Title: So Absurd It Must Be True!

Author: Victoria Ray

Pages: 188 pages (Ebook)

Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction

Publication Date: January 22, 2019

Publisher: Self Published

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As you turn the pages of Victoria Ray’s debut book, you’ll realize, once again, that the mix of humor, erotica and sci-fi is always the best medicine and that absurd things happen all the time, such as:
– A father of nine, who, on Valentine’s Day, is forced to have sex with every woman he meets
– A crazy producer with 50 phobias, one of which is his last name
– An author of an unfinished book, spending his days in fear of Mr. Best Seller, pancakes, his wife’s breasts and running
– A trip to a place called Escape, where a divorced woman, Mrs. BouncyTits, is surrounded only by hot men – until her last breath

The heaven of all absurd and bizarre is awaiting you on the pages of this book! When we see something strange, we immediately start thinking! Anything weird or odd activates our brains! These 42 strange stories are mind opening and will not only make you smile, but will also make you think.

Are you ready to engulf yourself in some odd, silly and dirty tales that will make you smile?
Remember, these are adult stories, so share only with your mature friends!

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So Absurd It Must Be True by Victoria Ray is a collection of 42 short stories. Each totally unique and different from each other and also from anything else you have ever read. The chapters are short and each chapter comes with a lesson at the end of it.

The stories are short and quirky. They are a satire on society, relationships, lifestyle, sex and much more. You just slide through the wild ride. The character names are genius. And as a whole they are really absurd and f-ing hilarious!!! But at the same time dark and raw.

I can only imagine that the creative instinct and imagination of Ray must have been at it’s peak while writing this book.

It’s a must read if you are looking for a good laugh. Pick it up on a lazy afternoon or on the beach or on a weekend to fill yourself with wonder.

My Rating: 5/5

Mystery/Suspense · Thriller


Title: Lies Lies Lies

Author: Adele Parks

Pages: 448 pages (Paperback)

Genre: Mystery, Thriller(Psychological)

Publication Date: September 19, 2019

Publisher: HQ|An imprint of Harper

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Daisy and Simon’s marriage is great, isn’t it? After years together, the arrival of longed-for daughter Millie sealed everything in place. A happy little family of three. And so what if Simon drinks a bit too much sometimes – Daisy’s used to it, she knows he’s letting off steam. Until one night at a party things spiral horribly out of control. And that happy little family of three will never be the same again.

In Lies Lies Lies, Sunday Times bestseller Adele Parks explores the darkest corners of a relationship in freefall in a mesmerising tale of marriage and secrets

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Simon and Daisy seem to have a great life. They seem to be a very happy family with their daughter Millie, who was conceived after several failed IVF attempts. But behind this happy facade both are hiding sinister lies from EACH other unravelling of which sets the book in motion.

If you have been following my blog for sometime you would know how psychological domestic thrillers are my kryptonite. And GOSH this was GOOOOOD. It had all the elements that needs to be present is the genre. It was fast paced, has unlikeable characters, keeps you guessing till the end(which was worth it), the vibe set is unnerving(which is intensified by Millie’s presence amongst it all) and the plot twists are smooth but surprising!! It totally strikes the right chord.

Lies Lies Lies includes issues of infertility and it’s subsequent effect on mental health, alcohol addiction, domestic & sexual violence and the less talked about post partum depression. This novel is addictive to say the least and hooks you from the very first page. I will give this a 4.5 out of 5 and will definitely recommend it.

My Rating: 4.5/5

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Dulcinea and The Death Code by Victoria Ray|Book Review

Title: Dulcinea and The Death Code

Author: Victoria Ray

Pages: 197 pages (Ebook)

Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction

Publication Date: June 9, 2019

Publisher: Self Published

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If somebody had told you that you were born under mysterious circumstances, that you appeared on Earth as a baby and nobody knew how you were born – grown by aliens, popped into existence by an invisible gravity force, or assembled in some kind of DNA-factory – wouldn’t you find it absolutely frightening? Knowing that you aren’t you, losing your identity and mind, feeling that it isn’t normal for you to be here, because you are part of something else, but still the part of the Universe. I am asking you: WHAT WOULD YOU DO? 

A mysterious world. 
A girl that had never been born. 
A strange crack in the backyard that follows you wherever you go. 
Death and disappointment. 
The journey through the curved space. 

It all waits to be discovered in Dulcinea and The Death Code – an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and reality in a thrilling reading experience. Fourteen-year-old Dulcinea is moving from sunny Sumter, South Carolina to frigid Sweden. She is followed by the glowing crack and the strange gravitational sound that has been there her whole life. What it is and why it follows her is a complete mystery. Through her journey, Dulcinea discovers her abilities, while coming to grips with the fact that she is far from human. This knowledge is very dangerous – not only for Dulcinea, but for everyone she meets during this electrifying trip to the place called A-Ria. Dulcinea and her incredible new friends learn that the secret they discover might help those they love… and the Earth itself. 

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A spine-tingling young adult fantasy book Dulcinea and The Death Code will be an exhilarating read for teens, adults and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows of the Unknown Universe. 

Dulcinea and The Death Code by Victoria Ray is a young adult fantasy and a very unique one at that. It is about a girl Dulcinia who can fore see people’s death for reasons unknown to her. But as she arrives in Sweden and finds herself among a group of teenagers just like her, all bestowed with some unique power, she sets out to explore herself and in the process, much more .

The book is interesting and offbeat. It is written in lucid language and thus is easy to read and follow. The world building is gradual and effortless to get into. Descriptions are vivid but not over done or boring.

But the plot had a lot more potential than what has been done with it. Plus a lot of questions and situations were left unanswered at the end. But as it happens to be a part of the series probably those will be answered in the next one.

Also I love the cover and the title of the novel. Both are so attractive.

My Rating: 4/5

Mystery/Suspense · Thriller


Title: The Stranger Game

Author: Peter Gadol

Pages: 304 pages (Paperback)

Genre: Mystery, Thriller(Psychological)

Publication Date: 5 October, 2019

Publisher: HQ an imprint of Harper Collins

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Rebecca’s on-again, off-again boyfriend, Ezra, has gone missing, but when she notifies the police, they seem surprisingly unconcerned. They suspect he has been playing the “stranger game,” a viral hit in which players start following others in real life, as they might otherwise do on social media. As the game spreads, however, the rules begin to change, play grows more intense and disappearances are reported across the country.

Curious about this popular new obsession, and hoping that she might be able to track down Ezra, Rebecca tries the game for herself. She also meets Carey, who is willing to take the game further than she imagined possible. As her relationship with Carey and involvement in the game deepen, she begins to uncover an unsettling subculture that has infiltrated the world around her. In playing the stranger game, what may lead her closer to finding Ezra may take her further and further from the life she once lived.

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When Ezra, Rebecca’s long term boyfriend goes missing she comes across the game that is sweeping the city. It requires you to follow a complete stranger without getting caught. Not on social media but in reality. In person.

The rules of the game are simple.

You pick a random stranger to follow.

You don’t get involved.

And you never follow the same stranger twice.

But as Rebecca penetrates into the innocent world of the Stranger Game, it proves to me more sinister than it previously seemed.

Rebecca in her isolation and unsteady reality is a character that grows on you.
The plot grabs your attention and the eerie setting keeps a you hooked throughout. The plot development was slow which can be attributed the specific writing style. But the climax could have been better.

The Stranger Game by Peter Gadol is an offbeat psychological thriller(/suspense). This book really would be appreciated by the fans of The Woman In The Window.

My Rating: 3.5/5

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Mystery/Suspense · Thriller


Title: Don’t Tell Teacher

Author: Suzy K Quinn

Pages: 384 pages (Paperback)

Genre: Mystery, Thriller(Psychological)

Publication Date: July 11, 2019

Publisher: HQ|An imprint of Harper

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School should have been the safest place…

For Lizzie Riley, switching her six-year-old son Tom to the local academy school marks a fresh start, post-divorce. With its excellent reputation, Lizzie knows it’ll be a safe space away from home.

But there’s something strange happening at school. Parents are forbidden from entering the grounds, and there are bars across the classroom windows.

Why is Tom coming home exhausted, unable to remember his day? What are the strange marks on his arm? And why do the children seem afraid to talk?

Lizzie is descending into every parent’s worst nightmare: her little boy is in danger. But will she be able to protect him before it’s too late?

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‘Don’t Tell Teacher’ by Suzy K Quinn is a dynamic psychological thriller. With short crisp chapters it kept me hooked throughout.

The story is simultaneously narrated in two alternating timelines. One is the present where Lizzie and Tom has relocated and Tom is going to a new school that seems to have bars on windows, padlock on gates and very high walls. After joining which Tom comes home with peculiar marks on his body and starts getting seizures. And another timeline is the previous one where Lizzie falling in love with Olly. The abusive husband that Lizze will later have to escape.

Don’t Tell Teacher is told in 4 alternating POVs. Lizzie’ s and Kate’s being the main. Lizzie is the mother and Kate the social service worker who as taken Tom and Lizzie’s case.

The writing is easy and gripping. Suzy successfully creates a creepy vibe that keeps you on your toes and you are bound to jump up on your bed at even the slightest unwarranted sound around!😂

It was a quick read and took me only two sittings to complete. I’ll give Don’t Tell Teacher a solid 4 stars, which was a treat from the beginning to end.

My Rating: 4/5

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Mystery/Suspense · Thriller


Title: Out of the Ashes

Author: Vicky Newham

Pages: 400 pages (Hardcover)

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Publication Date: May 30, 2019

Publisher: HQ|An imprint of Harper

Buy Links: Amazon(IN), Amazon(UK), Amazon(US)

A tragic accident – or a ruthless killer?
When a flash mob on Brick Lane is interrupted by a sudden explosion, DI Maya Rahman dashes to the scene. A fire is raging through one of the city’s most infamous streets, the sight of Maya’s childhood home. And the discovery of two charred bodies in the burnt-out building transforms an arson attack into a murder case.

With witnesses too caught up in the crowd to have seen anything useful, Maya is facing a complex investigation without a single lead. And, when reports of a second, even more horrifying crime land on Maya’s desk, it’s obvious there’s more at stake than she could ever have imagined. She must find the answers – before all of East London goes up in flames.

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I’m currently on a thriller reading spree and ‘Out of the Ashes‘ by Vicky Newham is the hot new, impressive and completely immersive thriller in town that worked it’s pull on me. It’s a page turner that leaves you breathless.

It keeps you guessing on the suspects and the motives! The twists and turns are effortless and does not seem forced. The characters are multi cultural and multi layered. Even being a fast paced plot driven book, the character arcs specially that of our protagonist DI Maya is fascinating. Cultural exploration of not only the characters but of London and East End itself adds an unique taste to the story.

The writing and details are original. I’m definitely looking forward to read more of Vicky Newham’s novel from now.

My Rating: 4/5

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