A Forgotten Affair by Kanchana Banerjee – Book Review

A Forgotten Affair

BY: KANCHANA BANERJEE

Synopsis:

Sagarika Mehta walks out of her nine-year-old marriage, meets with a near-fatal accident and goes into a deep coma all on the same day. After six months, she wakes up with no memory of her past. When she is discharged from hospital a year later, Rishab, her husband, whisks her away to an unfamiliar address in Gurgaon to convalesce.

There, in that plush apartment, with people waiting on her hand and foot, Sagarika can’t shake off the feeling that something is wrong.

Why does the scent of a particular cologne unsettle her? Why does the innocuous word ‘cheeni’ bother her? And why is Rishab so evasive in response to her queries about her past?

A Forgotten Affair is a gripping story of a woman caught between two worlds.

Book Review:

A Forgotten Affair is a story with a difference. A simple, realistic plot with a dash of drama and simplistic writing makes the novel a joy to read. I love autographed copies and when I opened the packet, a beautiful book with a short and sweet autographed note from the author was smiling inside. The cover itself brought a grin on my face and when I opened the book, the special note from the author just made my day.

Now coming to the story and the plot. The plot is interesting and manages to hold the reader’s attention. The lead protagonist Sagarika, wakes up from coma after facing a near fatal accident and finds herself with a memory loss. She struggles to come to terms with who she is and what her life is. It is her journey of rediscovering herself.

The characters are real and the best part is that they do not fall into the category of black and white. Like any other human being, they have shades of grey that make them all the more believable and realistic. However, I felt that the characters should have been developed better.

The book is a fast paced read and can be finished in a single sitting. The story is also interesting and the reader doesn’t feel bored at any point of time. However, in my view, the execution could have been better with some more emotions and feelings being put into the novel. The language is simple which makes the book easy to read. The narration is quite impressive and lucid. The author has done a good job while playing around with words in describing any situation or setting. As a debutant, she has done a pretty good job in weaving an interesting tale with certain turns and twists. I enjoyed reading the book and the way it ended.

A Forgotten Affair is a story of love, relationship and above all, about self discovery. A fast paced and captivating read.

If you’re looking for a quick read and a story with substance – you may give this one a shot. All in all an interesting, read.

** I received a review copy of the book from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. **

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