November 15, 2015

Book Review: Diabolical by Supriya Parulekar


Author: Supriya Parulekar
Publisher: Gargi Publishers
Rating: 3.5/5

“The monster I run from is in me.” Diabolical is all about the strength and the courage that is required to fight the internal demons. The protagonist of the story is Sonya, who is haunted by the monster of her past, Vikram Uncle. Going through the whirlpool of emotions, Sonya somehow reaches the peak of her career but happiness is amiss. Why? Because the diabolical within takes its toll over the willpower to survive. On one hand is Ramola, the shrewd step mother, who can go any limits to earn indirectly, from her step daughter’s profession and on the other hand is Jay, who is considerate, caring and very patient. This story portrays many relationships and the loopholes in them- the bond between the step sisters, the compelled love of a mother for her step daughter, the selfless love of a lover and the strained relationship with the devil within!

Grab this book to have a sneak-peek into Sonya’s life and experience the trauma that she goes through every single day.

My Opinion
‘Your dragons are frightened parts of your personality, and you alone can experience and heal them’. Diabolical is a heart wrenching novella, with a twisted plot and a distressing climax. The cover of the book is nice (Credits: Amol Karambe), the title is very captivating and the typesetting and editing is fine.

It is not necessary that every story ends on a happy note because every story does not originate in cloud cuckoo land! Diabolical is one such story that can make you jump out of your skin. The plot is gripping and the lucid narration acts like a cherry on the cake. There are no lengthy descriptions and the use of vocabulary is splendid. The best and the most striking feature of the book is the ‘crisp and short chapters’ and the appalling (rather unexpected) climax.

Somehow I felt that the use of ‘babes’ spoilt the fun of reading. Secondly, the inclusion of some chapters seemed unnecessary.

Overall, Diabolical is strong, emotional and intelligent piece of fiction which will definitely touch your heart.

The book lacks proofreading as time and again one can spot missing words, punctuation errors and other grammatical mistakes.

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