Received the book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
First Impression: I loved the blurb, because it reminded me my other two best friends from school days. Apt title, yes! But the cover could have been better. As much as I love the message conveyed using a sand clock – it didn’t fit in the cover as expected. An experienced cover designer – would have been better. This book, based in Mumbai, travelled along with me in Chennai, yet, took me to Mumbai virtually. That’s how enticing the book is! I remember my friend Solomon Manoj recommending this book to me, and then, somehow, I received the book from the author herself. So I started with good expectations and bang! The book did live up to my expectations
Overall Impression: Priyanka Naik stands tall with a decent debut with the choice of genre, story, style of writing. I have been reading too many Indian debuts and was bothered, but, with this book, I indeed felt good reading it. Such a heartwarming slice-of-life novel! Kudos! There’s nothing in this book that one might hate but relate.
No matter how old you are now, this story will take you to your teenage and adolescence. You would see yourself with your two best friends posing and enacting the story, I bet!
What I loved in this book?
The way she handled writing three different characters with the distinguishing character sketch
Lucid yet good diction peppered language
Proper grammar and tight writing
Bang on – a proper vein runs right from childhood of the three friends who turn soul-sisters, and go through the usual Indianized pattern life. They fall in love, get married, stick to their career goals, but what twists and turns life throws, and how they handle takes you through their life
For the storyline chosen, the book is a bit lengthier. A bit more scissoring, would have left the best impression
Book cover – didn’t impress at all
Definitely an author that Indians can look upon, Priyanka Naik has great talent and am sure she will do great with her upcoming novels because she throws in her heart while writing a novel. Her passion for writing is well portrayed with her debut.
If you’re looking for a heart warming read – let the book be “Twist of Fate”