1. Author: Neel Mullick
  2. Release: January 2019
  3. Pages: 214
  4. Genre: Fiction, Psychological Thriller
  5. Publisher: Rupa Publications
  6. Language: English
  7. Audience: Frequent Reader
  8. Good Reads:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43277212-dark-blossom?ac=1&from_search=true

Blurb

Sam returns home from a business trip a day before his son’s thirteenth birthday and is looking forward to being with his family, when his world is cruelly shattered in one fell swoop. Initially he thinks he can cope with the loss, but finally seeks the help of Cynthia, an experienced therapist, to regain his equipoise. What he does not know is that Cynthia herself is trying to cope with a debilitating divorce and the sinister shadow of her ex-husband over her daughter…

What happens when doctor and patient find themselves in the same sinking boat? Moreover, when they are rowing in opposite directions–one clinging to the past, and the other unable to get rid of it! In the midst of it all is Lily, Cynthia’s daughter, who harbours a secret that has the power to explode the lives around her.

Review

Dark Blossom is a fictional story set up on the premise of complex human behavior and emotions. The story revolves around lives of Sam and Cynthia who share a patient-therapist relationship. Sam recently suffered from a major loss in his family and is unable to come to terms with it. His life slowly starts falling apart as he loses focus on his work and personal life. He seeks the help of a therapist Cynthia, who recently started her practice again after getting a divorce from her abusive husband. The narrative explores the relationship between Cynthia and her daughter Lily, who is recovering from having an abusive parent. She distanced herself from her mother and this puts a lot of pressure on the mother-daughter relationship.


Cynthia struggles to repair her strained relationship with her daughter and help Sam find a foot back in his life after such a traumatic incident. Behind all this runs a deeper story line away from readers eyes with secrets that will shatter the lives that they have worked so hard to build. With intense tension, emotion and suspense, the book captures the attention of the reader in an unconventional way and takes a deep dive into the complex world of human emotions.

Characters: 

The protagonist of the story is Cynthia who is a medical therapist. She took time off from her practice to recover from a messy divorce from her abusive husband. She is in very vulnerable position and is extremely sensitive towards relationship with her daughter. She is a concerned and loving mother and feels very guilty for not being able to protect her daughter from abuse. The character of Cynthia is very relatable for any parent who have strained relationship with their children. It was ironic to see her struggle with emotional issues while she was a trained therapist herself, a fact that was recognized by her several times in the story.

Language: 

Language of the story is surprisingly sophisticated and smooth. The description of emotions, characters and surroundings is vivid and helps to paint the picture in the mind of the reader. The author is a well read individual and this reflects in the language and phrases that he uses.

Narration:  

There is a single narrator of the story and that is Cynthia. The reader experiences the thoughts and emotions of Cynthia in form of inner monologue. The narration is very smooth with hints and elements of mystery to hold the interest of the reader.

Plot-line:

The plot line of the book is not very complex since majority of the book focus on human emotions and behavior. But there is definitely a surprise and climax element that helps to tie the mystery together. The plot-line is unique and not predictable till the very last line.

Cover / Illustrations:

The cover of the book is dark with a beautiful illustration of flowers which are very integral part of the story. The look goes perfectly with the plot and represent the appropriately

Final Thoughts

This book completely exceeded my expectations. I couldn’t judge from the blurb whether I would like the book or not since it didn’t seem to fall into any particular genre. But once I started reading, I was very much invested in the plot and story line felt very similar to Jodi Picoult works. Complex characters, powerful emotions and unexpected mystery with shock factory, the book checks all the right boxes for all the right reasons. Highly recommend for people who enjoy reading about complex human emotions and relationships.

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