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The Beautiful Dead

Give me your hand, you beautiful and tender form,

I am a friend, and come not to punish,

Be of good cheer! I am not fierce,

Softly shall you sleep in my arms.                  ———   Death and the Maiden Poem

I felt like a crime detective in CSI…going detail by detail and guessing outcomes. Belinda captivated me-i just kept on going and this can make one gory movie! An artistic murderer is living on borrowed time with a stranger’s heart in his chest and the only way to borrow more time is by killing other people as a show via exhibition. They all die beautifully, he thinks! He even has the body of his mother who died 2 years ago in the house! At the center of all this is Eve a crime correspondent at iWitness News whom the killer thinks they are in it together; for her journalism career to thrive, there must be a killing. She is his disciple and he the master. The scenes on this book start on 1st Dec-25th Dec and i felt like each day was like 24 the series where each minute counts. It is after the murder of Layla and Kevin that the killer gets in touch with Eve via a micro-SD showcasing how he killed Kevin and it goes on air. After that, the killer keeps on calling her. What Eve doesn’t know is that the next murders she will witness them all . In a bid to catch him, a theory comes up where the killer post fliers with the name EXHIBITION that entails PLACE, VENUE and TIME of where the murders will take place.

Duncan, Eve’s father (is ill, has amnesia) is kidnapped and to end this madness she makes a deal with the killer, she has to die in order to save him but before that, she makes a decoy flier that confuses the entire detectives protecting her but there is a real one where she is the target. Emily, her bodyguard discovers it in her laptop. At Tate Modern, Eve is reassured her father is alive and upon talking to him she discovers he is their home tied with a bomb. When she is strangled with a wire to her neck, positioned on a tree branch with the killer about to let her fall, with the “to catch a killer, one must think like a killer” mantra echoing, she instead pushes him and he drops dead. Back at home, she tries to flee Mr Elias, her neighbour whose house is gas consumed, finds her father at the attic (with a flier posted at the yatch), rushes him out only to realize the bomb isn’t in the house but tied to his waist and with 5minutes to go she can’t help. Relax, the bomb doesn’t explode. Her father made it safe as is revealed in videos contained in the killer’s phone where they seemed to have had father-son conversations.

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After You

After the death of Will, Lou finds it hard to adjust and while ranting out to the skies she falls off from her building making her almost paralyzed. What disappoints me is that i expected her to have enrolled in uni, invested her money or done something with the will left but she starts off at an airport bar cleaning toilets and serving freaky passengers with booze. Her family seems to be a-okay apart from her father who blames Treena for making her mother change to a feminist who thinks she has to make amends in her life before aging gracefully. Paramedic Sam the save-me- captain who took her to the hospital becomes her lover and although the past haunts she still finds love in him. She joins the Moving On Circle a healing group where surreal experiences are shared out and in fact makes friends out of it.

The interesting twist of the book is when Lily-Will’s unknown daughter shows up. Her existence comes about from a college fling Will had with her mother but been the naughty -stubborn teen her parents cannot tolerate her, she thinks the world hates her until she discovers her real papa is dead. To retrace her steps and know her other family Lou becomes entangled in a relationship she has to see put for the sake of Will even if it means foregoing her new New York job. She must save Lily from a past that belittles her (a binge drinking gone wrong, blow job shit happens, video blackmail of the act, money to shut off the nigga, theft to keep up with the torture, captain blackmail-stepdad’s buddy saves her in return of sex…oooh boy). More so, Lou must bring together the separated Will’s family where Mr.T married the redhead, are blessed with a baby girl, Mrs. T life scrambled but all the pains are replaced with joy when Lily comes into their life. Did i forget we almost lost Sam! A life saving mission gone wrong at the hands of drug barons and he almost died (i sweatergawd if he had died i would never read another Moyes book like do all her lovers have to die?)

This series of a book ends with Lou going to New York so can’t wait to see what happens next. Does she live, push herself  and finally settles?

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Changes: A Love Story

“Guilt is born in the same hour with pleasure, like anything in this universe and its enemy.”

At first i thought it was going to be a love story that brought changes to it but nada! The book focuses on 3 women Esi, Opokuya and Fusena and their spouses Oko, Kubi and Ali respectively. Esi is a career oriented woman who has no time for her hubby nor her daughter. Due to her busy schedule she hates been married, been a wife where a woman submits and the only way out is when Oko “rapes”her that she files for a divorce. Freedom, maybe! She falls in love with Ali who on the other hand doesn’t value the Muslim norms (marry a virgin who is a muslim) but introduces her to the family as his second wife but still isn’t getting enough from this marriage too. Fusena, does not get the opportunity to advance her career (children and hubby disagrees since he is rich) while Ali has his way to his education desires. However, Fusena’s shop business is the talk of town as she manages it quit well. Opokuya, a nurse by profession has 4 children, manages her home well enough but Kubi cheats on her frequently (add Esi to his list).
The overall review is that Ama brings out elements of motherhood, marriage, friendship, independence, money and culture in the female autonomy where CHANGE bypasses the old traditions. “It is a record of changing circumstances of women’s lives in contemporary Africa…..constructs a psychological blueprint for female portraiture.” The conversations between women in this book shows a lot of social change and from it, can truly say it is what happens in today’s era. Quite an interesting read that leaves one with lots of questions

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Born A Crime

This failed to be in my list of memoirs (i literally refused to put it in that folder). Reason being he is too funny and unlike other serious biographies that has got a certain order of events this was one hilarious childhood book read. No wonder he is a comedian. So why born a crime? In a nation where apartheid ruled and two different colors of people could not mingle, his coming to being was illegal/ crime that saw him get bullied, hide while other children played and even get smuggled to see his father who was from Switzerland. Thank his mother’s christian ways that made them attend 3 different churches every Sunday where he got to mingle with various races that challenged his thinking.
Growing up he had it pretty rough but he managed to maneuver by learning all languages in SA that made conversations much easier while reducing racism at the same time. Trevor’s mum was a hyper woman who breached laws where possible to achieve her goals that saw her even work as a secretary in various government offices. Through it, she was able to provide a good upbringing to Noah until Abel became his stepfather and hell broke loose. (Drunk, violent, non-provider, shot Noah’s mum but she survived).
Noah takes a reader through his childhood in an exciting way but he does not dwell onto his success as a comedian or how he even got there. All we know is that he was a good DJ who used to burn CDs and sell out to buses that saw him go out to DJ at parties, and open shop at the hood where he made it big then a radio station took him in and before we know it he was conquering all. His jokes were his way to get along with ladies as he believed he was ugly and not good enough to date but boy, did he screw up so much!

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Me Before You

Lemme get this straight…why does everyone cry after reading this book? I never cried! Am i that inhuman? No. Well i watch many Indian films on Zee Cinema and Star Gold that the right to die was once captured on Guzaarish a 2010 film where Hrithik Roshan (Ethan) was a dancer until his friend planned an accident that saw him paralyzed and he requested for Ethanesia to end his miserable life….(story for another day).
Back to basics, Lou a 26yo too comfortable, ever chatty, stressed, weird lady loses her job at her cafe when the owner shuts it down. In a quest to find another she gets employed as a carer at the Traynor’s where their son Will is a quadriplegic- as a result of a motorbike accident. With no skills nor education on handling a disabled person she is in for a 6months contract but what she doesn’t know is that this is the duration he has given his family to bond with before he goes to Dignitas. Lou’s work is to make him change his mind.
When the cat is finally out of the bag, Treena, Lou’s sister helps her come up with activities that might help cheer up Will and at the same time researches on how to deal with the mind of a quad. Nathan, Will’s doc is stunned by Will’s recent behavior when he finally talks too much, goes out for outings but at the back of his mind he surely knows nothing can be done to reverse his death wish. During the months allocated, Lou becomes a transformed lady who gets out of her comfort zone and achieves things she would not have thanks to Will’s pushing demeanor (I love this guy). On the other hand, Will becomes a happy fellow who only goes to vacay with Lou to make her happy but not to live longer.
A girl struck in love ends her 7yo relationship with Patrick (i was really waiting for it to end) and focuses on making Will’s life worthwhile. She even chats with the quads group online where she gets tips from, money not been a problem for the Traynor’s gets him equipment to make communication easier and their sarcasm gets better by the day. During her last days of work when she thinks she can convince him to change his mind, they have a huge argument that makes her regret of her efforts. In a quest to fulfill his last wish she sets off to see him before his death…*sob.
She is in for another shock as Will’s will has her as a benefactor and sets out to achieve her lifetime goals.
Lou’s character in the book already names her carer since she has been taking care of her family through her meager income till her father gets a job with the Traynor’s as a castle repair man. The Traynor’s on the hand depend on Will’s death for life to at least get back to normal (his dad can marry the redhead), Georgina-sister can live peacefully without forcing she cares. As for me i now know how to handle a quad and even got ideas going around my head.
Now can i watch the movie and see if tears will flow? Moreover, read the second book: Me After You.
Question: Would you support one ending their life?