​BOOK REVIEW OF- A SEASON FOR DYINGBY SHARMISHTHA SHENOY

BOOK REVIEW OF- A SEASON FOR DYING
BY SHARMISHTHA SHENOY

Paperback

Language: English

ASIN: B06XY3SY12

Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 12.8 x 1.2 cm

THE PLOT IN BRIEF-

ote from a killer “This is Prakash writing. I am the murderer of Padma Manepally. I am attaching photos of her dead body taken in her apartment today to prove that I am indeed the killer. Old ladies make nice soft targets. I think I will wipe out an old lady next. …Catch me if you can.” 1st April, 11:30 am Charminar: A housewife is strangled to death. 15th April 5:30 am Begumpet: A reputed doctor is bludgeoned to death near Begumpet Station while out on her morning walk. A ruthless killer is on the loose. He has openly challenged the Hyderabad Police to catch him. The reputation of the Hyderabad Police is in tatters. The psychopath is roaming freely across Hyderabad killing indiscriminately. Or is there a method in this madness? Who are these victims and why they have been selected by the murderer? He ropes in good friend Vikram Rana to help him. As Gopi Reddy admits, ‘Random killers are the hardest criminals to catch.’ But to Vikram Rana something about these brutal incidences does not ring true and these crimes seem to be related…. Will Vikram and ACP Reddy be able to prevent another murder in this race against time before this monster strikes again?

THE TITLE-

Indeed A season for dying is a very interesting and appropriate title for the book. We all know that Dialogues must appear as natural as if coming from effortless writing. It must not sweat. The beloved readers must not sweat. But here the author is literally sweating, because her characters are literally talking fishy in a steamy sweaty and bloody scene. The combination of the suspense and the chillness are very vividly described throughout the plot. When you read the account of a murder – or, say, a fiction story based on murder – you usually begin with the murder itself. That’s all wrong. The murder begins a long time beforehand. A murder is the culmination of a lot of different circumstances, all converging at a given moment at a given point. People are brought into it from different parts of the globe and for unforeseen reasons. The murder itself is the end of the story.

The title itself creates this thrilling environment. For example in a season, the dates gradually get eliminated one by one. Similarly the victim gets eliminated in the plot one by one, just like the dates of a season.

 REVIEW OF THE BOOK-

I understood something after completing the book-Known is Nothing, Unknown is Everything; This is Half Hidden World. We know only a little about ourselves, even ourselves. So blind are we that more often than not we never know what we’re going to do next, Love or Hate. Like what we are for ourselves, a part of our soul mates, our boy and girl friends, also remains Unknown to us, quite naturally, despite living together under the same roof, eating together, sleeping together….And that hidden part makes us ex-things to others.

The author very beautifully creates the atmosphere to inculcate the sequential murders in the story. It was like this blackness that crept into the corners of my life until everything was grey and dirty. My insides felt burnt out, like if you cut me open, all you would find would be smoke. No heart. No bones. There was nothing left, just the anger. It followed me everywhere. It sat on my bed and watched me sleep and when I had to eat, it looked at me across the table.

That’s what a thriller plot looks like and the author has proved it correctly through her creation.

Policemen are often confronted with situations which baffle them at first. A certain crime scene may seem meaningless, but they have to derive some meaning out of it. They have to connect the dots, find the links, delve into its history, look for evidence, come up with a zillion theories and arrive at truth. The thing is, truth is always stranger than fiction.

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YOU SHOULD READ THIS BECAUSE-

THE SPINE CHILLING THRILLING PLOT.
THE DEATH FACTOR AT EVERY TURN OF THE PAGE

RATINGS-

Overall I would like to rate the book 42 on a scale of 50.

4 stars out of 5

Originality of the plot and sub plots- 9/10

Net emotions in the story- 8/10

Usage of words and phrases-8/10

The title, cover and the illustration-8/10

The net impact on the readers- 9/10
Life is truly a matter of choices, reactions, and actions. Each and every choice is governed by our reactions which in turn affect our actions and consequently the future turn of events

Reviewed by-

Sayan Basak

Kolkata

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