Book Title: The Secret of The Sculptures
Author: Monika Thakur
Total Number of Pages: 246
Publisher: Notion Press
Publication Date: 2 Aug 2017
Genre: Fiction / Mystery/Fantasy
Book Link: https://amzn.to/2KY9paJ
Lifelong friends Aditi and Maitreyi meet up in Delhi when Maitreyi returns for her holidays. The holidays start with innocent fun but before long the girls are embroiled in the theft of a priceless sculpture that is stolen from Aditi’s college. Mr. Seth, a mysterious stranger with hypnotic eyes, keeps crossing their path. For him, the sculpture seems to be more than just a relic of history. Events unfold rapidly which make the girls become the prime suspects in a heist. As if being at the center of crime and priceless history was not enough, the girls realize that there is a supernatural element to the sculptures that is directing the fates of everyone involved. What will the outcome be?
REVIEWED BY SOHINEE DEY
Reading slump sucks! I can definitely say that after not reading a single book for a whole month and you know what it does to a girl who has the habit of reading two books a day! Ugh!! Okay, I did read 2-4 books but that’s about it. Anyways, now I am back to reading and it feels amazing!
Today’s book is a part mystery and part fantasy because of the slight supernatural elements in the plotline. Monika Thakur’s book ‘The Secret of Sculptures’ is a very interesting book and I wasn’t really expecting the book to be this different (I mean it in a good way). ‘The Secret of The Sculptures’ tells the story of two friends Aditi and Maitreyi who gets caught up in the case of finding a stolen sculpture from the museum. The sculpture was of supreme historical importance and a lot of research was going on to discover it’s importance or if it is in any way linked to the past and also find out its connection with other sculptures.
The concept was really interesting. I don’t think that I have read a book which is centered around a lost artifact. The backdrop of the book is a museum for most of the time but both the characters’ family lives were also shown briefly.
Maitreyi who has been studying abroad returns home during her holidays and gets connected with her childhood bestie Aditi who has been interning at the museum. These girls reminisce over their childhood and Bounce couldn’t keep himself from joining them. Maitreyi reluctantly agrees to go the party at the museum after Aditi asks her to join in. And it all starts with the visit to the museum.
Other than Maitreyi and Aditi who are linked to the sculpture, there’s another important face in the plot. It’s Mr. Seth. He was the one behind the discovery of the museum and he is shown to be an intense person. He has some sort of interest in Maitreyi but nothing like what you are thinking and I am not going to disclose that part because that would be a spoiler!
The minuscule fantasy part comes in when Maitreyi and Aditi get transported to another world and the reason behind that is the sculpture. There are also other miniatures linked to the main sculpture. It all comes down to a point where the sculpture is the one which is in control of everyone’s fate. To find out how everything turns out in the end, you’ll have to read the book. I really liked the ending. It didn’t end off on a cliffhanger neither was it rushed.
I have a love-hate relationship with books published by Notion Press. Now I don’t want to sound shady or anything but most of the self-published books that I have read are from Notion Press and all I can say that the books are never edited well. Being a grammar nazi doesn’t really help in that matter. But ‘The Secret of The Sculptures’ was surprisingly edited well, at least from the ones that I have read previously. There were a few grammatical errors left out but comparatively, the editing was far better than the other books that I have read.
I really liked the writing style of the author. Thakur has a descriptive writing style but she didn’t stretch the paragraphs too much which was a good thing. I also liked the narration. The words had a nice flow and the pace was consistent throughout the book. Another thing I would like to mention here is the sentence structuring. After a very long time, I read a book where the sentences are perfectly constructed. That sums up about the writing part.
The cover is also good and I could see the plot reflecting on the cover but I think it would have been better if there were two girls on the cover instead of one. Also, the title really goes well with the story. It’s straightforward and you could picturise what the story could be about.
The book is plot driven rather than character driven. There’s a lot of subplots connecting to the main plotline and there are a handful of characters that contribute to the storyline. Now speaking of the characters, I do think that it would have been better if the author worked on the development of the characters a bit more. I couldn’t really get a peek of their personalities or their family lives and almost in the entire book, both the characters are talked of in pairs and hence I didn’t get to see much of their lives when they were just by themselves. So, I couldn’t analyze their characters in singles neither was I able to put myself in their shoes and feel what they were feeling and assess their thoughts.
There were certain scenes where the ending felt abrupt and the scene shifts were sudden. So I had to go back and read the last para to understand whether that particular scene is over. That was another part which I think could have been worked upon.
Other than these points, if I talk about the overall book, I would say that the plot is original and not rehearsed nor is it clichéd.
I did like this book and breaking off my slump with a mystery-fantasy book is definitely a good start for this month.
If you’re someone who is the on the lookout for fresh original plots and if you like mystery or fantasy books, then yes, I would recommend this book to you.
POESY IN CHRYSALIS RATING: ⭐⭐⭐.5 / ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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