Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Mark Adams.

 

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An intriguing title indeed.  Mark Adams follows the route Hiram Bingham took to Machu Picchu, when he ‘discovered’ it.  The book traces the journey of the both men, undertaken in very different times, the joys and challenges of their travels.  Written with wit and humor, the book is pleasant reading.  However, when Adams starts writing about his second trip, the book loses its thread and becomes unhinged.

Read, if you are interested in Machu Picchu , or are planning to visit.

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Girl on a Train: A.J.Waines

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After ‘The Girl on the Train’ by Paula Hawkins, a top best-seller, comes ‘Girl on a Train’.  A journalist meets a troubled young woman on a train who is later found to have committed suicide.  Our protagonist is certain that it is not suicide and sets out to investigate.  The story proceeds at a reasonable pace till the middle of the book but then starts going around in circles.  The worst part is the end – that has a poor rationale and is difficult to believe.  In fact, believability is an issue with  other parts of the book too.  Doesn’t quite add to the pace and suspense of Hawkins’ book.

Recommendation: Stick with the original best-seller.