The Clockmaker; A Book Review


The Clockmaker

Genre – Psychological Thriller

Jungle Series I

Author- Paromita Goswami

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 Blurb

Can you change destiny? What if you can?
Ashish, a passionate clockmaker is frustrated with his life – financial insecurity, his ongoing nightmares and his family, wife Lata and son Vicky, are driving him crazy.
Lata is having a tough time in life with her arch-rival, Rashmi. Vicky wants to be a biker than rather join the family legacy of the clockmaker. He also has a crush on Kavya who is more interested in supporting her family than romancing around.
Lately, Ashish starts hallucinating things. The black hooded man, who traumatizes him in the nightmares, warns him of dire consequences if he doesn’t return the timepiece that was given to Ashish by his father at his deathbed. Burdened with despair, Ashish wishes he could change his destiny and end all his miseries. By sheer chance, he discovers the power of the timepiece. Ashish was still figuring out what to do with it when an incident shatters his life completely. Without second thoughts he uses the power of the timepiece to change his destiny. But, can he really change it?
Amid the chaos of the busy by-lanes of the East Delhi unfolds a paranormal, supernatural, Indian drama that will leave you thrilled.
The Jungle Series – Get ready to be assaulted!

The Book Review

Paromita Goswami intends to create an eerie atmosphere in the first book of the Jungle Series. She does it effortlessly. She does not indulge in composing confusing literary jargons, rather she takes the reader straight into the jungle of consciousness, past, present and darkness.

The character build up is really up to the mark, whether it is the marital discord, domestic tussle or extra-marital bliss – Ashish is a steady winner in the section. And then, we have the character in the hood, it scares the shit out of you. Goswami takes her own time to weave the emotional bond(s), the helplessness and the troubled psyche of the characters. No artificial infusion of heroism, simple treatment and thank God, the language is really straightforward.

The prologue is definitely a clear winner in the book. I could literally experience the sweat buds on Babuji’s forehead, while reading it. One of the most interesting stuff(s) apart from creating a paranormal atmosphere, prologue and character build up among others is the narrative technique. The usage the third person narrative with the feel of episodic revealing of the intricate details hits you hard, and it opens up like a blooming hibiscus, beauty in the end.

And yes, the clock is not only an object, it is a character.

The theme is good, the climax is wow. What else do you need ?

Rise up and get the book.

Tip : Read it after dinner, when everyone is asleep.

 

N.B : TICKTOCK, TICKTOCK….sssh that is the sound of the  clock

Pros

The spooky mood

The character build-up

Easy flow of narration, episodic nature

Brilliant thrills

Cons

Length, could have been chopped a bit.

Verdict – Have it, Ashish is tensed..Help him…

About the Author

Paromita Goswami is a writer and storyteller by passion and a rebel by choice. She says the world is full of stories and as a writer she loves to pen them down. Her work is not genre specific. From literary fiction to children book to paranormal thriller and women fiction, Paromita Goswami‘s books offer the variety of life to her readers. Besides writing, she is also the founder of a reading club that enhances book reading habit in children. She lives in central India with her family.
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