Book Review: The Other Son

51tncx1id4l-_sx327_bo1204203200_ The Booklover’s Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ 

When this book became available on Blogging for Books, I requested it right away. Soderberg’s novel The Andalucian Friend was a good read.  I enjoyed it and thought that this sequel would be a enjoyable.  Not so.

From the publisher:

From the moment Hector Guzman entered a coma, Sophie Brinkmann has regretted joining his crime family. Hector’s right hand, Aron Geisler, is doing all he can to keep the sinking ship afloat and keep Sophie in their steely grip. But when Hector’s brother is murdered in Biarritz, Sophie gains the upper hand, and intends to use it.

Sophie becomes a player in a game where the rules are constantly changing, where loyalty and friendship are rendered meaningless. In order to survive, she must look inward and find her inner darkness. If not, she will be swallowed whole by the forces closing in on her: vengeful mobsters, cunning detectives, charismatic arms dealers, and possibly her own son.

It was difficult to get into the novel and I wouldn’t recommend this book at all if you haven’t read The Andalucian Friend.  Although many of the same characters were present, it was difficult to remember exactly what role they played in the first book and to put them in their proper place in this book.  The Other Son is probably worth it if you want to keep up with the story and the characters (none of whom are the least bit likeable), but frankly I found that I don’t really care what happens to these people.  If you are a fan of  The Andaludcian Friend and read this book, let me know what you think.

Book Details:  Published by Crown (July 21, 2015), 400 pages, ISBN: 978-0770436087.

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Book Review: Shantaram

Shantaram

The Booklover’s Rating:  ♥ ♥ ♥

I just finished reading Shantaram by David Gregory Roberts.  It was okay.  I had this book on my “To-read” list for a long time and had heard great things about it, so I was looking forward to the book.  I have to admit that I was disappointed.

It was a good story, but Roberts needs some serious editing!  It is way to long.  I would have enjoyed the book and increased my rating if it had been about three hundred pages shorter.

My favorite part of the story is Mumbai.  Roberts does do a great job of telling us about this city and the different sections of the city.  I would definitely recommend this book to anyone traveling to India and it is long enough to see you through a good bit of your excursion!

If you want to read fiction about India there are two other books I would recommend before Shantaram.  The first book is A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry.  This is probably one of my top five favorites of all time.  The second book is Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra.  Both of these books would get a rating of five hearts.

Book Details:   Published by St. Martin’s Griffin (Setptember 29, 2005), 944 pages, ISBN-10: 0312330537, ISBN-13: 978-0312330538