Author- Tarun Tewari
Publisher- Half Baked Beans Publishing
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Writing Style- 3.5/5
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She stood at the edge of the cliff with her arms straight, her fingers stretched outwards. The sun now began to set displaying an exuberant orange and her mind lost in the infinite colors that once adorned her life.
Its been a week since she has stood at this same spot at the same time waiting for his return. Just as she was about to turn the half bridge from the cliff extending towards the horizon trembled as if shook by violent winds.
From amidst the colours he appeared, disembarking from the boat that glided amongst the clouds. His face was concealed behind a mask. He removed his mask showing his face adorned by the devilish smile. He was neither from heaven nor from hell because he was from an altogether different world.
” Come with me”, He said.
“No I cant, “she said with restraint.
“I’ll wait, he said before vanishing in the darkness.
Milisha now stood there looking into the abyss.
Now she was the Queen and he was the ghost and their lives was not theirs anymore.
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The story revolves around the protagonist; Milisha and her mother Radha. On Milisha’s sixth birthday, Radha takes Milisha away along with Blackban. She will be returning back to the same place after 16 years. During the course of time, Milisha falls in love with Mango, a ghost. What makes Milisha a Quinsilera – the queen needs to be discovered by readers themselves.
The plot is suspenseful yet writing style is filled with cliches. Alternatively, I would like to say that a powerful theme that lacks good narration. simple use of vocabulary makes it easy for readers to understand. The author fails to maintain the suspense until the end due to its fast pace. Characters are not well developed, lacks connectivity and story miss that engrossing element. Narration needs improvement. However, keeping in mind that this is the debut work of the author, he has well tried. Suspense is something that is not everybody’s cup of tea. However, the efforts are appreciable.
The book is a one time read and can make a perfect companion on a short trip for all those suspense lovers who love to read a bit of suspense.