Leïla Slimani’s slim novel, The Perfect Nanny is one of the most hyped thrillers of 2018. Slimani has drawn inspiration from the cold murders of Lucia and Leo Krim that shocked New York in 2012, and her novel, which shares many similarities with the actual tragedy, is set in Paris. In The Perfect Nanny, Louise is a […]

This is going to be a short review. 😀 In Strings in Hollow Shells Sandra is a city girl living in London. Now to mend her broken heart, she’s vacationing at Mrs. Prideaux’s country house which has “an atmosphere of tranquility,” and where no one has died of a broken heart, been betrayed or forsaken. […]

Akil Kumarasamy’s debut novel Half Gods is presented as a collection of interwoven short stories that explores the immigrant experience. Those who have been following my blog for a while might know that I’m from Sri Lanka, where a 26-year civil war was fought between the Sinhalese, Sri Lanka’s ethnic majority and the Tamil minority. […]

Another charming story in this collection. In The Rose in the Picture, the protagonist Ursula is interested in Henry Potter, the son of the village vicar. Henry is only a few years older than Ursula. They had known each other since they were children, however, they are not friends. Ursula remembers the Christmas parties and […]

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo first came under my radar when it got nominated for Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Historical Fiction 2017. I was so intrigued by the title, and I wanted to know who was the greatest love of Evelyn Hugo out of all her seven husbands. But when I started reading […]

In Don Juan and the Lilly Elsa, our protagonist is a nineteen-year-old working girl because her mother felt that “her daughters’ lack of allure necessitated them having careers.” At work, Elsa’s responsibilities are mostly clerical, and one morning after she mistakenly files a crucial document in a wrong file, Mr. Pelham, her boss chides Elsa […]

When I Hit You tells the story of an unnamed narrator, a writer who fell in love with a university professor and moved hundreds of miles away from home after marrying him. This man who disguised himself as a progressive individual, in fact, turned out to be a monster – paranoid, controlling, and manipulative – […]

It has been some time since I last posted here. We came to Sri Lanka for a short break and then hopped on a plane again to visit Singapore. 😀 So I haven’t spent much time reading. But now I plan on getting back to my regular rhythm, and hopefully read few books from the […]

Lizzie Borden took an axe And gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done, She gave her father forty-one. Sarah Schmidt’s debut See What I Have Done begins on August 4th in 1892 at Fall River, Massachusetts, soon after the body of Andrew Borden, a wealthy manufacturer/ entrepreneur is discovered by […]

Next up in Frances Towers’s collection is the title story. When I picked the book, I was wondering if Tea with Mr. Rochester would have anything to do with Jane Eyre and as it turns out it does! Prissy, the story’s protagonist is an orphaned little girl brought up by her aunts. While in boarding […]

For me, Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl has been the epitome of psychological thrillers for a while now. Ever since Gone Girl came out in 2014 I’ve been judging all the thrillers I read after in comparison to it. The dust jackets of most of those books brazenly touted them to be the next Gone Girl […]

Now that I’m done reading Love Stories I figured it’s time I read another Persephone short story collection. The anthology I picked is Tea with Mr. Rochester, the only book Frances Towers ever published. Last year I came across one of her stories in The Persephone Book of Short Stories. Spade Man from Over the […]

Mr. Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense is the award-winning biographer Jenny Uglow’s account of Edward Lear’s life. Born in 1812, Edward was the penultimate of twenty-one children of Ann Clark Skerrett and Jeremiah Lear. Edward didn’t have the happiest of early childhoods – Ann Clark rejected Edward, and the family went through a […]

The final story in Love Stories is taken from Ali Smith’s collection; The Whole Story and Other Stories. May is one of the weird stories in Love Stories – it’s about a woman who falls in love with a tree belonging to one of the neighbors. So plot-wise it’s very unique, but at the same […]

Home Fire is written by Kamila Shamsie who is no stranger to the Women’s Prize for Fiction. She has been shortlisted for the prize twice in the past, and her latest novel which is among the longlisted books this year is very appropriate for the times we live in. Shamsie’s novel, which is a modern […]