WRITING STYLE: 4/5
ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5
Durjoy Datta needs no introduction. He is one of the most celebrated best-selling authors in India today and hence when his latest “The Girl of my Dreams” hit the stalls, I could not help myself from buying a copy online. And in the end, I was glad that I did that since otherwise how would I have discovered this exciting new read.
“The Girl of my Dreams” is the story of a guy Daman who meets with an accident and immediately goes into a coma. The only thing he remembers is that he was in the car with a girl and that the girl’s name was Shreyasi. But just after the accident Shreyasi was nowhere to be found – she was neither dead nor alive. As time goes by, Daman is increasingly being haunted by the image and idea of Shreyasi. Who was she and where did she go? Due to trauma and serious injuries he had suffered from minor amnesia erasing all his memories of the accident and of the events leading to it.
A little later Daman starts writing short stories on Facebook, weaving fiction upon his faint idea of Shreyasi. Becoming very popular soon, he is approached by a publishing house to write his story. Daman starts writing but he has to mould his story a bit under pressure from his editor. What happens after that is truly amazing. Daman starts getting stalked by an anonymous girl who somehow isn’t very happy with Daman. So who is this stalker girl? Where is Shreyasi? What does this stalker want from Daman? To know this and much more, read this tantalising novel, “The Girl of my Dreams”, today!
Talking about the plot first; it is beautiful. The main plot is very strong and concise and the few subplots that have been conceptualised do equally well to blend in with the main plot. The story is refreshingly different and the element of thrill and mystery around “Shreyasi” adds up as a bonus. I just loved the way Durjoy Datta has managed to deliver twists and turns right till the end of the book and in the process made this book an absolute page-turner.
“The Girl of my Dreams” maintains a fast pace right till the second half, where it somehow slows down before speeding up again in the end. The characters are an interesting bunch. I simply loved the character of Shreyasi; she is strong, hot-headed and gets what she wants. Daman is also noteworthy but fades in comparison to the dynamic Shreyasi. The climax is fairly good too with a satisfying end to such an intriguing story.
I enjoyed the writing style of Durjoy Datta. He has done a fantastic job of penning a romantic thriller, which is not an easy genre to write. As already stated, “The Girl of my Dreams” is a page-turner and hence on entertainment quotient too I give it a stellar rating of 4.5 stars. Needless to state, this book comes as a must recommended read from me.
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