Archive for April, 2019

The Wonder

April 21, 2019

Book : The Wonder

Author: Emma Donoghue

Rating: 5 / 5

Synopsis

In the latest masterpiece by Emma Donoghue, bestselling author of Room, an English nurse brought to a small Irish village to observe what appears to be a miracle-a girl said to have survived without food for months-soon finds herself fighting to save the child’s life.

Tourists flock to the cabin of eleven-year-old Anna O’Donnell, who believes herself to be living off manna from heaven, and a journalist is sent to cover the sensation. Lib Wright, a veteran of Florence Nightingale’s Crimean campaign, is hired to keep watch over the girl.

Written with all the propulsive tension that made Room a huge bestseller, THE WONDER works beautifully on many levels–a tale of two strangers who transform each other’s lives, a powerful psychological thriller, and a story of love pitted against evil.

Review

I read this for the prompt of “A book with a plant in its cover or title” for #popsugarchallenge2019.
This was highly recommended by @thebooksatchel and @thebookishbulletin , I’m glad I picked it up now. The story is narrated from the POV of Lib Wright who is tasked with the responsibility of watching over Anna O’Donnell, a 11 year old girl . According to the O’Donnell family Anna has been living  “manna from the heaven” for the past 4 months. People from all over the world are coming to see “The Wonder”. Lib and another nurse are supposed to report to a committee at the end of 2 weeks, which will help them to verify O’Donnell’s claims.

How can Anna live without food?
Why is she not eating?
Read to find out

It was a very intriguing, dark and thrilling read, I couldn’t put it down. The book is set in Ireland, years after the potato famine. It was easy to connect to Lib, coz even though I do believe in God I don’t think anyone can live on “manna from heaven”. The second half of the book was heartbreaking. It talks about the impact of religion on the young minds. Anna was so sweet and innocent. The parents, the priest, the town doctor and the committee, I was frustrated at all of them. I was surprised to know from the Author’s note that actually “fasting girls” existed 😣.

Dead In The Water

April 4, 2019

Book : Dead In The Water

Author: Penny Farmer

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis

In 1978, two tortured corpses were discovered in the sea off Guatemala. Hooded, bound with ropes and weighted down with heavy engine parts, Chris Farmer and his girlfriend Peta Frampton were still clinging to life when they were thrown from a yacht on which they had been crewing. 

This is the gripping account of how Chris’s family painstakingly gathered evidence against the boat’s Californian skipper, Silas Duane Boston, working alongside the FBI, Interpol, and police in the UK and the USA. Almost four decades later in 2015, there was a major breakthrough in the case when, using Facebook, Chris’s sister Penny tracked Boston down. Following the testimony of his two sons who, as young boys, had witnessed the horrific murder of Chris and Peta at the hands of their father, Boston was finally arrested and charged with two counts of maritime murder.

Chillingly, Boston was later linked to several other killings on US soil―at one point he was even the FBI’s prime suspect in the notorious Golden State Killer case, until DNA ruled him out. The list of crimes for which he was suspected put him in the league of America’s most prolific and elusive serial killers.

Not just a story of murder on the high seas, Dead in the Water is a tale that offers insights into the minds of the killer and his two sons. And it reveals a family’s fortitude and diligence in tracking down a monster of a man, a task which ultimately fell to the author to complete. It exemplifies that life can be senselessly snuffed out but love never dies

Review

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher( Diversion Books) for the review copy

True crime is something which I started reading last year. I have always been intrigued by serial killer novels, but now when I read these true crime accounts I realise that I agree with the quote “Truth is stranger than fiction”

Last year I had read “I’ll be gone in the dark by Michelle McNamara and when I came to know that the main suspect of this case was also suspected to be GSK I had to read this. Fortunately @diversionbooks approved my request on @netgalley and I got to read this

Back in 1978, the author’s brother, Chris and his girlfriend, Peta were murdered. They had gone on a trip to see the world, but they never came back. The family was devastated by the loss but the police didn’t make any headways. Though the main suspect was the boat owner, Silas with whom they were last seen the police didn’t have enough to charge him. Even after relentless follow ups by Chris’s family there was no progress. 38 years later Penny manages to get the case reopened in the light of new evidence

Will Chris and Peta get justice?
Why were they murdered?
What was the new evidence?
Read to find out

It was a fascinating and equally horrifying read. It was truly tragic and harrowing account . The events are narrated in order and I couldn’t stop reading. It does contain graphical descriptions of violence. My heart broke for Chris, Peta and their families. At times I couldn’t believe this was a true story. The fact that the killer was at large even after so many incidents is frightening.