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Mini Book Reviews | Ep 1

1. The Silent Patient – Alex Michaelides

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Genre: Psychological Thriller

This book was everything I wanted while I read it. A short yet action packed book that will have me gasping at several parts of the book yet be easy for me to breeze through it. This book is about a woman who shoots her husband and refuses to utter a single word after arrest while the entire world wonders the reason behind the murder. Through the therapist, Theo, reading Alicia’s diary, we get to see the whole story unravel. This book gripped me and had me at the edge of my seat towards the end.

2. After Dark – Haruki Murakami

Rating: ⭐⭐/5

Genre: Fiction

This was my first Murakami and unfortunately I was pretty disappointed. Nineteen-year-old Mari meets a young man who insists he knows her older sister, thus setting her on an odyssey through the sleeping city. In the space of a single night, the lives of a diverse cast of Tokyo residents—models, prostitutes, mobsters, and musicians—collide in a world suspended between fantasy and reality. It might just be me but I feel like this book lacked a direction and a purpose. It all felt like it was suspended in mid air. Not my type of book at all.

3. Norse Mythology – Neil Gaiman

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐/5

Genre: Myth retellings / Fantasy

This book definitely delivers on the folklore and the stories about the Norse Gods. Neil Gaiman does an amazing job at recounting all the myths about the gods. But I warn you, do not expect this to be myth retellings like the Song of Achilles or Circe by Madelline Miller. It is mostly a compositions of short stories about the Norse Gods. I really enjoyed the Norse version of how the Earth and humans came in to existence. It’s extremely fascinating to me how every culture has a different story version for the existence of mankind. My only gripe about this book was that the stories weren’t exactly very interesting. I enjoyed the first 2-3 stories but after that I just got bored.

4. Remote Control – Nnedi Okorafor

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐/5

Genre: Science Fiction

I feel like a huge part of the reason why I disliked this book was the audiobook. The accent and the voice was so overdone and annoying that it made me cringe each time I heard it. A story taking place in Ghana about a girl, Sankofa, whose touch can cause death. She walks alone with her companion fox searching for an object that came from the sky and gave itself to her when the meteors fell which changed her to who she is now. This book was a little too short for me because of which I couldn’t be invested in the story or the character much.

5. The Last Thing He Told Me – Laura Dave

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐/5

Genre: Mystery

Another book that starts out great but turns out bleh. This book is about Hannah, whose husband suddenly disappears and only sends a note asking to protect his daughter. This story had so much potential. The amount of suspense built from the start had me thinking that there was either going to be a huge reveal. It was as though I kept waiting for a big plot twist which never came. It definitely fell really flat at the end and had me so disappointed. But thankfully it was a short and fast read so I didn’t waste too much time on it.

Comment down below your thoughts on any of the books or if you are going to be picking it up soon.


By Harini @BookSpiral

Hi! I am Harini and I run this blog. I am a massive lover of books and like to spend all my time reading. My main aim is to explore new topics and unique books and talk about it on my blog. Hope you enjoy the content that I put out!

6 replies on “Mini Book Reviews | Ep 1”

I read “Norse Mythology” a while ago – I have a deep love for the sagas and myths of the Norsemen and know quite a lot about them, and while I enjoyed it, it came at the end of reading quite a few retellings and I didn’t engage with it as much as I thought I would.

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