Book Title: Prisoned in Love
Author: Vaiibhav Nigam
Total Number of Pages: 255
Publisher: StoryMirror Infotech Pvt Ltd
Publication Date: 1 January 2017
Printed Price: INR 240
Review by Sohinee Dey
Prisoned in Love is a miscellany of different emotions ranging from love to revenge. It can be considered as a romantic crime fiction. This book is a blend of all the possible emotions a person can probably handle all at once; starting off with success, love in the middle, sacrifices and following it off with revenge.
The story follows the male protagonist, Rayirth Kapoor on his life journey from being an MBA holder from the prestigious New York University to landing up in a dark cell in Riker’s Island State Penitentiary. The plot mainly revolves around Rayirth and outlines his life events and slowly unravels the mystery and answers the question that how could a well educated man like him end up in jail. The book starts with the scene where Rayirth Kapoor braces himself for the journey in the “city that never sleeps”, New York. After the interview he lands his dream job in the Bank of America, finds love with Shreya and sets on to start his happy married life with their four year old daughter. But his life comes tumulting down when his wife and his daughter gets killed in a mysterious event. The main storyline picks up on this event and the chapter follows thereafter. But this particular event is kept in the dark until the middle of the book. It all starts off with Rayirth suffering from insomnia where he is visited by a girl with a frock covered in blood, reaching out to him in his dreams. The backdrop is set in the cell of Riker’s Island State Penitentiary and the stage setting is based on the present time. So, to solve this mystery of death of his wife and daughter, he gets himself arrested and devices a plan to break out of jail. But his perfectly sought out plan seems to be failing and he is on the verge of losing his mind. It is shown that to seek revenge he is ready to go to any measures, and in this case he had taken matters into his own hands.
So how he succeeds in his plan and whether or not he is able to seek revenge against the person responsible for the deaths is for you to find. I’m not going to give away any more spoilers!
While reading the blurb, I thought that this book was going to be interesting and I was really looking forward to read it. Though it hadn’t been a complete disappointment, it wasn’t that good either. The language was slacking halfway with the addition of spelling errors and there were numerous grammar glitches that I could spot. From the very first page, I could spot two to three grammar mistakes on each page (not on all pages). The story setting, the backdrop, the characters and the theme of the plot; all were truly unique and something which I have never come across.
The plotline wasn’t that different from some books which I have read in the past but the way it has been executed made it stand out from all the clichés. The language was subtle and the narration was good but at times I felt that if the descriptions could have been cut a bit short, it would have been more interesting to read. No one likes to read lengthy description of a particular scene! For me, this book was a little dragged out beyond the limit to where it started to get boring.
The characters were developed but I am afraid to say that at times, their thoughts and their behaviour made them look really naive. Adding a little more depth, characterizing their behaviour and with the inclusion of valid character backgrounds, I believe they would have been livelier. They were behaving, talking and working but the psychology behind their thought proceedings were not laid out properly.
The shifting of the storyline between the past and the present was a little hard to keep up with. But the proper division and the page breaks in the chapters was able to amalgamate the plotline securely.
The book could have been better. The plotline that the author chose, deserved an eye-catching book cover and something related to the storyline. For me, the cover didn’t justify the context nor the title of the book.
My Final Verdict—
The storyline was really interesting and compelling but I felt it was a little dragged out. Also, the descriptions were too much detailed and the dialogues were less comparatively while it should have been the exact opposite. The stitching up of the sub-plot to the main plot was really commendable but as I have mentioned earlier, the characters could have been portrayed in a more in a more thought-provoking way. But the theme and the plotting of the story in New York was carried out well. Seems like the author did his part of research!
I’ll recommend this book to everyone. Unless you are roiled by some crime scenes, you’ll be good to go. I can’t be sure whether or not it will pique your interest like it did mine, but you can surely give this a read. There will be no harm done, I promise!
This book will be a good fit for all the crime fiction lovers out there and also for the people who seek for some traces of romance while reading a book. Do give this one a shot.
I’ll give this book 3.7 stars out of 5.
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