A Mother’s Secret by Renita D’Silva
Publication: April 07th 2016 by Bookouture
Format: eBook Pages: 352
‘What if you discovered that everything you knew about yourself was a lie?
When pregnant Jaya loses her mother, then her baby son Arun in a tragic cot death, her world crashes down. Overcome by grief and guilt, she begins to search for answers – to the enigma of her lonely, distant mother, and her mysterious past in India.
Looking through her mother’s belongings, she finds two diaries and old photographs, carrying the smoky aroma of fire. A young boy smiles out at Jaya from every photograph – and in one, a family stand proudly in front of a sprawling mansion. Who is this child? And why did her mother treasure this memento of a regal family lost to the past?
As Jaya starts to read the diaries, their secrets lead her back to India, to the ruin of a once grand house on a hill. There, Kali, a mad old lady, will unlock the story of a devastating lie and a fire that tore a family apart.
Nothing though will prepare Jaya for the house’s final revelation, which will change everything Jaya knew about herself. ‘ – Goodreads
I like to consider myself a realist so when there’s a book that’s not getting any better by the time I’m 15% into reading it, I am very likely to chuck it into my DNF pile. Admittedly, there are times when a book improves around halfway through but honestly, if it takes around 100-200 pages for a story to get me interested, it’s a shit effort. I don’t want to waste time waiting for a book to finally appease my tastes.
Mind you, I used to be one of those readers who would finish a book no matter what. But I was wasting time by forcing myself to read books I didn’t like, and this led to multiple slumps. Once I snapped out of this mentality, I found myself finishing far more books on average per week because I was actually enjoying it. If you find yourself hitting reading slumps frequently, it might be because you’re trying too hard to read something that isn’t right for you. Put it away and pick something else up instead.
My reading habits mean that a couple of books usually make it to my book wasteland each month, which is why I’ve decided to do monthly DNF posts with brief explanations instead of full reviews. So, here’s the books I did not finish in May.
Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet by H.P. Wood
I read around 15% and couldn’t get into this story; there wasn’t even a story at this point, and the characters were boring.
The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg narrated by Amy McFadden
Audiobooks like these are the reason I’m glad Audible lets you return what you didn’t like. This was such a terrible narration with no emotion or interest from the narrator!
Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift narrated by David Hyde Pierce
I love Gulliver’s Travels but this narration didn’t do much for me. I couldn’t keep myself interested in listening so I never got around to finishing it.
What did you throw in your DNF pile this month?
Rarity from the Hollow by Robert Eggleton
Publication: June 16th 2012 by Dog Horn Publishing
Format: Paperback Pages: 286
‘Lacy Dawn is a little girl who lives in a magical forest where all the trees love her and she has a space alien friend who adores her and wants to make her queen of the universe. What’s more, all the boys admire her for her beauty and brains. Mommy is very beautiful and Daddy is very smart, and Daddy’s boss loves them all.
Lacy Dawn, the eleven year old protagonist, perches precariously between the psychosis of childhood and the multiple neuroses of adolescence, buffeted by powerful gusts of budding sexuality and infused with a yearning to escape the grim and brutal life of a rural Appalachian existence. In this world, Daddy is a drunk with severe PTSD, and Mommy is an insecure wraith. The boss is a
dodgy lecher, not above leering at the flat chest of an eleven-year-old girl.
Yes, all in one book.
It is a children’s story for adults with a happily ever after ending.’ – Goodreads