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Books Read in 2019: #2


I love books. I absolutely adore them. Not for the conventional reasons people give like ‘they open a new world’ or cliches like ‘Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body’ but because of a phenomenon that I have been experiencing all my life. At any given point in my life so far, I have always been able to pick a book that was absolutely relatable or inspiring depending on my mental/physical state at that instant of time. And its always helped me make better decisions and plans.

My mental state before picking out this book could be best described with words like havoc, depressed, angry and confused. If you have read the previous posts, you may be aware of the whole registration fiasco situation and the horrible cold.

Well, the cold turned out to be a fever (fancy that), the registration is still in the ‘processing’ stage and a client of mine is on the verge of dropping out.

That is when I chose the challenge of reading this book in 3 days. (Its a great story, expect a post about that soon. 😉

No Heroes
Kill & be killed
By Jamie Hall.

This is a thriller that beats any binge-watching session hands down. Very rarely, does one come across books that can make you feel the way this book does. The story is about Micheal, a very regular individual who has problems that anyone could relate to. The book opens with him attending his dad’s funeral. His relationship with his dad and his mental state at that moment is very well portrayed in the first chapter itself and it sets the foundation for the whole story.

If you are a comic book fan, this is the thriller to read. I won’t reveal anything about it because its something that you have to find out on your own to get the best experience.

It is unlike any of the other thrillers that are published nowadays because this book actually makes you want to relate yourself to the protagonist. The story takes on a topic that anyone of us might have thought about at least once in our lives. It’s best to read this book without any knowledge as to what the story is about or what to expect. The name and the cover image are a good move at downplaying the greatness of the book. Sure, at times the story is predictable but not in a way that makes you want to stop reading it. The predictable bits are the best because if the story didn’t move in that direction, this book wouldn’t be this good.

It has all the elements that you would expect out of a good thriller. Great foundation, a great not-so-cheezy budding romance, character building, mystery, crime, absolution. It hits all the right spots.

The book left me a bit more optimistic and hopeful than when I picked it up. It reminds you that there is always a silver lining. It’s just a matter of recognizing it when its in front of you and doing your best at whatever you are good at. It makes you want to make the best of the little time that you have.

It has enough uncertainty and surprises to keep you occupied. The best thriller I’ve read in the last 4 years. That’s how I’d put it. It’s a personal opinion. You might disagree with me. You are welcome to. But do read it.

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