Tag Archives: Harper

Woman on Fire by Lisa Barr

Woman on Fire, which combines a bit of WWII history and Nazi-looted art, is one of the best thrillers I have read in a while. The novel begins when Margaux de Laurent, the heiress to a million-dollar art gallery business, kills the son of (fictional) Helmuth Geisler in cold blood. Helmuth had led the group […]

The Stranger in the Lifeboat by Mitch Albom

Mitch Albom’s books were some of the first I read when I started reading in English roughly a decade ago. While I liked his nonfiction works Have a Little Faith: a True Story and Tuesdays with Morrie (the book he is most known for and one of the top-selling memoirs of all time), I was […]

The Boys’ Club by Erica Katz

I’m not sure which genre The Boys’ Club would fall under – is it a thriller or a literary fiction? Unfortunately enough, whatever the genre it may belong to, this #MeToo story set in the corporate law world felt very plausible. Alex Vogel is a recent graduate from Harvard Law who has just joined Klasko […]

A Good Marriage by Kimberly McCreight

After an unfortunate career change, Lizzie is now a corporate lawyer at Young & Crane. From childhood, Lizzie’s dream had been to work for the DA, prosecuting white-collar criminals. She had lived this dream for a while too, until it came crashing down, when her husband, Sam got into an accident. A while back, Sam, […]

The Upstairs House by Julia Fine

This was a strange book to read. In The Upstairs House, the protagonist Megan has just given birth to her daughter Clara. A first-time mom, Megan is suffering from baby blues and going through a range of emotions. She’s sleep-deprived, constantly tired, and engulfed in isolation even when surrounded by others. Motherhood has offered Megan […]

Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam

It took me over a month to read this in short bursts. Clay and Amanda are two white New Yorkers headed out to the Hamptons for a family vacation with their two teenagers. The house they have rented for a week is located in a secluded corner, undisturbed by the hubbub of city life, making […]

The Andromeda Evolution by Daniel H. Wilson

First things first – the cover of this book had me completely fooled! Because Michael Crichton’s name is in big lettering, I thought this must have been a collaboration between Crichton and Wilson, where Wilson completed/ expanded on Crichton’s idea after his death. It sort of is in the sense that The Andromeda Evolution is […]

Gravity is the Thing by Jaclyn Moriarty

I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED Gravity is the Thing! I don’t think I’ve ever felt this good after reading a novel that deals with grief and loss! Abigail (Abi) Sorensen, the novel’s protagonist, has experienced more than her fair share of tragedy in life. The day before Abi turned sixteen, Robert, her fifteen-year-old brother/ best friend, […]

The Secretary by Renée Knight

Christine Butcher, the protagonist in Renée Knight’s second novel, has been the personal assistant to Mina Appleton, a supermarket heiress for over eighteen years. From the first-day Christine was hired, she knew what Mina expected from her. For a handsome salary, Mina wanted Christine’s loyalty and availability at all times, and Christine never hesitated to […]

Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver

Unsheltered is the award-winning American novelist Barbara Kingsolver’s ninth novel in which the narrative alternates between the years 2016 and 1870s. Its contemporary tale begins with Willa who has come to live in an old inherited house in Vineland, New Jersey with her family in the most unexpected way. For most of their lives, Willa […]

The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar

Had The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock not been shortlisted for Women’s Prize for Fiction, I don’t think I’d have picked it up. It’s historical fiction, with a dash of romance and fantasy thrown in for good measure. Since the latter is not my jam, I found the notion of reading a 500-page novel featuring mermaids […]

Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear

Sweet Little Lies has been on several most anticipated summer reading lists, so I was very excited to read it. It has an intriguing premise too. Cat Kinsella is a police detective based in London who seems to be somewhat stuck in her life. During a family visit to Ireland when Cat was eight-years-old, Maryanne […]