Akumetsu Vol.1 – 4stars
In a corrupted and economically ruined Japan where rich people are getting oiled with money sucked from the poor, just a regular girl Shiina tries to earn money through prostitution once she hears about her dad’s bankruptcy. On her first assignment of attending an orgy at a party full of rich bastards, a young man wearing a demon mask breaks in, gives a speech on rich people’s cruelty an savagely murders all of them except Shiina. When the man is gunned down by police, he attempts suicide by blasting off his own head with a bomb implanted inside the mask! Although this extraordinary incident is taken to be a single one, this act ignites a chain of savage murders performed by the same masked individual! A masked man comes back from death again an again to bring down the wrath of justice!
I loved it! On a whole Akumetsu is a bomb-blasting read! It touches all of realistic societies’ problem and also forms a unique type of philosophical ground where brutal killing seems pretty natural(wait, did I say that out loud?!)!
The artwork is smooth and crispy, awesomely detailed and nasty! I’m gonna read more volumes that is for sure!
Mine – 4stars
Mine is a story of two mothers, Laura and Mary. Laura is a successful journalist whose last hope of happiness is her new born son David and Mary is a survivor of the radical 1960s who still haven’t let go of the hallucinatory world of memories, guns, and above all, murderous rage. But when Mary steals David from Laura, with almost no help by her side Laura sets out on a cross-country trip to reclaim her son. To win her son back, Laura might even have to become the monster that stole David from her. With one being a savage clinging on to a world of fantasy and hallucination and the other fighting for her own son – its a dirty savage race that can result anything!
Last year I read Robert McCammon’s Swan Song which left me with such an impact that even now whenever I’m reminded of it, I always drift in thoughts for a jiffy. Since then I’ve always wanted to try more of McCammon’s books. But almost all his books being big-ass in nature, I chose Mine as it is a bit short compared to the others. Needless to say, Mr McCammon did his magic again!
Although Stephen King’s books create bone chilling effects of horror, they mostly contain supernatural elements(I’m not saying that is a bad thing; just pointing out). Whereas Robert McCammon explores human nature and psychology to its limits in such dirty, filthy ways that even though I flinch while reading it, deep inside a little voice shamefully admits that in those situations I also might do quite the same. And there lies the magic of great writing! Mine showcases a different type of horror unlike anything I’ve read before. It clearly proves that good n’ bad are just relative words and human nature is just a result of the surroundings and situations.
Mine is pure horror, it is savage, raw, bloody and chilling. Read it at the risk of getting graphic nightmares that might make you uneasy. But if you are a thriller lover with a bit of blood n’ gore in it then this is just the book for you!
Disturbed – 5 stars
It is very hard to write a proper review of this book because if I try to talk about the premise or concept then it would seem very simple. Also it doesn’t contain any detective, chase, fight scene or dashing protagonist. Yet it turned out to be one of the most catchy and suspenseful thriller I have ever read. And that is exactly why I loved it so much!
Molly is a newly wed who is still trying to figure out how to win smiles from her stepson and stepdaughter from her husband’s last messy marriage. With her stepson’s school still trying to cope up with two recent scandal and tragic incidents and all the neighbours still being best friends with her husband’s ex-wife, Molly has a lot on her plate. But when a serial-killer known as the Cul-de-Sac Killer (who murders families living in Seattle homes) turns his gaze to Molly’s neighbourhood things get a lot lot worse for Molly. With everyone Molly knows turning out to be not who they are, each passing day Molly becomes more and more convinced that her own family is the final target of the killer.
Kids and families are all this book has. But I had no idea of how much of a suspense and mystery can be built with just that. And the twists- oh my god! I bit my nail, I scratch my head again and again but the book just never ran out of twists and turns.
It felt like I was having a conversation with Kevin O’Brien-
Me: Is he the..?
Me: Is she a…?
Me: Aha! He it by doing…
Book: Nah. Try again.
If I try to say anything more, it might ruin the book for you! So just read this book if you are a suspense and mystery lover.
All I can say is, “Believe no one and nothing is what it seems!”