seems to be in no mood to stop these murders.

 

In the later stage of the story, although through co incidence but Santosh cracks up a pattern courtesy of Goddess Durga.

The killer seems to be using the props which are seen in the 9 forms of Goddess Durga.

So this makes clear to the officers, that there would be 9 murders and all of women. The only negative aspect is that by the time this news is out many women had been killed.

 

Now, for the first time, the cops know something and can work on the lead. They keep up their work, connecting the dots to all the victims.

The climax shows Santosh Wagh and his team cracking the pattern alongside the relation between all the victims.

By that, they make out the name of the killer and the last target who happens to be Nisha, an officer from Private India.

Santosh and his team try their best till the very end derailing all problems right from politicians to corrupt cops who try to thwart their plans to catch the killer.

But “Private India” officers are no small time officers, and they prove this by beating all odds and saving their own Nisha from the grasp of the killer.

The ending shows a rather disturbed Santosh thinking of quitting “Private India”.

 

You will find it tough to connect the dots until the very last chapter.

But it will be fun when you rattle your mind to find the killer and the motive behind the killings.

Go ahead.

Knock yourself out.

Read it.

Well done Ashwin Sanghi & James Patterson!!

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Some lines from the book “The Fault in Our Stars” which I liked;

      When Augustus explains Hazel why he keeps an unlit cigarette in his mouth.

“It’s a metaphor, see: You put the killing thing right between your teeth, but you don’t give it the power to do its killing.”

  

 When Augustus explains Van Houten, what Hazel means to him.
“What else? She is so beautiful. You don’t get tired of looking at her. You never worry if she is smarter than you: You know she is. She is funny without ever being mean. I love her. I am so lucky to love her, Van Houten. You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world, old man, but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices. I hope she likes hers.”

      When Augustus and Hazel converse with each other.

“As he read, I feel in love the way you fall asleep: slow, and then all at once.”

“I’m a grenade and at some point I’m going to blow up and I would like to minimize the casualties, okay?”


“My thoughts are stars I can’t fathom into constellations.”
“That’s why I like you. Do you realize how rare it is to come across a hot girl who creates an adjectival version of the word pedophile? You are so busy being you that you have no idea how utterly unprecedented you are.”
“Come over here so I can examine your face with my hands and see deeper into your soul than a sighted person ever could.”
“I love you present tense.”

            When Augustus talks about pain.

     

That’s the thing about pain. It demands to be felt.”
   When hazel explains that she might end up breaking his heart,  Augustus says,

  

“Oh, I wouldn’t mind, Hazel Grace. It would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you.” 

    The last one is how they choose their words which are just too good to be true.

“You gave me a forever within the numbered days and I can’t tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity”

There are many more which I can fill in, but I feel these are enough to showcase what the book actually does to you.


For any of you who have read the book and feel I missed out on some better lines (which I’m sure I did) do not hesitate in letting me know.

 

 

 
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