Bookish Witch

The Ornate Clock by Vineeth Thunoli

Blurb (as on Amazon)

For Jaison, it was always his family which came first. Even when he worked tirelessly, it was to provide for them, to give them a better life. Running a financial firm, he does not make much to get by, but still hopes for a good future.

Life, however, has other plans in store for him. One fateful night the unexpected happens and he finds himself in a situation he has no control of. Plunged into a world of complete darkness, with everything he lived for snatched away from him, he is driven to the extreme. But out of nowhere, something incredible happens. He discovers a secret, something that has been hidden away….something that has the potential to change his life.

What will happen to Jaison? Will he escape his dark fate? And what is the secret?

Written from Jason’s perspective, the novel takes the reader on a journey of emotions and deceit only to ultimately find hope where it was least expected. The main question that occupies the mind of the reader is, will Jaison escape his terrible luck.

For Jaison, it was always his family which came first. Even when he worked tirelessly, it was to provide for them, to give them a better life. Running a financial firm, he does not make much to get by, but still hopes for a good future.

Life, however, has other plans in store for him. One fateful night the unexpected happens and he finds himself in a situation he has no control of. Plunged into a world of complete darkness, with everything he lived for snatched away from him, he is driven to the extreme. But out of nowhere, something incredible happens. He discovers a secret, something that has been hidden away….something that has the potential to change his life.

What will happen to Jaison? Will he escape his dark fate? And what is the secret?

Written from Jason’s perspective, the novel takes the reader on a journey of emotions and deceit only to ultimately find hope where it was least expected. The main question that occupies the mind of the reader is, will Jaison escape his terrible luck.

Genre: Fiction/Crime Thriller/Mystery

Pages: 209

Format: eBook/Paperback

Price:

  • Kindle eBook: 171 INR/$4.99
  • Paperback: 350 INR/$19.99

My Ratings: 4.7/5

Jason, the lead character of this thriller, finds himself in jail for a crime he did not commit. Being the offspring of a convicted felon, it is hard for him to make anyone believe that he is not the guilty party here. Everyone, including his almost estranged wife, and even his friends and colleagues turn against him. Does Jason manage to prove his innocence? Or will he have to spend the better part of his life behind bars?

Book cover taken from Amazon

What I liked about this book:
-> The story begins with a sense of foreboding, leaving you on the edge of your seat wondering what sinister event is approaching next.
-> I read a prison-related story after a long time. I think the last one I read was Shantaram and that’s kind of unbeatable. But this one is just as, if not more, compelling.
-> Jason’s backstory about his father being a criminal but how he turned out to be a good citizen, sends out an important message that we can let go of our roots and genes. It also makes us question our judgmental nature as a society where we are so quick to label someone because they come from a questionable lineage.
-> The suspense element is so well developed that I was glued to the story till the end.
-> The unexpected twists and turns made the story engaging and you just don’t know what to expect next.
-> The theme is applaudable and the plot is intricately woven.
-> The narration is quite engaging making you live through the torrid experiences that Jason goes through.
-> I had a feeling that this book would be unputdownable and it sure fulfilled it. I had goosebumps and sleepless night all throughout my reading of the book. What I really is the fact that not only does the book have a great storyline but that it has the multi-genre elements like mystery, sci-fi, drama, etc. I was really impressed to learn that this is the debut work of the author. I won’t be surprise me if this book gets adapted to a movie or web series. I, for one, would love to watch it.
After I was done reading it, I sat back with contentment on finishing such an amazing thriller book after a long time.

What I did not like about this book:
-> There is only character (Jason) in focus throughout majority of the book and this made me feel like something was missing.
-> The back and forth gets a little complex and the ending is slightly confusing.

Quotable quotes:
> Maybe it made them feel better that their crimes are less severe.
-> Running a business and a family together was no easy task if one didn’t earn much.

->People who rose to great heights were the ones who had firm belief in their actions.
-> As office was as good as its employees.
-> What business was it to me as to how a person led his life. Even my life was no better.
-> It was the money that mattered the most for a business. The ones who brought in more money deserved special attention.
-> Most challenging situations are quite difficult to respond to, for you would never prepare yourself for these.
-> The affection of a child, there is probably nothing purer than that.
->Whenever someone mentioned a small help, it was often an interlude to something big.
->Working with a flustered mind was akin to writing an essay while riding a wave.
-> Not everyone would chip in to help if you were in trouble.

-> Why didn’t he even try to help me, I wanted to ask him. But then, that was too much of an expectation. No one did such things in today’s world. Why would someone else risk their life for me?
-> Skinny as always, he was the type of person who would never put on weight, no matter how much he ate.

-> Staying composed in the face of misfortune was no easy task.
->As human beings, we have this habit of forming opinions in the very beginning itself. We do that the first time we lay our eyes on someone. After the early stages of the opinion formation, all the human mind does is search for points
and arguments to validate this point of view. Anything that does not sit well with it is discarded. In short, the very first opinion is very difficult to change.
-> The world is a cruel place. If you venture out with an innocent nature, you’ll be torn to pieces.
-> People were inherently good, only a few were rotten.
-> As a civilisation, we were not good at remembering. So, record keeping was important. What if years from now, people forgot my deeds? Records would serve as a reminder.
-> Nods and gestures were not preffered as responses in government institutions.
-> Great choices and delicious food are things we generally take for granted until life shows us
otherwise.
-> The human mind was strange. One moment you might have the greatest hatred for someone. The next moment everything simply melts away, only to be replaced with kindness.
-> When facing imminent death, nobody could remain calm. Perhaps there were sages who could.
-> It is often said that only in the gravest of situations does one find out how much courage one has.
-> It was human nature to feel better in the company of a composed person.
-> Some people had that ability. Just their presence or a few words were enough to make us feel a lot better. Maybe it had something to do with their confidence.
-> Trust is most important. You lose that and everything falls apart. No friendship or partnership can survive a loss of trust. Once it is broken, that it is the end of it.

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