Faith and the Beloved by Kochery C Shibu

𝕎𝕙𝕖𝕟 𝕪𝕠𝕦𝕣 𝕥𝕣𝕦𝕤𝕥𝕖𝕕 𝕠𝕟𝕖𝕤 𝕓𝕖𝕥𝕣𝕒𝕪 𝕪𝕠𝕦, 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕞𝕦𝕤𝕥 𝕝𝕖𝕒𝕣𝕟 𝕥𝕠 𝕥𝕦𝕣𝕟 𝕓𝕖𝕥𝕣𝕒𝕪𝕒𝕝 𝕚𝕟 𝕥𝕠 𝕥𝕣𝕦𝕤𝕥.⠀

Kochery C Shibu is back with another thriller. I had to pick this up after reading Men and Dreams. Faith and the Beloved is an action packed book that focuses on Prem, Naithy and Alice, each dealing with their own issues. ⠀

There is so much happening in the book at all times! There is a mystery and a twist around every chapter and it makes the book unputdownable. ⠀

I love the author’s writing style. He changes perspective rapidly, reminds me of James Patterson and how he used to be my favorite! The element of surprise is always there in the story. I especially loved Alice’s character – a witty teen who loves to play video games and ace life games at the same time! The amount of research that shows in the book appeals to me. ⠀

The book starts out slow and raw, and it speeds up gradually. Towards the end, the pages seem to turn themselves! ⠀

I loved the book, it was a wholesome thriller based in India. ⠀

I totally recommend it to all thriller fans.⠀pic2

Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar by Kochery C. Shibu

𝓣𝓱𝓮𝓻𝓮 𝓪𝓻𝓮 𝓽𝓲𝓶𝓮𝓼 𝔀𝓱𝓮𝓷 𝔂𝓸𝓾 𝓱𝓪𝓿𝓮 𝓽𝓸 𝓯𝓲𝓰𝓱𝓽 𝓯𝓸𝓻 𝔀𝓱𝓪𝓽 𝔂𝓸𝓾 𝓿𝓪𝓵𝓾𝓮, 𝓽𝓱𝓪𝓽 𝓲𝓼 𝔀𝓱𝓪𝓽 𝓵𝓲𝓯𝓮 𝓲𝓼 𝓪𝓫𝓸𝓾𝓽.

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It’s no secret that I enjoy reading classics. I enjoy the detailed descriptions that help me immerse myself into the world of the characters. And this is precisely why I enjoyed Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar.

The book revolves around a hydro project in Dhauladhar. Rekha, a doctor turned dancer; Khusru, a Kashmiri boy split from his family turned terrorist turned a good man and Nanda, a victim of mob violence from Kerala, all end up as a part of the project.

I loved the ever changing point of views, it was executed beautifully. Khusru’s character arc was perfect. And Rekha was a true inspiration. The details were exquisite, the novel a joy to read. The technical aspects were accurate to the T (which is a rare feat in fiction) and the language was lucid.

I will never forgive Nanda for making me long for a ride up the Dhauladhar hills, for making me wish I was gazing at the snow covered peaks, throwing snow balls at my colleagues and not stuck up in a pandemic struck world sitting within walls of apparent safety.

I wished the book would have an epilogue, an explanation or a glimpse in the life of Rekha after the events subsided. There were a lot of questions left in my mind towards the end. I guess that’s what a good book does to you.

Verdict : 4/5