September 05, 2016

Book Review: Betwixt twists and turns by Mona Mohanty

Betwixt turns and twists
Author: Mona Mohanty
Publisher: Partridge Publishers
Rating: 4/5

Life is unpredictable, yet it is possible to connect the threads together and form an opinion. ‘Betwixt twists and turns’ is an anthology of short stories; the stories are inspired from our day to day lives. It is the minute things that matter the most and if we focus on them instead of making a mountain of a molehill, we can understand life better.

The author has done a fabulous job of narrating stories and keeping them different from each other. None of the stories are related. But still a common thought that hovered in my mind was the exemplary skills of observation and narration.
Penguin and partridge have their names speak for their work. And yes this happened when I had a first look at the book. The title, though raw, yields to the expectations of the readers. The real pleasure lies in reading each story that is not only fast paced but also gripping. The overall concept of the book is nice. But the cover did not appeal to me much. Probably, more colour and a clearer image could have been better.

With exemplary vocabulary and fitted use of twists and turns in the tales, the author has left an indelible impact on my mind. I could not help but mark the nice phrases and new words. Some of my favourite stories are: In my mind’s eye, Lullaby, Spanner in the works and The message trail.

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