Book review | Bittersweet by Anushka J
Author: Anushka J
No. of pages: 166
Published by: Krimiga Books
Published on: 1st January 2018
My rating: ★★☆☆☆
Archer Davis's life couldn't have been more perfect. That was until he ran his car into a girl. And since then, trouble has followed him like a shadow. He got strangely fascinated by her, trying to figure out the 'maze' she used to talk about. But when she disappeared, he finally decided to find the reality behind her delicate face. When the mystery unravels and the traumas unleash in front of him, will he still remain the same? Meet the girl who is after all not one. Meet the guy who falls for one of them.
This book is a romance drama with a tinge of mystery and psychological thriller. Archer Davis meets Snow when his car hits her. Archer goes on to take her to the hospital and treat her by keeping her at his home. But there is this mystery surrounding the identity of Snow. Who is she actually? Where is her home? Why is she reluctant to go back to her home? Archer's family decides to keep her in their house and slowly Archer develops feelings for Snow. But Snow abruptly runs away from Archer's home and his life just as abruptly she came into his life.
Year's later, Archer finds her in a bar, almost drunk and overdosed. He quickly confronts Snow about their past but Snow is very quick to not acknowledge it. Snow is an addict now and so Archer takes her into his care again. But what is the secret behind Snow? Why does she move around from place to place and why does she never go back home? As the miserable life story of Snow unveils, it's up to Archer to decide whether he can fully give his love to her or leave her for his own betterment.
I genuinely liked the plot. It's not that common and I have a weakness for psychological thrillers. But this book failed to deliver it. I would have really loved the book if the author could execute it. Even though there's a suspense in the book, the author does not build it up properly. It's kind of slacky.
There's mental illness incorporated in the book. And I loved that fact. The author has done proper research about that and portrayed it in the book. Being a Psychology student, I was afraid if the illness would be accurately described or not but the the author has done a commendable job. Also, the fact that there are dialogues in the book that shows how serious mental illness is, made me satisfied.
Though bits and pieces from the book does not make sense, overall it was an entertaining read.
The writing style was plain and simple and there is nothing decorative about it. Though there are places where the narration just slips over the dialogues making it difficult to understand where the dialogues end and the narration starts (and vice versa). The dialogues could also have a bit of emotions to it, I felt that the dialogues lacked emotions.
I received a copy of the book from Vinfluencers in exchange of an honest and unbiased review.