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Mystery: WITHERINGS (Mystery Thriller Fiction) Kindle Edition

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Length: 296 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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About the Author

A.R. Khan is an independent author living in Alberta, Canada.

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  • File Size: 386 KB
  • Print Length: 296 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: July 31, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #566,309 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A.R Khan was born and currently resides in Edmonton, Alberta. His passion for story telling forced him to produce his first book in 2014, "Witherings", which is rapidly gaining attention for its unique premise and storytelling.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Molly on July 16, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I started this book on Friday night and I was trapped in it the rest of the weekend. I cancelled appointment with friends for just reading this book. I agree to the other reader that this book is for mature readers, who have as much life experiences as the author. This is a very intense story and paced fast. Reading this book had me like riding on a rolla coaster. I couldn't catch a breath until the last few words of the book. Very well written book! You would be surprised what could a man do at on his ‘deadline’.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert Krueger on August 2, 2014
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Arthur finds out he is dying of brain cancer. He invites the primary suspect in his wife's disappearance to move in with him, a seemingly eccentric action, but in his mind it is rational as he seeks answers and revenge. Arthur's illness is progressing rapidly. Not only is he becoming physically deblilitated, his mind may be fooling him. But Arthur is desperate, determined. He finds clues. Are they really clues? Time is running out; his compulsion will not let him stop.

Rose is Arthur's next door neighbor, a woman who has had a difficult life, a woman he has come to love. She has devoted much of her life to cultivating and nurturing a rare -- in fact, the only one remaining, -- exotic plant named the Witherings.

You begin reading this novel (admittedly dark) and your curiosity keeps you reading. You want to know what is going to happen next in this action intense story. The plot is skillfully developed; the story is filled with challenges and obstacles the protagonist must overcome.

A.R. Khan has created a cast of intriguing characters. Arthur is an original who is consumed by a compulsive drive for revenge. But humanity lies deeply in his being. An especially nice touch is the symbolism of the Witherings, which underlies the story. Do you not think so? Reviewed by the author of the Children's Story, About Good and Evil.

PS: one characteristic I find in novels lately (and in this one) is a tendency to include in a scene unnecessay detail. This is only a minor 'detail' that does not detract from the reading of this entertaining novel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on August 8, 2014
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From the moment you begin reading Witherings, you have to hold on tight. It starts out curiously, oddly, somewhat sadly. And before you know it, you are asking yourself what this guy has gotten himself into. It bounces you back and forth between wondering if he is truly remembering facts or if his cancer is causing hallucinations and exaggerations that play with his memories. It will take you around so many twists and turns trying to solve the obsession of what happened to his assumed dead wife. The protagonist is a terminally ill man struggling to find the answers he desperately feels he needs to live or die peacefully. The antagonist has been his psychological patient for two years, a surgeon with issues that have cost him his ability to perform surgeries.

Through the entire book you will be turning pages trying to figure out the deepening puzzles and clues the increasingly mad patient offers the doctor as he continues to struggle with end stage IV brain cancer to answer the many questions he has about his wife.

The book is an excellent red. It reminds us that fate may write our story but we choose the path we walk. Only we decide the who, what, where, when and why. We write our story. Throughout the book the doctor tells us the ten rules of life that his father taught him. Each one of us would do well in life to learn these 10 "suggestions" to guide us as we walk our own paths. It's a story with a lot going on. You'll enjoy it if you like your books with a little bit more than a story. Keep on reading!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Scott Shannon on July 21, 2014
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I knew what the subject matter was before I began reading, but I was not prepared for the "thrill ride" that this book became. I am never afraid to feel when I am watching a movie or reading a book as some are. I did not find the book depressing. I found it to be exhilarating.

Each chapter led me further and further into the devious plan of the main character. I never could predict what was going to happen next. I was very saddened by his ongoing deterioration as the novel progressed. Also, I was never really sure whether what was happening was reality or delusion. This was very entertaining.

There was NOTHING predictable about this book. I had no idea how it was going to end and I loved that. As long as you are aware about what you are getting into I know you will enjoy this book.

Mr. Khan has a wonderful grasp of character development, plot, and dialog. He uses short, spare strokes (as well as some long, full ones) to paint his novel in brilliant colors.

This book has my highest recommendation. It is sensational.

--Note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Roger F, Shepherd on July 19, 2014
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The story outline seemed intriguing to me. A man loses his wife to an affair with one of his psychotherapy patients. Arthur is dying of brain cancer and by coincidence his patient, Richard needs a place to live after losing his position as a surgeon at the same hospital where Arthur's wife was also employed as a physician.

Arthur is declining rapidly but he still has enough mental audacity to plan Richard's demise. But the race is on and the Grim Reaper is gaining ground every hour.

Every character in this book has a grief stricken back story. The only happy story might be rose who keeps a rare tropical plant that takes up one whole bedroom. If it is not carefully too will die a miserable death.

Author Khan loves details. He will give you more than you really need to know about every thing including in bold type, TEN LIFE LESSONS learned from his father.

There is tension and plenty of things going wrong in this 100 year old Condo but there is too much repetition of the flooding
Scene, the headaches, and the flashbacks. Way too much .description.The author needs brevity. Find a way to say more by saying less.

The author depends on coincidence too often. Example: He hires a Private Investigator to find His wife's parents. It takes five years but they are found in the Ukraine and flown to the US so that they may attend Martha's 40th Birthday. Their
taxi is broadsided and they are killed just blocks away from the party.
Just one of the unnecessary scenes adding more depression to the story.

The chapters don't flow well. Not all the scenes are causally and believabley tied to the ones that precede and follow them.
Transitions are not smooth. The story is choppy.
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