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Book Review: Fiction

Posted by on Nov 24, 2017 |

The Copenhagen Affair by Amulya Malladi



“Anxiety is depression’s best friend, and sometimes they party together.”

You wouldn’t think a novel about a woman having a breakdown and going through a depression would be fun, but The Copenhagen Affair pulls off being an eminently readable novel.

After Sanya has a breakdown at her office—crying unstoppably in front of her coworkers—her husband of twenty years, Harry, suggests moving to Copenhagen for a year. He has business opportunities he can work on there and she can take what is evidently a much-needed break.

I always like novels set in foreign countries, whether I’ve been there, would like to go there, or will never get there. This one was unsentimental about the good and the bad things of living in this city.

Sanya’s parents have always been upset that she didn’t follow in their footsteps and become a doctor. Also, she married an American. Both her parents and her sister put Sanya down a lot, but Sanya is too nice to say anything.

I enjoyed the growth and change of both Sanya and Harry. The complex cast of characters make this a novel to explore.

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Book Review: Thriller

Posted by on Nov 9, 2017 |

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen


Thriller > Mystery > Suspense

I didn’t love this novel as much as everyone else seems to. I thought parts of it dragged, and some of the twists at the end seemed forced like, “Ah ha! We can do yet another switcheroo! You might have thought X, but really, it’s Y!”

I will say that at the 40 percent mark of the novel, a story that seems to be about a jealous ex-wife (Vanessa) stalking her ex’s fiancé (Emma) got decidedly creepy and more interesting. However, for me, certain mysteries weren’t solved to my satisfaction while there were twists about things that seemed inauthentic.

I don’t want to say too much about what we discover about Vanessa’s marriage, which she tells us about through flashbacks. The relationship started out as ridiculously happy, though Richard is controlling, a trait that only gets worse, to the point that she believes herself to be crazy. Her mother battled mental illness, so it’s not totally unreasonable that she might have some issues to contend with herself. Certainly her behavior to us, the readers, doesn’t exactly scream that she’s perfectly stable.

Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book.

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