Book Reviews

Magic Square – Book Review

  • Author: Salini Vineeth
  • Genre: Crime, Thriller & Mystery
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Print Length: 62 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
  • Language: English


Amudha is a Ph.D. scholar, practically living in her research lab, leading an uneventful life. Amudha’s life takes an adventurous turn when she finds a puzzle in an old Mathematics book. Surprisingly, the puzzle has nothing to do with Mathematics. Amudha embarks on a journey to solve the enigma. Every twist and turn in her journey is filled with suspense and surprises. The journey challenges and threatens Amudha. Whenever Amudha solves a part of the puzzle, a new one presents itself. Will Amudha solve the puzzle? How far does the rabbit hole go? What awaits her at the end of it? Will Amudha be the same person if she comes out of it? Read on Magic Square for answers.

My Review

Puzzles are a fascinating thing if you could bear with their tantrums and sail through the challenges they pose right at your face. But, they could be very demanding and thus, you need to be patient in order to solve them correctly without suffering a severe mental breakdown.

Amudha’s story is the focus of this debut novella Magic Square. After facing multiple rejections at placements, she decides to slog day and night in a depressing lab to complete her Ph.D. Dheeraj is the only thing she finds good in the grim atmosphere of her research lab. One fine day, perhaps due to sheer serendipity, she stumbles upon a mathematics book which opens new gates for her. And there begins her journey of solving a complex mystery.

Amudha is a sincere character who is depicted to be a runner. She loves to escape from things, from obstacles. But the challenge a book throws at her accidentally brings out the best of her. She goes to every possible extent to unravel the mystery lingering around a discrete mathematics book found in a petty old-fashioned library. In the due course of time, her character comes across the most enlightening truth –

Life is an optimization problem. It has constraints and conditions. The important thing is to differentiate between hard and soft constraints.

One could not tame the hard constraint but one can surely control the soft constraint. You cannot chase your comfort by running away from challenges. This won’t take you anywhere. It is your mind you have to control with patience and perseverance.

  • The plotline is fresh and welcoming.
  • I liked the development of Amudha’s character. The author has played around her psyche very well. The gradual building up of her strength is fantastic.
  • I loved the narrative which is not very deep but has the ability to strike its reader.
  • The language and expressions used in the book enhance its charm. The book is, no doubt, an engrossing one.
  • The writing style of the author is good. In the end, comparison of life with computer algorithm techniques was amazing.

In a nutshell, if you are looking for a new storyline and a pretty short book with no compromise on quality, go for this book!

MY RATING: 4.5/ 5


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