09 February, 2016

#BookReview :: Gone with the Bullet by Sheeja Jose

An answer to a gun is another gun. Answer to deceit is love…. 

An eventful journey of a middle aged, hardcore, lonely shooter with a multi-million task falls in love with the teenage daughter of the man whom he has brutally killed. He has a past...his present changes the history…his future is in her hand…

A girl who landed up in his life from nowhere, changes him and his fate forever. Secrets will throw them into the whirlpool of illusions, which going to test the purity of the reality!!! Their amazing journey brings the unusual tale of love, and race against time to to kill and stay alive. 

Will it break them or bring back them together???

A crime thriller with an extra-ordinary end.... 

I have no idea why, but reading the blurb made me think of the movie Leon. There is absolutely no reason, but for some very odd reason it did and I just couldn’t shake off the feeling. As such the book had a lot to live up to.

This being a thriller, I am going to avoid giving any details about the premise of the story since the blurb of the book gives away just enough and keeps just the right amount of secrets. The best I can do without giving away any spoilers is that there are two characters, Mark & Divya, whose past, present and future are all somehow mingled and that the novel spans over a period of 10 days.

The author has laid out a thrilling plot for her readers to enjoy. The main players of this plot are etched out quite well. They shape up slowly as the plot progresses and by the end they grow immensely. I loved the way the author has given some of them a backstory to feel more familiar to the readers. Also the fact that the author has given us multiple POVs, a reader gets the complete look at what exactly is happening. While it is quite satisfying to be able to get into the minds of all the lead players, it also makes the plot more predictable. What pulls the book down is the pace of the story. While the story covers the events of only 10 days, the book is 310 pages long. Therein lays my dilemma. While the multiple POV surely gave me some thrill, it also slowed down the pace. I wished for the story to move faster. The author’s language in the book is quite enjoyable. It did falter at couple of places though, but it is something that can be corrected with tighter editing.

The one thing that stands out in my mind about this book is the way the author has added quotes at the beginning of each chapter. Some of them made it in my pocket book of quotes. Also, can we take a moment to appreciate the cover? I absolutely adored it. It certainly takes the aesthetic aspect of the book to a whole different level and it also managed to pique my curiosity regarding the book and about the female character as well.

With the same elements acting as both the up and the down of the book, this book evoked mixed feelings in me. But when it comes down to the bottom line, the book is certainly a winner. It deserves at least a single read.

Review Copy received from the Author

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