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REVIEW: Ghosts of Harvard by Francesca Serritella

Plot : 4/5
Characters : 3/5
Writing : 4/5

Genre : Fiction, Thriller, Mystery

Date of  Release : 5th May 2020

Publishing House : Penguin Random House

“The ability to keep a secret was an Archer family trait.”

Cadence Archer arrives on Harvard’s campus desperate to understand why her brother, Eric, a genius who developed paranoid schizophrenia took his own life there the year before. Losing Eric has left a black hole in Cady’s life, and while her decision to follow in her brother’s footsteps threatens to break her family apart, she is haunted by questions of what she might have missed. And there’s only one place to find answers.

As Cady struggles under the enormous pressure at Harvard, she investigates her brother’s final year, armed only with a blue notebook of Eric’s cryptic scribblings. She knew he had been struggling with paranoia, delusions, and illusory enemies—but what tipped him over the edge? With her suspicions mounting, Cady herself begins to hear voices, seemingly belonging to three ghosts who walked the university’s hallowed halls—or huddled in its slave quarters. Among them is a person whose name has been buried for centuries, and another whose name mankind will never forget.

Does she share Eric’s illness, or is she tapping into something else? Cady doesn’t know how or why these ghosts are contacting her, but as she is drawn deeper into their worlds, she believes they’re moving her closer to the truth about Eric, even as keeping them secret isolates her further. Will listening to these voices lead her to the one voice she craves—her brother’s—or will she follow them down a path to her own destruction?

A Harvard freshman becomes obsessed with her schizophrenic brother’s suicide. Then she starts hearing voices.

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REVIEW: Inside a Dark Box by Ritu Vaishnav


Genre : Non-Fiction, Self -Help

“Every once in a while, you feel strong enough to push the darkness away. Sometimes, it pushes its way right back in.”

A pertinent book on the theme of depression, Inside a Dark Box takes you inside the head of someone locked in a battle with their own mind and helps to understand the associated challenges and loneliness. With evocative, striking line drawings that complement the narrative, it is a powerful and positive book that is a must have for anyone who is undergoing depression or knows of someone battling it.

Ritu Vaishnav, while talking about the book said, ‘You may have read about depression and you may know all the symptoms, but when faced with it, you may still fail to recognise it. You can feel lost and confused for a long time before you realise that what you are going through has a name, is common and can be tamed. Hopefully this book makes depression a little bit easier to identify and explain to those around us.’

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BOOK REVIEW: “The Secret Commonwealth (The Book of Dust #2)”

Plot : 4/5
Characters : 5/5
Writing : 4/5

Genre : Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult

Date of Release: October, 2019

Publishing House: Penguin House

“You’re in a world full of color and you want to see it in black and white.”

It is twenty years since the events of La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One unfolded and saw the baby Lyra Belacqua begin her life-changing journey.

It is seven years since readers left Lyra and the love of her young life, Will Parry, on a park bench in Oxford’s Botanic Gardens at the end of the ground-breaking, bestselling His Dark Materials sequence.

Now, in The Secret Commonwealth, we meet Lyra Silvertongue. And she is no longer a child. 

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