Bookish Witch

Erika by Mansi Narula Kashyap

Book Blurb:

The driver’s voice became muffled after I saw the lady from my window. She looked exactly like me; a mirror image. I shook my head. “Jesus!” After her parents died in a tragic car crash, Erika moves to London from Dublin to get rid of the bad memories, her frantic nightmares, and disturbing hallucinations. In time, her life settles into a new routine with Lara, with whom she shares an apartment. They become the best of friends, enjoying London and meeting new people. Life is good. A few months later, Erika meets Ethan who is suave, professional and dependable. A whirlwind romance follows and within a week they are married. Soon, Erika starts noticing some unusual incidents; the mysterious girl Maya, some cryptic books about secret societies and even a murder. Will she be able to figure out these new mystical events in her life or will they overwhelm her, making her go insane?

Genre: Fiction/Mystery/Thriller

Pages: 137

Price:

  • Kindle version 49 INR/$2.99
  • Paperback: 225 INR/ $7

My Ratings: 4/5

Erika, the protagonist of this story is lost and lonely, haunted by the memories of her traumatic past. How this affects her present and how she deals with it, is what this book is all about. If you’re a lover of fast paced thrillers, you’ll definitely enjoy this one.

What I liked about the book:
—> It begins with a bang and you’re hooked straight away.
—> All the characters have an intriguing arc.
—> The story manages to maintain a steady level of curiosity in the mind of the reader all throughout.
—> Each new chapter begins with a short quotation, preparing us for what to expect from the chapter.
—> The ending connects us to another part of the story, leaving the readers guessing as to what actually happened.

What I did not like about the book :
—> The fact that Erika and Ethan decide to get married without even knowing each other properly ( like they had just met briefly twice when Ethan proposes and she accepts)
—> For a seasoned reader (like myself) a bit of the story and what happens in the end, was kind of predictable.
—> Leaves out quite a few loose ends and unanswered questions.

Quotable quotes:
—> There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be.
—> When do we feel happy the most, in life? The answer is when we have our loved ones with us.
—> If we think too much about what is supposed to be done and how life is supposed to be lived, we lose out on its flavour. Life is meant to be lived like a child so we are able to taste it fully and feel its lucidity.
—> We are what we choose to be in life.
—> Some events dominate your life and your decisions because of the fear of losing someone special.
—> Sometimes we have to lose a lot, to be able to win in love and you never know this win was just the one you have been looking for, all your life!  We lose a lot in love, but it is actually our win, who knows?

Overall a good and enjoyable read.

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