Die Trying BY Lee Child

 

I was totally blown away by the first novel (Killing Floor) and was so looking forward to the second book but to get utterly disappointed by it. I am not too sure if it is my problem or just because the storyline was not captivating enough to keep me attached to the book. I tend to skip a few sentences or paragraph here and there while I was reading and I find it hard to continue reading halfway through it. Probably I read the first book and I have an expectation there so I tend to compare it with the first novel.

So here is a quick summary (adapted from the book): In a Chicago suburb, a dentist is met in his office parking lot by three men and ordered into the trunk of his Lexus. On a downtown sidewalk, Jack Reacher and an unknown woman are abducted in broad daylight by two men – practiced and confident – who stop them at gunpoint and hustle them into the same sedan. Then Reacher and the woman are switched into a second vehicle and hauled away, leaving the dentist bound and gagged inside his car with the woman’s abandoned possessions, two gallons of gasoline, and a burning match. The FBI is desperate to rescue the woman, a Special Agent from the Chicago office, because the FBI always – always – takes care of its own, and because this woman is not just another agent. Reacher and the woman join forces, against seemingly hopeless odds, to outwit their captors and escape. But the FBI thinks Jack is one of the kidnappers – and when they close in, the Bureau snipers will be shooting to kill…

If you have read the first novel, the first thing you will notice will be that Die Trying was written in a 3rd party narrative instead of a 1st party narrative. It makes all the characters looks a little distance. Overall, Killing Floor just prove how invincible Jack Reacher is with his years in Army and also how intensive Lee Child research on the type of guns and even going in-depth to the calculating the possibility of hit and also the velocity of the bullet hitting the target. However, I personally felt that the chemistry is lacking between all the characters in the book. It has a little unrealistic portion (especially the part where they are in the helicopter looking out for the truck with 130 bullets holes). Hahha, how can the Jack Reacher see 130 bullets holes from the helicopter!

Book Completed: December 2017
Rating: 2.5/5

 

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THIS IS NOT THE END by CHANDLER BAKER

If you could choose one person to bring back to life, who would it be?
You only have days to decide.
Who do you need the most?

Seventeen-year-old Lake Devereaux is the survivor of a car crash that killed her best friend and boyfriend. Now she faces an impossible choice. Resurrection technology changed the world, but strict laws allow just one resurrection per citizen, to be used on you eighteenth birthday or lost forever.

For each grieving family, Lake is the best chance to bring back their child. For Lake, it’s the only way to reclaim a piece of happiness after her own family fell apart. And Lake must also grapple with a secret-an illegal-vow she made years ago to resurrect someone else. Someone who’s not even dead yet.

As Lake’s eighteenth birthday nears, secrets and betrayals new and old threaten to eclipse her cherished memories. Lake has one chance to save a life… but can she live with her choice?

Read on for my book review….


I went to the library to borrow my next LEE CHILD book but could not find it. Not wanting to go home empty-handed, I browse the “NEW ARRIVAL” shelves for a book to borrow. I was initially captivated by design of the book cover but the summary of the book won me over and the next moment I know I am walking out of the library with this book in my bag.

———–(WARNING: Minor Spoilers Ahead!)———–

The storyline as original and thrilling. I was pulled along Lake’s journey and decision and as I read on, I got to know Lake’s quadriplegic brother Matt better. Her boyfriend Will whom she is thinking to resurrect might not love her as much as she thinks it is and her best friend Penny is hiding a big secret from her. 

The book went from present to past and past to present by unfolding the characters and those little tiny secrets little by little. Initially, after the crash, Lake struggle with resurrecting Penny or Will, she decided to go on the scavenger hunt with Matt as she wants to know what Will has planned for her eighteenth birthday! Just when I thought what Lake’s decision would be, BOOM! there was this huge twist that totally caught me off guard! I bet that you will be thrown out of your chair too when you learned about the secret hold by the Devereaux’s family.

Personally, I thought the ending was quite alright as I thought it would happen otherwise. I felt that the ending compete with the storyline leading up to it (maybe cause of the scavenger hunt which brought Matt and Lake closely?)

I never regret picking up this book from the library. Maybe the only flaw in this book is the romance between Ringo and Lake which was totally unnecessary. I could see how Ringo role is required in helping Lake to decide on her resurrection choice but a romance that bloomed 23 days from the car crash which killed Will?!?! *WHAT!*

Book completed: November 2017
Rating: 4.7/5

 

Track Records for my READING!

Updates] I’ve decided to publish this post whenever I’ve update it so I won’t have to drag all the way to the bottom of the page to find this post. ^^ I’m currently addicted to “The Adventures of TinTin” so I’m going to keep track of that too..


I thought that this is a better way for me to keep track of the books I read till now and also save a copy in my google drive & dropbox so I won’t be buying the same book TWICE (yup, it happened to me once)! Well, it isn’t my full list as I didn’t keep track of those which I’ve already donate, but nevertheless, my list:

FICTION

  1. Icebound by Dean Koontz
  2. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
  3. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
  4. Velocity by Dean Koontz
  5. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  6. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
  7. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
  8. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
  9. The Oxford Murders by Guillermo Martinez
  10. Shoot to Thrill by P.J Tracy
  11. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
  12. Angels and Demon by Dan Brown
  13. Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  14. Digital Fortress by Dan Brown
  15. Deception Point by Dan Brown
  16. Blast From the Past by Ben Elton
  17. Snow Blind by P.J Tracy
  18. Two Evils by P.J Tracy
  19. Cut and Run by Jeff Abbott
  20. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  21. Gone Girl by GIllian Flynn
  22. Killing Floor by Lee Child
  23. This Is Not The End by Chandler Baker 

NON-FICTION/BIOGRAPHY

  1. The Other Side of Nowhere by Danniella Westbrook
  2. Tuesdays with Morries by Mitch Albom
  3. Ugly by Constane Briscoe
  4. Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom
  5. Sleeping Around by Catherine Townsend
  6. Empress Orchid by Anchee Min
  7. The Last Empress by Anchee Min
  8. Totto-chan, the Little Girl at the Window by Tetsuko Kuroyanagi
  9. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN

  1. The Seven Crystal Ball
  2. The Blue Lotus
  3. Tintin in Amercia
  4. Destination Moon
  5. The Broken Ear
  6. The Crab with the Golden Claws
  7. King Ottokars Sceptre
  8. The Black Island

to be continued..

(PS: Newly read books will be highlighted in RED till the next update)

KILLING FLOOR by LEE CHILD

After so many months, I finally got my hands on the Jack Reacher book! Before I started on his book, I read lots of review about them and it’s really a LOVE or HATE thing. In the beginning, I thought it was kind of bored but after the first few chapters, the pace started to pick up and it is then full of action and suspense.

Killing Floor is the first Jack Reacher series book and it introduces Jack Reacher for the first time.

I am sad that Jack Reacher’s brother (Joe Reacher) died in the first book as I feel that he and Jack Reacher will make a great team! BUT what! Jack Reacher just seems invincible with all the military skills, like, will he fail to kill someone or what!?!?

In quick summary, the book begin with Jack Reacher being arrested in the café while having his dinner and was accused of murder. As Reacher is the only stranger in town and a drifter after leaving the Army with no ID, this placed him in an unfavorable position, and he bound to get to the bottom on this to clear his name.

*Spoiler alert*


 In the midst of unfolding the truth, he found out that his brother who was working for the US Treasury Department died in the line of duty and he was almost killed in the holding cell. There is only one guy who could answer all his burning question, Hubble, who was brought in the holding cell together with him. However, Hubble is missing and the police chief and his wife are later found brutally murdered. Reacher also found out that the town shop owners are getting weekly PENSIONS (thousands of dollars).

I was blown away by how Lee Child describes the multibillion-dollar counterfeiting operation and how they go about doing the counterfeiting.


I love thriller and suspense book hence I would think Jack Reacher book suits my taste! 😀 I’m going to read his next book before deciding if I should just jump straight to his other books (as each stories exist on it’s own) or just read in order of publishing date or even read in chronological order. AGAIN, I might get bored of the writing style after a few books which might put me off from reading further, but till then, I would just continue reading the series. 😀

Book completed: October 2017
Rating: 4.4/5

Gone Girl BY Gillian Flynn

I borrowed the physical book from the library a month back but found e-book more convenient as I could just read it off my tablet while eating or on the bus without having to bring such a big book around. So, I went back to e-book after about a few chapters into the book. I’m OFFICIALLY hooked to E-BOOK! Is that something good or bad? 

 

SYNOPSIS (taken from the book):

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears.
Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge.
Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior.
Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

Overall, the story keeps one engaged and you’ll be so immersed in the second half of the story that you’ll just want to know who is lying and who’s not. Are things really what it seems or not..

This book is definitely better than “The Girl on The Train” and I’m totally amaze at at how sly and psychotic Amy is. However, I feel that the ending falls out of my expectation.. I wasn’t expecting this kind of ending! I don’t want it to end this way.. (sad) I’ll still recommend to pick up this book and get ready for the roller coaster ride. 

Book completed: September 2017
Rating: 4.3/5

Next book: Killing Floor


*SPOILER ALERT*

First part of the story, we were told from Nick’s POV (point of view) and from Amy’s diary. From Amy’s diary, we could see that Nick wasn’t performing his #husbandduty while according to Nick, Amy was not sociable. They both lost their job in New York and moved back to Missouri to take care of Nick’s mother. From Amy’s diary, we know that suddenly, Nick tuns abusive and then BOOM, one day, Amy went missing on their wedding anniversasry….

Nick (as usual) becomes a suspect  because of his lack of emotion. Some other stuffs unfold like Amy was pregnant and it was known that Nick doesn’t want the kid and then Nick has a mistress who is way younger than Amy and there’s a huge spending on the CREDIT CARD!!!

However, at the 2nd half of the book, the story went for a 90 degree turn where Amy IS ALIVE and that she planned and staged the whole “murdered” case.. Is everything including her pregnancy fake? Then suddenly, here comes the ex-boyfriend Desi who helped Amy but because of his possessive natural, caused him to get hurt…

Will Amy and Nick get back together again??

I don’t wished to spoil it further. RECOMMEND to read it as it’s really a good book, just that the ending falls short.

The Girl on the Train BY Paula Hawkins

My first e-book! The feeling isn’t that great as reading from physical book but I like the convenient of not having to bring that bulky book around and risk the font cover getting tampered by the stuffs in my bag. I could just read it on my tablet or phone for e-book!

I wanted to read “The Woman in Cabin 10” but was googling about the review of the book and majority of them mentioned that “The Girl on the Train” was way better than “The Woman in Cabin 10” hence I went ahead with this book..

SYNOPSIS (taken from the book):

Every day the same

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

Until today

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

The story were told from the point of view of 3 women (Rachel, Megan, Anna) and it’s written in a first-person narrative form. The way of how the story is unfold is similar to “My Sister’s Keeper” (a book that I never finish reading). Seriously, I have no idea what’s the hype is about this book, before I read it, most of the reviews are going “ga ga” about this book and saying how good it is.

The 3 women in the book are quite screwed up in their life too: Rachel (an alcoholic), Anna (mistress who came in between Rachel and Tom), Megan (someone with depression because of what she did in the past).

Rachel is an divorcee and alcoholic. She still take the same train everyday (like she’s working) even thought she was being fired from her previous job. She will pass by one of the house where Jess & Jason (she named the couple that) stayed in and also her previous marriage house where Tom (her ex husband), Anna (the mistress) and Evie (Anna and Tom’s kid).

So one day, Rachel saw Jess (Megan) kissed another guy NOT Jason (Scott) and she felt betrayed and angry at Megan and all of the sudden Megan went missing. So Rachel went to the police and inform her about THAT SCENE which she saw, but being an alcoholic, she wasn’t taken seriously (of course) and so, she turned herself to Nancy Drew and tried to SOLVE the mystery herself and during the course, she got herself involved with Scott, Kamal, Tom and even Anna!

I don’t dislike how the story were told but I don’t feel that suspense which cling onto me wanting to finish the book to know who is the killer (maybe my expectation were too high from all the positive reviews too).

The whole story was okay but the ending really falls shorts. I feel that it’s too abrupt to end the story like this. Well, you managed to bring up the suspense, leading us to think that “Oh, maybe he is the killer but hold on a second, maybe he’s not” but the way how it ends feels a little too sloppy (I’m sorry)..

Reviewers compared this book to “Gone Girl” so that will be my next book. I have already borrowed the book from the library (can’t wait)! >.<

Book completed: August 2017
Next book: Gone Girl

Cut and Run BY Jeff Abbott

After about a year later, here’s my 4th blog book review update. I promise to read more often as I tend to get distracted by watching video instead of reading a book. I’m also tempted to go for e-book but the price of an e-book is comparable to a physical book. Mmm, dilemma.

I don’t know when I bought this book but judging by the yellowish page, I might have bought it a few years back. I’m not sure why all my books turns yellowish with some brownish spots even though I kept them in shelves. Maybe due to the weather here?

SYNOPSIS (taken from the book):

Many years ago Ellen Mosley left her husband. her adored children and her safe existence for a life on the run, a new boyfriend and $500,000. But the money belonged to the Mob. And they weren’t too happy about losing it. So Ellen returned the cash to its owners – and the Mafia offered her a job.

Now her grown-up son, Whit, wants to find her. His father is dying and he wants his mother to pay her dues. But when Whit finally tracks her down, he finds himself embroiled in a nightmare of double-crossing schemers, murder and a conniving woman who may be plotting the cruelest betrayal of all…

The book was one of the Whit Mosley Series. Well, personally, I felt that some parts were rather dry which made it hard to carry on but nevertheless, there’s quite a number of twist and turns throughout the whole book. Never judge it’s book by it’s cover!!

Since the author (Jeff Abbott) was a author of the international bestseller “PANIC”. I might just buy his e-book and read it as I would like to read another book of his. You’ll need to get use to the author’s style of writing by reading at least 2 of his/her book but I couldn’t go beyond 3 as I tend to get bored of their writing style and I’ll have a hard time completing the book.

Book completed: August 2017