Book Title: Then The Doorbell Rang
Author: Capri Jalota
Total Number of Pages: 395
Publisher: Inkstate (Leadstart Publishing Private Limited)
Publication Date: 2 Aug 2017
Genre: General Fiction
One fine morning, Jane wakes up and stands upon the ledge of her 18th floor flat in Dubai Marina. Till a few years back, she was everything that would make anyone jealous – beautiful, rich and successful. But then the wheels of time turned. Today, she is miserable and lonely. Would she get over a deception? Can she forgive herself for deserting a friend? Would she ever find true love? Will karma get the better of her or will life give her another chance to correct the wrongs?
Then the Doorbell Rang is about Jane’s roller-coaster journey as she explores the mystical phenomenon called Life.
REVIEWED BY SOHINEE DEY
The first thing that I noticed about this book was its title. The title, Then The Doorbell Rang really piqued my interest. This book was sitting on my shelf for sometime now because I had to complete writing reviews of some other books and all the while I was thinking when I’ll get to it finally. The cover though not much ornamental; that half ajar door definitely suits the title. I am kind of in for cover which gives off dark vibes.
Then The Doorbell Rang, the debut novel of Capri Jalota explores some sad realities of human life.
Published by Inkstate, an imprint of Leadstart Publishing, Then The Doorbell Rang is narrated from a first person’s point of view. Stretching over 395 pages, the book can easily intimidate a reader who is not very fond of lengthy books. But, me being me, who loves lengthy books, I managed to make it till the end. Featuring a female protagonist, Then The Doorbell Rang speaks all about Jane’s life.
We never know what awaits us in the next step of our life’s journey. Often times, we take the people surrounding us for granted. We take their love, their presence for granted and then when they are snatched away from our lives, we lose the meaning of our life and we carry that ache of losing them in our heart forever. When we do have everything, we never for once think what would we do if we don’t have the things which we have now in our lives.
Jane had everything. From materialistic things to loving and caring parents up until she grew up to eighteen years old. It was then that she lost her mother and in the most important period of a girl’s life, she was left alone to deal with her problems and her life. So she moves on with her life, exploring life on her own. She gets married and her married life was going well until another tragic event shows up at her doorstep. She loses her husband in a car accident. Sometimes life throws us such curveballs that we never see coming. After everything that happens in Jane’s life, she decides to make a fresh start, breaking away from the shackles of her past. Even in Dubai she doesn’t seem to get any relief from the problems that keeps following her everywhere she goes. Even after being at the receiving end of so many blows, she doesn’t give up. Cutting through her miseries, she proves to herself that she is strong enough to withstand them and still find a reason to live.
Even though she is living, she isn’t enthusiastic about her life, she doesn’t enjoy it. She never celebrates her birthday or any special event. Here’s where the title comes into play. Then the doorbell rings in her dull and boring life.
After the title, the next thing that caught my eye was the blurb. It is very well-written. Giving away the theme but disclosing the actual plotline.
I did like the narration. The first person POV was well-maintained throughout the book and unlike some authors who tends to mess up while writing in the first person POV, Capri Jalota did a great job carrying out the first person POV. Jane’s character was well-developed. I could really feel her and put myself into her shoes which was a good thing. I also liked the sub-plots interconnected with Jane’s life. New characters were introduced who pushed the plot forward.
Even though the title seemed to fit in with the plot, I was somewhere hoping that this book would be a thriller or a mystery. So, I was a tad bit disappointed when I found out my presumption was wrong.
Overall, I liked the author’s writing style but I would have liked it better if the language was much more intricate. For a debutante, the author has done a pretty good job with the language and I hope that I can get to read a much more developed style of writing in his future books.
Another thing would that at some point, I felt too much details were cramped in which sort of disturbed the flow of the narration.
Other than these points, I really liked the story.
I dived in hoping for a mystery or a thriller but I got to read an in-depth journey of a woman. Even though the storyline was very different from what I was expecting, I did end up liking it.
For recommendations, I would say that don’t pick up this book thinking that it would be a crime fiction or a thriller, you might find your hopes crushed if you do that. But, if you want to read a person’s life journey, know about all the hardships that might knock a person off, but where being strong is the only option you’ve got, definitely go for this book.
Book Title: ⭐⭐⭐.5
Book Cover : ⭐⭐⭐
Writing Style: ⭐⭐⭐
Language and Vocabulary: ⭐⭐⭐
Grammar and Punctuation: ⭐⭐⭐.5
POESY IN CHRYSALIS RATING : ⭐⭐⭐.3 / ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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