- Author: Neel Mullick
- Genre: Contemporary Fiction
- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Rupa Publications India (20 December 2018)
- Language: English
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Sam returns home from a business trip a day before his son’s thirteenth birthday and is looking forward to being with his family when his world is cruelly shattered in one fell swoop. Initially he thinks he can cope with the loss, but finally seeks the help of Cynthia, an experienced therapist, to regain his equipoise. What he does not know is that Cynthia herself is trying to cope with a debilitating divorce and the sinister shadow of her ex-husband over her daughter…
What happens when doctor and patient find themselves in the same sinking boat? Moreover, when they are rowing in opposite directions–one clinging to the past, and the other unable to get rid of it! In the midst of it all is Lily, Cynthia’s daughter, who harbors a secret that has the power to explode the lives around her. Taut with tension and intensity, Dark Blossom is a glimpse of what lies under the surface of apparently ‘normal’ people.
Mental Health is a crucial topic to discuss yet we seldom pay attention to its gravity. We never try to look beyond the seemingly ‘normal’ things and this causes severe damage in the long run. We run away from the responsibility of seeing into the depths because, perhaps, we are too scared to acknowledge our dormant fears lying in the hiding!
Dark Blossom is a well-written thriller that piques your interest gradually and then takes you on the roller coaster ride of exhilarating emotions. Packed with secrets and suspense, this book is fantastic in the way it is developed. Right things at right places and that make it a stupendous read!
In the beginning, it is little difficult to grasp the backdrop of the novel but it takes its sweet little time to hold the reins of your mind. Cynthia is a psychiatrist who is back to her practice after a period of hiatus owing to her personal turmoil. She meets Sam who is grappling with mental and emotional issues because his life has been turned upside down with the sudden demise of his wife and son. This incident has taken the better of him and keeps challenging his peace of mind. Cynthia who is already struggling to break the ice with her daughter Lily helps Sam in overcoming his anger issues. There are secrets resting with Lily and they linger through the book and form the backbone of this book. It is these secrets lurking which make for the interesting turn of events which completely take the reader off guard as they unfold themselves.
Love is a prime emotion that tucks our heart to the other. It is fragile and yet the strongest power to bind the two people. And when it is abused by the anger, it transforms dramatically into hatred and pain. Lily has been the victim of a torturous childhood and so has been Cynthia due to her monstrous husband. When he finally walks out of their lives, the mother-daughter duo finds it hard to come together. Their relationship is put to test of time. Would they be able to win it? Would Sam be able to come alive from the graves of his nightmares? How the three lives intertwined will present themselves through the course of the story is bewildering.
The smooth narrative and amazing language add further to the reading experience of the reader. The characterization has been put very well. The development of the plot is meticulous and crisp. It made the story gripping and engaging. The dialogues between the characters, their mindset is nice to witness. The fact that the book delves deeply into the realms of the human mind and relationships is lovely. I guess I am still in awe of the whole presentation. It surprised and it stoked my imagination.
Moreover, the cover is beautiful. Should you see it and not pick the book, I will judge you. Just go for this book and I promise, you would love it completely!
MY RATING: 4.5/ 5
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