Reads and Beats: The Innocent and Reminiscence of Love

Reads: The Innocent by Harlan Coben

I started reading this book when I was resting in the hotel room in Orchard Road, Singapore, waiting for the husband to return from meeting a friend. This took place last November. The first few chapters had something about hotel rooms as well, hence I could recall the memory of me flipping through the pages quite vividly. This book is a page-turner. I was on the brink of staying up at night just to find out what is going to happen next.

The Innocent is a thriller that takes you from New Jersey to Nevada. The story opens with a flashback of what happened to Matt Hunter, the protagonist, which had him ended up being in jail and is now starting over with his wife Olivia who is expecting their first child. However, just as things are going well (and to Matt, a bit too good to be true), the life-changing MMS arrives in his newly-bought mobile phone. The chapters of the book alternate between Matt and Loren Muse, an investigator who is handling the case of a nun who had breast implants. Sounds scandalous? You’ll only get to find out the why towards the end, when everything starts to fall into place.

A word of caution if you are planning to pick up this book for a read: keep a note on the characters throughout the book as you are reading it, you may want to refer to it just to get the picture right.

Beats: 難得有情人 by Shirley Kwan

Those who grew up with Canto Pop in the 90s would definitely know who Shirley Kwan is. I wasn’t a fan of hers, but I particularly like a couple of her songs, and 難得有情人 is one of them. Translated into English the title means “A Lover Doesn’t Come Easy”. In the video clip below, Shirley Kwan performs this song in the 1989 Jade Solid Gold Ceremony Awards. Those were the days when singers can really sing, and tunes can stand the test of time. If you are one of those who grew up with the likes of Leon Lai, Leslie Cheung and Anita Mui, this song will bring back some memories of youth innocence to you.

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