So this weeks been a short story spree week, I am getting addicted to the short stories. I always suggest to read short stories of any author before trying their book. In this way, you would be able to relate and chose whether you really like authors writing style.

A Christmas Tragedy: A Short Story by Agatha Christie

Blurb:

At a health resort, Miss Marple becomes suspicious that a man she meets is planning on murdering his wife.

 

Review:

Short story, Agatha Christie is a classic author who maintains a classic plot and keeps us provoked till the end and even after. Great read.

The Predator by Shreya Naik

Blurb:

Sometimes you are just one decision away from a completely different life as the blockages exist only in the mind. Will Alisha, a 15-year-old girl be able to take one such decision that would end her mother’s suffering? Or will Arna allow the crime to continue?

Review:

He was a thing that preyed, living on the things that lived, unaided, alone, by virtue of his own strength and prowess, surviving triumphantly in a hostile environment where only the strong survive but sometimes being mentally strong takes care of your physical weakness.

This short story revolves around Mother-Daughter combo.
The mother-daughter combo goes for a small outing and Arna shares her distressing story with her only daughter , Alisha. The distressing story involves her rapist husband and his friends.

Story is fast paced, neat and grisps. Straight forward but thought provoking which empowers women to be more strong espcially when they think they are weaker.

Author should do more work on editing like the abrupt mention of Arna’s husband ‘shaldiyan’

Mr. Cool Detective: What went wrong? by Arun K. Nair

Blurb:

Kannan murdered Philips at his house. What looked like a closed case takes a dramatic turn when inspector Naren gets an unusual request from a mother who knew her son too well. Not an easy task for Naren, especially when the evidence speaks a completely different language.

Review:

So here is a crime short story by Arun Nair. I am yet to review his debut book ‘ Murderous Greed’. I will read it soon and post the review as well.

Kannan, a newspaper delivery boy is acquitted for killing an old aged person. The Protoganist is a crime detective who takes up the case which was previously assigned to Charlie on request of Lakshmi, Kannans mom and as he dwells into the case. The case seems rather interesting with a twist ( which looked quite obvious)

This shortbook talks about the hypocrite society where we consider the lowpay/low society as criminals for granted.

Arun uses simple english and a fast paced approach.I loved reading the book.

Since it was a short story, I would keep it here.. but somewhere I do feel that Arun could have done a better job by describing more on how the detective reaches to his conclusion. offcourse, this would mean that he had to further elaborate this book a little bit!

Mother By Uma Gowri

Review:

This short story ‘Mother’is a fast paced story where the protoganist goes for a desperate attempt to meet her mother who was prisoned for killing her father. The protoganist’s father had a lower caste lover and she has killed her too.Even after learning about these, the protoganist goes to meet her mother as she has learned that her mother is innocent when her photographer friend gives her a photo of her mothers writeup in the prison wall “DIDN’T KILL HER”.
I loved this fast paced story.The twisted tale mixed with blood and caste based honor killing has made this story terrified and hooked at the same time. Brilliant read.

Some bonuses, I also read “A Wasted Hour by Jeffrey Archer ” and “A Letter to a Hindu by Leo Tolstoy” and loved it.

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