• Book Review – Tarikshir – Khayaal Patel

    A small princely state in Rajasthan is the last bastion of resistance against the might of the British Empire. While unrest surrounding the sudden death of the king of Devangarh grows, young prince Rudra Pratap Chauhan prepares to ascend the throne. But the kingdom is in turmoil. The Devangarh army is outnumbered and the British forces are closing in. To make matters worse, Rudra discovers the king’s death may not have been accidental after all. The strange appearance and disappearance of a mysterious hooded stranger and a series of ritualistic murders in which the bodies have been drained of blood, spread panic across the realm. As Rudra struggles to manage…

  • #Giveaway Book Review – Death By The River – Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor

    Book Review – Death By The River – Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor Genre: Young Adult, Thriller Published: October 2, 2018 by Vesuvian Books Swathi’s Rating – 4/5 Verdict: A nail biting Serial Killer thriller from a skillful duo So today, I share my honest thoughts of my reading experiences along with a fantastic Giveaway for you all to enter and WIN! Go ahead, scroll through the page and you might know why you should get the book for yourself! Good luck! Plot: A High School “American Psycho” SOME TRUTHS ARE BETTER KEPT SECRET. SOME SECRETS ARE BETTER OFF DEAD. Along the banks of the Bogue Falaya River, sits the abandoned St. Francis Seminary.…

  • Author Interview with Marianne Holmes

    Author Interview with Marianne Holmes Hello everyone! How have you been this October? Hope all is well with y’all! It is my pleasure to invite and introduce Marianne Holmes today at Syllables of Swathi! She is none other than the author of the best selling Literary Fiction A little Bird Told Me, that released earlier this year! Click here to read my full review of the book, and enjoy the blurb of it! Read further to learn more about this Marianne and her lovely book. She also shares her writing experiences, and talks about her inspiration, favorite authors and her pet fishes – Infinity Flame and Mars!!! Author Biography: Marianne…

  • Book Review – Close To Me – Amanda Reynolds

    Jo Harding can't remember the last year of her life. And her husband wants to keep it that way. When Jo falls down the stairs at home, she wakes up in the hospital with partial amnesia. In fact, she finds that she's lost an entire year of memories. She can't remember what she did, or anything that happened the night she fell. A lot can happen in a year, and she begins to discover that she may have been leading a double life before the accident.

  • Book Recommendation: Pieces of Her – Karin Slaughter

    What if the person you thought you knew best turns out to be someone you never knew at all . . . ? Andrea Cooper knows everything about her mother, Laura. She knows she’s spent her whole life in the small beachside town of Belle Isle; she knows she’s never wanted anything more than to live a quiet life as a pillar of the community; she knows she’s never kept a secret in her life. Because we all know our mothers, don’t we? But all that changes when a trip to the mall explodes into violence and Andrea suddenly sees a completely different side to Laura. Because it turns out…

  • September Haul – Here are the Books I’ve Read, Loved & Recommended!

    I've had a great September, this year! Mainly because the darling Husband of mine gifted me this beautiful site, that is why! Adding to the merriment, I had the pleasure of reading some really wonderful books last months, some of which I am here to mention here today, as I recall my reading experiences. Also, the books are out now, so if you like anything you see, you could just order it right away and read it! Here we go!

  • Book Review – November Road – Lou Berney

    Everything changes in an instant, and few events have had more far reaching impact than JFK’s assassination. When the shots rang out Frank Guidry, top lieutenant in Carlos Marcello’s New Orleans based crime organization, realized he helped to orchestrate the president’s murder and that there was now a very real target on his back. For Charlotte in small-town Oklahoma, it was the moment that crystalised the end of her marriage. She had to take her daughters and leave her husband—no small thing in 1963. Both fleeing their past lives, Frank and Charlotte meet in a roadside hotel in New Mexico, and see in one another their only hope of safe…

  • Book Review – The Secrets We Carried – Mary McNear

    A young woman travels home to Butternut Lake, confronting her past and the tragedy she and her friends have silently carried with them for over a decade while also facing an unknown future Butternut Lake is an idyllic place—but for one woman, her return to the lake town she once called home is bittersweet… Sometimes life changes in an instant.

  • Giveaway|Book Review – The Last Weekend of the Summer by Peter Murphy

    They have been coming to their grandmother Gloria's lake cottage since they were babies. Now Johnnie and Buddy have families of their own and C.C. has a life full of adult drama and adventure. And this trip – the only stated purpose of which is to bring the family together for the last weekend of the summer – seems full of portent. Gloria has been hinting that there's more on the agenda than grilling and swimming, and when the three siblings learn that their estranged father will also be in attendance, it becomes clear that this weekend will have implications that last far beyond the final days of the season.

  • Excerpt – The Last Weekend Of The Summer by Peter Murphy

    Excerpt | The Last Weekend Of The Summer by Peter Murphy   As the truck slithered to a halt on the gravel road, Susie and Joey took off. It was one of their cottage rituals, running to Gloria who stood waving from the veranda. For the last few years, Joey had let Susie win but had always made it look like he was running as fast as he could. Johnnie and Carol sat back and watched. They always gave the kids a few moments with Gloria before they joined them. “So, what’s really going on?” Carol asked without looking over at him. “What do you mean?” “There’s a little dark…