Book Review – The Dark Romance by Ankit Gusain

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The Dark Romance.. well, the author pinged me in Facebook and suggested the book himself.. Even before that, the title had really intrigued me and I had liked one post pertaining to the selfsame novel by LeadStart Publishers. I purchased it and the prologue was quite fascinating, garnering my interest tout de suite. I completed reading it today. The author, despite being a first-timer, has done a satisfactory job. The writing is lucid and the narration is interspersed with good words. Nevertheless, the narration is a trifle immature in places and the language could have been better overall (acceptable for a debut author). At places, you feel that conversations are too prolonged and could have been replaced by to-the-point narrative lines. However, the story is quite unique. Some snippets of philosophy interspersed in between are innovative (some are cliched). The storytelling and plot progression is good. However, I had expected the story to be scary and had braced myself for spine-chilling moments (which were very rare – a concoction of disappointment and relief too – I am a bit of a scary-cat!). Having said that, readers are bound to be glued till the end to know the outcome and I savored the unexpected ending. All in all, a good, imaginative, and innovative attempt by Ankit. I would love to read his next book. 3.75 rating from my side. Cheers!

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