The Secret Promise:To Live or to leave– Book Review

Title: The Secret Promise

Subtitle: To Live or to Leave

Author: Shaswat Ranjan

Format: PDF

Kindle Price: INR 113

Total Number of Pages: 152

Publisher: Notion Press

Publication Date: 1 June 2017

Language: English

Blurb–

The first mistake that is made while going over any relationship is “when we start to translate it.” Relationships are not meant to be curbed, we can just feel it, and be in that flow regardless to any consequences. We can just make it feel without expecting to feel the same, but yet it’s not as causative as we often think. A good relationship works by the thrust of promises. Some promises are revealed to show intensity of our feelings, and many are kept in secret. Those secret promises are the real essence of our relationship.

Jay- A music lover accidentally falls in love with an unknown,

Nitin- An anti-romantic, realistic guy tries to ease his days,

Jasmin- An entrepreneur, trying to live with her past,

Prerna- A girl with the problem of being strong enough to get rid of her present,

When they’re tied with some promises to keep

It gives them choice “To Live or to Leave”.

Review by Sohinee Dey

First and foremost I would like to mention that I’m going to keep this review short because there is nothing much that I have to say.

When my eyes first met the title of the book, my interest level spiked immediately. I thought this was going to be good read. The title itself was promising and held a sense of incredibility to me. In simple words, I loved the title.

Next when my eyes landed on the book cover, my interest levels went up a notch. It had that polished, professional look to it that is often limited to books by foreign authors and bestsellers.

The man and the woman staring straight at each other; their gazes held by the string of attraction, sitting in a coffee shop/bar (not so sure about the place), the crinkled smiles on both their faces and just a hint of secrecy in their sparkling gazes; indeed the title of the book was justified! I loved the cover. The contrasting background, the setup, the expressions; I loved everything about the cover.

Well, they say, “Never judge a book by it’s cover.” This phrase was well applicable for this book (pun intended). When your first impression has sky-rocketed to a place you’re are still unknown to which almost feels like a dream and then you suddenly wake up from the dreamy state and free-fall headfirst into the mud, how would you feel? Well, that was me. I had high expectations from this book, but the flames of interest was doused immediately (poof!) as I opened the book and started reading it. The only good thing about the content was the prologue. Yep, you heard it right, I only found the prologue to be readable! It was measured just slightly highlighting what was to come next. But, was I disappointed… I was really really disappointed. 

I was so eager to read this book but I just couldn’t proceed any further due to all these errors; the continuous use of dots was annoying and the narration wasn’t good either. It felt as if I was reading text message and not a book. I just couldn’t continue reading after 34 pages, all these errors and helluva narration started getting to me. 

This book was supposed to be about love and friendship and there were such scenes too but the narration and all those grammar mistakes killed the plot, leaving no life to it. Even the dialogue play was bad. There weren’t even any dialogues, no quotation marks, nothing at all. It went like Jay– blah blah blah, Nitin– Blah blah blah, Jasmin– blah blah blah, Prerna– blah blah blah. 

Even the blurb had mistakes in them. I wouldn’t go into any more details. I was to keep this review short but seems like it ended up being fairly long! 

I felt that the plot and characters were really good but the narration just killed it and everything went downhill. This needs severe editing and high doses of proofreading. If the author invests some of his time in getting help from someone to edit and proofread the manuscript, I believe this book would be in a much more readable state. I just have nothing more to say. 

When someone asks me to give an honest feedback, that’s what I do. I have no intention of hurting anybody’s feelings but when I don’t like something, I say it outright. I have no idea if I received the rough draft or is the book actually written in this manner. 

I won’t rate this book because I believe if edited thoroughly, this is going to be a really good read. For now, this is just what a rough draft looks to me. I’m keeping my options open.

Good luck to the author. It’s my humble request to you that you edit this and republish it on Amazon. I am telling you, in that way your book would have a much brighter future!

My final verdict for now—

This book is not worthy of a reader’s attention.

7 thoughts on “The Secret Promise:To Live or to leave– Book Review

  1. Did you quit reading it or tough it out to the end?

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    1. Nope. quit after 34 pages. I just couldn’t read any further. 😐

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      1. If it was that dreadful probably was a good decision! Last year my mom got me The Sun Also Rises by Hemingway since I was traveling to Spain, and I wish I quit after 34 pages 😂😂. The dry prose was awful!

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      2. Haha 😂. I bet that book was still bearable but in this the dots and the absence of quotation marks were annoying as hell! 🙈
        Way………..too……………………..many……dots………….😂😂😂 (I was mimicking!)

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      3. That is unbelievable. Loads… of… pages… written…. like…. this…? With such a professional looking cover as you mentioned. The old cliche holds true! 😂😂

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      4. Yeah, that’s why they say never judge a book by it’s cover! 😂😂

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