Book review | The Sun Shines Down by Sankha Ghosh

The Sun Shines Down

Author: Sankha Ghosh

Genre: Political thriller

No. of pages: 142

Published by: Hawakal Publishers

Published on: 14th December 2018

Format: Paperback

My rating: ★★☆☆☆

Shreya Basu is a kind of politician India has hardly ever witnessed and that too from a political party which has been suffering from an existential crisis for last few years. With an impeccable beauty and excellent orator skill Shreya Basu's shot to fame is no less than a fairy tale. But now she wishes to contest election with a powerful incumbent government at their own bastion. But little did she know about the dirty i lands of this murky game of politics. And, in this topsy-turvy ride to power, she came across the enigmatic Hector Fernandez. Obscured by thousands of unanswered questions, Hector Fernandez is haunted by the ghosts of his past. And, to put them to rest, he wants one single thing, Vengeance. And, when Shreya's seamless ambition to acquire power meets Hector's hate-filled stigma of retribution, it wreaks war. 

Unmasking the gloomy secrets all the way from the manipulative political lobbyist to the leaden secrets of media-mafia, from the shady by-lanes of Mumbai to the precarious land of Balochistan - the duo challenges the power-barons inviting the threats they barely anticipated to come their way. But even the duo's infallible tactics may not be enough to save their goals, or themselves, from succumbing to their nemesis. 

The Sun Shines Down is a political thriller that tries to highlight the dirty side of politics but fails miserably. From a bad plot to bad writing style, this book really disappointed me. After reading the book I understood that the author tried hard to unmask what goes on in politics but it could be exucutes in a proper manner.

For the first half of the book I could not even under what was happening. Since two parallel stories are going on, it became wee bit confusing to me. The two parallels connect only in the last 40 pages or so.

There are a number of things wrong with this book. First, the description of female characters. All female characters in the book have 'milky white complexion' or 'pale skin' it seems. Using fair complexion as a sexual innuendo did not appeal me at all. Second, the descriptions of the sexual acts. They are really ill-described. Third, the poorly sketched characters. Shreya and Faiz are the protagonists of this story but did not feel like it. They lacked the essence of a well-defined character. Fourth, the plot itself. I have read a lot of books so far that have political exploits as the main theme. It would have better if the story had some mystery to it. But the plot was too plain and lacked originality. 

I could also see some grammatical errors in the book. But those could be attributed to the editorial mistakes.

The only thing that stands out in the book is the clever heist that takes place at some point in the story. That was the only one thing that I found sensible in the book. Also, I liked how the author spinned his plot around uncovering and exposing the dirty tricks of politics, specially how the media plays a role in it. 

I could really feel the underlying message that the author tried to put out for the readers, but the execution failed the good motives of the author.

I've already discussed how the execution is not proper in the book. Apart from that, I felt that the plot is very jumpy. The story jumps from one character's perspective to another's. Similarly, the author introduces new characters out of nowhere, describing their background story for a couple of paragraphs or so and as soon as the character has been used in the plot, the character is nowhere to be seen in the rest of the story.

Sankha Ghosh is a banker by day and writer by night. Starting off as a environmental activist with an international foundation, he eventually got into the exciting industry of banking. And avid observer, an alternate thinker, and strictly opinionated, his writings have been published in several national and international blogs.

I got the book as a part of the review program in Outset


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