Wednesday, December 9, 2015

#263 : The Dowry Bride by shobhan bantwal : review

GENRE: Fiction – Contemporary romance


FORMAT: Paperback


HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy from the publishers – Fingerprint! in exchange for an honest review! Thanks guys!


Dowry associated murders – a social issue that ended up being the fodder for many writers who weaved tales and did their bit to garner attention towards it. Naturally, the beautiful cover and the summary piqued my interest and upped my expectation. Sadly, the story fell flat on its face and didn’t exactly stand up to it.

Our protagonist, 21 year old Megha escapes from her house when she accidentally hears her mother in law plotting her murder for obvious reasons. She manages to escape and ends up seeking refuge in the house of one man from her husband’s family who actually treated her like a proper human being – Kunal – her husband’s cousin. They are mutually attracted to each other. Forbidden fruit does taste good though it just complicates the already messy situation that Megha is in. What does fate have in store for them? Or are they the harbinger of their own fate?

Characterization is one thing that irked me from the start. The portrayal of the “Evil” mother in law, the indifferent husband – seems too stereotypical. Being attracted to a compassionate human is one thing, but that thread of the story somehow ended up being justified better than the mother-in-law’s (chandramma) motive to kill Megha. The motive behind the plot to murder Megha seemed a bit too unconvincing. Megha’s and her father in law’s character stood out and made that lasting impression making up for the shortfalls of the other character. The story as such was just a bit above average, though the writing was perfect with each character emoting perfectly. The writing was the only reason I was compelled to finish the book. The climax is probably the highlight of this book. The writer pleasantly surprised me with an unconventional climax that is uncharacteristic of a romance story. “Contemporary” would be the apt word to describe it! A bit of conviction and depth to the actual issue at hand – dowry burning- would have added the much needed dimension to the book.

MY SAY: With a topic of an immense scope and perfect writing, the story could have been far better.


PLOT : 7/10



BOREDOM QUOTIENT: 3/10 (lower the better)



BOOK LINKS: Amazon, Goodreads


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