The book has proofreading issues which are a minor irritant.
More problematic is the content which is repetitive, predictable and dull. Throwing a crime at the plot halfway through isn't the answer, the problems are much more deepseated.
The principal characters are at the root of this; little more than cardboard and consequently hard to feel empathy for. Too much stream-of-consciousness and not enough sparkling dialogue to bring them alive.
The writing also needs improvement - a flair for words.
The ending confirmed the author had no idea from start to finish about his characters' motivations or relationships and I found the whole unrealistic.
Not a dire but an… Read more
In this novel are numerous grammatical/punctuation errors, especially involving apostrophes; repetition of words and information; clumsy, cliché-ridden sentences; inconsistent motivations; and muddled viewpoints - even within the same sentence.
These are notably bad in the early chapters which introduce a large cast, not helped because they are caricatures for whom I felt no empathy.
Luckily the story is not character but plot-driven: a well-paced Agatha Christie-style whodunit, with no detective but a lawyer gathering the `high' and `low' in the room of a mansion where secrets are exposed, through twists and red herrings which kept this reader turning the pages… Read more
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I would have liked more on the immediate aftermath of bereavement, to bring an injection of sharp emotion contrasting with the gentle unfolding of Thankam's independence.
I enjoyed learning about modern India's attitudes to women and relationships, and the writing is descriptive.
However, I could have used a glossary explaining the many terms in italics.
It felt almost obligatory that a widow should have a fling with a younger man and I found this the least realistic aspect of the story, but it did need something to spice it up.
All in all, a nice read from this new author.