Book Reviews

Pursuit | Pooja Poddar Marwah | Book Review

  • Author: Pooja Poddar Marwah
  • Publisher: Becomeshakeaspeare.com (4 April 2019)
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 230 pages

Pursuit by Pooja Poddar Marwah is a contemporary romance fiction with a subtle thriller element rendering it an engaging tale. It revolves around a woman, Kate, wounded in love and her dreams of an enigmatic man. Her life turns upside down after the same man, with those penetrating eyes, appears in her life. Edward Scott, it is. What follows after is a mushy story of brewing love that culminates into a dazzling climax and a cliffhanger.

Pursuit is a well-written story that leaves its mark with surprising twists and turns. Be it good vocabulary and narrative or well fleshed out characters, the book displays a lot of intrigue and potential. Kate comes across as a headstrong woman who believes in doing her work with perfection. On the other side, Edward, seems to be a teenage boy even at an age of 45. Both of them are struggling with their demons in the past. Love unites them in a magical way.

For the first half of the book, I was pretty much invested in the story. However, the second half left me cringing at the frequent appearance of words that seemed out of place. Honestly, I’ve read romance books where there are authoritative romantic men and strong women. But the same women melt when the heroes of the stories kiss them whenever they feel like doing so. I can’t seem to make sense of such love stories and this happened to be the problem with Pursuit.

Who gives the right to a man to do as they please? And a female character, who is otherwise strong, cannot lose her ground so easily? Love doesn’t make people so weak that they forget who they are.

The storyline had a lovely build-up and decent execution. Right from a stunning cover to a baffling climax, the book holds immense potential. However, I’d have liked it more if there were a better story and no petty editing errors.

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