Top positive review
3 December 2016
Is this book a collection of ghost stories, ranging from excellent to boring?
Is it a collection of narratives describing actual events, with some gentle modifications?
Is it a gigantic prank played by an extraordinary author, who wanted to toy with those who like their ghost stories to be more haunting than they can actually accept?
Because, even after reading these stories/incidents/narratives/speculations (take your pick) rather minutely, I remain befuddled.
If these are narratives describing actual incidents & events, which had involved actual individuals & places, I’m rather glad that the veil separating our mundane world from the ‘other’ one is thick enough.
On the other hand, if these are concocted stuff, then all that I can say with some asperity is: the author writes better ghost stories than most bestselling authors.
My personal favourite is “Trapped”, very closely followed by “Mannequin”, both of which managed to terrify a jaded reader like me, with their imagery, and intoxicating mix of voices where the real & unreal merged & separated.
And yes, “Tea for One” has left me badly disoriented. I have never felt such ‘weirdness’ since reading the exquisite ghost story nested within “The Calcutta Chromosome”.
“Crossroads” began like a thriller, and had me in a vice-like grip. Same thing happened with “Revenge”. But then, it petered out in an open-ended manner. Perhaps, life offers only such solutions, instead of things bearing features of metronomic precision.
“The Spirit Machine” and “Hand of God” were very good, but were clichéd. Again, life is more often like that only, than we predict.
“The Guardians” and “Chinar” were philosophical, but very-very well written.
Overall, I’m really unsure as to whether these were occult detective stories, ghost stories, or true incidents. Whatever, they may be, in this season when darkness pervades everywhere and the nights appear too lonely & cold, THIS BOOK is an outstanding companion whom you can have within your blanket.