Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Review - Deepti Menon's Shadow in the Mirror


Shadow In The Mirror 
by
Deepti Menon

Publisher: Readomania 





Blurb

It all begins with a death. Nita, a pregnant woman falling from her balcony becomes the string that unravels the plot. Her death casts a shadow over many lives; her heartbroken father, her husband and Vinny, a young journalist, drawn in by the whiff of foul play and murder.

What follows are stories within stories, eras and worlds colliding with each other, leaving behind splintered relationships and mesmerizing slices of lives that appear to be drawn together and driven apart by the whimsical threads of destiny.
As events cast their shadows ahead to link the stories of Vinny, Kavita, Roma, Krish and Nita in an unrelenting knot, a journey starts to uncover the truth. What is the secret that links Nita’s death to the other characters? Will Vinny be able to unravel the mystery of Nita’s death?

From intimate diary entries and letters, to bantering over a meal and sharing memories while spring cleaning, this novel de-familiarizes the ordinary, presenting a kaleidoscope of our own pasts, broken edges and pulsating hearts. 

 My Honest Review

           Title of book makes one think, it might be a paranormal/spooky story. But as you get reading, you feel ‘No, it’s not a paranormal thing involving ghosts or supernatural beings. It’s different.’

          Though this is the first time I am reading Deepti Menon’s work, I must say, she is one hell of a story teller.         

But this book has some plus points and some minus points which left me bit disappointed.

Some of the plus points of the plot… the manner in which the story starts with a murder/suicide, weaves through past and present of various characters and then reaches the climax are noteworthy. Each character’s past is unrevealed to show the effect it had on the character which made them what they are today. Loved the fact that the author has portrayed how a childhood incident can mar/affect a person’s psychology. If we choose to move ahead forgetting that incident we can achieve great heights or else we end up spoiling ours and others life too in the process.

Minus points of the plot… too many unwanted characters. Too much of flashbacks and fast forwards took away essence of a good story plot. There is no mention of how does Vinny manage to find Meghna? I felt if some characters were avoided then it would have helped the reader to maintain a track and understand the story better and would have made the read more enjoyable.

But other than that, I loved the unique essence of the story, use of simple and easy language, description of each character, their state of mind and their turmoil in detail, eye catching book cover. 

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About the Author



Deepti Menon has always believed in the power of the pen. Having done her post graduation in English Literature and her B.Ed. in English, she had the option of teaching and writing, and did both with great enjoyment. She started writing at the age of ten, long before she acquired a Diploma in Journalism. She also had the advantage of being an Army kid, and later an Army wife, and loved the idea of travelling around India, meeting new people and acquiring new skills. She firmly believes that much of her personality was honed during those travels.

In 2002, her light hearted book, ‘Arms and the Woman’, depicting life as seen through the eyes of an Army wife, was published by Rupa Publishers, Delhi. This was written mainly to reveal the warmth and camaraderie within the great institution. She is now working on her second book that is a work of fiction, and not- to-be divulged yet! 




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