Twisted by Shravya Gunipudi – Book Review




“It is weird that I still meet my mother almost every day.

I am 35 years old. But that is not why it is weird.

It is because nobody else has seen her since 18th September, 20 years ago.

Because, that is the day she died.”

Meet Ria, the charming woman with an edge. Her life is nearly perfect. Or so it seemed, until one fateful day an accident wipes out parts of her memory. Suddenly, she starts to experience strange visions involving repressed childhood memories which send shivers down her spine.

A man called ‘Anuj’ whom she can’t remember.

The sadness that led to her mother’s sudden death.

Answers that her husband Jay refuses to share.

Secrets begin to resurface and Ria is left with no option but to confront her own fears.

Twisted is a tale of love, family and friendship, where bitter memories and shocking truths drive everyone to the point where they have to decide – Will the relationships crumble to dust or can love really conquer all?

Book Review:

If I have to say in two words then Twisted by Shravya Gunipudi is a page turner. Yes, the book is really interesting with lots of twists and turns. The sudden introduction of a new twist throughout the story keeps the reader glued to the book till end. The plot is quite unique and interesting. The beginning of the novel is marvellous though after a few point I felt that the story or rather the narration dragged a little. The story is revealed in layers and is intriguing.

The characterisations are good. However, I found most of the characters were quite unrealistic. Jay, Ria’s husband, has literally no grey shade which makes the character quite unbelievable. Also, all the men of Ria’s family were disgusting. Even her aunt and mother were also pathetic. Who discusses such matters (husband’s affairs and details of married life) with a 15 your old teenager? However, maybe it was necessary to bring Ria to a point that changed the course of her life.

The narration is good but I felt inclusion of some more description could have made the reading experience more interesting. The ending was fine.

Overall, the book felt like a roller coaster journey, a bit like Bollywood movie. Well executed and interesting.

All in all, Twisted is a captivating read and unfolds in a very interesting manner. The language is simple and lucid. Those who love reading romantic thriller, this book is highly recommended.

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