SPOOKY QUOTIENT: 3/5
ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5
One of the first books that we reviewed on bookGeeks was Manish Mahajan’s The Disappearance of Tejas Sharma. The book was a good read and we liked it immensely. Now, after more than 4 years I got the opportunity to read Manish’s 2nd book and I have nothing but praise for it.
What is the book about?
Graveyard shift is a collection of 7 different stories and a poem, all set in different themes and revolving around different manifestations of the supernatural. Whereas a few are modern stories based in the contemporary world, there are others which will take you back in time to the palaces of royal kings and to the cremation grounds of ancient India.
What makes it click?
The best part of Graveyard Shift is its variety. The stories are so different from each other in theme, background, concept and the type of supernatural element, that you simply cannot help but marvel at the author’s genius. I liked the way the author has penned each story. The way he writes is meant both to entertain and educate. That a lot of research has gone into writing the book is evident from Manish’s writing. The stories are long enough to incite interest and build up theme and character. They are also short enough to not be dull or boring.
Best amongst the rest
My personal favourites were Tales in the Train, A Night in the Hastings House and The Last Wish; though all of them were good enough to make a lasting impression. Tales in the Train was spooky and scary while A Night in the Hastings House filled with me utter dread. Though the story has an average end, by far it was the scariest one. The way Manish has combined history and spookiness is commendable.
What did not click?
I would have loved it if Graveyard Shift was a little scarier. Though it was entertaining as hell, I did not get the chills as I had expected, while reading it. That is the only thing which I wish was better in the book.
I would end this review by recommending the Graveyard Shift to all my readers especially to those who are into horror fiction. Even if you are not initiated into horror fiction, this book, I am sure will be your stepping stone. Hence, I urge my readers to give this book a try. I am sure you will love it as much as I did.
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