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Author Interview with @rathoreheena

I was glad to be part of Heena Rathore’s cover release for her novel. I used to review books on Heena’s blog The Reading Bud. Congrats that she is in the final stages of publishing her novel!

What book that you have read has most influenced your life?

First of all thanks a lot for having me on your blog.

Due to a lot of unfortunate circumstances, especially due to my parents Divorce, I used to be a very negative person. I was in depression for a very long time and was almost on the verge of having given up on everything by the age of 20. But then I came across The Secret by Rhonda Byrne and this book literally changed my life.

The change, of course, wasn’t instant. It took a lot of time (almost a year) for me to get the concept of gratitude and The Universe in its entirety, but once I did, I’ve never looked back.

What inspired you to write this book?

The only thing that inspired me to write this book was the unyielding urge to share this story with everyone. I love thrillers and I was sure that other thriller lovers would love to read this story.

What do you love most about the writing process?

To be honest, I’m not sure what it is that makes writing so special for me. It’s like breathing; I realize that I’m not happy when I don’t write for a few days in continuation. So I keep on writing to feel good and to keep sane. You can say that I can’t live without writing.

What do you like to do when you are not writing?

Reading or watching movies/series. These are only two things I do while not writing.

Do you have any hidden or uncommon talents?

I’m a pretty good chef. I love cooking and baking and fortunately, I’m really good at them.

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Who is Heena Rathore P? She is a 25-year-old full-time novelist, part-time Social Media Strategist, Novel Critic, Book Reviewer and a YouTube Podcaster.

She draws her inspiration from the works of legendary Stephen King and Sidney Sheldon.

She is an introvert, a thinker, a neat freak, a voracious reader and a GSD-lover. In her free time, she loves watching apocalyptic, thriller and slasher movies and series.

She lives in Pune with her beloved husband in a house full of books, music, and love.

WEBSITE: https://heenarathorep.com

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/rathoreheena

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/authorheenarathore/

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/heenarathorep/

PUBLISHING: FEBRUARY 2017 BY CITRUS PUBLISHERS

Blurb:

How well do you know your loved ones?

A girl who’s trying to cope with the murders of her mother and five-year-old brother.

A journalist who is chasing the ghost of a potential serial killer.

A thirteen-year-old girl who slaughters her parents.

And a revenge-driven psychopath who is about to destroy everyone’s life.

A psychological thriller that weaves its way through the sadistic past of a traumatized child to the snare of dark mysteries of a beloved father.

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The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman #historicalfiction

The Light Between Oceans
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Synopsis

Tom is the caretaker of a lighthouse and lives on an isolated island with his wife Isabel. When a boat appears with a dead man and a baby, Tom wants to report it. Isabel pleads with him to let her keep the baby and raise it as her own. Tom knows it is against the law, but relents since his wife suffered 3 miscarriages.

While in isolation, they can pretend their actions have no consequences. However, once back in tow, it becomes evident that the implications of one act will affect the entire town in some way.

Opinion

The book was well written in an artful way. It was very descriptive but I felt like the book was as tedious as trudging through knee-high snow. For example, when the author described some scenes and I wondered where the story was going. Was this important to the story? Does not seem to be. Does this give me additional insight into the character? Not much.

The pace was so slow, almost sluggish. In the first chapter, they find the baby. Based on that, I thought the story would have move faster than it did. Then the second chapter goes back to the time when Tom first started working at the lighthouse, before he met Isabel. There was so much build up, but the ending seemed rather flat, as if it fizzled out like a lukewarm, stale soda.

While all the characters experience different degrees of pain and suffering, the story was the most tragic for Isabel. Not that Isabel had done anything to endear herself to me, but I felt sorry for her desperate desire to have children. Three pregnancies which ended in miscarriages/stillbirth had to be heart wrenching. She had so much love to give a child, but desperation and isolation made her crazy.

When I started this book, I had no real expectations. I had a feeling that it would not end well since the whole plot line was centered on the consequences of not reporting the missing baby.

What good could come of that?

When I finished, I was not surprises that the story had no winners. While the story was interesting, I did not find that I identified with the characters. Tom had a screwed up childhood and acted as if he did not deserve any goodness in his life. On the other hand, Isabel was spoiled as if the world owed her.

Should you buy? If you like reading emotionally charged books that lean towards being depressing, you will enjoy this book. I could not rate this book higher because I like books with a decidedly happier ending.

 

Book Details
Paperback: 345 pages
Publisher: Scribner (April 2, 2013)
Language: English

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