Even if you watched that horrible Leonardo DiCaprio movie and know what's gonna happening, the book is still terribly riveting and difficult to put down. It's got a great pace, and builds up enough suspense to make you want to finish the book in one sitting.
With more riches than the families on Downton Abbey, and more drama than your typical family from a 7pm Taiwanese series, Crazy Rich Asians is a trainwreck you can't look away from. It's supposedly based on lives of the elite in Singapore, so if you read closely, you might just put two and two together on who's who.
Two brothers and their wives meet in a upscale restaurant for dinner. One's a history teacher, the other a politician. What starts off as a normal dinner turns out to be a discussion on how to deal with a crime that both their teenage sons have committed. It's a thrill as you sit back as a spectator to the dinner, and find them slowly plotting on what to do next.
As young Harriet hunts down Robin, the alleged murderer of her younger brother, he's also equally obsessed with her, thinking that she's out to get him for an entirely different reason. This book is more than just one girl trying to find out who her younger brother's murderer is and seeking revenge - it's about the struggle of children transiting into the adult world and seeing what the world is all about.
Claire and Timothy discover that a strange woman keeps popping in the background of their family photographs. Spoiler: It's NOT a photobomber. The couple tries to find out the identity of the stalker, but the answer scares Claire more than she could ever imagine.
After Corlis' parents dies, she moves back into their family home, only to find out that her bully/'black sheep' older brother has the same idea and her timid younger brother never moved out. #sux2bme They all want the house, so they must gang up two against one to buy the remaining one out. Sibling rivalry and psychological games don't get better than this.
The Kite Runner goes through many time frames, from the fall of Afghanistan's monarchy through the Soviet military intervention, the exodus of refugees to Pakistan and the United States, and the rise of the Taliban regime. It's all grim and sadtimes in this novel, but the redemption that comes at the end is priceless.