A big thanks to the author who reached out and asked me to review her work! I received this book in exchange for an honest review. This is the debut novella (wouldn’t call it a novel at 73 pages) of techie turned content writer turned creative writer, Chirasree Bose.
Genre: Romantic thriller
Length: 73 pages
Blurb: Aveesh Mathur is shocked when he lays eyes on Spreeha, the new girl in his office whom everyone is lusting after. He cannot deny that she’s desirable, but she resembles someone from Aveesh’s past, a past he doesn’t want uncovered. Spreeha, who lives near Aveesh, already has a man in her life but is attracted to Aveesh because he resembles someone from her own past. As they are pulled inexplicably toward each other, Aveesh and Spreeha’s actions set off a chain of events that threaten all their relationships, and even their lives.
Overall Rating: 1.5 out of 10
Plot: 4 out of 10
Characterization: 1.5 out of 10
Primary Element: 6 out of 10 for its mystery/suspense
Writing Style: 1 out of 10
Part of a Series: No
The social element that the book touches upon.
What I Liked:
What I Didn’t Like:
- The characterization was very weak and the characters lacked depth.
- Too much abstract prose where it wasn’t required; it didn’t add the depth that may have been the aim.
- A good basic story, but very weak implementation; it seemed like I was reading a long essay rather than a fleshed out story. And the basic premise did have enough depth for the story to have been more fleshed out.
- Felt more like a work-in-progress story than an actual, completed book.
- It also needs a lot of work on the POV; it’s written in the first person and the sudden changes across abrupt chapters made it difficult to follow the character from whose perspective the section was written.
Who Should Read It:
I wouldn’t actively recommend this book until it was further worked upon to flow better, be more complete, and went through a thorough, professional edit.
Who Should Avoid:
Anyone who likes stories that are complete and rounded, and does not like abrupt chapters strung together.
Read It For:
If at all, then for the social message that’s at the root of the book.
Overall, I think Bose has good vision and creativity. Translating it into a complete book (as all aspiring and existing authors have admitted) is about much more than just having a story idea. A good amount of time and effort investment could take Bose’s vision into a complete book that far surpasses Done With Her.