Yes, I’ve been gone for the longest time ever but I had my reasons, I promise! I’ll talk more about it in detail in the coming posts but until then, enjoy a relentless albeit entertaining volley of book reviews coming your way!
Today on The Book Files I shall be reviewing the latest release from Speaking Tiger Books, The Girl Who Couldn’t Love by Shinie Antony. It’s a psychological thriller short of 200 pages but packs a massive punch.
The story revolves around Rudrakshi or Roo as she is affectionately called. She is a teacher at a high-end school and labours away teaching English to less than enthusiastic children. Her aloof, distant and numbing nature stems from the grief of her beloved father’s death, a sparring relationship with her invalid mother and a lack of interest in relationships, which she believes she is not made for. The whole book forays into the theme of why she is called the girl who can’t love. She meets Kumar, an artist who enrolls into her school as a temporary teacher. The two main characters are polar opposites of each other and after a few clashes find themselves inevitably drawn to each other. This begins a tumultuous relationship full of secrets, betrayal, deceit and revenge.
TGWCL isn’t exactly a happy ending with happily ever after and the characters aren’t exactly role models of positivity and virtue but it’s the main reason why it makes for such a thrilling read. The characters are open to admitting their less than savoury behaviour on more than one occasion, jumping off the pages as very realistic, believeable people one might actually come across in real life.
The writing style is cutting and modern with the author relying on intensely beautiful vocabulary and open ended sentences. While a seasoned reader would find it a visual delight, readers who are new to this genre or who aren’t exactly comfortable with advanced English might find it difficult to navigate through without the help of a dictionary or even a thesaurus.
The themes can be a bit disturbing but that’s s given considering the genre of this novel. To be honest, it reminded me so much of Nicci French novels that I was thrilled to see an Indian counterpart of my favourite thriller novelists! Highly recommended to anyone who has an evening to spare and would like to spend it traversing through a roller coaster in the comfort of their homes!
Overall, I would rate this 4.75 stars out of 5. There was an issue with the events unfolding too abruptly. Maybe a few more pages for the climax to unfold would have given it a better touch. But, it still is such a stellar piece of work that I would recommend it to everyone!!
Disclaimer : I received a copy of the novel from the publishers in exchange of an honest review.
See you next time!