Wreath and Other Stories By Sangeeta Mahapatra – Book Review

Wreath and Other Stories: Tales of Horror and Suspense



What is it that we fear? An evil presence around us, watching and waiting for a small slip, or the realisation that the malevolence is within us and has already made its move?
Wreath and Other Stories will take you into a world that is slightly off its hinges- a bizarre, eerie realm. In short, a world much like our own, if only we would notice it.

A dangerous obsession of an artist, a broken childhood promise, a birthday gift gone horribly wrong, a soldier trapped in a nightmare, a warning from beyond the grave, a writer’s new lease of life in a “suicide central,” a patient’s struggle with insanity, a terrible crime in an idyllic artists’ town, a man’s record of his last moments, a bride haunted by her past..

With grey characters, a creeping sense of dread, and a twist at the end, it will ensure that you go to bed satisfied, having had your fill of a world of wickedness and terror… until that world engulfs you in your dreams. This book will enthral lovers of horror and suspense.

Book Review:

Horror and thriller are something that I do not read much but honestly when I read the title of the book and saw its cover, I immediately felt like reading it. Moreover after reading a book “Invoked: Hymns of War” in the same genre that I enjoyed a lot, I gave this one a shot. After reading the book, I felt a little disappointed as I was expecting more from it. I never get scared by horror stories or movies so the least I was expecting was “fear” but I was definitely expecting a fulfilling experience from the book and wanted to enjoy it. But I was put off by the treatment of the stories. Writing horror stories is not easy as it takes a lot of effort to create the atmosphere for the readers and my personal view is that you do not need to follow the cliches to attain the same. One classic example of a horror story is “Mr. Brown’s Cottage” by Satyajit Ray where the reader is simply left with amazement after finishing the story and is compelled to re-read it especially a certain segments.

However, I liked some of the stories like Deja vu and loved the cover of the book. The overall experience for me was ok. Readers who like horror genre may give this one a shot.

I received a free copy from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.


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