Book Review: Everyone Has A Story by Savi Sharma

About the Book:

Everyone Has A Story

Everyone has a story.
Meera, a fledgling writer who is in search of a story that can touch millions of lives.
Vivaan, assistant branch manager at Citibank, who dreams of travelling the world.
Kabir, a café manager who desires something of his own. Nisha, the despondent café customer who keeps secrets of her own.
Everyone has their own story, but what happens when these four lives are woven together?
Pull up a chair in Kafe Kabir and watch them explore friendship and love, writing their own pages of life from the cosy café to the ends of the world.

My Thoughts:

I had picked up this book because it seems to have garnered a good amount of popularity. The title of the story is interesting and based on that, I unfortunately jumped into the book with healthy amounts of expectation, just like I would any other book.

The story starts at a cafe, with Meera, the protagonist, sitting there, pondering, trying to find a story to write. In a slightly cliched addition to the story is Kabir, the manager of the cafe who eventually becomes Meera’s friend. As Meera seeks to find a reason to write, she meets Vivaan. Captivated by his desire to travel, and seeking out a story, Meera approaches him and they become friends. All this forms the basis and premise of the story. It seemed to me to be cliched and something out of a Bollywood film.

The author’s style of writing also confused me. The chapters were divided up into points of view, covering Meera’s and Vivaan’s. This was good to some extent as the author tried to give us some insight into the minds and thoughts of the main characters. This worked to some extent, but this being a very short book, there did not seem to be focus on developing the characters. Also, after spending only a little time, Meera falls in love and Vivaan later comes and shares his heart breaking love story.

Apart from a vague introduction to their pasts, there was not much about their current situation, living conditions, family. These are things that tend to add more perspective and dimensions to characters. Also, in our country, the parents do play some role and in the story, when Meera is in the hospital, in critical condition we still don’t see any family coming to be with her. Moreover, Vivaan just runs away, with the need to pursue his dream of traveling the world leaving his friends behind and ends up on a journey of self-realization.

There is quite a bit of philosophy thrown into the mix along with the constant repetition of the phrase – “follow your dreams”. Sometimes, in the practical world that today is, such things are not possible. One thing that stood out was the ending. Though the plot is simple, the author stuck to her point and brought Meera to a certain place in life, having accomplished something that she had set out to do. Reading this part made up for the lack of detail in the rest of the story.

Overall, it’s not a bad story, but it’s way too cliched and a bit difficult to digest. Everything seems to happen too soon and too easily with characters who are nice but not very developed. However, you can give the book a read. It is decent for a first book and I am sure that the author’s stories will get better and better as she writes more! 🙂

Review: After the Evil by Cary Allen Stone

I received a complimentary paperback copy of the book from author Cary Allen Stone in exchange for an honest review. I was thrilled when I realised the book was also signed by the author! 🙂

About the Book:

after the evil

Detective Jake Roberts and his ex-partner and ex-lover now FBI profilers, Mika Scott, are in hot pursuit of the serial killer of dominating and controlling men. During his investigation, Jake and flight attendant Lori Powers fall in love. But she cannot quiet the voice of her daughter Emily when she speaks to Lori from the grave. Pandemonium breaks out when Jake realizes he has been sleeping with the killer.

About the Author:

cary allen stone author

Cary Allen Stone was born in 1953, began flying in 1972, and received his Bachelor of Arts in 1976. He was hired by his first airline in 1982. Aviation has given him a very unique perspective of life and led to his writing. In 1992, he flew for film director Sir Ridley Scott. It gave him an opportunity to discuss his writing with Sir Scott who remains a major influence for him.
In addition to his career in aviation and writing, he had a non-speaking character role in an AAA Club advertisement, done voice-over radio commercials, and was an extra in a motion picture. He is currently working on his next Jake Roberts novel.

He is a member of the Arizona Authors Association and The Desert Sleuths.

My Thoughts:

This is a page turning thriller that will have you at the edge of your seat. The protagonist, Jake is suffering from the trauma of having killed a child though it was in the field and was necessary. He gets drawn into investigating serial killings when his psychologist is murdered. He has to team up with his old partner and lover, Mika who is now with the FBI. Thus enfolds a spine chilling chase to find the killer before any more murders take place.

Lori, a flight attendant by profession, is struggling to deal with and accept the death of her daughter and to get over the horrifying details of her past. When she meets Jake, she thinks that he is the one man who would be different from the rest. Jake meets Lori and falls in love with her without realising who she truly is. A relationship almost develops between them when Lori breaks it off in order to protect him.

The story takes a twist when the Police chief is murdered by a copycat killer. There is also a chance of Jake and Mika getting back with each other but the author keeps that as a mystery thus keeping the suspense for the next novel in the series.

There is so much happening at every stage and the author handles the suspense with finesse. The characters are well developed and the story well paced out though quite fast. The author jumps straight into the story with no deviations and sticks to the point all the time. The style of writing is a little different. It goes from narration at some points to first person from Jake’s point of view. This change however happens in a way that does not disrupt the flow of the story. This is a well written thriller that will have all mystery/suspense/thriller story lovers entertained and happy!