Book Review of Dark Blossom by Neel Mullick
Dark Blossom is a suspense novel with a beautiful cover & a catchy title. At first, you might think, why the cover designer has not adjusted the book title to fit in one line! But as you proceed, you realize that’s how life is. It doesn’t matter how much you try to control & put it in a 5X7 frame, it goes haywire with every passing day, month & year.
But these imperfections & uncertainties are what makes our life more beautiful & worth living.
So, this imperfect cover holds a perfect suspense story I read in recent time. It seems like a normal chronicle of a patient & his therapist but it prettily unfolds the mystery that hides within the characters. Author’s description & detailing of the characters & events keep the adrenaline flowing and you cannot help but take them with you to bed at night.
Opening Lines: When Sam had called to schedule a session for the first time, his anger had been palpable.
Page Count: 224 pages
Publisher: Rupa Publications
Publication Date: December 20th, 2018
Neel Mullick’s storytelling is smooth & makes this novel a fast read. He uses some very fancy words to describe the simplest of things, creating a fun learning experience for the readers. He does justice while describing the dilemma of working women, struggle of an abused child & pain of a bereaved dad. The suspense unveils (what you think is suspense) slowly as you try to guess the plot that the author is trying to create. You realize soon that you are not Sherlock and failed miserably in discovering the plot… What seemed to be a fight to resurface after a drowning experience of the past ends with suspense that will unveil only after Neel decides to write the sequel.
One more good thing is that the author is giving you a chance to spout off your take on the suspense by entering into a contest that may lead you to a trip to New York or an IPad mini. So happy read guys…
My Rating: 5/5 stars
About the Author
With degrees in Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon, USA, and Business Administration from INSEAD, France, Neel is the Head of Product and Information Security at a Belgian family-office technology company.
He mentors women entrepreneurs through the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, is involved in raising a generation of digital and socially-aware leaders with the Steering for Greatness Foundation (Nigeria), supports improvement in the quality of life of domestic workers at Emprendedoras del Hogar (Peru), and is helping IIMPACT (India) break the cycle of illiteracy plaguing young girls from socially and economically impoverished communities.
He lives on three continents, spending his time between New York, Brussels, and New Delhi, has survived ten days (and nights!) at an airport, and a free fall five-hundred meters from the sky.
Concerned with the inverse correlation that seems to exist between society’s progress and the empathy with which it interacts with the universe around it, he firmly believes the solution to a rapidly fracturing world lies in peeling enough layers to discover the similarities, rather than judging on mere superficialities.
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Shubhra is a Chartered Accountant who has worked in the corporate world for 7 yrs. before she chose to become a certified yoga teacher. She is an avid reader & currently enjoying her sabbatical GAP year. Last but not least, she is a solo traveler & loves to ride, especially her Royal Enfield.
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