The Blue Jinx by Nisha B. Thakur
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Are ghosts real? Or for that matter gemology or astrology? Do the Ghosts try to avenge themselves if something bad happened to them? It may be psychological issue or may be real ghost (if there is such a thing).
Nikhil is a loser in the eyes of his family. He is an interior consultant and wants to make it big. He gets an opportunity to refurbish Hemant’s Bungalow, far away from Mumbai. He always claimed that he is not cut out for love and wants to focus only on career. But as happens in stories he falls head over heels for Samara, Hemant’s beautiful daughter. Bhima, the Chowkidar tells him that the Ghost of Shanipriya (Samara mother) is there, in the same room where he is staying. Then strange things start happening with him and he loses control over reality.
The story is good initially and builds the suspense and atmosphere beautifully. It is fast paced book and can be finished in one or two sitting. But later on it becomes clichéd and defied logic. Say for instance why Hemant disposed of Shanipriya body without trying to find out her killer. The explanation given is most flimsy. If he loved her so much he should have avenged her. The identity of killer is totally fabricated as there is no mention of him till fag end and the climax is very insipid. The behaviour of supporting characters is erratic. Editing and choice of words could have been better.
Keeping in view the pros and cons I give the book 3/ 5 stars.
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