Dirty Little Secrets by Jo Spain – Book Review

Synopsis

 

Death stalked the Vale.
In every corner, every whisper.
They just didn’t know it yet.

Six neighbours, six secrets, six reasons to want Olive Collins dead.

In the exclusive gated community of Withered Vale, people’s lives appear as perfect as their beautifully manicured lawns. Money, success, privilege – the residents have it all. Life is good.

There’s just one problem.

Olive Collins’ dead body has been rotting inside number four for the last three months. Her neighbours say they’re shocked at the discovery but nobody thought to check on her when she vanished from sight.

The police start to ask questions and the seemingly flawless facade begins to crack. Because, when it comes to Olive’s neighbours, it seems each of them has something to hide, something to lose and everything to gain from her death.

My Review

(I listened to the audio book by Audible, narrated by Michele Moran, which was really great)

Olive Collins was found, three months after she had died. Set in a closed community living in Withered Vale, there are six families who hides their very own secrets. Police starts investigations on how the death of Olive occurred. It brings out a difficult time for all of the neighbours, which in the end, makes all of them reveal their hidden, dirty secrets.

Olive Collins have been in one way or the other, interfering in the lives of each of her neighbours and creating unpleasantness among them.  So i felt that most of them were glad in the end, that she was no longer alive to bring them more trouble, to their lives.

At the beginning of the book, you really do not get, the whole idea of what Olive is up to. You feel sad for her for living alone and suddenly found dead in her own house.  But once you start reading the story, when each member of these households starts to reveal their own circumstances, we understand the real character of Olive Collins.

Jo Spain has done a great job, in creating the setting, characters and the plot. Her unique and careful writing style reveals all these hidden secrets of each family in a methodical manner, that would not confuse the reader. It creates a sense of wanting to know more about what will happen next. Definitely arouses the curiosity of the readers. I pretty much enjoyed the last chapter, where Olive speaks on how she died. The characters in the story does not find the exact answer for this question, but the reader finds the answer.    In the end I felt, that Olive got what she deserved.

My Rating

four-stars-copy   4/5 Stars – Exceptional

Hope you enjoyed my review. Leave your thoughts and ideas in the comments below.

Until the next post, Stay at home!! Stay safe!!

XOXOX

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Love after love by Ingrid Persaud – Book Review

Few days back, I completed another audio book, which definitely a five star read.

It is wonderful to see the author and the narrator both are Ingrid Persaud herself. Such a lovely book, so let’s just dive in.

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Synopsis

Meet the Ramdin-Chetan family: forged through loneliness, broken by secrets, saved by love.

Irrepressible Betty Ramdin, her shy son Solo and their marvellous lodger, Mr Chetan, form an unconventional household, happy in their differences, as they build a home together. Home: the place where your navel string is buried, keeping these three safe from an increasingly dangerous world. Happy and loving they are, until the night when a glass of rum, a heart to heart and a terrible truth explodes the family unit, driving them apart.

Brave and brilliant, steeped in affection, Love After Love asks us to consider what happens at the very brink of human forgiveness, and offers hope to anyone who has loved and lost and has yet to find their way back.

My Review

The book was way different than what we get to read normally. That is why I called it as a five star read. There are three important characters in the story, namely Betty Ramdin, Her son Solo and their lodger Mr. Chetan. Each chapter of the book is devoted to these three characters.

Betty is a woman with one son, Solo. She had an abusive husband, and even though her husband is long dead, the past still haunts her. Betty’s only concern is her son. We see at the beginning of the novel, Solo is very shy and does not wish to interact with people much. Betty being young (at the beginning of the story), is suffering from loneliness. She gets involved in a few relationships, but they do not work out to her liking.

Enters Mr. Chetan to story and he becomes a lodger in the Ramdin household. But soon, we find out that he becomes a part of the family. He loves Solo like his own son, and they creates a deeper bond. (just like father and son) He falls in love with Betty but he tells her that he is gay. Understanding among them is very deep and with all these mismatches, they live a happy life, like a family.

Like any other family, they come into arguments, disputes and misunderstandings. With each of these having their own life to live, they go through rough patches in life. Finding love, heart-break, but with a lot going on, yet they stand for each other. Fate brings Mr. Chetan’s life to an end, which is the most difficult part to read. As readers, we feel the loss and the heartache of Betty and Solo.

The book is just amazing, and you are being carried out into Trinidad, into the Ramdin- Chetan household. You become a part of that life. I just love how she speaks about cooking and food. Some controversial ideas has been brought out by the book, in a simple manner.  The topic – Love after Love very well suits the story. We see how the characters find one love after the death of another. No character is left alone.

A lovely read with a deeper meaning, controversial ideas brought up in a subtle way. Highly recommend it. If you are listening to the audio book, Ingrid narrates it in a wonderful way. Great work from the author.

My Rating

152-1529188_intuit-proadvisor-transparent-background-five-stars  5/5 (Stars) Tremendous, I like it very much

 

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Until the next post, Stay safe!

XOXOX

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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – Book Review

Hello Booklovers!!!

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

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Synopsis

‘If I had my way, every idiot who goes around with Merry Christmas on his lips, would be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. Merry Christmas? Bah humbug!’

Introduction and Afterword by Joe Wheeler
To bitter, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, Christmas is just another day. But all that changes when the ghost of his long-dead business partner appears, warning Scrooge to change his ways before it’s too late.

Part of the Focus on the Family Great Stories collection, this edition features an in-depth introduction and discussion questions by Joe Wheeler to provide greater understanding for today’s reader. “A Christmas Carol” captures the heart of the holidays like no other novel.

My Review

“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!”
Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

What a lovely Christmas read!!!

I listened to the audio book. It was great. Recently I have grown in fond of books by Charles Dickens. I am studying Great Expectations for my literature class, and I saw so many book bloggers reading this book. So, I thought that I should give it a try. I purchased the audio book, which is amazing.

The story brings out the true spirit of Christmas. Christmas is all about love, share and care. Everybody love to celebrate this special day, the day Jesus Christ was born, with their family and loved once. I really liked the character of Scrooge, and how he changed after meeting the three spirits of past, present and future. The other thing I loved about the story was, the descriptive language. Wow!! I loved how everything (specially Food!!) was described in the story. This short read definitely boosts up your holiday spirit.

Gives out a message to the readers about spending a meaningful Christmas. A wonderful read.

“God bless us, every one!”
Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

My Rating

152-1529188_intuit-proadvisor-transparent-background-five-stars5/5 (stars) Tremendous, I like it very much

I know most of you might have already read this amazing book, if you have not, it is the best time of the year, to try it out. Do leave your thoughts and ideas in the comments below!!

Until the next post,

Be Merry!!!!

XOXOX

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