Books that ought to be reviewed are overflowing in my shelf. Today, I have Ananya, a fantasy thriller in front of me.
Not to be confused with any other Ananya, this book is by Urmila Deshpande.
“Her real parents were dead by the time she was five years old. Her grandfather certified her as cursed. A period of fifteen years has passed, raised by adoptive parents, Ananya became a swan from an ugly duckling.
And then suddenly one day, she finds herself going through a transformation. What follows is a series of mysterious
incidents, a strong force of destiny, propelling her towards the unknown, something that is beyond logic or reasoning.
In this journey towards light, she meets people who introduce her to the loving divine energy and also the dark energy of the devil.
Ananya, an intelligent, logical young girl, finds herself on the verge of insanity. She cannot understand these mysterious forces. Is the divine pouring her love on her or it is her mind which playing tricks at the behest of the devil?”
The story starts off in a slow pace and slowly builds suspense around it. The story is around Ananya, and as the book blurb says she is in a mystery.
At times, you wonder if all of those suspense will lead to a psychological issue or is it a fantasy. Well, either way, we are in for a big surprise by the climax.
The story building is quite good, and so is the screenplay.
At certain paces, there are unnecessary drags. Editing could have been better.
Do I recommend? Yes
Bottom line: A crazy amalgamation of psychological thriller with fantasy elements, which could have been lots better.