BOOK REVIEW: “DEMONS IN MY MIND” BY ASHISH GUPTA

Book Title: Demons in My Mind

Subtitle: When Mind Becomes Your Biggest Enemy

Author: Aashish Gupta

Total Number of Pages: 330

Publisher: Notion Press

Publication Date: 1 Jan 2017

Format: Paperback

Language: English

Genre: Fiction / Psychological Thriller

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Are crimes and mental illness related?

Is your mind under your control?

Is your life an illusion created by you?

Dakshesh, an old man in Sirubari village suffering from cancer, wishes to be released from excruciating pain. His journey takes him to the three monks, known for miraculous healing and life transformation. He discovers they are no saints, but hardened criminals. The three monks – Rizwan, Murli, Joseph – narrate stories of unprecedented savagery that would make even the most cold-hearted criminals look down with shame.

The dark stories of the three monks leave Dakshesh gasping, but there is something about their dishonourable lives that relieves Dakshesh from his pain.

REVIEWED BY SOHINEE DEY

Okay, so this is going to be a short review since I have too much on my plate right now.

I was warned by the author that the book is dark and yes, it is. Demons in My Mind swims into the dark water. But, I don’t mind dark. In fact, I like it. The darker the better.


Read my previous review of The King Within written by Nandini Sengupta


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Demons in My Mind deals with our mind and shows how it can become our biggest enemy. The plot is quite simple on the surface but then the thoughts and the psychological aspect that went into sketching out the characters are very dark.

Dakshesh, an old man from Nepal is suffering from Cancer and knows that death is waiting for him but requests the villagers to take him to the three old monks. The three old monks from the Pashupatinath Temple are quite well-known amongst the villagers for their miraculous power. As his last wish, the people think of helping him and leave him near the temple thinking that if the monks really exist, they will come to his rescue.

When Dakshesh wakes up, he finds the monks in front of him. But, these monks aren’t what they appear to be. They have their own tales, secrets which they have locked tightly. Skeletons in the closet, as they say. Each monk shares his life story which leaves Dakshesh in shock. Through their stories, Dakshesh gets to know who they really are as a person, they are a far cry from monks.

Now, the thing about this book is at first glance the plot appears to be really simple but then as you keep reading, you know that the plot wasn’t the main focus of the author, it is the sub-plots that are twisted and dark.

The narration is fast paced. The language used in this book got me hooked. The writing style is so good. The characters are well-developed. I rarely come across such well-written books. But yes, you might want to sit with a dictionary because the author has really went on to show his vocabulary skills. I am kind of a vocab girl, so yes, I loved it.

Overall, the book is just perfect. But, there are some spelling errors and the story can get a bit confusing if you’re not paying close attention. I would suggest to take a break or two while you’re reading this book because it can get a bit heavy if you try to complete it one sitting.

The book is a perfect medley of mystery, horror, suspense and a tad bit of fantastical elements.

MY FINAL VERDICT

If you can handle dark psychological stories that is going to mess up with your head, then go for this. Don’t forget, that it’s a well written piece, how often do you get it?

This book is very different from all the over flooding light-hearted books which are out there. It’s unique and considering that it’s a debut novel of the author, I can only say that I’ll wait for his future releases.

RATINGS :

Book Cover : 3/5

Book Title: 4/5

Plot: 4/5

Sub-Plot: 5/5

Characterization: 4/5

Grammar and Punctuation: 3.5/5

Narration: 4/5

Language and Vocabulary: 4.5/5

POESY IN CHRYSALIS RATING : ⭐⭐⭐⭐ / ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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