PLOT: 4.5/5 CHARACTERS: 4.5/5 WRITING STYLE: 4.5/5 CLIMAX: 4/5 ENTERTAINMENT: 4.5/5
Maybe it’s because I am picking a romance after a really long time. Maybe it’s because after reading Durjoy Datta’s last book, The Perfect Us, I was a tad disappointed in him. Or maybe it’s simply because his latest book is that good – I just can’t bring myself to let go of Ananth and Mohini, the protagonists of Durjoy Datta’s Wish I Could Tell You.
The book has a story that stays with you long after you are done reading it. Read on to know more about my thoughts on the book and why I think you should give it a try.
What to expect?
Expect a book that has romance at its very core but one that has a lot more to offer than just a regular cliché romance. The book narrates a powerful story in a simple language and is packed with intense emotions, strong characters, highly unexpected twists and an underwhelming but beautiful romance. Finally, expect a book that takes Durjoy Datta’s writing to a whole new level.
Who can read?
Wish I Could Tell You makes use of a language that is simple and fluid and hence the book can be easily picked up by a beginner level reader. That being said, the book isn’t only meant for beginners. It will also find appeal with voracious readers or lovers of literary fiction.
Let’s talk about the storyline
Ananth believes in all things good and he manages to find that good in everyone he comes across. Driven by an intense urge to help those in need, he finds himself joining WeDonate.com, a fundraising organization that works for the benefit of the underprivileged and needy.
Mohini is a woman who is looking for a story. She wants to write but she still hasn’t found the character that she wants to write about. Until now, nobody had seemed interesting enough to charm the writer in her. Hence, it is with the aim of finding a character or story interesting enough that she joins the same organization – WeDonate.com
How the stories of Mohini and Ananth overlap and how they find exactly what they are looking for is the premise of the book. But luckily, this isn’t everything that there is to the story.
Wish I Could Tell You also tells us a story where real gets mixed up with fake, reality with illusion and the virtual world with the physical one. It shows us everything – the good, the bad and the ugly side of the world that we inhabit. And while doing so, it tells us a captivating story of unrelenting love.
How good are the characters?
I simply love how the characters of the book are imagined. They are dynamic and interesting and the transformations that they undergo are almost perfect. I also like how we get to uncover the story from different people’s points of view. There are many perspectives and voices but these don’t make the book seem tiring or chaotic.
What about the author’s writing style?
Durjoy makes use of a contemporary theme, an intriguing mystery, a new age romance, modern independent characters, burning social issues and subtle moral lessons and, assimilates all of them into a book that delivers highly in terms of entertainment. If this doesn’t speak for his writing skills, then I don’t know what else will?
What did I like?
I love the mystery and intrigue that the book creates around its characters. I also love how suddenly the plot takes a completely different twist right in the middle of the book. A good part of the book creates this certain idea of the story and tricks the reader into complacency (the-I-have-already-figured-this-out-kind-of-confidence). And BOOM! right in the middle of the book everything changes and the reader is left stunned and shocked at the brilliance of it.
What did I not like?
Despite much efforts (I am sure) a few editing errors manage to find their way into the book. However, they aren’t so many as to glaringly stare you in the face but only a few that might be noticeable if you have a keen eye.
Is the climax good enough?
When it comes to the climax of a romance, there isn’t much that I can tell you without giving away spoilers. The thing worth mentioning here is that the book manages to hold on to the suspense right till the end. It does leave the reader with a lot of questions and conclusions open to interpretations. But I guess that is because of a possible sequel.
It all boils down to the entertainment quotient
I won’t lie that the book is racy throughout. It takes its own sweet time to grow on you and when it does there’s no holding you back from turning those pages. It is entertaining because it manages to tell a story that is unique and in tune with popular tastes.
In the end
In the end, Wish I Could Tell You is a book that never fails to impress. It is a power-packed story told in beautiful words that will make you want to believe in the power of love; that will make you want to experience love. With every single page managing to hold the reader’s attention, it is surely one amazing read.
The final verdict
Definitely go for it!
Pick it up if
- You are looking for an unconventional and subtle romance.
- You are a Durjoy Datta fan.
- You are looking for a simple yet powerful story.
- You enjoy romances that come with their own mysteries and twists.
- You want your faith in love to be restored.
- Only if you don’t enjoy romance reads.
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