The Woman Who Saw The Future – Book Review

Author: Amit Sharma

Paperback: 276 Pages

Publisher: Readomania (17 November 2017)

Language: English

Genre: Thriller/Contemporary

ISBN-13: 978-9385854552

About The Book:

Sapna Vaid has lived with a unique power for a decade; a power that turned her from a timid, wide-eyed, college-going girl into the most influential and powerful Goddess on Earth. Sapna can see the future and saves thousands of people around the world every year through her record-breaking, popular show ‘Lucky People’. The show had given Sapna’s life a meaning and gives her the courage to sleep every night, where death and blood await her in her dreams.
Even though the world is at her feet, the power costs Sapna her personal life. Broken relationships and separation from her son bring her unbearable pain. Her parents and the thousands of prayers that come her way every year are her only solace, her only reason to live.
When a blinding hatred leads to a desperate act of revenge, a single misuse of her great power triggers a reversal of her fortunes. Sapna begins to lose her ability to see the future.Now she must decide the path she has to take to preserve her unique gift and her fame, even if it turns her into a murderer on the brink of insanity.

About The Author:

Amit Sharma is an IT slave (read professional) since the last twelve years. He lives with his family in NCR but his work does take him to foreign lands. His wife was a teacher till she gave it up because of sheer exhaustion of answering questions of their four-year-old daughter all day.
His first fiction book, False Ceilings, a family saga spanning one hundred and thirty years, was published by Lifi Publications in 2016. The book garnered many good reviews on Amazon and Goodreads and critical acclaim. Amit’s hobbies include reading, watching world cinema, travelling, digging into various cuisines, cooking, listening to music, painting, blogging, making his daughter laugh and helping his wife with her unnecessary and prolonged shopping.

My Take:

This is the second book of the author and stands up to the mark set up by his previous book. In the storm of chic lit romances, this book definitely offers something fresh. The plot is engaging and keeps the reader glued till the last page turned. 

As told by the synopsis of the book, the protagonist has the superpower to see the future. This remains the under current of the plot and how this power transforms her, her life and life of the people around her. Though the story mainly revolves around the superpower of the protagonist, some light have been thrown on the other characters as well, however subtly. The behaviour of the characters speaks loudly of their authenticity. The dilemma, the trauma, the uncertainty, the frustration, the anger about the rise and fall of her power have been depicted in a commendable manner. There are only few books which jump straight head-on in the pool of emotions but rush with the story instead. However, this book tried to touch those emotions and made reader feel a few of them too. The reader is bound to feel the exasperation, the helplessness of the characters, the agitation and the apprehension. But still these emotions touch the reader on the surface only. It could have gone a bit more deeper. 

The main plot of the story is already told in the beginning of the book itself, what’s left to discover is how it unfolds and that is done through the voices of various characters that were directly involved in the protagonist’s life. But to the reader who is not fond of shifting narratives, they might find the continuously shifting narrative a bit uneasy. A different style is given to each character which can be appreciated until it gets on nerves a few times.

Unlike the books that speak of fiction, this book paints fiction with emotions so real that reader can feel the struggle of the rise and fall of fame and how it changes the people and their life. Without fancy vocabulary, the book remains simple yet engaging. It does get slow and repetitive at times  with a few characters but then picks up. The book is nothing extraordinary but its simplicity grows on the reader as the pages turn, and so does the deep reality of life sketched subtly throughout the book.

Also the interesting quotes at the start of each chapter add a bit of different style to the book and do deserve a special mention.

Bottom line: A quick engaging read for a weekend.

 My Rating:

4/5

Scale of Rating: 1– Ignore It!! 2-Don’t Touch It!! 3-One Time Read!! 4-Add To Your TBR!! 5-Read it NOW!!!

And now I’ll leave you with a few lines from the book…

“I wish life gave us a choice of deciding when. We would like to endure pain. With all the happy memories behind you, the pain becomes doubly unbearable.”
“Families are different from each other, like fingerprints”
“Somethings are beyond logic”
“We shall never be again as we were! – The Wings of the Dove”
“If your life is a circle then no one but you should be at the centre of it”
“Love and pain, I guess they are twin sisters”
“The pain always stays. You just learn to push it in the background.”
“Sometimes people carry to such perfection the mask they have assumed that in due course, they actually become the person they seem.”
“Our life is as strange as the stars in the sky.”
“We are all the judges and the judged, victims of the casual malice and fantasy of others, and ready sources of fantasy and malice in our turn. And if we are sometimes accused of sins of which we are innocent, are there not also other sins of which we are guilty and of which the world knows nothing?”


This review is a part of Book Review Programme at Writersmelon.com

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