Thursday, December 26, 2013

Review: Where the Rainbow Ends by Anurag Anand

Thriller is a genre which is experimented with, a lot nowadays. Some of them blow away the readers mind while some just fall flat. Author Anurag Anand in his latest book "Where The Rainbow Ends" has penned down a thriller which will compel the readers to salute the efforts. So has he really wrote a page turner? Let's find out. 
Even the most artistic of imaginings can sometimes seem callow in the face of truth. That which appears may not be and that which lies hidden might just be the stark, naked face of reality.
Rahul had everything going his way a soaring career, a happy family and all else a man his age could yearn for. And then suddenly his life began to crumble all around him, disintegrating element after precious element, leaving him to watch in helpless horror. Where had he gone wrong? Was there still hope for redemption, even a solitary ray that he could cling on to?
Avantika, a pretty, vivacious girl who had come into Rahul's life by pure accident, literally, has suddenly gone missing. Just like that, without as much as a trace. Where is Avantika? Will Rahul be able to find her? Is it her own past that has come back to consume her or is it something even more vicious and sinister?
Shalini, Rahuls first love and a girl accustomed to leading life on her own terms. Hailing from a family that exerts considerable influence in the galleries of politics and power, she certainly has the wherewithal to impact a lot of things. Even lives. Is Shalini fostering a grudge that could displace not one but many lives? Could she be the one behind Avantika's mysterious disappearance?
Where The Rainbow Ends is a racy page - turner that promises to take you on a tempestuous and soul - stirring journey which shall remain with you long after you have put the book down.

First look at the title and the cover and both of them hint at a love story in the making. But that's not true in this case. On the contrary the blurb comes in to the picture and makes it clear that this a a thriller for the readers in the disguise of a love story. The blurb is as compelling as the title and the cover image. 

The story is of two young people Rahul & Shalini who meet by chance and then fell in love with each other. After a long courtship they decide to settle down and convince their parents for it. Rahul from an average family and Shalini from a political household make an unusual pair. Problems start to crop up when Shalini shrugs off her duties after marriage and cracks appear. Life takes a turn when a lot of problems crop up and Rahul is nowhere to go. In the end entry of Avantika in his life turn few things around. What will happen with Shalini? What role Avantika plays in Rahul's life? Will life ever be the same again for everyone. That's what the story is all about. 

The tag of a thriller comes on the behest of a romance cum drama story. It's a unique idea to experiment with and the second half of the book generates a lot of curiosity and excitement. The narration is convincing and appealing for the readers. Surprises galore in the second half of the book. 

The first half is weak and doesn't have anything new to offer in terms of love and drama. First half could have been tightened up more and Avantika's character could have been made more strong in it. The end also becomes predictable and leaves a lot to be desired. 

On the whole a romantic thriller is a good idea but could have been worked upon more in terms of story line. There are moments where readers heart will go up and down but it comes too late to make it an exemplary piece of work. It's a story with a difference to it. 


3 OUT OF 5

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