Skip to main content

Book Review: Double Deceit by Julienne Brouwers

Double Deceit by Julienne Brouwers is a riveting crime thriller cum murder mystery. The story kicks off with Jennifer Smits and her family. She is out on a weekend trip with her husband Oliver and son Tim. Oliver is found dead in a nearby forest. The police are clueless, whether it is a murder or just an accident or something else. However, on the other hand, Jennifer’s world is devastated. She has had some scuffle with Oliver…but not to an extent where something untoward could take place.

The story starts as a simple story, with no terrific crime scene. But with time, Jennifer’s restlessness and urge to find out truth drives the plot to a level of unputdownable. The novel is classic with its storytelling and narration, and it urges readers to guess what lies next, but in its pure essence it’s highly an unpredictable thriller.

As the story chugs ahead, Jennifer comes to know about Oliver’s extra marital affair with a lady named Sandra. It is another blow to Jennifer. She collaborates with Sandra to investigate the murder of Oliver. She is able to grasp smaller clues until she is confronted by the chequered reality of a law firm Mason & McGant, where Oliver worked.

Oliver was a lawyer with a reputed legal firm. He was handling a troubled client. His death could have been linked to them, but who will unveil that or how.

For Jennifer, one after another blows startle her. First, Oliver’s affair with Sandra. Then the murder of Sandra. And in the end Jennifer is being framed for the murder of Sandra. A wife in pursuit of the truth finds herself entangled in a conspiracy bigger than it seems.

Clearly, it is a multi-layered thriller with a cast of characters. The author didn’t sketch all characters with their peculiar idiosyncrasies but she kept them connected and relevant. It is a terrific thriller that can remind one of John Grisham’s novels. However, at times a few things have been stretched unnecessary, the novel could have been wrapped in around 250 pages. Narration is smooth, with occasional tension building up and down.

Naïve readers of crime and thriller genre can pick up this novel to start with, and for regular readers it is a more than a treat. The novel moves at a measured pace. Grab your copy to know the fate of Jennifer. Will she uncover all? Or she will land up in prison?

Buy from Amazon/Kindle.


Popular posts from this blog

Book Review: The Blue Umbrella by Ruskin Bond

Among all Ruskin Bond books, The Blue Umbrella has, so far, gathered immense applaud from readers and critics alike.  This is a short novel, but the kind of moral lessons it teaches to us are simply overwhelming. This is a story of Binya, a poor little girl living with her mother and an elder brother, Bijju, in a small hilly village of Garhwal. One day while herding her two cows back home, she stumbles upon some city people enjoying the picnic in the valley. She is enthralled to see them well-groomed and rich. She craves to be one like them and among many other things of their, a blue frilly umbrella catches her attention. She begins craving for it. On the other hand, the city people get attracted by her innocent beauty and the pendant in her neck. The pendant consists of leopard’s claw – which is considered a mascot widely in the hills. Binya trades her pendant off with the blue umbrella. The blue umbrella is so much beautiful that soon it becomes a topic of conversation fo

Poem Summary: Where The Mind Is Without Fear by Rabindranath Tagore

Poem by Rabindranath Tagore: Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high Where knowledge is free Where the world has not been broken up into fragments By narrow domestic walls Where words come out from the depth of truth Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit Where the mind is led forward by thee Into ever-widening thought and action Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake. Short Summary: This poem is written by Rabindranath Tagore during pre-independence days, when India was a colony of the British. The underlying theme of the poem is absolute freedom; the poet wants the citizens of his country to be living in a free state. According to the poem, we see that the poet is expressing his views there should be a country, like where people live without any sort of fear and with pure dignity…they should

Character Sketch of Binya from ‘The Blue Umbrella’ by Ruskin Bond

The Blue Umbrella by Ruskin Bond is a popular children’s story. It features Binya as the main character, though there are other important characters as well, but the story revolves around Binya and her little beautiful umbrella. The story is widely popular among children, thus it has also been included in the schools’ syllabus all across the country. Since it is often taught in the school, thus the character sketch of Binya is often demanded by students from year to year. Character Sketch of Binya from The Blue Umbrella by Ruskin Bond Binya is the main character of the novel ‘The Blue Umbrella’ by Ruskin Bond. Her full name is Binyadevi. As in the hills or anywhere in India it is a kind of trend to call children with their short nicknames. Binya’s elder brother’s name is Bijju, whereas his real name is Vijay. Binya aged eleven is a hilly girl. She lives with her small family in the hills of Garhwal. Her father died when she was two years of age. For sustenance, the