Durjoy Dutta is one of the most read Indian authors in romance genre. I had not read any of DD’s books so far but according to the reviews, all his stories are typically woven around young love birds, heartbreaks and tragedies. And that sells like hot cakes for a certain section of the market. So when I decided to pick up his new release, The Girl of My Dreams, I had an idea of what I am going to get. And since I am not a very big fan of this particular genre, I had not had my hopes too high. By those standards, the book turned out ok, albeit a few let-downs.
Daman has been in a brutal car accident with Shreyasi. And he suffers with serious post-trauma issues. With a significant fan following on social networks for his writings, he finally decided to quit his mundane job and decides to become a full time writer. He passionately churns out a story with Shreyasi as the lead female character. His editor, however, tweaks the character to suit the reader palate. Though the book is a success, Daman is highly disappointed by the changes in Shreyasi’s character. While he is struggling to keep his spirits high, a Shreyasi enters his real life. And then begins a nightmare which threatens to engulf not only him but everybody around him. Even the upcoming book is shadowed by Shreyasi.
The book starts on a strong note and looks interesting in the first few pages. The ups and downs in the plot keep you interested till you reach half way in the plot. But that’s where it starts going in circles. The twists become sluggish and the climax is highly predictable. One of the side effects of reading too many thrillers is that you become adept at predicting the next situation. The sleek storytelling does make up for the loss but with a extremely predictable plot it can only help to an extent. I guess the book is positioned for the younger audience with interests in love and romance genre. For me, it misses the thriller mark by a significant margin.
About the Author: Durjoy Datta was born in New Delhi, India, and completed a degree in engineering and business management before embarking on a writing career. His first book—Of Course I Love You!—was published when he was twenty-one years old and was an instant bestseller. His successive novels—Now That You’re Rich!; She Broke Up, I Didn’t!; Ohh Yes, I Am Single!; You Were My Crush; If It’s Not Forever; Till the Last Breath; Someone Like You; Hold My Hand; When Only Love Remains; World’s Best Boyfriend; Our Impossible Love—have also found prominence on various bestseller lists, making him one of the highest-selling authors in India. Durjoy also has to his credit nine television shows and has written over a thousand episodes for television. Durjoy lives in Mumbai, loves dogs and is an active CrossFitter. (Source: Amazon.in)