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71iMwnIlivLThe Association of Small Bombs has a cover that caught my attention immediately (good job Designer person) and then I remembered that I had heard about on bookriot! So i went ahead and added it to my TBR. The story is different, very different, and might make some people raise their eyebrows but I’m curious about this.

When brothers Tushar and Nakul Khurana, two Delhi schoolboys, pick up their family’s television set from a repair shop with their friend Mansoor Ahmed one day in 1996, disaster strikes without warning. A bomb – one of the many ‘small’ ones that go off seemingly unheralded across the world – detonates in the Delhi marketplace, instantly claiming the lives of the Khurana boys. Mansoor survives, bearing the physical and psychological effects of the bomb.

Comes out June 2016 from Fourth Estate

71NF-jqlvULLars Kepler is the newest swedish writer to take the translated crime world by storm and I’m enjoying my time with him. Irrespective of how much Literary fiction people read crime always has a place in people’s hearts (mine included) so I was psyched to find out The Stalker was releasing soon.

A video-clip is sent to the National Criminal Investigation Department. Someone has secretly filmed a woman through her window from the garden. The next day she is found dead after a frenzied knife-attack. The police receive a second film of another unknown woman. There is no way of identifying her before time runs out. When her husband finds her he is so traumatised that he cleans the whole house and puts her to bed. He may have seen a vital clue, but is in such an extreme state of shock that the police are unable to question him. Psychiatrist Erik Maria Bark is called in to hypnotise him – but what the man tells him under hypnosis leads Erik to start lying to the police. If the lights are on, a stalker can see you from outside. But if the lights are off, you can’t see a stalker who is already inside the house.

The Stalker comes out 22nd June from Harper Collins

71J1QmOYJMLThe author of Saraswati Park, Anjali Joseph, has come out with her next book, The Living. And as you can tell from the cover, it’s a story about shoes. Well, almost.

Claire is a young single mother working in one of England’s last remaining shoe factories, her adult life formed by a teenage relationship. Is she ready to move on from memory and the routine of her days? Arun makes hand-sewn chappals at his home in Kolhapur. A recovered alcoholic, now a grandfather, he negotiates the newfound indignities of old age while returning in thought to the extramarital affair he had years earlier. These are lives woven through with the ongoing discipline of work and the responsibility and tedium of family life. Lives laced with the joys of friendship, the pleasure of sex, and the redemptive kindness of one’s own children. This is the story of the living.In this tender, lyrical and often funny novel, Anajli Joseph, author of Saraswati Park,shines a light on everyday life, illuminating its humour, beauty, and truth.

The Living has already released in April from Fourth Estate.

61DpK0ZySvLAn Unrestored Woman by Shoba Rao. The previous one was about men so naturally this had to be about women. This is a collection of short stories that would speak to each and every Indian who went through or heard about the partition.

In an Unrestored Woman, the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947 cuts a jagged path through the lives of ordinary women and men, leaving ripples of sorrow through time and space. Each couplet of stories spans the Indian subcontinent, from refugee camps and torched trains to the spacious verandas of the British Raj and billows into the wider world. An old woman recounts the murdering of what was most precious to her and the many small cuts that led her to that act. A girl forced into prostitution wields patience as deftly as a weapon and manages to escape her fate. An Indian servant falls in love with his employer and spins a twisted web of deceit. The characters in these fearless stories stumble – occasionally towards love, more often towards survival – and find that history, above all, is their truest and greatest opponent. And what emerges, in the midst of newly erected barriers, boundaries and nations, is a journey into the centre of the only place that matters – the human heart.

An Unrestored Woman releases on 18th May 2016 from Little Brown Group

9789351950356Patang from Hachette has been doing the rounds online and I couldn’t peel my eyes off this cover.

I hate the rain…I hate it, hate it, hate it. But the rain can’t stop me. No one can…I’ll go out and play tonight. I will kill only four. No more, no less. Just four.’ 

In the midst of one of the worst monsoons in Mumbai, a man is found brutally murdered, his body posed like a kite on the tallest cell tower in the city. As one corpse after another turns up in the unlikeliest of places, each gruesomely killed and carefully arranged in a grotesque manner, the Mumbai Police realize they have more on their hands than they can deal with. Enter Chandrakant Rathod, a maverick investigator the police turn to in times of need, who plays by his own rules and lives for the thrill of the chase.

Pitting his sharp instincts against the machinations of the sadistic, ruthless killer, the detective succeeds in nabbing the psychopath and putting him behind bars.

Then, three months later, the killings begin again.

A deadly game is afoot – a game that will challenge Rathod to the utmost, for it is a game that he cannot hope to win…

Releases from Hachette India this week.

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