I received the book, The Clockmaker by Paromita Goswami as a review copy from the author and I am thankful to her for the same. Having read the prequel to the book, I was curious to know what would happen in this one.
Can you change destiny? What if you can?
Ashish, a passionate clockmaker is frustrated with his life – financial insecurity, his ongoing nightmares and his family, wife Lata and son Vicky, are driving him crazy.
Lata is having a tough time in life with her arch-rival, Rashmi. Vicky wants to be a biker than rather join the family legacy of the clockmaker. He also has a crush on Kavya who is more interested in supporting her family than romancing around.
Lately, Ashish starts hallucinating things. The black hooded man, who traumatizes him in the nightmares, warns him of dire consequences if he doesn’t return the timepiece that was given to Ashish by his father at his deathbed. Burdened with despair, Ashish wishes he could change his destiny and end all his miseries. By sheer chance, he discovers the power of the timepiece. Ashish was still figuring out what to do with it when an incident shatters his life completely. Without second thoughts he uses the power of the timepiece to change his destiny. But, can he really change it?
Amid the chaos of the busy by-lanes of the East Delhi unfolds a paranormal, supernatural, Indian drama that will leave you thrilled.
The Jungle Series – Get ready to be assaulted!
The year is 2017. Ashish Raj Gupta lives with his wife of 24 years, Lata and son, Vicky in Laxmi Nagar, East Delhi. He is a fourth-generation clockmaker. His wife belongs to an affluent family and his father-in-law takes care of her and his grandson’s expenses, a fact that Ashish is not aware of. And to top it all, Ashish’s nightmare does not let him sleep at night. And he hallucinates about the person who torments him in his nightmares, a tall person who wears a dark hoodie who asks Ashish to give him his clock back, else he would have to bear the consequences. And the clock is a timepiece, a part of his father’s, grandfather’s and great grandfather’s pictures, which was gifted to Ashish by his dying father.
He remembers keeping the timepiece securely and searches for it. And as he is studying the timepiece, he realises the power of the timepiece.
So what does Ashish do? Return the timepiece to the man in the cloak or keep it in his custory?
This is the first book in the Jungle Series written in a simple language with twists and turns which keeps the reader glued till the story comes to a close. The prologue, set in 1948 in Alwar, which the author had published as a short story ‘timepiece’ sets the scene for the story.
Though there are not many characters in the story, each of them is developed in detail and could be easily visualised. The scenes are described in detail and the book becomes unputdownable as we move further.
The end left me wanting for more. Maybe, the author would touch upon this in the next book.
Disclaimer: I received a free e-copy of the book from the author in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.