Author: Shruti Upadhaya
Publisher: Bee Books
Genre: Thriller, Romance
“There is another city right under our city and it comes up only when you and I are together. Only you and I know about it and only you and I get to experience it. It keeps itself hidden from the rest of the world. And that is where I live.” He said
“And what happens when you’re not with me?” She asked.
“I evaporate.” He smiled.
I have never dived into a book without taking a good look at the blurb. But what do you do when the blurb says the above and leaves you hanging? It’s called taking “the leap of faith” in the world of dance and “going in blind” in the real world. So I put my faith in the author and started the book. The shocking part is, I finished it in one sitting..ummmm that good!
White Noise by Shruti Upadhaya talks about the devastation one particular person can bring to a perfectly healthy individual. It might seem to be a simple issue but the repercussions can be threatening – one might lose themselves in the darkness that it leaves behind, one might lose their sanity.
The plot is fairly simple and is predictable up to a certain extent. I particularly loved the usage of metaphors and analogies to describe the feelings associated with a person falling in love and then falling out of it – unrushed and catastrophic. It might look extremely dramatic at the time of reading but it feels appropriate once you think about it at leisure.
The plot has been divided into extremely small chapters, and it never gets dull or boring. The ending was a bummer for me, not because it was obvious but it was out of character. I mean the author took so much time to build this particular character, only to make him do something that is so unlike him/her.
- Really good characterization
- Poetic, metaphorical take on emotions and thoughts
- An edge-of-your-seat thriller
- A darker, more destructive version of love and certain Homo Sapiens.
An extremely compelling debut novel by Shruti comes as a surprise. A definite page-turner, White Noise is not your everyday thriller. An (almost) fresh take on a completely different side of love stories in today’s world. According to me the power of the book lies in the fact that the story keeps feeding you crumbs of the awaiting storm. The anticipation on the worst is a constant companion, yet the surprise the presentation leaves is enthralling.
“We are nothing without them, our scars and our blemishes. Take away our delusional smiles if you must, snatch away our illusory happiness if you must, but please leave us our flaws for we do not wish to exist without them.”
A short, thrilling and poetic take on dark and twisted love, read it because you should never miss a book as unusual as this. The book has it’s own pros and cons but it still makes a compelling and fascinating read.