14 November, 2016

#BookReview :: Two Graves by Zoe Kalo

A Dante-ish descent through a sinister world of decadent shadows and woeful souls… 

Seven years ago, he shattered her life. The town eventually forgot the headlines and the nightmares. But 23-year old music student Angelica hasn’t forgotten. 

For the past seven years, she’s contemplated payback with as much intensity and unwavering faith as she puts into her violin playing. Finally, all the pieces are in place. Over the course of one night, disguised for a masquerade ball, Angelica orchestrates a journey of revenge. 

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Two Graves is the story of Angelica who had faced a traumatic event during her teenage years. The event happened seven years back and now Angelica is a 23 year old music student who is back in the town that eventually forgot about what had happened once the news had moved on from the headlines. It is time for her to seek reprisal for what happened on the fateful night and a masquerade ball provides the perfect occasion for it.
Told with help of a narrative style that focuses on alternating timelines, Angelica’s story gives us a glimpse into the past and the present at the same time. It reveals details in instalments and keeps the suspense building. The narrative style is very successful in keeping the secrets just out of the readers grasps until the very end. For major part of the book I wasn’t even sure what the critical ‘event’ was and there were times when I wasn’t even sure whether if it was all in her mind. In any case, trying to piece it together was quite fun. The other good part about the book was that for a novella, it fed me a lot of details. But the best part about the book was how the author has incorporated Dante’s Inferno concept into it. It was so easy to picturize what the author was describing while she was drawing the parallel references to Inferno. As for the characters, the growth of the character of Angelica is very clear. We see her as a teen and as a tween. But that is about it… There wasn’t much depth to the other characters, but then it was not needed for the plot. The author’s prose is quite impressive too – it is exquisite without requiring a reader to sit down with a dictionary. 

If I had to pick on something about the book, it would be the length of it. This is a short novella and I was done reading it in about an hour. I wished there was more and hopefully I will get more of the flavor in the other books in this series. It is definitely like nothing that I have ever read before. It left me speechless. It left me thinking and wondering… and in a good way too!

Review Copy received from the Author

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