10 March, 2016

#BookReview :: Goodbye Girl by Sheeja Jose

Today I am 18.

I have decided to give myself a birthday gift - JUSTICE 
My enemies are rich,powerful and dangerous. 
If I want to be alive, I'll have to kill them before they kill me. 
I do not care if I die in the process. 
At least I will die knowing that I am not a victim anymore. 
I am a survivor.
I am going to open a real world,scarier than fiction. 

Will you walk with me ? 
Because if it can happen to me, it can happen to you too... 

Having read Gone with the Bullet by the author recently, I thought I knew what to expect. But the author has managed to surprise me quite a bit.

Goodbye Girl is the story of one girl, a girl who could be just about anyone you pick out in a crowd. Her journey is not an easy one and not all her decisions along the way are right. But at each crossroad, her individual decisions took her in a new path and that is what makes her stand apart. That is what creates her identity. What she went through is shocking, yet somewhere in my heart I felt like that it could very well be somebody’s reality. And even after completing the book the last line from the blurb haunts me ‘Because if it can happen to me, it can happen to you too...’ – Yes it could, and what would you do if it did?

I do not have many words for this one except that I loved it. Did I agree with every turning the plot took? No. Did I agree with the way the author built up her protagonist? No. Was it all rainbows and roses? No. Yet it is not possible to ignore it all. The author draws you in with her dark twists and forces you to turn the pages through all the brutalities. The darkness within and around the protagonist is impossible to disregard. In fact I found it difficult not to be enchanted by it. There are aspects of the plot that managed to take me by surprise and I love the book for it since very few books have managed to spring a twist that I didn’t see coming. If I absolutely had to pick a fault with this book, then all I would suggest is tighter editing. 

This is not an easy book to read but I would suggest all thriller lovers to give this a try. You may love it as much as I did, or you may not. But you will not regret reading it because this may not win the ThrillerFest, but it is much better than a lot of those commercial ‘blockbuster’ books out there.

Review Copy received from the Author

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