Book: Forget Me Not, Stranger
Author: Novoneel Chakraborty
Publisher: Random House India
Genre: A ‘strange’ romance thriller
In One Line: A stranger stalks you because he wants to solve the issues of your life
Characterisation: I would say that the characterisation has been done decently well because although I haven’t read the the other two of the trilogy, and connecting names could have been thus tough, it wasn’t so.
However, I have issues with the way they have been depicted. For example:
The activities of the ‘Stranger’ is not believable. For example, having access to house keys, being around Rivanah, the female protagonist, all the time is not possible. And my doubts on the low possibility of it increased even more when the cover reveal of the Stranger happened. These were huge loopholes.
Rivanah’s character comes across too much as a ‘hormonal’ girl who goes around having a crush on every man she comes near to. How can someone who is scared of the ‘Stranger’ be feeling attracted to him when he touches her? It’s weird!
Language: I loved the way the book has been written. Easy to read and fast paced.
Plot Setting: Bits of the story was set in Kolkata and bits in Mumbai. Nothing much of either of the cities was brought out though.
Book Cover Art: It was alright – nothing great. It was keeping with the other two in the trilogy where a girl is shown with a dark jungle in the background. But so much more could have been done to make it an attractive cover. I guess the author was very confident that his books would sell with his name tag and so didn’t really give the cover too much of thought.
How’s the Title: The ’Stranger’ is what the book is all about and Rivanah , the protagonist is never allowed to forget him. The title goes well with the theme of the book.
Is The Blurb Catchy: I liked the blurb. It said as much as it should have said. Impactful enough for a reader who hasn’t read the other two to pick this one up as a stand alone as well.
Learning From The Story: Everything that the author has built up – be that from the beginning of a book series, or from the beginning of a story, will be spoilt if the end is so unbelievable.
Areas Of Improvement: I am sorry if I am being too blunt, but the end was the biggest let down – ever – for me. the entire read was so fast and gripping that keeping the book down was tough. But the way the final ‘explanation’ was given was downright stupid. Seems the author did not know how to handle the end and so got somewhat influenced by Dan Browne’s ‘Da Vinci Code’.
What Is ‘Said By Not Saying’: Learn to face the truth, no matter how tough it is.
My Reaction When I Finally Closed The Book:
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